Glynn-Barn­town send Clough­bawn crash­ing

Enniscorthy Guardian - - SPORT - BRIAN CARTY


LESS than 12 months on from giv­ing Oulart-The Bal­lagh a run for their money in the county final, Clough­bawn’s Se­nior hurl­ing sta­tus hangs in the bal­ance as they put in an­other be­low-par dis­play in los­ing to Glynn Barn­town by 1-21 to 2-10 in Satur­day evening’s Pet­titt’s Se­nior hurl­ing round five Group A tie at St. Pa­trick’s Park.

Sim­ply put, a win was the num­ber one ob­jec­tive for both teams as Clough­bawn looked to leap-frog their op­po­nents in the stand­ings and avoid the dreaded rel­e­ga­tion final.

But there was no sense of the do-or-die na­ture of the oc­ca­sion as, truth­fully, the Kil­lurin-based side looked sharper from the first whis­tle, and had the win vir­tu­ally se­cured at half-time, by which stage they sat com­fort­ably in front by 13 points.

And al­though Clough­bawn didn’t break that double-score deficit un­til the dy­ing em­bers of the game, in the end vic­tory proved fu­tile for Glynn Barn­town, as Shel­maliers’ win over Buf­fers Al­ley on the same evening saw the Mon­amolin men nab the final quar­ter-final berth on the head-to­head rul­ing.

Chief scorer Gary Moore sig­naled his in­tent with Glynn’s opener af­ter only 44 sec­onds, while Fionn Cooney and Rowan White (twice) fol­lowed suit soon af­ter as they built a 0-4 to nil lead af­ter six min­utes.

Harry Ke­hoe pegged back a free for Clough­bawn, be­fore a quick-fire 1-2 re­ally strength­ened Glynn’s po­si­tion by the end of the first quar­ter.

Alan Cow­man and Moore (free) picked off a point each be­fore the lat­ter zoned in on an short puck­out at­tempt, gath­ered pos­ses­sion and con­fi­dently dis­patched low to the cor­ner of the net (1-6 to 0-1). The same player demon­strated his full reper­toire of skills with a per­fectly-judged side-line cut on 17 min­utes, while at the other end Barry Car­ton out-mus­cled his big­ger op­po­nent Craig Doyle be­fore point­ing on the run on 20 min­utes for Clough­bawn’s first score from play (1-8 to 0-3).

In­ci­den­tally, Doyle formed onethird of what was a for­mi­da­ble half-back line for the win­ners’, with John Leacy par­tic­u­larly out­stand­ing as the launch­pad for many Glynn at­tacks.

Mean­while, five unan­swered points on the spin, in­clud­ing two from the im­pres­sive Kevin Crean brought an omi­nous look to the score­board at the change of ends, with Glynn in con­trol by 1-14 to 0-4. Ke­hoe at­tempted to ig­nite a spark with the first two scores of the new half, but Crean pounced on a loose clear­ance to point, while Moore found the range from an­other side­line cut to in­crease the gap to 1-17 to 0-6 af­ter 37 min­utes.

Ke­hoe did pro­duce a mo­ment of class nine min­utes from time when he latched onto a cross field pass to fire low across the body of his Wex­ford col­league Mark Fan­ning (1-20 to 1-8). Fan­ning gained re­venge soon af­ter though when he pulled off an ac­ro­batic save to deny Ke­hoe a cer­tain goal. He also de­nied him from a close-range free at the death, but Ke­hoe made it three times lucky when an­other free squirmed over the ‘line for a con­so­la­tion goal from the last play of a medi­ocre game.

Glynn Barn­town: Mark Fan­ning (capt, 0-2 frees); Barry Doyle, Jack Fen­lon, Shane Codd; Michael O’Re­gan, John Leacy, Craig Doyle; Bren­dan Doyle, Michael Doyle (0-1); Rowan White (0-3), Gary Moore (1-8, two side­line cuts, four frees), Kevin Crean (0-4); Fionn Cooney (0-1), Alan Cow­man (0-1), Daire Bar­ron (01). Subs: Matthew Joyce for Bar­ron, Frankie Hynes for Cooney, David Clarke for M.Doyle, Rioghan Cros­bie for B. Doyle.

Clough­bawn: Noel Car­ton; MJ Fur­long, To­mas Fur­long (capt), Gavin Mur­phy; Barry Ke­hoe, Paudi Cullen, Johnny Cullen; Con­nal Flood, Barry Car­ton (0-2); Harry Ke­hoe (2-6, 1-5 frees), Alan Car­ton, Conor Har­ring­ton; Paul Fo­ley, Bob Whitty (0-2, one ‘65), Colm Ke­hoe. Subs: Corey Bol­ger for Fo­ley, David Doyle Mur­phy for Har­ring­ton, Colin Doyle for MJ Fur­long.

Ref­eree: James Owens (Askamore).

Clough­bawn’s Harry Ke­hoe in ac­tion against Glynn-Barn­town’s Alan Cow­man.

Clough­bawn’s To­mas Fur­long bat­tles with Gary Moore of Glynn-Barn­town.

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