O’Han­lon frees seal the points

Late burst from Horeswood

New Ross Standard - - SPORT - BREN­DAN FUR­LONG


HORESWOOD STAGED a stir­ring clos­ing five min­utes that pro­duced three Michael O’Han­lon pointed frees, help­ing them emerge with a cru­cial win over a bat­tling Ban­now-Bal­lymitty out­fit in this teak-tough Per­ma­nent TSB Ju­nior hurl­ing cham­pi­onship Group A game in Clongeen on Fri­day.

In­spired by O’Han­lon’s free-tak­ing through­out, Horeswood had the ideal start when he found the net from close range in­side 30 sec­onds of the start.

But they still had to with­stand a strong Ban­now-Bal­lymitty sec­ond-half surge that looked for spells like pro­duc­ing a win­ning ef­fort, al­though in the end the ac­cu­racy of the Horeswood full-for­ward saw his side even­tu­ally emerge with a late vic­tory.

De­spite that in­spired start, Horeswood were still un­able to pull away as the ac­cu­rate Gary Jor­dan from frees kept the op­po­si­tion in touch.

How­ever, three suc­ces­sive O’Han­lon pointed frees to­wards the end of the open­ing quar­ter gave the even­tual win­ners a 1-7 to 0-4 lead.

Five min­utes later, Ban­now-Bal­lymitty got the break­through they so des­per­ately needed when Nicky Doyle pulled a ground shot to the net, to re­duce the deficit.

Mark Wal­lace and O’Han­lon (free) went on to ex­change points, leav­ing Horeswood with a 1-7 to 1-5 in­ter­val lead.

Ban­now-Bal­lymitty came un­der pres­sure on the re­sump­tion as Horeswood opened with three suc­ces­sive points through Jamie Myler, Seán Nolan and O’Han­lon, be­fore they man­aged to open their sec­ond-half ac­count with a fine Gary Jor­dan 38th-minute point.

Two min­utes later they hauled them­selves right back into con­tention when Micheál Mur­phy shot to the net from close range af­ter a Gary Jor­dan ef­fort for goal from a free had been blocked, leav­ing the min­i­mum sep­a­rat­ing the sides (1-11 to 2-7).

The sides went on to ex­change two points apiece, with Myler and O’Han­lon (free) on tar­get for Horeswood, while Gary Jor­dan re­sponded with pointed frees.

Af­ter O’Han­lon (free) and Jor­dan had ex­changed points, the min­i­mum still sep­a­rated the sides en­ter­ing the clos­ing five min­utes be­fore O’Han­lon shot over the pointed frees to give his side a de­served vic­tory. Horeswood now boast four points, with Ban­now-Bal­lymitty on one.

Horeswood: De­clan Mur­phy; Tomás Kent, Shane O’Han­lon, Ea­monn O’Sul­li­van; Danny Byrne, Barry Hearn, David Mur­phy; Seán Stafford, Jamie Myler (0-3); Eddie Breen, Damien Hearn, Seán Nolan (0-2); John Bradley, Michael O’Han­lon (1-11, 0-9 frees), Gavin Mur­phy. Subs. - Leigh O’Brien for D. Hearn, Dy­lan Whitty for Breen, Ea­monn Mur­phy for Bradley.

Ban­now-Bal­lymitty: Kevin Doyle; David White, John O’Leary, Jaydee Cahill; Arthur Mur­phy, Arthur Sweet­man, Mark Colfer; Micheál Mur­phy (1-0), Niall Har­ney; Nicky Doyle (1-0), Mark Wal­lace (0-2), Gary Mor­ton; Gary Jor­dan (0-8, 5 frees), David Cur­rid, Alan Bar­den. Subs. - Robert Cog­ley for Cahill, Dave Cros­bie for A. Mur­phy.

Ref­eree: Gearóid McGrath (St. James’).

A tus­sle in mid-air from Fri­day’s Per­ma­nent TSB Ju­nior hurl­ing cham­pi­onship clash in Clongeen.

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