John Gaffney, captain of the Wolfe Tones senior hurlers, pictured with County Hurling Board Secretary Michael O'Rourke.
A depleted Wolfe Tones side were unable to match the Louth champions St Fechins in the first round of the Leinster Club Junior Hurling Championship at the Gaelic Grounds, Drogheda on Saturday with the wide margin of 12 points separating the sides in the finish.
St Fechins (Louth) . . . . 3-17 Wolfe Tones Mostrim . . . . 3-5
The Mostrim side had to field without Adrian Sheridan, Thomas Stakem, Mark Tully, Seamus Hannon and John Mulhern and because of the absentees they could only name two subs; veterans Sean McNally and Jimmy Connell.
ST FECHINS: Stephen Hackett; Conor McAuley, Conor Mathews, Caoimhin Seery; Micheál Byrne, Cathal Ryan, Oisín Byrne; Paddy McCormack, Donal Ryan; David Stephenson (0-8, 4f, 2 ‘65S), Seághan Conneely (2-4), Niall Devlin (0-1); Micheal Ryan (0-2), Barry Devlin (1-0), Paul Mathews (0-2).
Subs:- Brian Stephenson for B Devlin (42 mins); Liam Ryan for N Devlin (51 mins); Colin Griffin for M Byrne (53 mins); Paddy Reddy for S Conneely and Donnacha O’Connell for C Seery (56 mins).
WOLFE TONES MOSTRIM: Andy Kelly; Cian McLoughlin, Sean Browne, John Gaffney; Daniel Connell, Brendan Stakem, Tommy Doyle; Martin Coyle (1-0), Daire Duggan; Sean Noonan (0-2), Kealan Cox, John Newman (0-3, 2f); Paddy Cullen (2-0), Nigel Rabbitte, Alan Wade.
Referee: Conor Daly (Kildare).