Sham­rocks seal the deal

Black­wa­ter’s sea­son ended

New Ross Standard - - SPORT - JA­SON GOOD­I­SON

SHAM­ROCKS BLACK­WA­TER

SHAM­ROCKS ended Black­wa­ter’s sea­son with a two-point vic­tory in their Group ‘B’ game in The Court­yard Ferns In­ter­me­di­ate Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onship in St. Pa­tricks Park on Sun­day last.

In a game which ebbed and flowed, with each team ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a pe­riod of time in com­mand, the En­nis­cor­thy side fin­ished stronger to book their place in the cham­pi­onship quar­ter-final.

Black­wa­ter started the game with the help of the strong wind and ar­guably didn’t use it to their full ad­van­tage.

In fact, they found them­selves trail­ing by five points half­way through the first pe­riod. Sean Wildes and Mau­rice Casey played ma­jor roles in run­ning up the early tally and a stun­ning Wildes fin­ish into the top cor­ner of the net from wide right was the pick of the scores as Sham­rocks jumped into a 1-6 to 0-4 lead.

They man­aged to pre­vent what would have been a dis­as­trous half with a late surge, which in­cluded a goal of their own.

Mick Lil­lis’ free from his own half dropped un­der the cross­bar, much to the dis­may of Sham­rock’s net­min­der Jamie Dagg. Dean Wright, Kevin Cor­ri­gan, Dar­ren Byrne and Diar­muid Mur­phy were all on tar­get as Black­wa­ter ended the half strongly and opened up a 1-12 to 1-8 lead.

Play­ing against the wind in the sec­ond half they were far less im­pres­sive and only man­aged three points in to­tal - Dean Wright scored the lot as Sham­rock dom­i­nated.

John O’Con­nor, Mau­rice Casey and An­thony Wal­lace nar­rowed the deficit be­fore a trio of Casey mi­nors tied the game at 1-14 apiece.

Now un­ques­tion­able favourites as they ben­e­fited from the gale force winds, Sham­rocks kicked on. Cyril Thorpe came off the bench to point be­fore Bob Ja­cob scored im­pres­sively off from wide right to inch them ahead.

Casey added the final point from a dead ball to seal the win for the Sham­rocks and guar­an­tee them a spot in the In­ter­me­di­ate Cham­pi­onship quar­ter-final.

SHAM­ROCKS: Jamie Dagg; Mick Weafer, Ge­orge Ja­cob, Barry Dobbs; Bob Ja­cob (0-1), Podge Doyle, Bran­don O’Con­nor; An­thony Wal­lace (0-1), Jim Ja­cob; Phillip Free­man (0-1, capt.), Mau­rice Casey (0-8, 5 frees), Harry Goff; John O’Con­nor (0-3), Sean Wildes (1-2), Jack Mol­loy. Subs: Ro­nan Ga­han for Free­man (40), Cyril Thorpe (0-1) for Mol­loy (45), Lar McDon­ald for Jim Ja­cob (54).

BLACK­WA­TER: Peter O’Brien; Eoin O’Neill, Lar Leacy, Brian Doo­ley; Kevin O’Brien, Mick Lil­lis (1-1, 1-1 frees, capt.), Mossie O’Brien; De­nis O’Brien, Dar­ren Byrne (0-2, 1 free); Dean Whe­lan, De­nis Car­roll, Diar­muid Mur­phy (0-1); James Doo­ley (0-1), Paul O’Leary, Dean Wright (0-9, 7 frees, 1 65’). Subs: Kevin Cor­ri­gan (0-1) for O’Leary (20), An­thony Roche for Lar Lacey (39), Dil­lon Dixon for Doo­ley (44).

REF­EREE: James Flood Mary’s, Maudlin­town). (St

Sean Wildes of the Sham­rocks tries to drive past Black­wa­ter’s Kevin O’Brien.

Bran­don O’Con­nor of the Sham­rocks be­ing trou­bled by Black­wa­ter’s De­nis Car­roll in St. Pa­trick’s Park.

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