Adamstown stay in race with solid dis­play

New Ross Standard - - SPORT - MICHAEL HEF­FER­NAN


ADAMSTOWN EN­SURED they would have a say in the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Court­yard Ferns In­ter­me­di­ate hurl­ing cham­pi­onship as they put in a solid per­for­mance to see off a strong Cross­abeg-Bal­ly­murn side in the final round of Group B in Belle­field on Sun­day.

Last year’s fi­nal­ists looked like they meant busi­ness right from the off as they took the lead al­most im­me­di­ately and even af­ter go­ing be­hind be­fore half-time, they turned things around in the sec­ond pe­riod, hitting two goals in a very im­pres­sive, work­man like per­for­mance.

The game be­gan at an electric pace as Tony French and Niall Mur­phy traded scores in the open­ing min­utes, with the lat­ter cut­ting a sweet line-ball be­tween the up­rights.

Adamstown then got down to busi­ness hitting 1-3 with­out re­ply over a five minute pe­riod, with points from Johnny Con­nors, Liam Stafford and Michael Fur­long and a well taken goal by Paudie Bar­den who flicked the ball to the net af­ter his ini­tial ef­fort was saved well by Mark Dempsey.

The Wex­ford Dis­trict side re­sponded well how­ever, hitting the next six scores with Mur­phy, Shane O’Rourke and Paddy and Ro­nan Dev­ereux hitting points be­fore Tony Mur­phy hit the net to put his side ahead by three.

The Bar­dens, Paudie and Séan, then traded scores with Fo­leys, Paudie and Óisin, to leave four points be­tween the sides at half­time in favour of Bal­ly­murn.

On the re­sump­tion, the Fo­leys again traded scores with their ri­vals, this time with Tony French and Paddy Whitty, be­fore Adamstown hit a real pur­ple patch.

Firstly, Paddy Whitty crept in­side for a well taken goal.

Then, Harry Cos­grave scored a point min­utes be­fore be­ing pulled down in the small square, al­low­ing French to bury the re­sul­tant penalty.

Adamstown were sud­denly up by three and play­ing with real vigour and con­vic­tion.

They went on to fin­ish the half strongly with French hitting the score­board on three more oc­ca­sions with help from Whitty and Con­nors to cap off a fine dis­play that earn them a spot in the last eight along with Cross­abeg-Bal­ly­murn who take sec­ond spot.

Adamstown: Paul De­laney; John Whe­lan, P.J Car­roll, Bren­dan Fur­long; James Breen, Shane O’Gor­man, Michael Fur­long (0-1); Johnny Con­nors (0-2), Lor­can French (0-1); Tony French (1-7, 6 frees, 1-0 penalty), Liam Stafford (0-1), Séan Bar­den (0-1); Paddy Whitty (1-1), Paudie Bar­den (1-0), M.J Cooper. Subs: Shane White for Car­roll, John Whe­lan for Cooper, Harry Cos­grave (0-1) for J. French.

Cross­abeg-Bal­ly­murn: Mark Dempsey; Paul Roche, Billy Roche, Alan Byrne, Conor Shovlin, Paddy Dev­ereux (0-1), Ro­nan Dev­ereux (0-1), Conor Dev­ereux, Paudie Fo­ley (0-2 65’s), Shane O’Rourke (0-3), Owen McDon­ald (0-1), Óisin Fo­ley (0-2), Niall Mur­phy (0-5, 2 frees, 1 lineball), Tony Mur­phy (1-0), David Jack­man. Subs: Bill Evis­ton for B. Roche, David Ke­hoe for P. Roche.

Ref­eree: Shane Quinn (Réalt na Mara).

Adamstown’s Sean Bar­den looks to get free from Cross­abeg-Bal­ly­murn’s Oisin Fo­ley.

Adamstown’s Liam Stafford tries to get his shot away as Cross­abeg-Bal­ly­murn’s Shane O’Rourke at­tempts a hook.

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