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The Broadford Hurling Club Special General Meeting that was cancelled last weekend has been rescheduled for Sunday 29th April at 7pm. The meeting, which will be held in the clubhouse, is to establish three new club trustees to replace the existing eight trustees alongside Croke Park Corporate Trust.
The Broadford U14’s gave an amazing display of their hurling skills in the Féile Semi-Final against Scariff/Ogonnelloe and then in the Final against Kilmaley on Sunday; with both matches played back-to-back in Clarecastle.
Broadford beat Scariff/Ogonnelloe by one point (1-06 to 1-05) and the buzz from the crowd after the match was all about the save of the season from Peter O’Farrell in the second half as well as Eoin Gunning’s power solo run down the length of the field to seal the final win.
Spurred on by their first win, the lads had to face the power of Kilmaley in the Final. In a truly nail biting match that saw Broadford take the lead on three occasions after the teams equalised four times, the final result went down to the wire when Broadford were ahead by one point as the match went in to extra time. A subsequent soft goal, with the ball going only just over the line as the lads tried to recover from a jaw dropping blocked free seconds before finally sealed the win for Kilmaley. Final score Kilmaley 3-05 Broadford 0-12.
Such an achievement to get to the final and keeping the pressure up right until the end. Every member of team gave their all and did Broadford proud. Thanks also to trainers Fergal O'Brien, Nicky O'Farrell, Noel Dillon and Padraig Hickey for dedicating their time and expertise developing this exceptional young team.
Good luck to Kilmaley as they prepare to head for Féile in June.
The special general meeting which was to take please on Sunday has been cancelled due to the death of Kathleen Duggan RIP.
Two adult hurling games this weekend, both away games.
Intermediate League on Saturday 14th April. Ogonnelloe v Broadford. Match takes place in Ogonnelloe with throw-in at 6pm.
Clare Cup on Sunday 15th April. Inagh/Killnamona. Match takes place in Inagh with throw-in at 12-Noon. This is a change from the original scheduled throw-in time of 1pm.
Good luck to both teams.
After beating Tulla and The Banner on Saturday, the Broadford U14's will play Scariff Ogonnelloe in their Féile B semi-final. The match takes place in Killaloe on Bank Holiday Monday at 11am.
Good luck lads.
Broadford suffered the cruellest of defeats against Crusheen/Tubber in the U21B Final on Good Friday. The first half of the match, which took place in Cusack Park, saw Crusheen/Tubber take the first point in the opening minutes of the match. However this was the only time during regular play that Crusheen/Tubber were ahead of Broadford. Scores were hard to come by in the first half as both teams struggled to gain quick possession of the ball with neither team giving an inch but thanks to points from Diarmuid O’Brien, Niall O’Brien, James Vaughan, Matthew Troy, Owen Powell, Darren Chaplin and Sparky Whelan; Broadford left the field ahead by two points at half-time (0-07 to 0-05).
The pace picked up in second-half and Broadford’s Niall O’Brien took the first point, from a free but Crusheen/Tubber took the next three points to equalise and it looked as if the game was turning against Broadford. With more to give though, Broadford dug deep and took the next four points as the match went in to the final quarter of regular play (One from play -Owen Powell, two from play – Darren Chaplin, one from a free – Niall O’Brien)
Thanks to two frees and just one point from play, Crusheen/Tubber reduced Broadford’s lead to one point and then, in the 30th minute it seemed that any luck in this game had abandoned Broadford as Crusheen/Tubber was awarded a penalty for an obscured incident in the square.
It now seemed that Broadford’s goalie JC McMahon stood alone between victory and defeat and as every Broadford supporter held their breath and the shot was taken, JC dived away from the crowd to the right of the goal mouth as the ball narrowly went wide to the relief of those now able to breathe again. The sense of relieve was all too short-lived though. With “at least three minutes of additional time” announced through the cold air, the title, it would seem, came down to the last few minutes of what had become a very unpredictable match.
As Crusheen/Tubber had been awarded their penalty in the dying seconds of regular time, in the last second of extra time (3-minutes and 55-seconds) a shot from in front of the stand and sent over the bar for the equalizing point put both teams back to square one and the match had to go to extra time.
The Broadford lads had put their hearts, souls and everything else in to the match and to come back on to the field after having just been denied their win must have been deflating as for Crusheen/Tubber the opposite must have been true and even ebullient.
Broadford fought hard throughout both periods of extra time but were three points down after the first period of extra time. A goal for Crusheen/Tubber though in the second period put victory out of Broadford’s reach. Final Score 0-13 to 1-17
The entire Broadford team put in an outstanding performance and did their parish proud. A special mention here to Matthew Troy, Jack Dillon, Diarmuid O’Brien, Sean Phelan, Michael Hogan, and Darren Chaplin. They all had a fantastic U21 championship and as this was their last year at U21, they leave behind them a legacy in the younger lads that will follow them in the coming years.
Broadford U21’s will be back!