Rees in re­gal form

Ross­lare have ten points to spare

New Ross Standard - - SPORT - BREN­DAN FUR­LONG


WHILE THEY had ten points to spare at the fin­ish, the skills of at­tacker Rees Broad­ers in­spired St. Mary’s (Ross­lare) to an im­pres­sive vic­tory over Monageer-Boolavogue in this Per­ma­nent TSB Ju­nior hurl­ing championship Group B game in Hol­ly­mount on Satur­day.

Both sides had al­ready qual­i­fied for the quar­ter-fi­nal stages, with St. Mary’s fin­ish­ing sec­ond in their group on scor­ing dif­fer­ence, while Monageer-Boolavogue took the fourth and fi­nal spot.

In truth it looked on this dis­play as if St. Mary’s will make a se­ri­ous im­pact on the knock­out stages as they played all the qual­ity hurl­ing and, with a cou­ple of key play­ers to re­turn from in­jury, they served early no­tice for their quar­ter-fi­nal op­po­nents, Buf­fers Al­ley.

This was in stark con­trast to their op­po­nents who, de­spite en­joy­ing lots of pos­ses­sion, failed mis­er­ably in front of goal, as they hit some dread­ful wides through poor ac­cu­racy and hope­ful lon­grange at­tempts.

St. Mary’s opened the game with real in­tent as they built some promis­ing early at­tacks.

Robert But­ler stormed through the de­fence for the two open­ing points, which were fol­lowed by points from Ul­tan Quirke and Larry Mor­ris­sey to lead by 0-4 to nil af­ter twelve min­utes.

A ten-minute bar­ren spell fol­lowed be­fore a Peter Mer­nagh pointed free on 22 min­utes, but then came the best score of the game five min­utes be­fore the break.

Ex­cel­lent play from Tiar­nan Ros­siter in mid­field saw him pick out Paul Kin­sella with a de­light­ful cross­field ball.

The wing-for­ward ac­cepted the pass and stormed through be­fore un­leash­ing an un­stop­pable shot to the net, a score that helped his side to a 1-5 to 0-3 in­ter­val lead.

The open­ing ten min­utes of the sec­ond-half be­longed to Broad­ers as he shot over four ex­cel­lent points, and by the end of the third quar­ter his side had moved into a 1-11 to 0-5 lead.

They really killed off the game when Ul­tan Quirke found the net from an acute an­gle to give his side a 2-13 to 0-6 lead to take into the clos­ing five min­utes.

A Colm O’Lough­lin goal proved just a con­so­la­tion ef­fort in the end for the losers who will be up against it ver­sus Rap­pa­rees.

St. Mary’s (Ross­lare): Michael Ferguson; Em­met Byrne, Conor Caf­fer­key, Conal Grant; Larry Mor­ris­sey (0-2, 1 free), David Mur­phy, Ned Power; Tiar­nan Ros­siter (0-1), Gearóid Byrne; Paul Kin­sella (1-2), Robert But­ler (0-4), Rees Broad­ers (0-6); Shea Bog­gan, Ul­tan Quirke (1-1), An­drew Mur­phy. Subs. - Barry Quirke for Quirke, Richard Bent for Broad­ers, Philip Lam­bert for Grant, Derek Bro­han for A. Mur­phy, Seán Fi­nan for Bog­gan.

Monageer-Boolavogue: Niall Finn; Seán O’Leary, Tomás O’Leary, Ray O’Brien; Ar­ran Bres­lin, Paddy Bren, Lee McHale; Shane Ke­hoe, Ger Daly; Mark Walsh, Peter Mer­nagh (0-4, 3 frees, 1 ‘65), Dean Fen­lon; James Ga­han (0-1), Colm O’Lough­lin (12), James Sweeney. Subs. - Niall O’Lough­lin (0-2) for Sweeney, Ciarán Rochford for McHale.

Ref­eree: Stephen Burke (Vol­un­teers).

Shane Ke­hoe of Monageer-Boolavogue un­der pres­sure from Conal Grant (St. Mary’s, Ross­lare).

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