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U-12's 2013 News

U-12 Group II B final Fenagh 21/9/2103
CTHC 9-8 Ballinkillen 0-1

On a glorious Indian summer day at the GAA Centre of Excellence, Fenagh, Carlow Town and Ballinkillen served up hurling worthy of the name of the centre. Things were nip and tuck early on but Carlow Town moved in front with some lovely scores from Kevin Murphy, Rory Harkin and Daniel Brennan. Shane Murphy also got his name on the scoresheet with a couple of scores, the highlight being a lovely catch, run and shot over the bar. Not to be outdone, Adam Nolan scored a lovely point from way out on the left wing. However, Ballinkillen were not letting the Town team have everything their own way, with Adam Tobin, Eamonn  Normanly and Louis Brennan doing their best for Ballinkillen. If it wasn’t for some great saves from Ben Crotty and indomitable defending from Orlaith Murphy and Dwenna Bradley, Ballinkillen would have stretched the back of the net. As it was, at the start of the second half, Carlow Town got some more scores on the board with young Jack Doyle marking his entrance to the game with a nicely struck goal. To their credit, Ballinkillen never gave up and kept taking the game to Carlow town, with the long puck-outs of Eric English driving them on. Jack Ryan and Kevin Kavanagh worked tirelessly for Ballinkillen, while Daniel Murphy, Ryan Kelly, Adam Doyle, Daniel Parker  and Cian Sweeney can be proud of their performance for the Town team.  The game also marked the mighty Orlaith Murphy’s last game for the CTHC under 12’s and her speech at the end of the match was another memorable highlight.

U-12 B final V Ballinkillen Fenagh 21/9/13

Myshall 3-3, Carlow Town 2-8

On a beautiful early autumn evening at the foot of Mt. Leinster, Myshall and Carlow Town played out an enthralling game of hurling. Carlow Town in their new shirts sponsored by AZAP Print were to the fore early on with some well-worked efforts but failed to take their scores. However, the indomitable Kevin Murphy soon had them on the scoreboard with a point, but this was matched by some excellent work from Myshall’s young Scott Tracey. Ryan Kelly plucked the ball out of the air for Carlow Town, and we soon saw a great score from Daniel Brennan. Ciaran Abbey for Myshall showed his skill on the ball as did keeper Fiach Nolan. Carlow Town were making some excellent chances from the likes of Cian Sweeney and Kieran Nolan but were not making the scoreboard tick over. In the second half CTHC started taking their points but Myshall went on a goal-scoring run to keep them right in the game. A beautiful point from Cian Sweeney on the run and a goal from Rory Harkin who followed up on a Kevin Murphy shot made this a see-saw game. A feature of this contest was the effort put in by the Town girls Orlaith Murphy and Dwena Bradley who defended like Amazons! Daniel Parker made some excellent tackles as did Ben Crotty and Daniel Murphy.  Oisin O’Brien, Michael Nolan, Jamie Campbell and Sean Kavanagh all did well for Myshall, but the last word was with Carlow town with a goal from Kevin Murphy and a fine point from Adam Nolan.

U-12's v Myshall 3/9/13

Tues 20th August 2013 v Kildavin/Clonegal

Carlow Town 3-9, Clonegal/Kildavin 4-3

Another fine example of the game of hurling was played out by these two committed teams. The home team took their chances well, especially in their free taking, where Cian Sweeney excelled. Early points from Shane Murphy and Kieran Nolan and a fine solo goal from Adam Nolan settled the town team, where Adam Doyle and Dwena Bradley were hurling well. Ben Crotty’s puck outs were flying upfield and were being contested well by Kildavin players Robert St. Ledger, Killian Coleman and Philip Byrne. High skill levels were exhibited by Rory Harkin and Shane Murphy who scored another nice goal for CTHC. After the break,  Kildavin came more into the game with their outstanding player, Niall Hickey really taking the game to Carlow Town. His goal-taking, and his battle in midfield with Orlaith Murphy, were highlights in the game. Four goals for Kildavin brought them right back, but a goal from Rory Harkin and more points from Cian Sweeney and Adam Doyle kept the home team in front. A fantastic save from the Town’s second-half keeper Jack Doyle was worthy of note. Jordan O’Toole, Daniel Murphy and Ryan Kelly continued to show progress for Carlow Town and hurled well, as did the likes of Mary O’Leary, Liam Coleman and Barry Hickey for Kildavin/Clonegal.

