Horeswood pro­duce the goods af­ter the in­ter­val

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HORESWOOD CLONGEEN

A STRONG sec­ond half per­for­mance helped Horse­wood progress to the last four of the Per­ma­nent TSB Ju­nior hurl­ing cham­pi­onship af­ter a ten-point vic­tory ver­sus New Ross Dis­trict ri­vals Clongeen in New Ross last Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Play­ing against a strong breeze in the first half the wood­ies al­ways seemed a step ahead of their op­po­nents through­out.

Horeswood started bright­est in the first quar­ter with the pacey De­clan Mur­phy scor­ing a fine in­di­vid­ual ef­fort to open the scor­ing on three min­utes, Clongeen wing for­ward Ger Foxe replied straight af­ter.

Horeswood then swept into a five point lead af­ter two Seán Nolan points, a Micheal O’Han­lon free and the open­ing goal came on fif­teen min­utes when De­clan Mur­phy soloed at the heart of the Clongeen de­fence and al­though his shot was not ex­e­cuted per­fectly it found its way to the net from in­side the 21-yard-line as they led 1-4 to 0-2 af­ter the open­ing quar­ter.

Clongeen then burst into life with five con­sec­u­tive points all from the Cahill broth­ers, Shane Cahill point­ing two frees, younger brother Paidi capi­til­is­ing on a de­fen­sive mis­take and two fur­ther points from mid­fielder Shane Cahill had the sides level with 25 min­utes played, 1-4 to 0-7.

Horeswood cor­ner for­ward Ivan Ke­hoe slot­ted over from a tight an­gle close in be­fore Michael O’Han­lon added his first score from play.

A Shane Cahill free re­duced the ar­rears to the min­i­mum at the break, 1-6 to 0-8.

Horeswood started the sec­ond pe­riod in fine fash­ion as De­clan Mur­phy added a an­other fine ef­fort be­fore the sec­ond goal of the game, a mix up in the Clongeen de­fence was pun­ished as Seán Nolan passed in­side to Michael O’Han­lon who blasted low to the net to leave five be­tween the sides with 38 min­utes played, 2-7 to 0-8.

O’Han­lon and Cahill then ex­changed frees, with De­clan Mur­phy adding an­other point from dis­tance. In the final ex­changes Seán Nolan added 1-1 as he drifted in be­hind the Clongeen full back line for a goal to slot past Ricky Rochford to leave the final score a con­vinc­ing 3-11 to 0-10.

It must be said for a dis­ap­point­ing sec­ond half dis­play from Clongeen as they failed to reg­is­ter from play with only 0-2 al­beit from placed balls as Horeswood com­fort­ably progress to the final four.

Horse­wood: Eoin Mythen, Ea­monn O’Sul­li­van, Shane O’Han­lon, David Larkin, Danny Byrne, Barry Hearn, David Mur­phy, Paddy Mur­phy, Seán Stafford, Seán Nolan (1-3), Leigh O’Brien, De­clan Mur­phy (1-3), Ivan Ke­hoe (0-1), Michael O’Han­lon (14, 3f), Eoin Mur­phy. Subs: Damien Hearne for P Mur­phy (45 min), Jim Wall for I Ke­hoe (47 min), Dy­lan Whitty for E Mur­phy (59 min).

Clongeen: Ricky Rochford, Danny O’Grady, An­ton Stafford, Donal Whe­lan, Richard Rochford, Barry Foxe, Marty Reville, Paul Cur­tis, Shane Cahill (0-8. 6f), Ger Foxe (0-1), Robert O’Far­rell, Shane Kilkenny, Paidi Cahill (0-1), Enda Mur­phy, Donal Whe­lan

Ref­eree: Bren­dan Holo­han (Rath­garogue-Cushin­stown).

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