Mas­ter­class from Shane

Gorey Guardian - - SPORT - BRIAN CARTY Divi­sion 3 in Camolin

ST. JAMES’ ST. PA­TRICK’S 2-19 2-10

SHANE MUR­PHY was the star of the show as his haul of 2-10 pro­pelled St. James’ into an All-County Hurl­ing League Divi­sion 3 fi­nal meet­ing with Sham­rocks af­ter an ef­fi­cient 2-19 to 2-10 vic­tory over St. Pa­trick’s in Sun­day’s clash at Camolin.

The former Wex­ford Un­der-21 hurler posed a con­stant threat up front, al­ways seem­ing to make the right move at the right time while si­mul­ta­ne­ously play­ing the role of cre­ator and scorer-in-chief for the Rams­grange men.

That said, the hosts en­joyed the brighter start as Tomás Mor­ris plas­tered home a goal on five min­utes af­ter Ty­nan Flynn’s ini­tial ef­fort from out the field came down off the post.

The same two play­ers con­trib­uted four of St. Pat’s five points in the re­main­der of the half, with Mor­ris an­gling over a beauty from near the side­line in what was their most pro­duc­tive spell of the en­tire con­test.

But a thrilling pas­sage of play saw seven points shared over a six-minute pe­riod, with a brace from Mur­phy and the equally-men­ac­ing Michael O’Grady giv­ing St. James’ a slim 0-11 to 1-6 ad­van­tage at half-time.

And they re­ally ham­mered home their author­ity on 40 min­utes when Mur­phy made yards on the scorched earth be­fore un­leash­ing a rocket shot to the net (1-13 to 1-6).

Eleven of St. Pa­trick’s 15 wides would ar­rive af­ter the break, with Niall O’Brien end­ing a run of seven con­sec­u­tive mis-cues with a point on 43 min­utes to cut the gap.

But they were al­ways play­ing catch-up from the mo­ment Mur­phy goaled for the first time, and he added salt to the lo­cals’ wounds seven min­utes from time when he gath­ered and dis­patched from close-range as the dif­fer­ence swelled to 2-17 to 1-10.

Paul McDon­ald pulled a con­so­la­tion goal back late on when he bat­ted home a cross from his mid­field col­league Tommy Dunne, but St. James’ were home and hosed long be­fore then.

The litany of ab­sen­tees for both sides must be ac­knowl­edged, with house­hold names such as Mark Mol­loy and Matthew O’Han­lon for the vic­tors, and John Doyle and Michael O’Brien for St. Pa­trick’s, all un­avail­able for dif­fer­ent rea­sons.

St. James’: Graeme Mol­loy; Paul Bar­ron, Ja­son Bar­ron, Jamie Do­ran; David Doyle (capt.), Liam Mur­phy, Tommy Walsh; Brian Mol­loy (0-2), Mark Myler; Daniel Keat­ing, Shane Mur­phy (2-10, 0-4 frees), Dar­ragh Lyons; Donal Bar­ron, Alan Walsh (0-2), Michael O’Grady (0-5). Subs. - John Ryan for Mur­phy (55), Conor Dal­ton for D. Bar­ron (60).

St. Pa­trick’s: Stu­art Quinn; Brian Cadi­gan, Joe Cousins, James Cousins; Hughie Doyle (capt.), Daryl Mur­phy, Tommy Mor­ris; Tommy Dunne, Paul McDon­ald (1-1); Shane Finn, Ty­nan Flynn (0-3), An­drew Doyle; Ash­ley Tully, Tomás Mor­ris (1-4, 0-3 frees), Niall O’Brien (0-2). Subs. - Glen Car­ton for Cadi­gan (40), Conor Mor­ris for Tully (51), Kyle Byrne for A. Doyle (58).

Ref­eree: Paul Browne (Clonee).

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