Mur­phy’s ma­jors seal shield

UN­DER-AGE GAA ROUND-UP Rath­garogue-Cushin­stown hit Ballinastragh for six

Wexford People - - SPORT - DEAN GOODISON in Mon­ageer

RICHARD MUR­PHY was the four-goal hero as Rath­garogue-Cushin­stown put in a splen­did per­for­mance to take the New Ross Stan­dard Un­der-14 hurl­ing Di­vi­sion 3 shield in Mon­ageer.

The tal­ented cor­ner-for­ward proved he had a real eye for goal, scor­ing the only ma­jor of the first-half be­fore adding three more in the sec­ond to help his side past a hard-work­ing, young Ballinastragh Gaels team.

For a lot of this game there was very lit­tle be­tween the sides. It was a real bat­tle in the mid­dle third of the field where sev­eral play­ers from both teams put in se­ri­ous per­for­mances on a heavy but well-pre­pared pitch.

That said, ar­guably the best per­form­ers were in the Rath­garogue-Cushin­stown full-back line.

The trio of Harry Ke­hoe, Luke O’Dwyer and Seán O’Neill were ex­cep­tional through­out, al­low­ing only a spe­cial Cian Hughes ma­jor and a late Cil­lian Byrne penalty.

The Gorey Dis­trict side ac­tu­ally got off to the quicker start and played some qual­ity hurl­ing in the process.

Eoghan Doyle did get Rath­gar- ogue-Cushin­stown off the mark with a ‘65 but it was fol­lowed by a brace from Seán Hughes, plus a tidy Micheál McGonigle score.

Mur­phy started the hero­ics by haul­ing in Gary Porter’s pass and drilling past Dy­lan Nash in the 20th minute. Porter added a score of his own mo­ments later and it was enough to give his side a 1-2 to 0-3 in­ter­val lead.

Af­ter an even first-half, it was Rath­garogue-Cushin­stown who staked their claim for vic­tory af­ter the break.

Diar­muid Somers floated in from dis­tance in the 27th minute and mere sec­onds later Mur­phy pulled home his sec­ond from close range.

Mark Byrne did a lot of the hard work for his side’s third goal of the half but it was Mur­phy who got the fi­nal touch. Porter was in­volved in pretty much ev­ery goal his side scored and he was cre­ator again when Byrne sent a rasp­ing pull to the net (5-2 to 0-3).

Cian Hughes’ crack­ing goal with five min­utes left was soon fol­lowed by a classy Cil­lian Byrne penalty, but any hopes of a dra­matic come­back were ended when Mur­phy fit­tingly rounded out the vic­tory with his fourth ma­jor.

Rath­garogue-Cushin­stown: Shane Cullen; Harry Ke­hoe, Luke O’Dwyer, Seán O’Neill; Diar­muid Barry, Eoghan Doyle (capt., 0-1 ‘65), Seán Barry; James Quinn, Oisín Mac Eochaidh; Daniel Hea­phy, Gary Porter (0-1), Diar­muid Somers (1-0); Richard Mur­phy (4-0), Mark Byrne (1-0), Seán O’Brien. Subs. - Oisín McAuliffe for Somers (60+1), also Oisín Bren­nan, Conor Ka­vanagh, Liam O’Neill, Dy­lan Mo­ran, Peter McGrath, Jess Keavy, Shane Clif­ford, Shaun Hearne.

Ballinastragh Gaels: Dy­lan Nash; Kyle Kin­sella, Conor Jones, James Hig­gins (capt.); Daniel Bol­ger, Cil­lian Byrne (1-0 pen.), Hugh Fahey; Cian Hughes (1-0), Si­mon Camp­bell-Carthy; Micheál McGonigle (0-1), Seán Hughes (0-2, 1 free), Bren­dan Bol­ger; Gearóid Boland, J.J. Har­nett, Pádraig Jones. Subs. Oisín Byrne for Boland (30), Ben Roth­well for Har­nett (40), Ul­tan O’Dono­van for P. Jones (43), also Shane Kelly, Craig Gran­nell, David Neville.

Ref­eree: John O’Lough­lin (Mon­ageer-Boolavogue).

The Ballinastragh Gaels play­ers be­fore the New Ross Stan­dard shield fi­nal in Mon­ageer.

All smiles from Rath­garogue-Cushin­stown af­ter their New Ross Stan­dard Un­der-14 hurl­ing shield suc­cess.

Gearóid Boland of Ballinastragh Gaels is squeezed out by Rath­garogue-Cushin­stown’s Oisín Mac Eochaidh and Seán O’Neill.

Dean Goodison with tri­umphant cap­tain Eoghan Doyle.

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