U-12 v Kildavin Clonegal Aug 20th

Tues 30th July v Tullow

St. Pats, Tullow 3-5, Carlow Town 3-5

This was an excellent game played between two well-matched teams. Scores were taken with aplomb, with Kevin Murphy making and scoring his goal with a burst through the middle and driving the ball to the net. Tullow weren’t to be undone and scored twice early on with Dillon Darcy to the fore. The pick of the goals was to be young Jack Doyle’s of Carlow Town who pulled hard on a bouncing ball and it whistled past the Tullow keeper. Stephen Metcalfe and Mark Sherrat were proving a handful for the Carlow team, driving Tullow forward. CTHC held a 1 point lead at half time and knew they’d have to fight hard in the second half. That they did, with the excellent Kieran Nolan in goal, who made some brilliant stops and long puck outs.  The Carlow defence were battling hard, with Dwena Bradley doing her best to stop the likes of Jack Foley and Brian Byrne scoring. She was assisted well by Ryan Kelly, Jordan O’Toole and Adam Nolan. Rory Harkin, Ben Crotty, Daniel Murphy and Adam Doyle all worked hard for the Carlow Town cause. Cian Sweeney scored an amazing point on the run from out on the sideline, which added to points from Kevin Murphy and a goal from Daniel Brennan had CT in the lead late on but the never-say-die attitude of Tullow meant they kept on coming and secured a draw with a late goal.

U-12's v Tullow 30/7/13

Sat 27th July v Ballinkillen

Carlow Town  5-8, Ballinkillen2  0-0

Carlow Town proved too strong for an honest Ballinkillen team on Saturday last. Although they battled hard for the full game they really couldn’t get a toe-hold in the game. Eoghan Chada did well in the Ballinkillen net but he was powerless to prevent early goals from Kevin Murphy, Cian Sweeney and Town captain Rory Harkin, who also scored a point from a free. Louis Brennan worked hard for Ballinkillen, and with Adam Nolan from CTHC, gave an exhibition of ball catching. Craig Bermingham and Eamonn Normanly from Ballinkillen gave good displays as did the young Doyle brothers, Adam and Jack for Carlow Town. The younger Nolan brother, Kieran, scored a well-taken point in the first half but he produced some fantastic point-blank saves when he went into goal in the second half and Ballinkillen were threatening. Town keeper for the first half, Daniel Brennan made his mark when he moved to the forward line in the second half with a lovely goal. The Carlow defenders, Jordan O’Toole and Daniel Murphy, always stepped up to the ball and put in another good performance. 

In memory of Eoghan Chada Ballinkillen, R.I.P.

U-12's v Ballinkillen 27/7/13

Tues 9th July 2013 v Burrin Rangers

In the words of Tony Murray, Cóiste na nÓg Secretary, this was a fantastic example of hurling played very sportingly by two well-matched teams. Carlow Town started the brightest and soon had the scoreboard ticking over with scores from Rory Harkin (2-0) and the outstanding  Kevin Murphy (1-4). With the strong sun at their backs, Carlow Town, driven on by another excellent display from Adam Nolan and Adam Doyle, kept picking off their scores. However in the second half Rangers found their game and exploded into life, with the excellent Conor Duffy scoring 3 goals in total, ably assisted by a hard-working Rowan Deane (1-0). Lochlann McGagh played his usual classy hurling, helping himself to 2 points, with admirable Darragh O’ Donoghue adding another. Seamus Connolly’s never say die attitude pushed the Rangers on but  it wasn’t to be enough as the town team were defending well with Ryan Kelly, Ben Crotty and Orlaith Murphy taking no prisoners.  They took some fine scores too, for example, young Kieran Nolan scoring a goal from a free and Cian Sweeney adding a point. Jack Doyle had a good game for Carlow Town together with Shane and Daniel Murphy. 

