All-Ireland Vocational Senior A Hurling S/F

Loughrea just deny heroic 13 man Causeway fight back
St Bridget's Loughrea 2-13 Causeway CS 2-10 
By Murt Murphy for
It should have been a stroll for holders St Bridget's Loughrea in this All-Ireland Vocational Schools Senior A hurling semi final at Croagh on St Patrick's Day, when they led by eight points with just fifteen minutes remaining, and playing against a Causeway side who had only thirteen players, but it was anything but!

Once again the Kerry lads proved that they simply do not know what the word defeat means, as they fought back in the final quarter, and with their inspirational captain Daniel Collins lifting them off floor, Collins rocked Loughrea with two goals and he was denied the equalizing goal by a superb flying save by Loughrea keeper Gerald Kelly, but the Causeway lads to a man, can hold their heads high, they left nobody down and in fact further boosted Kerry's hurling status.
Causeway CS had started brightly and thanks to some outstanding defending from Colman Savage, Paudie O'Connor and Tommy Casey, and just shaded the opening half, as they led 0-8 to 0-6 at the interval, l having created three goal chances but Loughrea keeper Gerald Kelly, denied them with three exceptional saves.
Loughrea stormed to the front with a two goal salvo from substitute Eanna Burke ( a side line cut) and Jarlath Mannion in the 34th and 35th minutes and then a minute later Paudie O'Connor received a straight red when a yellow might have sufficed. Three quick points followed for Loughrea and Causeway full-forward Sean Leahy, was shown red for a stray elbow and at 2-11 to 0-9 and with only thirteen, it looked game over for the Kerry side.
However, this Causeway side had shown battling qualities in the Munster Final and again it was captain courageous Daniel Collins who moved to forty and launched a Houdini like comeback, rattling the Loughrea net with two brilliant strikes and then adding a point and suddenly the lead was back to two and Loughrea had to thank keeper Kelly, who denied Collins the hat-trick in the 58th minute with a great stop.
Brian Molloy settled Loughrea with a late point to secure an All-Ireland spot but credit never say die Causeway, who almost produced the comeback to beat all comebacks!

St Bridget's Loughrea
B Molloy 0-6 (0-3f, 0-2'65), J Mannion and E Burke 1-1 each, D Burke 0-2, D Dolan, B Dolan and J Ryan 0-1 each

Causeway CS
D Collins 2-3 (0-1f), Tomas Casey and P McGrath 0-2 each, D O'Carroll, S Leahy and R Heffernan 0-1 each


St Bridget's Loughrea
G Kelly, C Jennings, S Ryan, S Hardiman, D O'Donoghue, P Kennedy, D Coy, N Coen, D Dolan, D Burke, P Flanagan, B Dolan, J Ryan, J Mannion, B Molloy

Subs: E Burke for N Coen (h/t)

Causeway CS
Brendan Dunne ( Ballyheigue) , Paudie O'Connor ( Kilmoyley), Colman Savage( Kilmoyley) , John Godley ( Kilmoyley) , Keith Carmody ( Causeway) , Tommy Casey ( Causeway) , Tom B McElligott( Crotta O'Neill's), Daniel Collins ( Kilmoyley) Capt , David Goulding ( Ballyduff) , Daniel O'Carroll ( Ballyduff) Tomas Casey ( Ballyheigue), Conor O'Brien ( Lixnaw), Paul McGrath ( Causeway) , Sean Leahy ( Causeway) , Ricky Heffernan( Lixnaw)
Subs: Philip Lucid (Ballyheigue) for D O'Carroll (38)

Referee: Jason O'Mahony (Limerick)