From red hot to red faced

Conor Heary in control for O’Loughlin Gaels

Pics: Donal Foley

THE BEST made plans of mice and men can go awry.

History will tell us that no matter how well a project is planned something can still go wrong.

That is exactly what happened in the senior hurling championship game between O’Loughlin Gaels and Clara on Sunday.

The St John’s Parish Club was red hot favourites to jump the Clara obstacle.

In the opening half O’Loughlin Gaels team was certainly red hot, on fire as they led by 0-10 to

0-4 at the break.

But at the end of a second half in which never say die Clara had the wind in their sails it was the Gaels who were left red faced and on the wrong end of a 2-12 to 0-16 final score.

The result was certainly a shocker but Clara will be delighted to have upset the applecart and the victory should certainly boost their chances of more of the same in the semi-final and perhaps the final.

O’Loughlin Gaels looked the more accomplished team, as fit as fiddles and superbly organized.

They were without familiar faces, Brian Hogan and Cian Loy but Clara too were minus walking wounded including Lester Ryan.

A goal helped the Clara boys to eat into the city club’s lead and then it was a late, late second goal that saw them complete what some might term a Lazarus-like recovery.