Tara Rocks storm to a classy win over Pat’s DEAN GOOD­I­SON

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A FAN­TAS­TIC first-half per­for­mance against a howl­ing breeze set the tone for a classy Tara Rocks vic­tory in the Top Oil In­ter­me­di­ate A Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onship quar­ter-final at Mon­amolin on Sun­day af­ter­noon last.

The vic­tors looked to be un­der pres­sure when St Pa­trick’s edged their way into a 0-4 to 0-2 lead af­ter twelve min­utes but the ‘Rocks played re­ally clever hurl­ing for the rest of the half and worked a string of su­perb scores.

There’s a temp­ta­tion to wal­lop the ball for­ward as hard as pos­si­ble when play­ing against such a strong wind but that was never an op­tion utilised by Tara Rocks. Ev­ery­thing was low, short and ac­cu­rate.

They did the hard, tir­ing work in the first half and it paid div­i­dends af­ter the break.

Tal­is­man John Doyle had the pick of the Pat’s scores in the open­ing ex­changes but their two­point lead didn’t last long. Niall Breen drew his side level be­fore a brace from Peter Hughes, in­clud­ing a drilled lineball into the teeth of the breeze, moved the Rocks 0-6 to 0-4 ahead.

Breen picked off an­other over but it was his last in­volve­ment af­ter he was forced off with a painful calf prob­lem.

A cou­ple of Dean O’Toole overs in less than a minute en­sured the boys in dark blue took a 0-10 to 0-5 lead in at the half.

While St Pa­trick’s strug­gled to put a string of points to­gether, they did cre­ate a few de­cent goal chances in the sec­ond half.

They moved within a ma­jor in the 36th minute when Doyle rat­tled the rig­ging from a penalty strike af­ter Ea­mon O’Leary was fouled in the square.

When Richard Hughes split the posts in the 45th minute it gave his side re­newed con­fi­dence. They added three more overs in the next few min­utes with O’Toole, Bobby Hughes and Tommy Boland all on tar­get.

Need­ing a goal, the Bal­ly­oughter boys dropped a string of balls into the goal­mouth.

The Rocks de­fence dealt with most of them well but Tomás Mor­ris did get one shot away that Tom Hughes did re­ally well to keep out.

While los­ing Breen could be a costly con­se­quence of this tie, to have Conor De­vitt kit­ted out and edg­ing closer to fit­ness might be a huge dif­fer­ence maker for Tara Rocks as they head into the last four.

TARA ROCKS: Tom Hughes; Ai­dan Jones, Edward Hughes, Cil­lian O’Toole; Tomás Ow­ley, Niall Hughes, Jim Hughes; Niall Breen (capt., 0-3, 1 free), Mark Boland; Richard Hughes (0-1), Tommy Boland (0-1), Fionn Doyle; Dean O’Toole (0-5, 2 frees), Peter Hughes (0-5, 1 lineball), Bobby Hughes (0-1). Subs. - Colin Breen for N. Breen, inj (23), Cathal O’Reilly for T. Ow­ley (58), Pa­trick For­tune for B. Hughes (60+2).

ST PA­TRICK’S: Stu­art Quinn; Joe Cousins, Michael O’Brien, James Cousins; Hughie Doyle (joint-capt.), Der­mot O’Leary (0-1, 65’, joint-capt.), Peter Roche; Richie Flood (0-1), Daryl Mur­phy; Shane Finn, John Doyle (1-4, 1-0 pen, 0-2 frees), Tommy Dunne; Ea­mon O’Leary, Stephen Ryan, Ty­nan Flynn (0-1). Subs. - Tommy Mor­ris for Flynn (54), Tomás Mor­ris for Dunne (54).


(Clonard). Barry Red­mond

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