On Monday evening, St Martins faced off against Naomh Eanna of Gorey in the u-21 Premier hurling final in Bellefield.
Full time: St Martins 4-27 – 2-14 Naomh Eanna
From the offset, the Martins took a stronghold of the game, opening up a comfortable lead of eight points that they kept for the match thereafter. They continued the game as they started, with utter dominance and a fast-paced direct approach that was a joy to watch as a spectator.
Even though they were criticised of late, it was evident in Enniscorthy this evening that this St Martins team is something special and the players justified their number of places on the u-21 county set-up with splendid performances throughout the year and this evening to cap it all off.
The u-21 county regulars showcased their class tonight, with Joe Coleman, Mikey Coleman, Aaron Maddock, Harry O’Connor, Joe O’Connor and Conor Firman performing brilliantly to name just a few.
Scenes here as Mikey takes the cup! U21 hurling champions again, fantastic performance. Hard luck to Naomh Éanna, good game. pic.twitter.com/pIURJbXnav
— St Martins GAA Club (@StMartinsGAA) September 4, 2017
You'd do well to find a better u21 hurling team, not only in Ireland but the whole universe!!!! https://t.co/XXEn30isFy
— Adrian Flynn™ (@Panthero84) September 4, 2017
Despite the dominant performances from those mentioned above, it was no surprise that the star of the show was Rory O’Connor- a recent debutant on the Wexford Senior hurling team that starred against Waterford in the All-Ireland Quarter final.
O’Connor finished with a personal tally of 2:05, all coming from open play in what was simply a sensational performance.
The victory tonight means that St Matins have now achieved glory in the competition for the third time in just four years, and it’s now that these players are beginning to come through to perform at senior level with their club.