The match started just after 7pm and within a couple of minutes Broadford showed they were in fighting spirit when Donie Whelan buried the sliotar in the back of the net and this was followed a minute later by the first appearance of the white flag when Craig Shanahan sent one over the bar for the home side. Broadford continued to dominate with points both from play, frees and a 65. The points came from across the team including Padraig Hickey, Craig Chaplin and Stiofan McMahon. In typical fashion, Diarmuid Moloney sent one over the bar from beyond the 45m line on the very far side of the pitch and in 30 seconds he was on the exact opposite side of the pitch achieving the same effect. Scariff were not to be left on the side lines though and ensured Broadford did not have it their own way all the time and sent seven of their own over the bar to keep Broadford on their guard. However, the Broadford defence made a superb block of an attempted high goal taken at close range and which could have been a real boost for Scariff at that stage of the game had it gone in. The final score of the first half came from a 65 taken by Cathal Chaplin. Halftime score 1-10 to 0-07.
The second half looked to get off to a different start altogether with Diarmuid Moloney receiving a whack to the side of the knee from a Scariff hurley, the sound of which was heard down the other end of the field and earned Scariff’s number 11 a yellow card. Diarmuid recovered and Cathal Chaplin took the free but it went wide. However, shortly afterwards in a remarkable spectacle Diarmuid and Cathal were again the centre of attention. Diarmuid with the ball in his hand was surrounded with no space to play. Up there for thinking, down there for dancing he quickly hand passed the ball backwards over his head for it to be caught by Cathal who then sent it over the bar from somewhere short of the 65m line. Style! A chop from Scariff earned them another yellow card. In another fine display of team work Eoin Donnellan went on a solo run deep from Broadford’s defence to beyond the 65m line, passing the ball to Darren Chaplin who then sent it to Stiofan McMahon, all seeing off challenges from the opposition. Stiofan took the ball on a short run from around the 20m line to then narrowly miss a goal attempt just sending it wide of the left post. Points were reined in for Broadford by Darren Chaplin, Donie Whelan, Eoin O’Brien, Padraig Hickey and Craig Chaplin. Scariff were unable to find their form and despite scoring a further three points of their own they sent a good number of shots wide, which would have made a significant difference to the final result had they gone between the posts.
A productive match for Broadford and one Scariff will surely be disappointed by. The final score was 1-18 to 0-10
The next outing for the Broadford adult hurlers is on Monday18th for the Junior’s A League match against Sixmilebridge. To be played away in Sixmilebridge.