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U13s win in a semi-final thriller!

posted 22 Aug 2014, 13:46 by Garret Byrne   [ updated 27 Aug 2014, 11:18 ]
U13 B Hurling Championship Semi-final.
In Craughwell, Thurs 21st August 2014.

KINVARA.........................3-8
TOMMIE LARKINS............2-2
(after extra time)

Here is our LIVE match updates as it happened on our club facebook. 

Greetings from Craughwell Gaa pitch for this U13 B semi-final. Kinvara are bidding for a first club final appearance in championship since our U14 s got to final in 2010. 
The winners of this tie between Kinvara and Tommie Larkins will face Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry in the final, as they just beat St. Thomas' in the first match here.
Team photos are taken and we are nearly ready for the off!
10 mins gone: Kinvara 0-2, Tommie Larkins 0-0.
Half-time: Tommie Larkins 1-0, Kinvara 0-2.
A tense opening half, Kinvara lads have not gotten into their rhythm yet, and credit to Larkins who are really up for this.
The Kinvara boys will need an improved second half if they are to win this.
A good crowd here in support, and a nice evening for it. Hopefully the boys can get the result to match. 
COM'ON!!!!!
U13 team for semi-final v Tommie Larkins:
Ciaran O'Donohue, Dean Ivers, Patrick Byrne, Rossa Barry, Aodhan O'Hanrahan, Conail Larrissey, David Whelan, Joey Droney, Jake Comyn, Ruairi McSweeney, Aidan O'Sullivan, Donal Keely, Tom Brennan, Benny Linnane, Dara Helebert.
Subs: Donal Mulligan, Eoghan Hanley, Cian Morgan, Martin Kavanagh, Michael Corless, Karim Mullery, Conor Burke, Oran Frawley, Danny Travis (injured).
Second half underway. Remember its only  20 mins a side, so vital that Kinvara start well and get those early scores. A serious chat was had at the interval so I'd expect our lads to come out all guns a blazing!
15 min left: Kinvara 0-3 to Tommie Larkins 1-0. Keep it going lads.
12 mins left: Tommie Larkins 1-1, Kinvara 0-3. They get their first point from a free. Kinvara scorers so far are Jake Comyn 0-1 and Dara Helebert 0-2. Our backs are going well, in fact both sets of defenders are on top.
8 mins left: Kinvara 0-4, Tommie Larkins 1-1. Some match. Both sides working hard and nothing really between them. Dare we predict extra-time?
7 mins left: Still level. At this stage its a case of which side really wants to win this match deep down. We need "fire in the bellies"!
GOAL! For Kinvara!!! Benny Linnane cracks the ball to the back of the net. Score now Kinvara 1-4, Tommie Larkins 1-1. 3 mins left. My heart!
2 mins left: They have dropped free into the square.......its dropped in.........still in there............wait..............its brought out and lineball. There will be more of this in the last few mins.
1 mins left.Tommie Larkins look for goal. They now another free in. Gonna have to drop it in.
Closing moments.......Tommie Larkins drop in free into the square........they need a goal. They get it. All square again. One minute left.
Last minute: Tommie Larkins on attack to win this. We get it cleared. And we get free out.
Injury time now: Our free out is taken, not well, and they on attack again. It we survive this it will be a miracle.
Injury time still. We now on attack. Hooked!
Full time:
All over and level: Kinvara 1-4 to Tommie Larkins 2-1. 
Extra time due but getting dark. We'll wait and see.
Phew! What a final few minutes. Wouldnt be well after that. Well done to Kinvara for holding tight. Could have won, could have lost. Extra time just started. 10 mins a side. We'll be like Rory McIlroy coming down the 18th!
Extra time first half, and Kinvara have taken a two point lead. Kinvara 1-6, Tommies 2-1. Remember only 10 mins a half, so this will fly. Early scores important.
Extra time update: Kinvara 1-8, Tommies 2-2. We now have another 3 point lead.
GOAL!!! For Kinvara............another green flag and Kinvara are on top. I think it was Aidan O'Sullivan who got it. We now lead 2-8 to 2-2 as we approach closing stages of first half of extra time. Referees whistle. Halfway there now, and we lead 6 points. Much improved by the seasider boys!
Extra time second half underway in this U13 semi-final. Kinvara lead 2-8 to Tommie's 2-2. Its getting kinda dark now. Only fear is match could be abandoned. They'll just have to play faster!
5 mins left of extra time. Still 6 points up. Playing well, but if Tommies get a goal, then you never know. They send ball in to our square.........we come out with it..........back in again...........wait.............Ciaran comes out with it and we clear it. On the attack again.
GOAL!!! Com'on Kinvara! The insurance score for Kinvara. Well done Michael Corless. Kinvara now lead 3-8 to 2-2. Looking good for final now. 4 minutes left.
2 mins left of injury time. Still 3-8 to 2-2. You'd have to admire our backs. Great stuff lads.
All Over......YAHOOOOOO!
Final score - Kinvara 3-8, TommieLarkins 2-2. Into our first county championship final since 2010. Brillant stuff our lads to a man. And they had to be as Tommie Larkins played with the heart and passion that we'd expect from the red and blacks.
Our backs only conceded two scores from play throughout the hours hurling, led by the goalie, while everyone worked their socks off. And the subs made a telling impact too. 
BRILLANT, JUST BRILLANT!

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