Aughrim fin­ish strongly to see off ARP

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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).

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