Prior to Goose the Market taking the field against Pat Flynn’s during Week 7 of the Indy Hurling Club’s summer pub league, a Goose player was overheard remarking, “This ain’t your grandpa’s Flynn’s team”. Flynn’s, last year’s pub league resident cellar dweller, has built on the momentum of winning last year’s Shield Championship and now fields a team capable of not only competing with the best teams in the league, but winning as well. The new Flynn’s was put to the test against league leading Goose in the second match of the day for both squads on Sunday, June 24th at the Eugene Burns Fields in Lawrence.
For Flynn’s, a chance to increase their odds of finishing the regular season with a winning record was on the line. Goose needed to win, and win big, in order to set up a showdown against Claddagh in the league’s final week, the winner of which would secure the #1 seed in the upcoming playoffs (provided both teams win out leading into Week 8). With plenty at stake, the teams squared off for what would be an intense and highly entertaining match.
Goose started hot, pointing early and often to build a comfortable halftime lead. A second half lineup change, however, resulted in a great deal of discomfort for the Goose squad. Human Swiss Army Knife Shawn Kohrman, after spending the entire match defending the goal, decided he’d like to go out and score one on the other end of the field, which he promptly did. Kohrman was replaced in goal by Kyle Griffith, which seemed like a good idea at the time.
14 seconds later, Goose’s seemingly insurmountable lead was suddenly extremely surmountable (I’m sure ‘surmountable’ is a real word). Ageless wonder Steve Lewis fired the second of his two goals into the net, and fleet footed Tim Cabeen charged in for his own pair of goals. Unwilling to hear Steve run his mouth all week about how he’s the only one pulling his weight around the house, Irene Lewis put her own goal into the net, and the game was suddenly perilously close to tipping in Flynn’s favor. Goose, however, managed to find their footing on defense after the flurry of Flynn’s goals. Griffith stood tall in goal, preventing Flynn’s from completing what would have been a remarkable comeback, and Goose won going away behind a late goal and their own flurry of points, 7-15 to 6-5.
Tommy Smith and Jeremy Fagan led the way for Goose, putting up 1-6 and 3-4, respectively. Shawn Kohrman’s request to play goalie, half forward, and referee the next match all at the same time is under review. Flynn’s was led by the Lewis family’s combined 3 goals, the aforementioned 2 from Cabeen, and points from Reid Kercheval (3), Russ Hochstedler (1), and David Albrecht (1-1).
Goose hurler Tim Moriarty was held scoreless.
Flynn’s can end the season with a .500 record if they can defeat both Pogue’s Run and Good Earth during the final week of league play. Goose faces off against Claddagh for the presumed #1 seed on the playoffs in the final week.