Aughrim finish strongly to see off ARP
Aughrim 1-13, Arklow Rock Parnells 1-8: Slow starting Aughrim hurlers finally surged ahead in the last quarter of their junior B hurling championship semi-final to beat Arklow Rock Parnells by five points after a keenly contested game at Arklow on Monday.
JUNIOR B HURLING SEMI-FINAL ARP exploded from the blocks in this match to take a 1-1 lead in the first five minutes, both scores coming from their prolific wing-forward Colm Byrne, and they went on to lead their opponents up to the three quarter stage.
Joe Mangan was showing strongly at wingback for ARP, Nicky Murphy doing good work at midfield as they took a slender 1-4 to 0-6 lead into the break, the Aughrim recovery underpinned by the point taking of their centre-back Shane O’Loughlin from frees and Kevin Byrne at wing-forward.
ARP again had a great start to the second half as centre-back Bryan O’Leary fired over two smashing points from ‘65s’ and it looked for a time as if they were set to prevail in this game.
On 40 minutes however Aughrim snatched a goal out of the blue to draw level. Defender Alan Byrne won a ball on the right wing before floating a speculative left-hand shot into the goalmouth, with the sliothar sailing all the way into the top right-hand corner of Joe Connors’ net.
The sides were still level on 45 minutes after John Somers had exchanged points with Aughrim midfielder Robert Lambert whose free-taking came good in the final quarter with a succession of points after being off-target in the opening half.
And it was Lambert and Kevin Byrne who banged over the points that gave Aughrim their five points victory and put them through to the final where they will meet KilmacEnniskerry.
Scorers for Aughrim: Shane O’Loughlin (0-3), Kevin Byrne (0-4), Robert Lambert (0-5), Alan Byrne (1-0), Clive Horan (0-1)
ARP scorers: Colm Byrne (1-2), Bryan O’Leary (0-3 from 65s), Pat Crotty (0-1), John Somers (0-1), Mick Byrne (0-1).