Gar­den County hurl­ing clubs fly flag in style

Bray People - - GAA ROUND-UP -

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.

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