Junior B Hurling League (AHL 8) – Sat. 21st March 2009
Clontarf 5-8 V Wild Geese 2-4 [ Half Time: 0-5, 0-3 ]
“Wild Geese shot down by Clontarf sharpshooters”
History was made as Clontarf fielded a 2nd Adult Hurling team for the 1st time ever. This was a important milestone for a club that began life as a hurling club almost a half century earlier. An eclectic mix of local hurling entusiasts were rolled out for the season opener against Wild Geese of Oldtown. A number of fringe Div 5 players from last season were joined by several eager minors determined to deliver on the Adult hurling stage. Throw in another handful of warriors recalled after lengthy layoffs and Clontarf took to the field for the 2pm throw in.
Clontarf were 1st out of the blocks to register a score when a long delivery from midfielder Andy Lombard was gathered and converted by Ciaran Johnson. Next up to score was current minor Harry Connolly who's speed up front was causing the Geese defence a few headaches. Lombard and Johnson added further scores before the Geese finally flocked forward with purpose to register 3 good scores. At the interval Clontarf were happy to lead by 2pts in a well balanced game.
One of those recalled from early retirement was Seamus 'Hamish' O'Hanlon and after a fine display in goal in the 1st half he was relocated to his customary full forward berth. Hamish was in the right place at the right time (or was it just the spot he's always in) to finish to the net after a brilliant Ciaran Johnson move. Clontarf were in the ascendancy now as Johnson added a further point before midfielder and captain Eoin 'Chico' Teeling fired a great point from the half way line. However the Geese were far from cooked and with 15mins remaining they took flight in spectacular fashion. Two goals and a point from the Geese tied the game with just 8 minutes remaining as Clontarf looked to be in some disarray.
Next up stepped Man of the Match Ciaran Johnson who delivered 2 great goals in the final minutes as he danced his way past the flapping Geese defence. Paul Murphy added another fine goal to complete his comeback to hurling. As the final whistle sounded Clontarf had won by a remarkable 13 pts to take 2 valuable points on opening day of the season.