Twomey drives Nemo to vic­tory

Irish Examiner - County - - Sport - An­drew Hor­gan

NEMO RANGERS pro­gressed to the se­cond round of the Ju­nior A Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onship as they de­feated Bal­li­nascarthy by eight points at a blus­tery Newces­town on Satur­day evening.

A bril­liant dis­play of fin­ish­ing from cen­tre for­ward Brian Twomey was enough to see Nemo safely through to the lat­ter stages of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Rangers opened the scor­ing after just two min­utes when Twomey notched his first point of the af­ter­noon with an ex­cel­lent free. Bal­li­nascarthy re­sponded well with two quick fire set pieces of their own with Jeremy Ryan twice split­ting the up­rights with a 65 and a free from a dif­fi­cult an­gle.

But with quar­ter of an hour played, Rangers again edged in front and es­tab­lished a lead that they would hold for the rest of pro­ceed­ings thanks to a goal from Kevin O’Dono­van.

Jack Hor­gan’s ex­cel­lent pass picked out O’Dono­van and after a clever turn, the full for­ward drilled his strike low past the keeper from close range. The rest of the first half turned into the Brian Twomey show as he added six fur­ther scores to his tally in­clud­ing two bril­liant scores from play.

Bal­li­nascarthy re­mained within touch­ing dis­tance thanks to overs from Dar­ragh Hen­nessey and a cou­ple of frees from Jeremy Ryan to make the score at the in­ter­val 1-7 to 0-5.

Nemo’s Shane Hor­gan grabbed a brace of points at the be­gin­ning of the se­cond half ei­ther side of two more dead-ball scores from Bal­li­nascarthy’s Jeremy Ryan.

But Rangers soon re­gained con­trol of the con­test as they scored four more points with­out re­ply with that man Twomey fir­ing them all.

With the game draw­ing to a close, Sean Ryan and Ricky O’Flynn added a bit more re­spect to the score line but they would rue hit­ting 10 wide dur­ing the game. Nemo’s Brian Twomey com­pleted the scor­ing with a free late on as Rangers march for­ward re­lent­lessly.

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