Adamstown on song in derby
Cushinstown rock bottom
ADAMSTOWN 2-21 R’GAROGUE-C’TOWN 1-18
ADAMSTOWN OUTSCORED a competitive Rathgarogue-Cushinstown in their Group B encounter in O’Kennedy Park on Saturday to edge closer to The Courtyard Ferns Intermediate hurling championship quarter-finals.
Goals in either half gave them a consistent control of the game and meant that Ollie Bolger’s late kicked major for the losers made little influence to the outcome.
They say the perfect time to score a goal is just before the interval, and that is exactly what Adamstown’s Liam Stafford did when raising the game’s first green flag as he fired past Colin Whelan.
Prior to this both sides had traded scores with little goal threat. Tony French hit five of the nine first-half minors for the eventual victors while Daire Bolger out-did French’s tally by one, pointing six times before the break.
With a goal separating the sides at the interval (1-9 to 0-9), it was anyone’s game as they emerged for the second period.
It was briefly a one-point game after two Matthew Cody frees and a Jason Dunne single were answered by just one Johnny Connors point, but Adamstown kicked on.
Paddy Whitty and John French got in on the act before the critical second goal.
Tony French added to his impressive points tally with a well-taken major from the penalty spot.
Two Lorcan French points put seven between the teams (2-16 to 0-15) with ten minutes to go as time for a Rathgarogue-Cushinstown revival was running out.
There were tiny embers of hope when Dunne’s pass found Bolger and he kicked below the advancing Paul Delaney but it all seemed too little, too late.
Tony French added another trio of minors to settle the nerves while Rathgarogue-Cushinstown could only manage two more scores, with Daire Bolger and Bernard Furlong on target.
Whitty pointed the final score of the night as Adamstown ran out six-point winners.
The victors will qualify for the knockout stages if they can get something out of their final game with Crossabeg-Ballymurn, but Rathgarogue-Cushinstown are condemned to a relegation final regardless of how they fare.
Adamstown: Paul Delaney; John Whelan, P.J. Carroll, Brendan Furlong; Michael Furlong (0-1), Shane O’Gorman (0-1), James Breen; Johnny Connors (0-1), Lorcan French (capt., 0-2); Tony French (1-10, 0-6 frees), Liam Stafford (1-1), Seán Barden; Harry Cosgrave, Paddy Whitty (0-3), Paudie Barden (0-1). Subs. - John French (0-1) for Cosgrave (31), Barry Power for P. Barden (55).
Rathgarogue-Cushinstown: Colin Whelan (0-1); Ricky McGrath, Bryan Cody, Peadar Cody; Paddy Murphy, Matthew Cody (0-2 frees), Peter Aspel; Brian O’Neill (0-1), Eoin Porter; Robert Murphy (capt., 0-2), Daniel Martin Carroll, Tadhg Cody; Jason Dunne (0-1), Bernard Furlong (0-1), Daire Bolger (0-10, 7 frees). Subs. - Ollie Bolger (10) for Murphy (39), Francis O’Brien for McGrath (42), Colm Murphy for Porter (49), Aaron Ryan for T. Cody (58).
Referee: Seán Whelan (St. Martin’s).
THE ACCURACY of Sam Kelly was the deciding factor in Crossabeg-Ballymurn’s victory over Shamrocks in this lively and closely-fought Group B contest in round four of The Courtyard Ferns Intermediate hurling championship in Oylegate on Saturday.
The talented Wexford Under-21 forward was in deadly form from placed balls and hit an all-important goal midway through the second-half which was a real sucker-punch for their Enniscorthy town opponents.
Having both suffered one defeat already in their campaigns, these sides were determined to get the all-important third win that would secure a place in the last eight, and that determination was evident right from the start as Harry Goff and Sam Kelly traded scores on two occasions early on.
The eventual winners were having a better time in front of goals however, and went ahead by five with ten minutes before the break.
The ‘Rocks regained their composure when Seán Wildes stole inside the defence and finished to the net, and with help from Philip Freeman they were back within two at half-time.
Within two minutes of the restart they were ahead thanks to Goff, Wildes and John Thorpe but that was as good as things would get for them as the beaten finalists of 2015 showed why they were carrying the favourites’ tag with Kelly, Tony Murphy, Oisín Foley and Niall Murphy hitting scores at will, putting them six points up midway through the half.
Seán ‘Tutsie’ Wildes was proving to be a real handful for the Crossabeg-Ballymurn defence and was unlucky not to find the net going into the final quarter.
But the lively full-forward made no mistake one minute later to put his side within touching distance.
Crossabeg-Ballymurn responded admirably however, with who else but Kelly pouncing for a goal almost immediately which was inevitably the score that put his side into the quarter-finals, with Shamrocks’ future uncertain until the final round.
Crossabeg-Ballymurn: Mark Dempsey; Paul Roche, Billy Roche, Alan Byrne; Conor Shovlin, Paddy Devereux, David Kehoe; Conor Devereux, Ronan Devereux (0-1); Shane O’Rourke (0-1), Sam Kelly (1-7, 0-5 frees, 0-1 ‘65), Oisín Foley (0-2); Niall Murphy (0-3), Tony Murphy (1-3), David Jackman. Subs. - Pádraig Foley for B. Roche, Eoin McDonald for Kehoe, Luke Redmond for O’Rourke.
Shamrocks: Jamie Dagg; Barry Dobbs, Mick Weafer, Podge Doyle; Bob Jacob, Anthony Wallace, Philip Freeman (0-1); Jim Jacob, Brandon O’Connor; Harry Goff (0-4), Jack Moorehouse (0-1), Killian Gahan; Maurice Casey (0-4 frees), Seán Wildes (2-1), John Thorpe (0-2 frees). Sub. - Karl Cullen for Thorpe.
Referee: Damien Donovan (Volunteers).
Seán Barden of Adamstown beats Rathgarogue-Cushinstown’s Paddy Murphy to the ball.
Lorcan French of Adamstown is chased by Tadhg Cody.