Wily O’Lough­lin poaches win­ner

New Ross Standard - - SPORT - MICHAEL HEF­FER­NAN


COLM O’LOUGH­LIN was in the right place at the right time as he poached the win­ning goal for Mon­ageer-Boolavogue af­ter they fought back to top­ple St. Martin’s in this en­ter­tain­ing Per­ma­nent TSB Ju­nior hurl­ing cham­pi­onship Group B game in Hol­ly­mount on Sun­day.

St. Martin’s looked the stronger side for lengthy pe­ri­ods of the game, tak­ing the lead from the off and boast­ing a con­vinc­ing seven-point ad­van­tage early in the sec­ond-half.

But they never seemed to be able to put Mon­ageer-Boolavogue away, and the boys in red con­tin­u­ously clawed their way back into things be­fore even­tu­ally hit­ting the front late on.

St. Martin’s pulled level with min­utes re­main­ing, only to be ousted once more when O’Lough­lin hit the net in the clos­ing min­utes.

The Pierces­town-based side started bright­est, with Seán Stafford hit­ting 1-3 in­side the open­ing ten min­utes in­clud­ing some ex­cel­lently-taken scores.

Peter Mer­nagh and Stephen Lacey kept Mon­ageer-Boolavogue close as Stafford, Dar­ren Jor­dan and Sam Aud­s­ley con­tin­ued to find the mark for the Martin’s.

But the reds man­aged to make it a four-point game with four on the trot lead­ing up to half-time, with Colm O’Lough­lin and James Sweeney help­ing Mer­nagh and Leacy.

Mer­nagh and Brian O’Lough­lin pulled Mon­ageer-Boolavogue two closer on the re­sump­tion, but when Philip Wa­ters struck the sec­ond St. Martin’s goal and Stafford added two more points, it looked like they might be­gin to pull away from their op­po­nents.

Amaz­ingly, Mon­ageer-Boolavogue struck two goals in as many min­utes as Ger Daly fielded and set up James Sweeney and Colm O’Lough­lin in two al­most iden­ti­cal pat­terns of play.

Mon­ageer-Boolavogue’s tails were now up and they pulled in front thanks to four beau­ties from the ever-ac­cu­rate Brian O’Lough­lin.

St. Martin’s didn’t lie down, and Aud­s­ley and Adam Cantwell had them level go­ing into the fi­nal min­utes.

But the ex­pe­ri­enced Colm O’Lough­lin had the fi­nal say when he hit the net from close range, re­sult­ing in Mon­ageer-Boolavogue’s sec­ond win of the cam­paign and St. Martin’s first loss.

Mon­ageer-Boolavogue: Niall Finn; Seán O’Leary, Ray O’Brien, Lee McHale; Shane Ke­hoe, Paddy Breen, James Dono­hoe; Stephen Lacey (0-3), Ger Daly; Mark Walsh, Brian O’Lough­lin (0-5, 1 free), Pádraig Walsh; Peter Mer­nagh (0-5 frees), Colm O’Lough­lin (2-1), James Sweeney (1-1). Subs. - James Ga­han for P. Walsh, Dean Fen­lon (0-2) for O’Brien, Ar­ran Bres­lin for Sweeney, Rob­bie Don­nelly for Daly, Ciarán Rochford for C. O’Lough­lin.

St. Martin’s: Dy­lan Byrne; Johnny Hamil­ton, Philip Dempsey, Sam Aud­s­ley (0-2); Eoin O’Leary, Donal Kelly, Pádraig Ros­siter; Adam Cantwell (0-2), Ben Stafford; Dar­ren Jor­dan (0-2), Philip Wa­ters (1-0), Nicky Greene; Kyle Fir­man (0-2), Seán Stafford (1-8, 0-3 frees), Liam Ó Lionáin.

Ref­eree: Mick Lani­gan (Shel­maliers).

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