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OU­LART-BAL­LAGH DUF­FRY ROVERS

OU­LART-THE Bal­lagh pro­duced a dom­i­nant sec­ond-half per­for­mance to put Duf­fry Rovers to the sword in Group A of the Top Oil In­ter­me­di­ate ‘ A’ hurl­ing cham­pi­onship in St. Pa­trick’s Park on Sun­day.

The Duf­fry held a one-point ad­van­tage at the in­ter­val (0-9 to 0-8) but they were com­pre­hen­sively out­played af­ter the switch of ends by an im­pres­sive Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh side which leap-frogged them to take top spot in the ta­ble.

Not many would have seen a 14-point drub­bing coming as the sides ap­peared evenly matched in the open­ing half, with Pad Mythen keep­ing the score­board tick­ing over for Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh and Liam Pen­der re­ply­ing with four points for Rovers.

Johnny Flynn-O’Con­nor, Alan O’Neill and Cian Fitzhenry also chipped in with scores for the Duf­fry, while at the other end Adam Nolan and Ben O’Con­nor added two points apiece to add to Mythen’s con­tri­bu­tion.

Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh ripped the Duf­fry de­fence to shreds af­ter the in­ter­val, with Pad Mythen knock­ing over five points on the trot to give them a four-point ad­van­tage on 42 min­utes.

The lead was stretched out to seven, with Peter Sut­ton, Ben O’Con­nor and Mythen all split­ting the posts, and although Donie O’Con­nor stopped the rot for the Duf­fry with their first score of the half in the 50th minute, the wind was well and truly taken out of their sails sec­onds later when Tomás Dunne hit the back of the net.

Ni­cholas Cullen sent a lon­grange free into Dunne and he did well to make room for him­self, be­fore un­leash­ing a shot past Stephen Watchorn.

In less than a minute Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh had their sec­ond ma­jor when Cor­mac Finn raced through on goal and clin­i­cally fin­ished to the net (2-16 to 0-10).

Pad Mythen, Den­nis Morton and Peter Sut­ton added to the hand­some tally of an Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh side which will go into the quar­ter-finals high on con­fi­dence, while sub­sti­tute Matthew Flynn-O’Con­nor grabbed a late con­so­la­tion point for Duf­fry Rovers, who will have to lick their wounds and re-group for the knock­out stages.

Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh: James O’Toole; Seán Mur­phy, Ni­cholas Cullen, Kevin Nimmo; Dar­ren Nolan (capt.), Den­nis Morton (0-1), Niall Red­mond; Pad Mythen (0-11, 7 frees), Gary Mur­phy; Tomás Dunne (1-0), Peter Sut­ton (0-2), Adam Nolan (0-2); Cor­mac Finn (1-0), Ben O’Con­nor (0-3, 2 frees), Daryl Gray.

Duf­fry Rovers: Stephen Watchorn; Craig Casey, Donie Doyle, James Nolan; John Dunne, Paul Nolan, Ai­dan Byrne; Thomas Dunne, Donie O’Con­nor (0-1); Johnny Flynn-O’Con­nor (02), Ea­monn Doyle, Liam Pen­der (0-4, 1 free); Robert Frayne, Alan O’Neill (capt., 0-2), Cian Fitzhenry (0-1 free). Subs. - Cathal Clince for J. Dunne, Matthew Flynn-O’Con­nor (0-1) for Fitzhenry, Fear­gal Kenny for T. Dunne, Gavin Rafter for D. O’Con­nor.

Ref­eree: Bren­dan Holo­han (Rath­garogue-Cushin­stown).

Páidí Cullen of Cloughbawn hand­passes the slio­thar away from Conor Hef­fer­nan (Oylegate-Glenbrien)in their Pet­titt’s SHC meet­ing.

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