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Fantastic stuff from these young hurlers - Congrats!!
Keep us posted on the semi-final opponents, venue and date please.

THEMOLE2 (Down) - Posts: 1615 - 06/06/2016 12:33:27    1862150

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Replying To THEMOLE2:  "Fantastic stuff from these young hurlers - Congrats!!
Keep us posted on the semi-final opponents, venue and date please."
Abbottstown - GAA Centre of Excellence Sat 11th June
Down 14:30 South Kilkenny

A big challenge for the Down lads on Saturday v South Kilkenny, the other semi in Division 1 is Offaly v North Galway

downredhand (Tyrone) - Posts: 567 - 07/06/2016 15:51:17    1862915

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Down Advance to All Ireland Hurling Semi-Finals
Sunday 5th June 2016


The immaculate settings of the National GAA development centre in Abbottstown was the venue for the meeting of Down and Sligo in the quarter final of the Corn Michael Hogan (Div 1 of U17 Celtic Challenge). Having won Group F, Sligo came into the game confident of progressing to the next round but found their opponents from the Mourne county in scintillating form from the outset.

The game was only two minutes old when the irrepressible Conor Mc Crickard cut through the Sligo defence to lash home the first of his three goals and put Down five points clear. Five minutes later, Conor Mc Crickard careered through for his 2nd goal after great work by his cousin Ruairi and Chrissy Hynes, thus setting Down on the road to victory.

A succession of good points from Ruairi Mc Crickard, Ronan Blair and Conor McCrickard had Down 2-5 to no score ahead before Sligo registered their first point from a free.

Taking a grip of proceeding around the middle of the field through the efforts of Callum Smyth at centre back supported by the energetic Michael Mc Key at midfield, Down continued to press home their advantage heading into half time 2-11 to 0-2 ahead.

Within two minutes of the restart, Down had billowed the net again when great work by Ronan Costello set up Ruairi Mc Crickard to lash the ball to the Sligo net to put the result beyond any doubt.

Sligo tried hard to get into the game scoring a succession of nice points but they couldn't breach the Down full back line inspired by Jake Carlin and Eoin Kelly for the goals they really needed to get back into game in a meaningful way. With 15 mins left, Down added a fourth goal from the outstanding Conor Mc Crickard who ran through the Sligo defence yet again after good work by Lorcan Mc Caughey created the additional opening. With Cathal Coulter, Liam Mc Carthy and Chrissy Hynes sweeping up around centre field a constant stream of possession into the lively Tim Prenter, Daniel Kelly and Padraig O Deorain saw Down push even further ahead by 4-18 to 0-6 approaching the end of the game.

The sides swapped two points apiece to close out the game and leave Down awaiting their semi final opponent from among North Galway, South Kilkenny or Offaly when the draw is made on Monday.

The players will be looking forward to the challenge of being the first Down team in almost 25 years to compete in a National A semi final, on this performance there is little doubt they will do their county and province proud.

Down: Conor Mc Lornan (Carryduff); Eoin Kelly (Ballygalget); Jake Carlin (Bredagh); Niall Mc Farlane (Bredagh); Cathal Coulter (Ballygalget); Callum Smyth (Portaferry); Michael Napier (Bredagh) 0-1; Michael McKey (Shamrocks) 0-1; Tom Murray(Portaferry); Chrissy Hynes (Shamrocks); Ruairi McCrickard (Liatriom) 1-6; Daniel Kelly (Portaferry) 0-1; Tim Prenter (Ballygalget) 0-1; Conor Mc Crickard (Liatriom) 3-5; Ronan Blair (Portaferry) 0-3; Liam McCarthy (Ballycran); Lorcan Mc Caughey (Carryduff); Padraig O Deorain (Portaferry) 0-1
Ronan Costelleo (Bredagh) 0-1; Ronan Murphy (Portaferry); Conor O Sullivan (Bredagh)

THEMOLE2 (Down) - Posts: 1615 - 09/06/2016 13:27:16    1864223

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South Kilkenny it is I believe.

