Slieve Bloom 0-18 Colt-Shanahoe 0-13
Laois Shopping Centre SHC Round 1
Slieve Bloom recorded an impressive victory over newly amalgamated Colt-Shanahoe. Slieve Bloom wereon top for the majority of the game and were well deserving of the victory.
Colt-Shanahoe lacked attacking guile as they relied heavily on James Keyes and Rhian Bergin. Their lack of scorers was outweighed by the attacking guile of Slieve Bloom.
The first half was evenly contested, and James Keyes got the game’s first score with a point from play. Ben Conroy was immense throughout the game and was Slieve Bloom’s best player. He replied to Keyes’ point with a score from play himself.
Rhian Bergin was heavily relied on with his free-taking and he opened his account for the game with a great score from play after good build-up leading up to it.
Slieve Bloom would then score three unanswered points as Ben Shore and two points from Ben Conroy (one free) set Slieve Bloom up with ten minutes on the clock.
Bergin pointed two frees to reply before Ben Conroy pointed a free and a sumptuous score from way out the field. Both sides would score another two points each before the break as James Keyes and Shane Bowe pointed for Colt-Shanahoe while Ciaran Conroy pointed from play and pointed from play. Slieve Bloom went into the break ahead by two points.
Bergin would get the second half’s first score as he fired over a 65’. Slieve Bloom put the pedal down following Bergin’s 65’ as they reeled off seven points in succession. Taidgh Cuddy, Ferghal Burke and Evan Power all added to the tally while Ciaran Conroy pointed twice from play. Ben Conroy got two more points from placed balls.
Colt-Shanahoe tried to get back into the game but were unable to do so as they added to the wide count with a few sloppy efforts. They did however fire back with three points, Bergin pointed a free while James Keyes got another two points from play.
Ben Conroy nailed a 65’ with James Keyes firing over soon after. Slieve Bloom led by five points at this stage as Colt-Shanahoe would need a goal or two.
Both sides scored a further two points before the full-time whistle. James Keyes and a free from Bergin while Ciaran Conroy and Ben Conroy scored for Slieve Bloom.
It was a tough test for Colt-Shanahoe in their first game since amalgamating, but credit to Slieve Bloom they had good balance all over the field as their defence was immense along with the attackers.
SCORERS – Colt-Shanahoe: James Keyes 0-6, Rhian Bergin 0-6 (four frees, one ‘65), Shane Bowe 0-1. Slieve Bloom: Ben Conroy 0-9 (five frees, one ‘65), Ciaran Conroy 0-5 (one free), Ben Shore, Evan Power, Fearghal Burke and Taidgh Cuddy 0-1 each
COLT-SHANAHOE: Darragh Hiney; Ger Doolan, Brian Guilfoyle, Paddy O’Toole; Aaron McGovern, Henry Keyes, Robbie Delaney; Dayle Bergin, Shane Bowe; James Keyes, Jack Delaney, Rhian Bergin; Brian McDermot, Mark McDonald, Owen Joyce. Subs: Eoghan Brennan for Doolan (HT), Paudie McDonald for Bowe (35m), Dylan Cuddy for McDermott (43m), Shane Bowe for Joyce (59m)
SLIEVE BLOOM: Gavin Conroy; Enda Conroy, Tom Delaney, Sean Nolan; Shane Farrell, John Lowry, Gearoid Lowry; Martin Delaney, Ben Shore; Darragh Delaney, Taidgh Cuddy, Evan Power; Ciaran Conroy, Ben Conroy, Fearghal Burke. Subs: Ross Holmes for G Lowry (55m)