A huge win on the road today for the Blarney lads in the semifinal of the U19 O Gorman Shield.
Blarney dominated for long periods of the match never letting Castleisland settle on the ball or build phases. Our defense held firm and our attacking play caused huge problems for Castleisland. An early try settled Blarney and another converted try gave us a lead of 12-0 at half time.
Castleisland scored early in the 2nd half but Blarney responded almost immediately with a well worked try and could have gone further ahead but a few handling errors gave Castleisland the confidence to get back down the pitch to score and convert to leave 5 between the teams.
Having learnt our lessons the hard way in the past leaking late scores, the boys confidently closed out the game forcing a knock on by the home team in the last play.
A group of lads we are immensely proud of who always give everything for the team, and each other. It was a great victory, thoroughly deserved.
SMGS 17 Castleisland 12
Roll on the final vs CBS Nenagh, date and venue TBC