Garden County hurling clubs fly flag in style
HURLING CLUBS from Wicklow flew the flag for the county in some style last weekend recording victories in all games played in the Leinster leagues.
It would appear that the rising hurling tide being sparked by the county team is lifting all boats at the present time.
Apart from Kiltegan giving a walk-over, there were wins for Glenealy teams, Arklow Rocks, Carnew, Avondale and Eire Og Greystones, while Bray Emmets receive a walk-over from Ballymurn.
In division two Carnew chalked up a resounding 2-19 to 0-6 win over Westmeath's Ringtown with Don Hyland turning in a five-star performance, scoring a whopping 2-8, with 2-4 coming from play. Carnew were in the driving seat from the start and led by 2-9 to 0-2 at half-time, their other scorers being Willy and Michael Collins and Richard O'Hara (0-2 each), while singles came from Joe Murphy, Joe Hughes, Nick Skelton and Timmy Collins.
Carnew: Ted Kennedy, Paul Nolan, Graham Keogh, Thomas Collins, Mark Collins, Dermot Doran, Willy Collins, Timmy Collins, Liam Kennedy, Joe Hughes, Joe Murphy, Nick Skelton, Richard O'Hara, Don Hyland, Michael Collins. Subs: John Doyle and John Joe Myers.
ARP 3-8, Clara 3-7: TJ Byrne was the chief marksman for Arklow Rock Parnells as they held on for a narrow one point win, 3-8 to 3-7, over Kilkenny's Clara in the division 3C.
No Kilkenny teams likes to lose a hurling match, especially to Wicklow opponents, but they found that ARP matched their commitment and spirit in this encounter.
Twelve months ago ARP were well beaten by Kilkenny opponents but they were up for this game and led Clara by six points coming into the home straight after trailing by a point, 1-4 to 1-3, at half time.
Clara crashed a late 21 yards free to the net, tacked on a couple of points but the Arklow men held on for a deserved victory.
TJ Byrne, who headed the list of Arklow scores with 1-5, the goal and some points coming from frees, and he was supported by full-forward Bryan O'Leary with 1-2, Mark Murphy (1-0) and Eamon Quirke (0-1).
ARP: Keith Barnes, Pat Bracken, Gerry Byrne, Joe Mangan, Kevin Reilly, Trevor Mellon, John Foxton, Mark Murphy, Danny Curran, TJ Byrne, Philip Byrne, Eamonn Quirke, Willy Cullen, Bryan O'Leary, Stephen Barnes. Subs: David Monaghan, John Furlong, Billy Mellon.
Avondale 2-11, Naoimh Maoinne 0-4: Avondale also chalked up a big win in their group, dispatching Dundalk's Naoimh Maoinne by a 13 points margin at home.
This was a game where county stars Eamon Kearns at midfield and Eugene Dunne at centreback led the charge for Avondale who were well on their way to victory by half-time when they led by 1-8 to 0-3.
Eamonn Kearns, who is having a marvellous year at midfield for the county team, was top scorer for Avondale with 0-4, while their goals came from Michael O'Toole and Keith Byrne. Other scorers were Raymond Nolan (0-2), Eugene Dunne (0-3), Paul Gahan (0-1), Niall Heffernan (0-1).
Avondale: Benny Byrne, James Busher, Brian Burke, Seamus O'Shaughnessy, Eugene Heffernan, Eugene Dunne, Shane Byrne, Paul Gahan, Eamonn Kearns, Keith Byrne, Trevor Heffernan, James Doyle, Ray Nolan, Barry Vickers, Niall Heffernan. Subs: Martin Busher, Christopher Murphy, Roy Byrne, David Byrne.
Glenealy Seniors 2-5, Ballygarrett 0-5: Even without their top sharpshooter Jonathan O'Neill, Glenealy's Senior hurlers chalked up a six points win over Wexford's Ballygarrett in their Leinster division 2 match on Wednesday last week.
Corner-forward Gavin Byrne was top scorer for the reds with 2-1 and we also had inspirational performances from Trevor McGrath at centreback, county midfielder Thomas Doyle and Wayne O'Gorman who lined out in an attacking role at wing-forward.
Glenealy: Joe Driver, Colm O'Neill, MA O'Neill, Robert Byrne, G. Byrne, Trevor McGrath, Ger Devlin, Thomas Doyle, Nigel Driver, Enan Glynn, Alan Delaney, Wayne O'Gorman, Alan Driver, Alan Conyard, Gavin Byrne. Subs: Shane Keogh, David Nolan.
Glenealy Intermediates 3-14, St. Finian's 0-9: Alan Conyard accounted for Glenealy's winning margin against St. Finian's of Swords in division four as he drilled home an impressive 2-8 of their total with most of his points the result of his accurate free-taking.
The sides were level at the break but Glenealy took control on the change over and pulled away with Lee Kavanagh bagging 1-1, and the other scores coming from Jack Kavanagh (0-2), Eoin O'Neill (0-1), Ruairi O'Neill (0-1), and Barry O'Neill (0-1).
Glenealy Intermediates: Keith Snell, John Manley, Niall Keogh, Joey Driver (junior), Shane Keogh, Colin Byrne, Declan Conyard, Eoin O'Neill, Ruairi O'Neill, Jack Kavanagh, Barry O'Neill, David Nolan, Lee Kavanagh, Anthony Driver, Alan Conyard. Subs: Warren Kavanagh, Glen O'Gorman, Declan Doyle, Stephen Cody, Tom Corr.
Eire Og 2-11, Turin 3-6: Eire Og cut down on frees conceded in the second half and that saw them pull clear of Westmeath's Turin in their Leinster Club game under lights.
They were only clinging to a one point advantage at the break, 1-7 to 2-3, with all of Turin's scores coming from frees.
Both teams rose above the poor conditions to serve up a good display of hurling with Eire Og turning in a solid team performance all the way through.
The Eire Og charge to victory was led James Kelly and Peter Keane, while Shane Nolan impressed greatly even though he is just out of minor ranks. Eire Og are away to Enfield's Na Fianna next weekend.
Scorers for Eire Og were Shane Nolan (1-2), Phelim Byrne (1-1), Peter Keane (0-4), Billy Cuddihy (0-2 from long range frees), Gino Fuisciardi (0-1), Martin Joyce (0-1).
Eire Og: Mark Doran, Tom Enright, Ger Whyte, Kristian Flynn, James Kelly, Billy Cuddihy, Brendan Donoghue, Leon Browne, Gino Fuisciardi, Michael Walsh, Phelim Byrne, Peter Keane, Shane Nolan, Daniel Salmon, Martin Joyce. Subs: Aidan Ivers for M. Walsh, Ryan Brandon for D. Salmon, Ciaran Goff, for M. Joyce.