Con­fi­dence-boost­ing win for Cushin­stown

New Ross Standard - - SPORT - BREN­DAN FUR­LONG

R’GAROGUE/C’TOWN 2-14 M’GEER-B’VOGUE 1-10

IT was a game of lit­tle con­se­quence to ei­ther side but Rath­garogue-Cushin­stown, al­ready doomed to a rel­e­ga­tion play-off, turned in the best dis­play of the cam­paign when com­fort­ably ac­count­ing for pre­vi­ously un­beaten Mon­ageer-Boolavogue in this Court­yard Ferns In­ter­me­di­ate hurl­ing cham­pi­onship Round 5 Group B game played at In­no­vate Wex­ford Park on Sun­day af­ter­noon last.

The New Ross Dis­trict out­fit wanted to end their group games on a high, hav­ing lost their pre­vi­ous four out­ings, par­tic­u­larly with a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle with Bal­ly­gar­rett now await­ing them, and this they some­how man­age as they to­tally out­played their op­po­nents par­tic­u­larly through a wind as­sisted first half when they laid the foun­da­tions for this vic­tory build­ing up a thir­teen point in­ter­val lead.

For the losers it was not the ideal prepa­ra­tion go­ing into the quar­ter-fi­nals. While they could af­ford the lux­ury of a de­feat they will be dis­ap­pointed with their over­all dis­play al­though they did show im­prove­ment through the sec­ond pe­riod but by then the game was long gone from them.

The even­tual win­ners got off to a light­ning start with a Daire Bol­ger point in­side thirty sec­onds, while two min­utes later James Dev­ereux worked his way through the de­fence for a goal.

By the fifth minute they led 2-1 to 0-1, the sec­ond goal a fine Tadgh Cody fin­ish af­ter keeper Sean Mur­phy had blocked out a Dev­ereux shot.

With Mon­ageer-Boolavogue strug­gling for pos­ses­sion, only man­ag­ing three first half points into the wind, through Padraig Flynn, three, two frees, it was a Daire Bol­ger in­spired Cushin­stown who went on to pick off some ex­cel­lent scores to lead 2-10 to 0-3 at the in­ter­val.

Lead­ing by 13 points, Cushin­stown now had just to pro­tect their lead, and this they man­aged de­spite the op­po­si­tion com­ing more into the game as Tommy Breen tried to in­spire a come­back from the cen­tre-for­ward po­si­tion.

But they found scor­ing dif­fi­cult be­ing mainly re­liant on the free tak­ing of Flynn, while their goal 11 min­utes from the end through sub Colm O’Lough­lin, re­duc­ing the deficit to 2-12 to 1-8, came too late as the even­tual win­ners com­fort­ably held out for a long awaited vic­tory.

Rath­garogue/Cushin­stown: Colin Whe­lan; Ricky McGrath, Brian Cody, Peadar Cody; Liam O’Shea, Daniel Martin-Car­roll, Peter As­ple (0-1); Brian O’Neill (0-2), Dara Bol­ger (0-7, 0-2 frees, 0-1, 65); Matthew Cody, James Dev­ereux (1-2) Bernard Fur­long; Tadgh Cody (1-1), Fran­cis O’Brien, Ja­son Dunne (0-1). Subs: Robert Mur­phy for O’Brien; Aaron Ryan for Dunne.

Mon­ageer-Boolavogue: Sean Mur­phy; Sean Mc­Cabe, Chris Daly, Liam Ga­han; Ian Hawkins, Tommy Breen, Mick Sweeney; Paddy Breen, Larry Mur­phy; Padraig Flynn (0-8, 0-7 frees) Damien Fen­lon, Cathal Walsh; Diar­muid Fen­lon, Ber­tie Ga­han (0-1), Matthew Dunne. Subs: Colm O’Lough­lin (1-0) for Diar­muid Fen­lon; Niall O’Reilly for Sweeney; Mark Ga­han (0-1) for Damien Fen­lon; Shane Ke­hoe for Matthew Dunne.

Ref­eree: Philip Mur­phy.

Rath­garogue-Cushin­stown’s Peadar Cody comes up against Matthew Dunne of Mon­ageer-Boolavogue.

Mon­ageer-Boolavogue’s Brian Cody fires off a shot.

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