Best of luck to all involved and the exposure of playing at this level can only be a good thing for these lads.

bricktop (Down) - Posts: 2501 - 10/06/2016 10:47:39    1864631

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From the official Down facebook ' Having dispensed of Sligo in emphatic fashion in their All Ireland quarter final, the Down u17 hurlers are now facing their greatest challenge when they meet tournament favourites South Kilkenny on Saturday at 2pm in Abbottstown for the right to a place in the inaugural Corn Michael Hogan final.
Down are well aware of the scale of the challenge as South Kilkenny inflicted a 12 pt beating on Cork City in their quarter final and also dispensed of Waterford City by 25 pts in the earlier rounds. Drawing their players from clubs such as Ballyhale (home to Henry Shefflin, TJ Reid among others), Young Irelands (home of DJ Carey), Danesfort (home to Richie Hogan and Paul Murphy) among others it is clear that the young hurlers of Down will be facing the very cream of the young hurling talent in Kilkenny…..the club link isn't the only line of continuity running through this Kilkenny team with Martin Carey and Evan Shefflin among the names on the team sheet.
However, throughout this campaign Down have shown plenty of potential and the players are relishing the opportunity to test themselves against the best hurlers in the rest of Ireland. In defence, they will look to the close marking and determination of Jake Carlin (Bredagh) and Eoin Kelly (Ballygalget) to minimise the goal scoring opportunities that Kilkenny teams are so famous for while across the half back line of Tom Murray (Portaferry), Callum Smyth (Portaferry) and Cathal Coulter (Ballygalget), Down will be hoping to not only break down the Kilkenny attack but to use their quick and accurate striking to deliver fast ball into the pacey Down full forward line.
Down are boosted by the return of Niall Fitzsimmons (Portaferry) and Ryan Coulter (Ballygalget) from injury with both players likely to play some part on Saturday alongside the energetic midfield pairing of Shamrock's Micheal McKey and Chrissy Hynes. Upfront Down have plenty of scoring options not least the two McCrickard cousins from Liatriom who displayed the full range of their skills against Sligo but they are more than ably supported by the likes of Ronan Blair (Portaferry), Tim Prenter (Ballygalget), Daniel Kelly (Portaferry), Phelim Savage (Ballycran) and the returning Ronan Costello (Bredagh)
A significant part of this tournament is player development and to that end it has been very encouraging to witness the progress and performances thus far of some of the younger players such as Liam McCarthy (Ballycran), Ronan Murphy and Padraig O Deorain (Portaferry) alongside the likes of Niall MacFarlane (Bredagh) and Phelim Savage (Ballycran) - which bodes well for the future of the game in the county
60 minutes separates Down from a first ever National A final and the players are determined to go out and represent themselves, clubs and county to the best of their ability; after that it will come down to the break of the ball…..which hopefully will go in the favour of the young men in Red and Black.'

dingle82 (Down) - Posts: 188 - 10/06/2016 11:39:11    1864674

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Massive test for the u17s, given this South Kilkeeny team beat Cork City by 13 pts in the quarter final and also handed a 25 pt dribbling to Waterford City.......in saying that you would rather play teams like this and see where you are than walk through a Div2/3 competition.

Physical conditioning will be a big issue as Kilkenny squads are doing strength and conditioning work from u15 and you can see the impact when they get to minor and beyond.

If nothing else it will show the Down lads were they compare with the best hurlers in the country and allow them to gauge what else they need to do......no doubt they will go out and give it a real rattle but keeping things tight/close in first twenty minutes will be vital

PaudieSull1 (Down) - Posts: 738 - 10/06/2016 11:59:23    1864693

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Best of luck to the u17s for tomorrow.

GeorgyBoy (Down) - Posts: 37 - 10/06/2016 18:40:42    1864958

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South Kilkenny 3-17 to Down 1-14......great effort by the Down lads with the concession of 1-2 in the last couple of minutes putting a gloss on the score....great battling and fight throughout by Down, a credit to their county today.

PaudieSull1 (Down) - Posts: 738 - 11/06/2016 19:09:53    1865210

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Replying To PaudieSull1:  "South Kilkenny 3-17 to Down 1-14......great effort by the Down lads with the concession of 1-2 in the last couple of minutes putting a gloss on the score....great battling and fight throughout by Down, a credit to their county today."
Are any of that team legible to play for Down in the minor hurling championship Paudie or are there rules that prohibit them from that competition?

THEMOLE2 (Down) - Posts: 1615 - 13/06/2016 09:38:41    1865934

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Anyone who isn't u16 is eligible, only 10 counties had their panels restricted to non members of county panel......to be honest that isn't a big issue in the likes of Kilkenny, Galway etc as very few players play more than 1 yr at minor in those counties.

