Rocks and GOH ad­vance

New Ross Standard - - SPORT - DAVE DEV­EREUX


TARA ROCKS as­sumed con­trol af­ter the in­ter­val to see off Geral­dine O’Han­ra­hans and take top spot in Group B of the Top Oil In­ter­me­di­ate ‘A’ hurl­ing cham­pi­onship in St. Pa­trick’s Park on Sun­day.

The sides were dead­locked at 1-7 apiece at half-time, but with the ac­cu­rate Dean O’Toole point­ing the way, the north county out­fit pulled away at a can­ter in the sec­ond pe­riod.

Tommy Boland grabbed the open­ing score in­side 20 sec­onds, but Geral­dine O’Han­ra­hans were handed the op­por­tu­nity to make an early state­ment when Kevin Grangel was taken down for a penalty.

Goal­keeper Bran­don Gar­diner made the long walk for­ward, but his op­po­site num­ber Tom Hughes was equal to the ef­fort, get­ting down well to his right to save the shot.

Tara Rocks were shad­ing it 0-4 to 0-3 by the twelfth minute, and they twice went close to rais­ing a green flag in the space of three min­utes, with both Fionn Doyle and Pa­trick For­tune fail­ing to get firm enough con­nec­tions on their ef­forts on goal.

The Geraldines did man­age to hit the back of the net at the other end, but it was only af­ter an almighty scram­ble, with Brian Haber­lin sweep­ing a ground stroke to the net to put the New Ross side ahead (1-5 to 0-6).

How­ever, af­ter Eoin Kelly stretched the lead to three, Bren­dan Hobbs showed his strength to burst through the de­fence and ap­ply the fin­ish to draw Tara Rocks level.

The Gorey District out­fit upped the ante af­ter the in­ter­val and built up a 1-15 to 1-9 lead by the mid­point in the half, with Dean O’Toole, Bren­dan Hobbs, Richard Hughes, Fionn Doyle and Tommy Boland all do­ing the need­ful.

Dy­lan Egan re-ig­nited hope for Geral­dine O’Han­ra­hans when he drove a blis­ter­ing 20-yard shot low and hard to the net in the 47th minute, but it didn’t ruf­fle the Tara Rocks feath­ers and they closed out the game in style, with Dean O’Toole knock­ing over a suc­ces­sion of scores from frees and play.

The re­sult left Tara Rocks sit­ting pretty at the top of the group, while the draw be­tween Shel­maliers and Liam Mel­lows meant Geral­dine O’Han­ra­hans scraped into the last eight.

Tara Rocks: Tom Hughes; Ai­dan Jones, Ed­ward Hughes, Cil­lian O’Toole; Jim Hughes, Niall Hughes, Mossy Ow­ley; Niall Breen (capt.), Mark Boland (0-1); Fionn Doyle (0-3), Tommy Boland (0-2), Richard Hughes (0-1); Dean O’Toole (0-12, 7 frees), Bren­dan Hobbs (1-4), Pa­trick For­tune. Sub. - Peter Hughes for For­tune.

Geral­dine O’Han­ra­hans: Bran­don Gar­diner; Gerry Cash, Tony Mur­phy, Michael Cleere; Enda Kelly, Dy­lan Egan (capt., 1-1), Conor Cleere; Barry Kelly (0-1), Jack Fo­ran (0-1); Brian Haber­lin (1-0), Stephen Somers (0-1), Eoin Kelly (0-5, 3 frees); Kevin Grangel, David Crow­dle, Barry Roche (0-1). Subs. - Shane Mur­ray for Somers, Dy­lan Wick­ham for Roche.

Ref­eree: John O’Lough­lin (Mon­ageer-Boolavogue).

Kevin Ryan (Rap­pa­rees) rac­ing away from Rory Ja­cob and Eoin Moore of Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh in the SHC game.

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