Inniscarra just came up short in the semi-final of the Premier 1 U16 Hurling Championship at The Mardyke on Thursday evening.This was a closely contested affair with little between the sides and some high class hurling. Na Piarsaigh got the ideal start with a goal from their first attack but Inniscarra settled with a foul on Dylan Church resulting in an Eoin McCarthy pointed free. Frankie Horgan pointed after good work by Jamie O’Sullivan. A wonderful catch and turn by the excellent Liam Ryan resulted in Inniscarra third point but shortly afterwards Piarsaigh got a second goal. Dylan Church scored a lovely point after a layoff by Darragh Hughes. Midfielders Fergal O’Leary and Liam Ryan then each scored a point before Eoin McCarthy picked up a good clearance by Cillian Murphy to score a long range point. Half Time Inniscarra 0 -7, Piarsaigh 2 - 9. Owen McCarthy got another point after the break and Inniscarra were now playing much better. A good catch by Eoghan Daly found Owen McCarthy who was fouled and he duly converted the free. Mark McLoughlin and Owen McCarthy each had points and some excellent defending by corner backs Evan Kelly and the tenacious Jack O’Sullivan led to the ball reaching Mark Buckley who transferred to David Kiely and his shot found the net for a morale boosting goal. A brilliant point by Sean Sheehan kept the momentum going and a puck out from Padraig Holland was fielded by Con O’Leary who cleared upfield to Owen McCarthy and after a long run on goal he placed the ball in the corner of the net for Inniscarra second goal. Now just three points behind Inniscarra looked like they might succeed but an Owen McCarthy pointed free was their last score. Final Score Inniscarra 2 - 13 Na Piarsaigh 2 – 17 Scorers; Owen McCarthy 1 – 6, Liam Ryan 0 – 2, Frankie Horgan 0 – 1, Dylan Church 0 – 1, Mark McLoughlin 0 – 1,Sean Sheehan 0 – 1, Fergal O’Leary 0 – 1. Team; Padraig Holland, Evan Kelly, Cillian Murphy, Jack O’Sullivan, Jamie O’Sullivan, Con O’Leary, Mark Buckley, Liam Ryan, Fergal O’Leary, Sean Sheehan, Owen McCarthy, Dylan Church, Frankie Horgan, Mark McLoughlin, Darragh Hughes, Subs, Eoghan Daly for Darragh Hughes, David Kiely for Dylan Church, Brian Linehan for Con O’Leary (inj), Sean Geary for Sean Sheehan. Many thanks for all their hard work to mentors Padraig Hughes, Leo Murphy, Brian McCarthy and Bill Ryan.