PaudieSull1 (Down) - Posts: 738 - 13/06/2016 11:23:09    1866021

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Replying To PaudieSull1:  "Anyone who isn't u16 is eligible, only 10 counties had their panels restricted to non members of county panel......to be honest that isn't a big issue in the likes of Kilkenny, Galway etc as very few players play more than 1 yr at minor in those counties."
Have we not got a few U16's on our panel or is that only for tier one hurling counties?

Good performance by these lads, hopefully they can go back to their clubs and get meaningful fixtures to allow them to develop further!!

bricktop (Down) - Posts: 2501 - 13/06/2016 11:53:25    1866051

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There are u16s on the u17 panel but those lads can't play minor at inter county level

PaudieSull1 (Down) - Posts: 738 - 13/06/2016 13:04:43    1866126

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These Down lads reach the semi-final of an All Ireland competition and a popular well known local paper sees fit to give coverage of this game a total amount of 3/4 lines (and even then its actually just a 'note' in a side column!!!! Disgusted!
You can 100% guarantee that if the footballers, at any level, reached this stage of an All Ireland competition then not only would there be pictures and a detailed match report but there would also have been review of the game and probably even a few lines about each player in a 'review' of the game! Totally disgusted at the lack of coverage by our local papers for hurling in general but especially for a group of young lads who have excelled in this All Ireland competition but have failed to get the recognition they so thoroughly deserve!

THEMOLE2 (Down) - Posts: 1615 - 16/06/2016 08:27:55    1867503

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Replying To THEMOLE2:  "These Down lads reach the semi-final of an All Ireland competition and a popular well known local paper sees fit to give coverage of this game a total amount of 3/4 lines (and even then its actually just a 'note' in a side column!!!! Disgusted!
You can 100% guarantee that if the footballers, at any level, reached this stage of an All Ireland competition then not only would there be pictures and a detailed match report but there would also have been review of the game and probably even a few lines about each player in a 'review' of the game! Totally disgusted at the lack of coverage by our local papers for hurling in general but especially for a group of young lads who have excelled in this All Ireland competition but have failed to get the recognition they so thoroughly deserve!"
Mole, when the County website or social media outlets failed to carry a report of this game then I think it's a bit hopeful to expect the newspapers to go all out.
You are right though this young team have put in great performances and probably aren't getting much credit for it

downredhand (Tyrone) - Posts: 567 - 16/06/2016 10:25:42    1867561

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There is quite a comprehensive report on the semi final on the Down website under hurling news, seems it got buried in there and was never put up on social media etc.....report is still there for anyone wanting to read it

PaudieSull1 (Down) - Posts: 738 - 30/06/2016 12:30:10    1874203

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Replying To PaudieSull1:  "There is quite a comprehensive report on the semi final on the Down website under hurling news, seems it got buried in there and was never put up on social media etc.....report is still there for anyone wanting to read it"
That article was published in the Down Recorder and Mourne Observer as well.

GeorgyBoy (Down) - Posts: 37 - 30/06/2016 13:20:46    1874231

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Replying To PaudieSull1:  "There is quite a comprehensive report on the semi final on the Down website under hurling news, seems it got buried in there and was never put up on social media etc.....report is still there for anyone wanting to read it"
Fair play just read it, a good report.
Just a pity it wasn't given a bit more promotion at the time as it was probably as good a performance as we're likely to see from a Down team this year

downredhand (Tyrone) - Posts: 567 - 01/07/2016 09:13:34    1874528

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How'd the minors get on in Clare at the weekend?

bricktop (Down) - Posts: 2501 - 04/07/2016 12:21:34    1875985

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Good run out for the minors....played Kildare with a weakened team on the Friday night in a downpour.....game finished 1-11 to 1-10 with all 27 fit players getting a run out

Good session the following day then with Donal Og Cusack at UL training facility including a yoga session in the morning then the team headed to Clare V Laois game

Played Tipp U17s on the Sunday, after the first two halves Down were leading 3-14 to 0-15 before about 12 substitutions were made for the final 25 mins......think it ended up a draw in the end or maybe Tipp were up by a point

Overall seemed to be a good weekend by all accounts

PaudieSull1 (Down) - Posts: 738 - 04/07/2016 18:09:51    1876338

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