Hibernian Hurlers Win Trophy Match
The Allentown Hibernians are headed to the North American County GAA Finals in Boston, following their hurling victory Sunday over the Philadelphia Shamrocks.
With their 3-8 to 1-3 win, the Hibernians also claimed the Hurling League Cup and the Philadelphia Junior C Championship trophy.
Not too shabby for a team that was brand new to hurling last year.
The Hibernians put on the pressure and kept it on from beginning to end, entering the half with a 1-6 to 0 lead. The Shamrocks came out for the second half clearly determined to get back into the game. They battled valiantly, but the Hibos offense was too much for them.
Pat O’Donnell, the Hibernians’ team captain said this year’s team was very different from the first-year squad, which often struggled to get consistent attendance at practice. That’s changed in 2009. “For a second-year team, everybody’s stoked to play all the time,” he said.
Over the Labor Day weekend, Allentown will give Beantown their best. “We’re going to go up to Boston,” O’Donnell said, “and hopefully have a good run up there.”
We’ve got game-day photos.
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