Ou­lart se­cure shield ti­tle

Wexford People - - SPORT - BRIAN CARTY in Ou­lart

OU­LART-THE BAL­LAGH had to call upon all of their men­tal for­ti­tude when claim­ing a 2-5 to 2-3 vic­tory over Shel­maliers in the Red Shield fi­nal of the Martin Storey Un­der-15 fes­ti­val of hurl­ing on home soil on Sun­day.

In fact, such was the sce­nario that the home side saw them­selves in that they faced down a 1-1 to no score mar­gin at half-time, al­though the gap would have been big­ger but for the re­flexes of their goal­keeper, Cian McCor­mack, who de­nied Shel­maliers a cou­ple of times.

Jim Finn had got the lo­cals up and run­ning with a point from play a minute in, but Shel­maliers pro­ceeded to pen Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh into their own half without re­ally mak­ing their dom­i­nance show on the score­board.

A fine lift and strike score from Aod­hán Byrne opened the Over The Wa­ter side’s ac­count on six min­utes be­fore a shot at the posts from Adam O’Leary de­ceived ev­ery­one and dipped into the net for a 1-1 to nil ad­van­tage.

McCor­mack was then sprung into ac­tion when div­ing to di­vert Dar­ragh O’Leary’s at­tempt clear, while he also pro­duced an ex­cel­lent save to get down low on Barry Cloake’s shot.

His op­po­site num­ber, Jack Red­mond, dis­played his shot-stop­ping capi­bilites by deny­ing Jack Cor­ri­gan be­fore the break, but Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh be­gan to mo­tor when play re­sumed.

They were level by the 28th minute when a cross from Cor­ri­gan teed up Pierce Red­mond for a neat fin­ish, while Jim Finn pow­ered through for a fine in­di­vid­ual goal on 33 min­utes (2-3 to 1-2).

Ryan Kielthy replied when his shot skimmed off the sur­face and bounced to the net on 40 min­utes, and al­though Aaron O’Neill knocked over a free to re­store par­ity a minute later, Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh were un­peturbed by their ri­vals’ revival and in­stead timed their run down the home straight to per­fec­tion.

Mid­fielder Aaron Doyle sparked the vic­tory march with an awe-in­spir­ing point af­ter run­ning through the heart of the de­fence, while Finn sealed the deal with a con­verted a free a minute from time.

It was a rather fit­ting vic­tory for the black and reds con­sid­er­ing the spoils on of­fer, and on this ba­sis the fu­ture looks bright for one of Wex­ford’s hurl­ing hot­beds.

Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh: Cian McCor­mack; Dy­lan O’Gor­man, Jake Cox, Nathan Browne; Dan Nolan, Chris Law­less, Aaron Byrne (capt.); Lor­can Nimmo, Aaron Doyle (0-1); De­clan Sin­nott, Jim Finn (1-3, 0-2 frees), Ed­ward O’Dowd (0-1); Jack Cor­ri­gan, Dean McDon­ald, Pierce Red­mond (10). Subs. - Ber­tie Finn for McDon­ald, also Si­mon Roche, Stephen Davitt, Michael O’Brien, Sea­mus Or­monde, Oisín Dunne, Ger­ard Kennedy, Eanna Swords, John Lyn­don.

Shel­maliers: Jack Red­mond; Seán Og Flana­gan, Adam O’Leary (1-0), Seán Cullen; Mark Scallan, Paul Hearne, Rob­bie Don­nelly; Tiar­nan Malone, Aod­hán Byrne (0-1); Aaron Kin­sella, Barry Cloake, Dy­lan O’Neill (0-2 frees); Ryan Kielthy (1-0), Dar­ren O’Leary, Oisín Fur­long. Subs. - Cian Doyle for Fur­long, Davy Doyle for Don­nelly, Cathal Hard­ing for Kin­sella, Michael Con­nors for Kielthy, Scott Dempsey for D. Doyle, also Luke Roche; Conor Roche, Eoin Mc­Carthy, Corey Lawlor.

Ref­eree: Dickie Mur­phy (Rap­pa­rees).

Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh cap­tain Aaron Byrne with Martin Storey and Mary Doyle (club Chair­per­son).

The Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh squad with the spoils of suc­cess.

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