It wasn’t the start we had hoped for with defeat for both of our teams on the first day of the 2014 league campaign but we can still take some positives from the day.
In AHL6, our first team lost by a single point to St. Sylvesters. Conditions were difficult in Islandbridge with rain for most of the game and a sticky pitch. We benefitted from good pre-match preparation and dominated the early stages of the game. Although we didn’t convert that dominance into scores as much as we should have, we only conceded 1 point and had a led by 5 points at half time.
In the second half, we put a number of scoring chances wide while Sylvesters inched their way back and drew level after a long range speculative shot found its way to our net. They went ahead with 5 minutes to go and defended solidly to secure victory with a final score of 1-6 to 1-5.
The rain had cleared by the throw-in for our second team’s AHL8 game against Na Gaeil Oga. After a reasonable start we conceded three first half goals and though we probably had enough scoring chances to win in the second half, we lost with a final score of 5-3 to 3-3.
Good to see some new players make their competitive debut with us and, with other players still to return, there is good cause for optimism for our season ahead. We have no competitive fixtures for the next few weeks and plenty of work to do.
Training as usual this week on Monday and Wednesday with Mark Feeney directing the sessions to focus on a mix of skills and fitness.
AHL6: Civil Service (1.04) 1.05 St. Sylvesters (0.02) 1.06
AHL8: Civil Service (0.03) 3.03 Na Gaeil Oga (3.03) 5.03
Training 7.00pm (sharp): tonight Monday (3rd) and Wed (5th)
Civil Service Hurling Club Golf Society (Captains Day Outing)
Palmerstown House Golf Club,
Johnstown Co. Kildare,
Friday 5th Sept 2014