The Lough Leagues

It was a mild summer’s evening and our 4th class hurling team gathered together at the Lough Church on Tuesday the 19th of June. They proudly marched behind a lone piper alongside the teams from the locality. The boys and their supporters then sang our national anthem by the Lough. The Donie Cremin Memorial Cup for boys was the prize up for grabs and the opposition was Teaghlaigh Naofa Gaelscoil from Ballyphehane. After a hard fought first half Togher Boys were trailing by one point. Heads did not drop however and the boys began the second half with exceptional determination. This paid off when Jamie O’ Sullivan Crowley scored a great goal. Togher were ahead by two points. The work rate to protect our lead was phenomenal, with excellent tackling and saves executed by our goalkeepers but luck was not to favour us on the night as Teaghlagh Naofa scored an unstoppable goal in the dying minutes. Togher lost the game by a single point. Everyone was devastated but the boys were true sportsmen to the end, indeed Mick Finn, former Lord Mayor of Cork, overheard one of our boys (Leon) congratulating the other team and commending his excellent goal and Mick said this was what the Lough Leagues was all about. Miss O’ Connell and Mr Collins both remarked that they were exceptionally proud of the boys performance and behaviour.
Team: David, Aaron, Kaylem, Jamie, Shane, James G, William, Luke, James B, Leon, Patrick, Nathan and Craig.
Assistants: Patrick P, Jonatan
Reporters: Ian, Dylanimg-20190619-wa00001961207443.jpg