U-12 v Burrin Rangers 9th July 2013

Sat 6th July 2013 v Setanta

On Saturday afternoon in glorious conditions Carlow Town and Setanta gave us an enjoyable exhibition of the ancient game. The Town team came to the fore early on and kept the scoreboard ticking over. These scores were set up and often finished by the excellent work of the Kevin Murphy and Adam Nolan partnership in the Carlow Town midfield, with the forward line of Rory Harkin, Daniel Brennan, Ben Crotty and Adam Doyle benefiting from the midfielders industry. Setanta goalkeeper Conor Murphy though was making some fine saves behind a hard-working defence that contained the excellent Ben Doorley. Liam Seery showed some first-rate  touches as did Brian Mc Grath, Brian Geoghegan and the young Aonghus Ó Sé. Carlow Town in the second half sprung Cian Sweeney from goal and he added to the scoreline, assisted by the Murphy siblings Orlaith and Shane. Daniel Parker, Jordan O’ Toole and Ryan Kelly’s concentration levels never wavered during the whole contest, evidence of excellent defending by the eventual winners.

u-12 v Setanta 6th July 2013

Tues 2nd July 2013
CTHC u-12 3-5 vs. Myshall B 0-2
Carlow Town got the better of a determined Myshall team in this match at the Hurling Club. Both teams played to a high level but it was the town team who took their scores better. A couple of early scores from CTHC including  goals from Rory Harkin and Ben Crotty (1-1) sent the home team on their way but the likes of Padraig Nolan and Michael Nolan from Myshall weren’t going to let them have their own way. The hurling skills of Fiach Nolan who scored a lovely point, Scott Tracey and Tommy Dunne (0-1) kept Myshall in the hunt but another goal from Rory Harkin, together with points from Ben Crotty, Kevin Murphy, Adam Nolan and Cian Sweeney ensured CTHC ended up with a win. Orlaith Murphy was singled out for individual praise by referee Martin Murphy. Shane Murphy did very well in goal for the home team while Daniel Parker, Daniel Murphy and Jordan O’Toole were strong in defence. Daniel Brennan and Adam Doyle both turned in fine second half performances. Well done to both teams on the standard of play.

U-12 v. Myshall July 2 2013

Challenge match v Graiguecullen Sun 30th June 2013

U-12 v Graigue June 30th 2013

Sat 8th June 2013

U-12 match 8th June 2013

Tues 14th May 2013
CTHC vs St. Pats, Tullow
The Town team were unfortunate to come out second best in this ding dong battle. Both teams showed periods of good hurling but it was the Tullow team who always seemed first to the ball and took their goal chances. A combination of bad luck for the home team  and good defending by the visitors kept CTHC at bay and then a burst up the field would yield dividends for St. Pats. Dwenna Bradley and Orlaith Murphy worked hard for the Town team and Dillon Ó Darcaigh and Marcus Sherrat played well for An Tulach. Kevin Murphy as usual drove the home team on, ably assisted by Adam Nolan and Cian Sweeney. Brian Ó Broin and Aaron Ó Mordha handled their hurls well for St. Pats and the likes of Ben Crotty and Daniel Brennan did the same for Carlow town. Ryan Kelly, Jordan O'Toole, Daniel Brennan made some excellent covering runs in their defensive roles for CTHC, covering good moves made by the likes of Stiofáin Metcalfe and Eoghan Ó Concubhair from Tullow.

