Solid defence the cat­a­lyst for glory

Wexford People - - SPORT - BRIAN CARTY in St. Pa­trick’s Park

SOME SOLID de­fen­sive foun­da­tions were the cat­a­lyst for Black­wa­ter as they de­servedly claimed the New Ross Stan­dard Un­der-14 hurl­ing Di­vi­sion 1 shield ti­tle with a 1-9 to 0-7 vic­tory over Wex­ford Dis­trict ri­vals St. Martin’s in an en­joy­able county fi­nal played at a show­ery St. Pa­trick’s Park.

In­deed, the seasiders’ to­geth­er­ness in defence and com­mit­ment to the cause were in­fec­tious through­out, and that col­lec­tive stand pretty much thwarted ev­ery­thing that a ca­pa­ble St. Martin’s side threw at them, a fact em­pha­sised by the fact that the Pierces­town/Mur­rin­town na­tives only man­aged one point from play over the 50-odd min­utes of ac­tion.

They looked sharp on oc­ca­sion at the other end of the field as well, with Brian Óg Cur­ran open­ing their ac­count from a free af­ter only 45 sec­onds, and they re­ally im­proved their chances of glory with the game’s only goal on seven min­utes.

Jay Mooney had seen a gen­uine goal chance whizz the wrong side of the post in the pre­vi­ous at­tack, but he didn’t let that miss seep into his sub-con­scious as he pow­ered home less than a minute later af­ter be­ing supplied by Ol­lie Mur­phy.

Three con­sec­u­tive frees from Diar­muid O’Leary edged St. Martin’s to within 1-1 to 0-3 by the tenth minute, but Cur­ran re­sponded with two sim­i­lar ef­forts to en­sure Black­wa­ter en­joyed a 1-3 to 0-4 lead at the in­ter­val.

O’Leary reg­is­tered his fourth free two min­utes into the new half, and as his team-mates started to find more room to ma­noeu­vre up front, Joe Mer­nagh popped up for St. Martin’s sole point from play on 28 min­utes.

Level now, St. Martin’s must have been con­fi­dent of reel­ing in their op­po­nents, but in­stead were met with a resur­gent Black­wa­ter out­fit who picked off six points with­out re­ply to con­fi­dently take home the shield.

Ciarán Cash wrig­gled free to nick the lead point, Cur­ran tagged on two more frees, Ol­lie Mur­phy pointed on the turn, while fur­ther frees from Cur­ran and Ja­son Wal­lace from dis­tance saw them race clear down the home stretch.

St. Martin’s de­fender John Codd landed a long-range free at the death, but there was no doubt what­so­ever re­gard­ing the des­ti­na­tion of the spoils by then as Black­wa­ter al­ready had vic­tory in the bag.

Black­wa­ter: Adam Cullen (joint capt.); Eu­gene Clarke, Liam Lynch, Adam O’Connor; Rian Sam­mon, Ja­son Wal­lace (0-1 free), James Whe­lan; Alan Malanowski (joint capt.), Ol­lie Mur­phy (0-1); Ciarán Cash (0-1), Fi­achra O’Reilly, Sea­mus Walsh; Jay Mooney (1-0), Brian Óg Cur­ran (0-6 frees), Ro­nan Malanowski. Subs. - Joseph Ros­siter for R. Malanowski, also Ryan Byrne, Ai­dan Malanowski, Jamie Lam­bert, Odhran Car­roll, Caolán Sam­mon, Seán O’Brien.

St. Martin’s: Daniel Hamil­ton-Fo­ley; Rueben Laf­ferty, John Codd (0-1 free), Eoin Or­monde; Brian Codd, Kevin Reck, Conor King; Joe Mer­nagh (0-1), Josh Whitty; Rory Dev­ereux, Zach Bres­lin, Derry Crowley; Oisín Ke­hoe, Chris Ryan, Diar­muid O’Leary (capt., 0-5 frees). Subs. - John O’Sul­li­van for Crowley, Oisín Ka­vanagh for Ke­hoe, Ro­nan Grif­fin for O’Sul­li­van, Robert Curtin for Laf­ferty, Harry Curtis for Dev­ereux, also Harry Quirke, Kil­lian Barry, Conor Dempsey, Josh Reid-Thomas, Bobby Whe­lan, Ke Young.

Ref­eree: Roly Buck­ley (Bal­ly­hogue).

The cel­e­bra­tions be­gin for the Black­wa­ter boys af­ter their five-point win over St. Martin’s in the New Ross Stan­dard Un­der-14 hurl­ing Di­vi­sion 1 shield fi­nal in St. Pa­trick’s Park, En­nis­cor­thy.

The St. Martin’s squad prior to the New Ross Stan­dard Un­der-14 hurl­ing Di­vi­sion 1 shield fi­nal in St. Pa­trick’s Park, En­nis­cor­thy.

Kevin Reck of St. Martin’s at­tempts to block Brian Og Cur­ran.

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