Mon­ageer still un­beaten

New Ross Standard - - SPORT - ML. HEF­FER­NAN


MON­AGEER-BOOLAVOGUE main­tained their un­beaten run in Group B as they saw off a de­ter­mined Black­wa­ter side in this dogged en­counter in round four of The Court­yard Ferns In­ter­me­di­ate hurl­ing cham­pi­onship in Oylegate on Satur­day.

Although they were ahead for most of the game, the group lead­ers were made earn their win with Black­wa­ter do­ing every­thing they could in search of a vi­tal sec­ond vic­tory.

In­deed, the last puck of the ball was the only time that the even­tual win­ners were as­sured of vic­tory as Dar­ren Byrne went in search of a late win­ning goal but his shot blazed wide much to Mon­ageer-Boolavogue’s re­lief.

It was tit-for-tat in the open­ing quar­ter as both sides hit five apiece. Mon­ageer-Boolavogue had five dif­fer­ent scorers but Black­wa­ter were a lit­tle re­liant on Dean Wright who lev­elled mat­ters with a point just be­fore he plucked a huge de­liv­ery out of the sky and buried a shot to the net.

The even­tual win­ners re­sponded well how­ever, and hit six be­fore the break to take a two-point half­time lead.

Pádraig Flynn made it three im­me­di­ately af­ter the re-start just be­fore Diar­muid Mur­phy was bot­tled up by a stub­born Mon­ageer-Boolavogue de­fence when he had a glo­ri­ous goal chance.

The same player made no mis­take min­utes later when he fin­ished to the net with a sting­ing shot to make it level again.

Again, the men in red re­sponded ex­cel­lently, hit­ting the next three scores, with Diar­muid Fen­lon in deadly ac­cu­rate form.

It wasn’t un­til mid­way through the half that Black­wa­ter would get their sec­ond score of the half, mainly due to a teak-tough Mon­ageer-Boolavogue de­fence led by Tommy Breen who was mop­ping up at cen­tre-back.

The seasiders kept plug­ging away ad­mirably and af­ter Wright and Dar­ren Byrne got them to within two go­ing into in­jury-time, the lat­ter did every­thing right to cre­ate a goal chance but couldn’t keep his shot on target, leav­ing his side need­ing a win in their fi­nal game.

Mon­ageer-Boolavogue: Seán Mur­phy; Graham O’Reilly, Chris Daly, Mick Sweeney; Niall O’Reilly, Tommy Breen, Ian Hawkins; Damien Fen­lon (0-1), Larry Mur­phy (0-1); Cathal Walsh (0-1), Stephen Mur­phy (0-1), Pádraig Flynn (0-3); Diar­muid Fen­lon (0-8, 6 frees), Matthew Dunne (0-3), Brian O’Lough­lin (0-1 free). Subs. - Peter Mer­nagh for O’Lough­lin, Mark Ga­han for Walsh, Colm O’Lough­lin for Flynn.

Black­wa­ter: Peter O’Brien; Richard Blake, Dar­ren Byrne (0-1), An­thony Roche; Kevin O’Brien, Brian Doo­ley, Denis O’Brien; James Doo­ley, Michael Lil­lis; Dean Whe­lan (0-1), Denis Car­roll (0-1), Diar­muid Mur­phy (1-0); Dy­lan Dixon, Paul O’Leary (0-1), Dean Wright (1-7, 0-5 frees, 0-1 ’65). Subs. - Eoin O’Neill for Roche, Shane O’Leary for Dixon, Seánie Pur­cell for J. Doo­ley.

Ref­eree: Bren­dan Martin (Bal­ly­hogue).

The ball breaks away from Eoin Doyle (Shel­maliers) and the Glynn-Barn­town duo of Bren­dan Doyle and Fionn Cooney in their Pet­titt’s SHC en­counter in Belle­field on Satur­day.

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