Askamore too good for saints

New Ross Standard - - SPORT -

se­ri­ous cham­pi­onship chal­lenge.

Both sides shot wides through the open­ing ex­changes be­fore Daniel Keat­ing and Ted Kin­sella, 60-me­tre free, shared the ini­tial scores through the first five min­utes, but it was two fur­ther Kin­sella pointed frees that edged the north county side into a 0-3 to 0-1 lead by the ninth minute. Kevin O’Grady, free, and Tomkins went on to share points.

How­ever, with the even­tual win­ners play­ing into the stiff breeze, they still man­aged to con­trol mat­ters through points from Ed­mond Kenny and a Kin­sella free, along with a Tomkins ef­fort to lead 0-7 to 0-4 af­ter 20 min­utes, the op­po­si­tion re­spond­ing through two O’Grady frees.

With Askamore still lead­ing 0-7 to 0-6 ap­proach­ing the break, it was St. James’ who re­turned to the at­tack lead­ing to a long Matthew O’Han­lon free be­ing fin­ished to the net by Shane Mur­phy, while Kin­sella re­sponded with a pointed 65, af­ter keeper Brian Hay­den had turned a Jamie Myler ef­fort around the post, leav­ing the even­tual win­ners lead­ing 1-6 to 0-8 at the in­ter­val.

St. James’ showed more de­ter­mi­na­tion on the re­sump­tion as Kin­sella and O’Han­lon had ex­changed pointed frees, but it was still Askamore who re­tained the ini­tia­tive mainly through the dom­i­nance of P.J. Nolan and Tomkins around the mid­field zone, which in turn led to points from Ed­mond Kenny, three, Gavin Sun­der­land, two, and Tomkins, to lead 0-15 to 1-7 en­ter­ing the final quar­ter.

Af­ter Kenny added two fur­ther points it took two Jamie Myler ef­forts in be­tween to keep St. James in touch, but Askamore were never go­ing to let the game slip fin­ish­ing with a fine point from sub Conor Travers, to se­cure their quar­ter-final pas­sage.

Askamore-Kil­rush: Brian Hay­den; Tom Byrne, Pa­trick Nolan, To­mas Hay­den; Tom Ka­vanagh, Tommy Dev­ereux, James Lan­caster; P J Nolan, Conor Lev­ing­stone; Gavin Sun­der­land (0-2), Shane Tomkins (0-3), Padraigh Byrne (0-1); Ted Kin­sella (0-5, 0-4 frees, 0-1, 65), Ed­mond Kenny (0-6), Gary Do­ran. Subs: Billy Nolan for Padraig Byrne; Fionn For­tune for Lev­ing­stone; Conor Travers (0-1) for Kin­sella.

St. James: Luke Mur­phy; Brian Mol­loy, Ja­son Bar­ron, Paul Bar­ron; Rob­bie Bar­ron, Liam Mur­phy, David Doyle; Mark Mol­loy (0-1), Matthew O’Han­lon (0-1 free); Daniel Keat­ing (0-1), Kevin O’Grady (0-3 frees), Shane Mur­phy (1-1); Alan Walsh, Jamie Myler (0-2), Donal Bar­ron. Subs: Dar­ragh Lyons for Alan Walsh; Greg Doyle for Donal Bar­ron; Mark Myler for Shane Mur­phy.

Ref­eree: Pat Ke­hoe (Rath­garogue/ Cushin­stown).

Askamore-Kil­rush’s Gavin Sun­der­land tries to dis­rupt Mark Mol­loy of St James’.

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