Fer­gal Óg reach the fi­nal

Bray People - - Bray Sport - Mark KENNEDY

Fer­gal Óg 1-18, Carnew 3-9: Fer­gal Óg from Bray stand on the thresh­old of winning their first ever ju­nior A hurl­ing cham­pi­onship ti­tle af­ter beat­ing famed Carnew by three points in their semi-fi­nal game at Ark­low on Sun­day.

This was a crack­ing game of ju­nior hurl­ing from start fin­ish, con­tested in a very sport­ing man­ner right to the fin­ish.

The Fer­gal Óg victory was all the more mer­i­to­ri­ous be­cause they played the last twenty min­utes with only 13 play­ers af­ter hav­ing two men sent off on dou­ble yel­low cards.

And in that pe­riod Carnew hit back for their 3 goals scored by Martin Doyle which made for a very tight fin­ish to match.

Bol­stered by some for­mer St. Pa­trick’s hurlers, Fer­gal Óg led from pil­lar to post, in­clud­ing open­ing up a 0-5 to 0-1 lead early in the first half.

Carnew made a num­ber of as­tute changes and, de­spite the nor­mally ac­cu­rate Thomas Darcy be­ing off tar­get with a num­ber of frees, they suc­ceeded in re­duc­ing the mar­gin to two points, 0-9 to 0-7 at the break.

Fer­gal Óg again opened up a gap in the third quar­ter af­ter they had made some al­ter­ations to their team for­ma­tion, but their vul­ner­a­bil­ity in the clos­ing 20 min­utes af­ter the two play­ers were sent off was ex­ploited by Carnew, par­tic­u­lar by full-for­ward Martin Doyle as he ri­fled home those three goals.

And Carnew just might have pipped it had they con­cen­trated more on pick­ing off those points ear­lier, but all credit to Fer­gal Óg for hold­ing on and set­ting up a cham­pi­onship fi­nal meet­ing with ei­ther Eire Óg or New­cas­tle.

Fer­gal Óg were in­spired by victory by the per­for­mances of Karl Lacey, Jim and John Con­nors and Paddy Fisher; while Carnew were led by Martin Doyle and a tight de­fence in which James Joyce and Michael Os­borne shone like a bea­con of hope.

Barry Cowan scored the goal for Fer­gal Óg and other scor­ers in­cluded John Con­nors (7 points). Frankie Cowan, Robert Ma­son (3), Andy O’Brien (4).

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