Oulart claim pole position
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).
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