FO­LEY POINTS WAY

De­served suc­cess for Horeswood

Wexford People - - SPORT - BREN­DAN FUR­LONG in Tagh­mon

THE SCOR­ING ex­ploits of the ex­cel­lent Conor Fo­ley helped Horeswood to a de­served five-point vic­tory over Oyle­gate-Glen­brien in this ex­cel­lent New Ross Stan­dard Un­der-14 hurl­ing Di­vi­sion 3 cham­pi­onship fi­nal in Tagh­mon.

Fo­ley’s scor­ing was im­mac­u­late through­out as he con­trib­uted 0-11 of his side’s fi­nal tally in a dis­play that saw him con­trol this game, as his con­tri­bu­tion in gen­eral play through­out was im­mense from the cen­tre-for­ward po­si­tion.

While he emerged with a man of the match per­for­mance, one also had to be im­pressed with the over­all Horeswood dis­play which was com­posed and free-flow­ing right through the 50-odd min­utes.

While Horeswood took the cup at the end, one would also have to com­mend Oyle­gate-Glen­brien. They bat­tled right to the fi­nal whis­tle but lacked a player with the scor­ing power of their op­po­nents which was a cru­cial fac­tor in their even­tual de­feat.

Still, they can feel well sat­is­fied with the im­pact they had on this game as they were within strik­ing dis­tance right up to the fi­nal min­utes.

Both sides opened with early wides be­fore a Josh Shannon fourth-minute point had Horeswood in front. Within a minute the op­po­si­tion were back level when cor­ner-for­ward Seán Row­ley scored a beau­ti­ful equal­is­ing point from an acute an­gle.

While Fo­ley be­gan to pull the strings with two ex­cel­lent lon­grange points, one from a free, very lit­tle sep­a­rate the sides through the open­ing 20 min­utes, at the end of which they were deadlocked (0-4 each).

An Adam Roche point put Oyle­gate-Glen­brien in front, but Fo­ley closed out the half with two fur­ther points, one from a free, from mid­field to leave his side lead­ing by 0-8 to 0-6 at the in­ter­val.

Oyle­gate-Glen­brien got the start they re­quired as within one minute Seán Row­ley pointed to leave the min­i­mum sep­a­rat­ing the sides.

But Fo­ley gal­vanised his team with four suc­ces­sive points, all from frees, to stretch them into a 0-12 to 0-7 ad­van­tage af­ter 37 min­utes.

De­spite this, Oyle­gate-Glen­brien to their credit bat­tled back to re­duce the deficit through points from An­drew Fitzhenry and Con­all Byrne (free) to leave just three points sep­a­rat­ing the sides en­ter­ing the clos­ing eight min­utes.

Some­how, Horeswood man­aged to lift the siege and it was fitting that it was Fo­ley who fin­ished out the game with two points, one ’65 along with a free, to give his side a de­served ti­tle.

Horeswood: Wil­liam Fo­ley; James Dempsey, Ryan Mylett, James Rice; An­drew Cros­bie, Alan Ke­hoe, James Mur­phy (capt.); Cathal Parker, Ewan Rus­sell (0-1); Shane Rowe, Conor Fo­ley (0-11, 9 frees, 1 ’65), Josh Shannon (0-1); Liam Sin­nott, Tom Dempsey, Adam Har­ris. Subs. - Lee Kent for Sin­nott, also Dmitry Mur­phy-Za­gaynov, Conor O’Leary, Cormac Shannon, Cian Cros­bie, Rory Hunt, Robert Fo­ley.

Oyle­gate-Glen­brien: Conor Mur­phy; Ned Ma­her, Cameron Clarke, Jack Hen­nessy; Richard For­tune, Adam Roche (0-2 frees), Mikey Doyle; Ryan Cullen, An­drew Fitzhenry (0-1); John For­tune, Dar­ragh Casey (0-1), Con­all Byrne (0-3 frees); Seán Row­ley (0-2), Aaron Quigley, Paul Burns. Subs. - Adam Nolan for For­tune, also Gra­ham Cur­ran, Dar­ragh Har­ris, T.J. Frost, Cian Cullen, Conor Somers.

Ref­eree: Bren­dan Holo­han (Rath­garogue-Cushin­stown).

The Horeswood hurlers be­fore their suc­cess in the New Ross Stan­dard Un­der-14 Di­vi­sion 3 fi­nal in Tagh­mon.

The Oyle­gate-Glen­brien Un­der-14 squad whose bid to add hurl­ing hon­ours to their foot­ball crown ended in dis­ap­point­ment.

Adam Roche of Oyle­gate-Glen­brien burst­ing past Horeswood duo Alan Ke­hoe and Cathal Parker.

James Mur­phy, the Horeswood cap­tain, is pre­sented with the cup by Bren­dan Fur­long of Peo­ple News­pa­pers (spon­sors).

Horeswood’s Conor Fo­ley tack­les Ryan Cullen (Oyle­gate-Glen­brien).

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