Adamstown pip 13 men

Wexford People - - SPORT - ML. HEF­FER­NAN JBHC semi-fi­nal in Kil­lurin

ADAMSTOWN SUR­VIVED a late Oyle­gate-Glen­brien rally in this Per­ma­nent TSB Ju­nior ‘B’ hurl­ing cham­pi­onship semi-fi­nal in Kil­lurin on Sun­day to march on to a meet­ing with Cross­abeg-Bal­ly­murn in the de­cider.

The New Ross Dis­trict cham­pi­ons were the bet­ter side through­out but some­how found them­selves only one point ahead with min­utes re­main­ing, af­ter a late goal from the En­nis­cor­thy Dis­trict vic­tors.

The open­ing quar­ter was a scrappy af­fair with nei­ther side set­tling into the game as they would have liked, with Shane Bradley and Johnny Con­nors do­ing the hon­ours for Adamstown and Barry Doyle re­ply­ing for Oyle­gate-Glen­brien.

The pace went up a notch be­fore half-time af­ter Paul Cooper saved Brian Do­ran’s penalty, and min­utes later Jack Reck’s goal­bound ef­fort went inches over the cross­bar.

Con­nors was deadly ac­cu­rate from placed balls and traded scores with Reck and Do­ran be­fore he gave his side a two-point lead just min­utes be­fore the break.

Things got worse for Oyle­gate-Glen­brien mo­ments later when Daithí O’Ma­honey was shown a red card for a late slap on his di­rect op­po­nent.

In the new half, it was all Adamstown as they brought Shane Bradley back to play a sweep­ing role, al­low­ing his side to hold their op­po­nents to just one point in the third quar­ter, while Con­nors and Vinny Do­heny hit two points each along with a point from Paudge Ka­vanagh to put them six in front.

How­ever, Oyle­gate-Glen­brien then be­gan to chip away at the lead and, with two points from David O’Brien and a point from Pierce Mur­phy, the mo­men­tum be­gan to swing in their favour.

It didn’t last, how­ever, as David O’Brien was shown a red card with five min­utes re­main­ing, mak­ing it a real bat­tle for scores.

Adamstown got what would be the in­sur­ance score through a won­der­ful strike from Do­heny as Peter Nolan hit a late goal mo­ments later to leave it a one-point game. Af­ter a fran­tic fi­nal minute, Adamstown held on for a de­served win and now face Cross­abeg-Bal­ly­murn in the fi­nal.

Adamstown: Paul Cooper; James Fur­long, Colm Boland, J.P. Fur­long; Michael Do­ran, Michael Curtis, Mosey De­laney; Paudge Wick­ham, Tomás Har­ring­ton; Adam French, Vinny Do­heny (0-3), Tomás French; Paudge Ka­vanagh (0-1), Johnny Con­nors (0-7 frees), Shane Bradley (0-1). Sub. - Donal Cos­grave for T. French, inj.

Oyle­gate-Glen­brien: Ed­die Mer­nagh; Kieran Lam­bert, Ai­dan Mur­phy, David Phillips; Pádraig O’Connor, Dáithí O’Ma­honey, Ciarán O’Brien; Jack Reck (0-2), Brian Do­ran (0-1); Ryan Hill, Peter Nolan (1-0), Evan Kelly; Barry Doyle (0-1), Stephen McCor­mack (0-1), Pierce Mur­phy (01). Subs. - John Reck for Kelly, David O’Brien (0-2 frees) for Hill, Hill for McCor­mack, Niall Kin­sella for Doyle.

Ref­eree: Stephen Burke (Vol­un­teers).

Mikey Fog­a­rty of St. Anne’s is out­num­bered by HWH-Bun­clody’s David Reck and Martin O’Connor in The Court­yard Ferns IHC semi-fi­nal.

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