Dwyer’s frees deny Harriers
Ferns fight back for draw
FERNS ST. AIDAN’S FAYTHE HARRIERS
TWO LATE frees from Tommy Dwyer gave Ferns St. Aidan’s a share of the spoils as they came from behind to deny Faythe Harriers their second win in Group B of the Pettitt’s Senior hurling championship in Bellefield on Sunday.
This was a hugely entertaining encounter with both teams desperately in search of a second victory as the hunt for the third and fourth spots in this group becomes ever more interesting.
The hunger of Faythe Harriers was evident as they got off to a flying start, with Lee Chin pulling the strings on the ’40, catching a mountain of ball, laying off passes and finding the target on four occasions in the opening quarter.
It could have been even better for the Wexford town side after they won an early penalty, only for Rhys Clarke’s stinging shot to be excellently saved by Mick Walsh.
It took Ferns a while to settle into the game, only hitting their second point midway through the half.
But they then hit a purple patch, outscoring their opponents by five points to one with Ian Byrne and Christopher O’Connor doing the honours, leaving them only trailing by two at the break.
The beginning of the second period was the opposite of the first as it was Ferns who hit the ground running, edging themselves in front within eight minutes.
Paul Morris caused panic every time he got the ball, scoring two points and putting a goal chance barely wide.
Rhys Clarke missed an equally good opening at the other end before Ferns were given a huge boost when Chris Turner reacted fastest to the breaking ball and finished to the net with ease.
The final period was real dogfight with both teams going at each other with everything they had.
Morris, in excellent form, continued to torment the Harriers defence but four points from Chin edged his side in front as the game headed into added time.
But Ferns weren’t finished yet and earned themselves two frees in injury time which Dwyer calmly put over, leaving the last eight to be decided in the final round of games.
Ferns St. Aidan’s: Mick Walsh; Patrick Breen, John Breen, Brian O’Neill; Ryan Nolan, James Tonks, Conor Scallan; Tommy Dwyer (0-3, 2 frees), Gavin Bailey (0-1); Jonathan Dwyer (0-1), Benny Jordan, Ian Byrne (0-2); Chris Turner (1-0), Paul Morris (0-4), Christopher O’Connor (0-4, 3 frees).
Faythe Harriers: Ian Scallan; Cormac Byrne, Richie Kehoe, Ross Lynch; Brendan Mulligan, Colm Heffernan, Alex Lynch; Michael Hanrahan, Rhys Clarke; Wayne Mallon, Lee Chin (0-12, 7 frees, 2 ‘65s), John Bridges (0-1); Pádraigh Farrell (0-4), David Mooney (0-1), Shane Wilde. Subs. - Stephen Kearney for Wilde, Dean Walsh for Mallon.
Referee: John Carton (Monageer-Boolavogue). BALLYHOGUE FIRED their way to the last four of the Permanent TSB Junior ‘A’ hurling championship with a 4-17 to 1-10 dismantling of Rathnure in Friday’s quarter-final in St. Patrick’s Park, Enniscorthy.
It’s no surprise that the Hogues advanced to the penultimate round given it was essentially a first team playing ‘thirds’, but they nonetheless performed with a swagger in the second-half, limiting their opponents to just one point from play, and scoring 2-8 through that particular avenue themselves.
The standard of the first-half largely befitted the lower grade, although the victors did produce a few pockets of quality on occasion. Denis Leacy and James Parle arrowed over neat points before the latter bundled home their first goal on 20 minutes after Ronan Minogue had struck the post (1-4 to 0-2).
However, Rathnure produced a moment of class themselves two minutes later when Dermot Reddy’s run set up Trevor Hogan for a fine goal on the swivel as the gap was cut to 1-4 to 1-2.
But the moment of the half belonged to Hughie O’Neill, who gathered after some good work in the corner by Parle, and used his searing pace before goaling to the top corner to help Ballyhogue into a 2-7 to 1-3 half-time lead.
And it was one-way traffic thereafter, with Rathnure not scoring from play again until Donal McGahan pointed from the last puck. Before that, Parle pounced for his second goal after O’Neill was initially denied, while Leacy batted home their fourth goal four minutes from time to round off a comfortable night’s work for Ballyhogue.
Ballyhogue: Paddy Carr; Fionn Rochford, Eddie Galavan, Ger Cullen; Shane Doyle, Seán Rochford (capt.), Nick Doyle; Conor Byrne, Shane Byrne (0-2); Enda Minogue (0-2), Hughie O’Neill (1-0), Graham Parker (0-2); Ronan Minogue (0-7, 3 frees, 1 ‘65), Denis Leacy (1-2), James Parle (2-1). Subs. - Mick Condon for Parle, Shane Roche (0-1) for Parker, Seán Ring for E. Minogue, Mick Parker for S. Byrne, Shane Fenlon for Cullen.
Rathnure: Liam Barron; Richie Murphy, Mick O’Leary (capt.), Aodhán Foley; Jamie Miller, Shane Barron (0-7 frees), Adam Quigley; Dermot Reddy (0-1 free), Paddy Flynn; Paul Murphy (0-1), Colm Byrne, Donal McGahan (0-1); Jason Murphy, Neil Morrissey, Trevor Hogan (1-0). Subs. - John Haughney for Hogan, inj., Niall Dillon for Flynn, Stephen Quigley for J. Murphy, Kevin O’Leary for A. Quigley, Paddy O’Connor for Foley.
Referee: Dickie Murphy (Rapparees).
Gavin Bailey of Ferns St. Aidan’s on the ball as Rhys Clarke (Faythe Harriers) gives chase.