May 14, 2013

Sat 11th May 2013
Ballinkillen 4-1, CTHC 2-5
Carlow Town Hurling club under 12’s travelled to face Ballinkillen on Saturday last in windy conditions to which the home team settled better. They raced into an early goal-scoring lead with the strong wind at their backs but the Carlow Town hurlers never gave up, forcing the Ballinkillen defenders to hurl at their best. Despite the goal fest, it was the Town defenders who showed their mettle, with Daniel Parker, Dwenna Bradley and Jordan O’ Toole doing excellent work. Eoin Cummins, Donal Quirke  and Eric English hurled well for Ballinkillen while Kevin Murphy shouldered the scoring duties for the Town team driving the team forward in the second half ably assisted by Adam Nolan. Young Kieran Nolan  pounced to score a well-taken goal whilst Cian Sweeney was unlucky against the wind with his frees. Shane Murphy, Daniel Brennan and Rory Harkin showed flashes of real skill as did the indomitable Orlaith Murphy. Ben Crotty soldiered well at full forward and Alan Owens made a welcome debut. Team: Kieran Nolan 1-0, Daniel Parker, Dwenna Bradley, Jordan O'Toole, Adam Nolan, Daniel Murphy, Kevin Murphy 1-5, Orlaith Murphy, Shane Murphy, Cian Sweeney, Ben Crotty, Rory Harkin, Daniel Brennan, Alan Owens.

May 11, 2013

Tues 7th May 2013
CTHC 4-4, Burrin Rangers 4-4


CTHC and Burrin Rangers played an excellent game of hurling with all players reaching a high standard. Again it was the standout players on both sides who drove the sides on with Kevin Murphy and Adam Nolan featuring for CTHC and Andrew Farrell and Seamus Connolly doing likewise for Burrin Rangers. Cian Sweeney was very composed on his free-taking for the home team whereas Lorcan Doyle took his chances well for the Rangers.Daniel Brennan, along with Shane Murphy showed some silky skills and well taken scores, while the defending of Daniel Parker, Jordan O'Toole and Ryan Kelly was excellent. Daniel Murphy scored a long-range goal to be proud of whilst Rory Harkin was very unlucky to see his snap-shot saved. Ben Crotty was tigerish in his efforts while Orlaith Murphy gave her usual determined performance. Adam Doyle did well in goal in the first half aiding the team with some excellent stops and puck-outs and he worked hard in the half-forward line in the second. Scorers: Shane Murphy 0-1, Daniel Murphy 1-0, Cian Sweeney 0-2, Kevin Murphy 2-1, Daniel Brennan 1-0.

May 7, 2013

Saturday April 13th 2013
Clonegal/Kildavin 5-1, Carlow Town HC 2-14

Carlow Town and Kildavin/Clonegal ignored the elements to serve up an exciting game on Saturday last. Despite the poor conditions, both teams played some excellent hurling with the likes of Adam Doyle, Dwenna Bradley and young shot-stopper Kieran Nolan doing well for CTHC. Cian Sweeney scored a goal on the volley any county player would have been proud of and Shane Murphy gave an exhibition of point-taking for the Town team. Adam Nolan marshalled

U-12 Apr 13, 2013

the hard-working defence that included Ryan Kelly, Daniel Murphy and Jordan O'Toole whilst Rory Harkin and Orlaith Murphy showed some nice touches on a difficult surface. For Kildavin/Clonegal Niall Hickey was a class act in the midfield  while Richard Byrne and Daniel Smith tried their hardest. Well done to both teams and thanks to Clonegal/Kildavin for their warm welcome.
Saturday April 6th 2013
Carlow Town HC 4-4, Burrin Rangers 5-3

Carlow Town and Burren Rangers played out an exciting under-12 match on Saturday in their first game of the season. Burren Rangers started strongly with Andrew Farrell to the fore but excellent work from the likes of Kevin Murphy and Adam Nolan kept CTHC in the hunt. It was nip and tuck in terms of the scoring with some beautiful scores being taken by both teams. Conor Bolger, Donncha Murphy and Seamus Connolly did trojan work for Na Raonaithe while the extended Murphy clan, Orlaith, Shane and Daniel, got stuck in. Other “senior” squad members Rory Harkin, Daniel Parker, Ryan Kelly, Ben Crotty and Cian Sweeney led the way in terms of their application, showing great example to youngsters such as Daniel Brennan and Kieran Nolan. An exciting game finished on a scoreline of 5-3 to 4-4 for Burren Rangers.

U-12's April 6th, 2013