Rapps pull away af­ter tight bat­tle Har­ri­ers break Rocks

New Ross Standard - - SPORT - DEAN GOOD­I­SON

free and Alan Tobin all point­ing as a Fitzhar­ris free left two be­tween the sides at the break. Rapps to­tally took over in sec­ond half of ex­tra-time, al­beit with the aid of Ban­now’s Niall Har­ney see­ing red for a kick out on Seán O’Gor­man.

De­clan Ruth added a free from dis­tance, John Ryan adding to his tally and two scores from Neil McCrea, one free and one from play saw Rapps race into a six­point lead. The best Ban­now could muster up was a Pat Fitzhar­ris penalty but his shot was bril­liantly saved by Aaron Sin­nott as Rapps pro­gressed 1-22 to 1-16.

Ban­now Bal­lymitty: Kevin Doyle, John Mer­nagh, John O’Leary, Art Mur­phy, Nicky Doyle (0-2), Arthur Sweet­man, Conor Fur­long, Mark Wal­lace (0-2), Niall Har­ney, Richie Walsh, David Cur­rid, Padraig McCor­mack, Micheál Mur­phy (1-2), Pat Fitzhar­ris (0-8f), Donal McLough­lin. Subs: David White for Mer­nagh (45 min), Gary Mor­ton (0-2) for McLough­lin (52min), Alan Bar­den for Art Mur­phy (78min).

Rap­pa­rees: Aaron Sin­nott, Brian Ro­nan, John Bar­ron, Joe Car­ley, Kevin Walsh, De­clan Ruth (0-2, 2f), Peter O’Sul­li­van (0-1), Seán O’Gor­man (0-1), Conor Ro­nan, Gary Mur­phy (0-1), Tom Ryan (0-1), Alan Tobin (0-3), Kee­lan Carty (0-2), John Ryan (0-2), Neil McCrea (1-8, 6f). Sub: Ryan Hadley for C Ro­nan (72min)

Ref­eree: John Tobin (Geral­dine O’Han­ra­hans).

FAYTHE HAR­RI­ERS TARA ROCKS

FAYTHE HAR­RI­ERS sec­ond string hung on to their Per­ma­nent TSB Ju­nior Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onship lives with a strong show­ing against Tara Rocks in the rel­e­ga­tion final at Mon­amolin on Sun­day lunchtime last.

The Pairc Char­man club were sim­ply too strong for their Gorey Dis­trict op­po­nents and would have won by a far larger mar­gin had they not swat­ted 19 wides, in­clud­ing 12 in a sec­ond half they com­pletely bossed.

This vic­tory was build on a su­perb de­fen­sive show­ing. Ev­ery sin­gle one of the Har­ri­ers de­fend­ers had a good game, not one of them didn’t ex­cel but the ex­pe­ri­enced Em­met Keel­ing was prob­a­bly to pick of the sex­tet.

Some­times just sur­viv­ing rel­e­ga­tion only de­lays the in­evitable with a strong mix­ture of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence there’s no rea­son why the Wex­ford Town club can’t make a run at the Ju­nior cham­pi­onship next sea­son.

For Tara Rocks, while the amal­ga­ma­tion has strength­ened their In­ter­me­di­ate A side, it’s clearly weak­ened the sec­ond string over­all and they will ben­e­fit from play­ing sides closer to their level in 2018.

The Har­ri­ers did a lot of their work against the breeze. A cou­ple of su­perb Jack O’Leary overs helped them into a 0-4 to 0-2 lead at the end of the open­ing quar­ter. That lead, and score­line, was dou­bled by the in­ter­val (0-8 to 0-4) af­ter James Henebery knocked over three frees.

Adam McDaid made an ex­cel­lent stop from a Wayne Far­rell shot in the 44th minute to keep his side well ahead. Around that time the Har­ri­ers swat­ted six wides in a row but they even­tu­ally found their range with Shane Howard, Jack Mur­phy and Stephen Cum­mins all con­tribut­ing late on.

FAYTHE HAR­RI­ERS: Adam McDaid; Sean Banville, Em­met Keel­ing (capt.), Danny Walsh; Fran Cleary, Alan Lynch, Ben O’Brien; Daniel Lynch (0-1), Jack Mur­phy (0-2, 1 free); Conor Hal­li­gan, Shane Howard (0-3), Jack O’Leary (0-2); James Henebery (0-5, 3 frees), Eoin Roche, Fi­ach Crow­ley (02). Subs. - Paul Gan­non for Roche (53), Stephen Cum­mins (0-1) for Henebery (56), Brian Mitchell for O’Leary (57).

TARA ROCKS: Lee Ow­ley; Damien Tobin (capt.), Enda O’Leary, Shane Tobin; Shane O’Toole, Stephen Hughes, Colm Noc­tor; Gearoid Ó Suil­leab­hain (0-1), Martin Shee­han; Em­met O’Toole, Mikey Byrne (0-4, 3 frees), Lor­can Clare; Colm O’Ke­effe, Wayne Far­rell, Rhys Ow­ley (0-2). Subs. - Sean Bar­den for S. O’Toole (43), Don­nacha McDon­ald for S. Tobin (43), Liam McCarthy for E. O’Toole (51).

REF­EREE: Ai­dan Fo­ley (Shel­maliers).

James Peare of Rap­pa­rees is chased by Joe Cole­man of St. Martin’s dur­ing their Se­nior hurl­ing cham­pi­onship match in In­no­vate Wex­ford Park.

Conor Hughes of Naomh Eanna and Jim Berry of Faythe Har­ri­ers bat­tle for the ball as ref­eree Justin Hef­fer­nan looks on dur­ing their Se­nior hurl­ing cham­pi­onship match in St. Pa­trick’s Park.

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