Fethard fin­ish strongly

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FETHARD

OUR LADY’S IS­LAND 1-14 1-12

AF­TER play­ing catch-up for most of the game Fethard even­tu­ally reeled in their gal­lant op­po­nents late on to scram­ble over the line in a feisty Top Oil In­ter­me­di­ate ‘A’ hurl­ing cham­pi­onship quar­ter-final in Kil­lurin on Satur­day.

Our Lady’s Is­land led 1-5 to 1-3 at the in­ter­val, and still held that two-point ad­van­tage with ten min­utes re­main­ing, but Fethard pro­duced their now cus­tom­ary strong fin­ish to ad­vance to the final four.

Fethard held a 0-3 to 0-2 ad­van­tage by the 11th minute with Mark Wal­lace ar­row­ing over two frees and Jesse Fo­ley find­ing the range, with Dean Maloney keep­ing the score­board tick­ing over for the Is­land.

The Wex­ford Dis­trict side then en­joyed a pe­riod of dom­i­nance, with Maloney to the fore, to take a 1-5 to 0-3 lead by the 18th minute.

First Maloney caught ev­ery­body off guard by driv­ing a free to the back of the net, quickly added a point when he was found by a search­ing pass from Joey Mur­phy and then con­verted two frees to com­plete the scor­ing spurt.

How­ever, Our Lady’s Is­land couldn’t con­tinue to strike while the iron was hot and failed to add to their tally for the re­main­der of the half, with Fethard grab­bing an all-im­por­tant goal just be­fore the in­ter­val.

Mark Wal­lace floated a de­liv­ery into the dan­ger zone and Mikie Dwyer gath­ered pos­ses­sion and headed straight for goal, be­fore plant­ing an un­stop­pable shot be­yond goal­keeper Alan Kin­sella.

Our Lady’s Is­land be­gan the sec­ond-half brightly, with Dean Maloney adding two more points to his im­pres­sive tally to stretch the lead to four.

How­ever, af­ter two Mark Wal­lace frees sand­wiched an ef­fort from Quinn Saun­ders, Fethard grad­u­ally clawed back their ri­vals point by point.

Richard Wa­ters tena­ciously won back pos­ses­sion and popped the ball over the bar, Mark Wal­lace fol­lowed suit and Gra­ham O’Grady fired over a beauty to get Fethard back on level terms (1-8 to 1-8).

To their credit, Our Lady’s Is­land did re­spond well, with points from Dean Maloney (free) and Nicky Keane edg­ing them two ahead, but substitute Ciarán Dwyer made a big im­pact, first fir­ing over a won­der­ful score over his shoul­der and then slot­ting over the equal­is­ing point in the 53rd minute.

Fethard were in full stride at this stage and points from Mark Wal­lace (free), Daire Bar­den and an eye-catch­ing Mikie Dwyer ef­fort from a pro­hib­i­tive an­gle gave them a three-point ad­van­tage with less than five min­utes re­main­ing.

Our Lady’s Is­land con­tin­ued to bat­tle hard, with Dean Maloney con­vert­ing two frees ei­ther side of boom­ing Gar­rett Fo­ley point, but Fethard held firm to take their place in the semi-final.

Fethard: Seán Fo­ley; Chris Mol­loy, Ruairi Tubritt, Martin Power; Richard Wa­ters (0-1), Kevin Rowe, Brian O’Dono­hoe; Gar­rett Fo­ley (0-1), John Tubritt; Gra­ham O’Grady (0-1), Mark Wal­lace (0-6, 5 frees), Daire Bar­den (0-1); Mikie Dwyer (1-1), Jesse Fo­ley (0-1), Joe Sut­ton. Subs. - Ed­die Power for Sut­ton, Ciarán Dwyer (0-2) for J. Tubritt, Daniel Mul­lan for Mol­loy, Seán Sut­ton for Fo­ley.

Our Lady’s Is­land: Alan Kin­sella; Rory Reville, Ea­mon Maloney, Brian Moore; Cathal Dev­ereux, Liam Kin­sella, Davy Corish; Joey Mur­phy, Gary Walsh; Colm Kin­sella, Fin­tan Mullins, Quinn Saun­ders (0-1); Dean Maloney (1-10, 1-7 frees), Noel Dempsey, Cian Meyler. Subs. - Nicky Keane (0-1) for Kin­sella, Rob­bie Reville for Dempsey, Eoin Wright for Corish, Dy­lan Mur­phy for J. Mur­phy.

Ref­eree: Brian O’Leary (Cross­abeg-Bal­ly­murn).

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