David­stown beat Hogues in de­cider

New Ross Standard - - SPORT - DEAN GOOD­I­SON


A POW­ER­FUL spine drove David­stown-Courtnacuddy past a de­ter­mined Bal­ly­hogue side to New Ross Stan­dard Un­der-13 football Di­vi­sion 4 championship glory in O’Kennedy Park, New Ross, on Satur­day.

The Boolabawn boys fell be­hind early but have been brim­ming with con­fi­dence re­cently, rack­ing up big wins.

With those suc­cesses in mind, David­stown-Courtnacuddy were never go­ing to panic and they were able to dom­i­nate much of the con­test.

They were par­tic­u­larly strong down the mid­dle.

Start­ing from the un­mov­able Seán Ni­chol­son, through their cap­tain for the day Ryan Whe­lan, into a dy­namic mid­field duo of Joe and Josh Doyle, they led the way with smoth­er­ing per­for­mances and oth­ers fol­lowed.

In Lu­cas Fitz­patrick they had a con­sis­tent free-taker and a player who wasn’t afraid to take the ball into the tackle.

At the tip Brian Smith was a real livewire, with those around him al­ways will­ing to make im­por­tant runs to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Not that David­stown-Courtnacuddy had it all their own way, as Bal­ly­hogue came out of the blocks quickly and dom­i­nated the early ex­changes.

Ben As­ple was on fire in those min­utes and he al­ready had a free on the board when he ac­cepted Adam Car­ney’s pass and dis­patched low past Gavin O’Con­nor.

Odhran Ke­hoe and As­ple popped over a score each and Bal­ly­hogue would have been fur­ther ahead had some su­perb de­fend­ing not de­nied Car­ney a goal chance.

How­ever, David­stown-Courtnacuddy slowly shed the early nerves and Brian Smith’s 15th-minute goal, from Eoin Cloke’s pass, was key to that.

De­spite be­ing un­der more pres­sure, Bal­ly­hogue went 1-4 to 1-0 up when As­ple pointed again.

Yet a sin-bin­ning each changed the dy­namic and David­stown-Courtnacuddy took over. Smith pointed twice, Fitz­patrick reg­is­tered three frees, and when the half-time whis­tle came to Bal­ly­hogue’s res­cue they were a point down (1-5 to 1-4).

They might not have racked up the scores, as Bal­ly­hogue de­fended ad­mirably, but David­stown-Courtnacuddy kept push­ing af­ter the re-start.

Car­ney put his side two up be­fore a Fitz­patrick brace made it 1-8 to 1-4 ap­proach­ing the end of the third quar­ter.

A clever fist over by Páuric Doyle made the lead five but As­ple replied with a free af­ter Bal­ly­hogue had their first sus­tained spell of pres­sure in the half.

They couldn’t main­tain that mo­men­tum and it was fit­ting that Fitz­patrick fin­ished off the scor­ing with a late brace to see David­stown-Courtnacuddy to the Di­vi­sion 4 ti­tle.

David­stown-Courtnacuddy: Gavin O’Con­nor; Jamie Wick­ham, Seán Ni­chol­son, Conor Hassey; Bill Quigley, Ryan Whe­lan, Fionn An­drews; Joe Doyle, Josh Doyle; Calum Mur­phy, Lu­cas Fitz­patrick (0-7 frees), Páuric Doyle (0-1); Alan Cre­ane, Brian Smith (1-3), Eoin Cloke. Subs. (rolling) - Ciarán De­laney, Shane Jor­dan, Páuric Dono­hoe, Johnny Dono­hoe, Ciarán McClean, Colm O’Neill, Em­lyn Sludds.

Bal­ly­hogue: Ea­mon As­ple; Conor O’Brien, Keith Roche, Mark Daw­son; Os­car Red­mond, Dar­ragh Bates, Liam Par­nell; Oisín Cloke-Rochford, Ben As­ple (capt., 1-4, 0-2 frees); Odhran Ke­hoe (0-1), Shane Roche, Ryan McG­lynn; Zach Lev­ingston, Adam Car­ney, Cian McCor­mack. Subs. (rolling) - Craig Ros­siter, Daniel Cullen, Eoin Hickey, Dar­ragh Kir­wan, Tadhg Doyle, An­thony Byrne, also Keith Keshinka.

Ref­eree: Gearóid McGrath (St. James’).

The suc­cess­ful David­stown-Courtnacuddy squad.

The beaten fi­nal­ists from Bal­ly­hogue.

David­stown-Courtnacuddy’s Conor Hassey putting pres­sure on Os­car Red­mond of Bal­ly­hogue.

Brian Smith of David­stown-Courtnacuddy sizes up his op­tions.

Lu­cas Fitz­patrick holds on to pos­ses­sion for the win­ners.

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