Lawlor grabs fine hat-trick

Har­ri­ers U-15s bat­tle back

Wexford People - - SPORT - BRIAN CARTY in Ou­lart

A SEC­OND-HALF hat-trick from the dy­namic Richie Lawlor pro­pelled Faythe Har­ri­ers to a 3-6 to 1-8 vic­tory over a dogged St. Martin’s unit in the Black Cup fi­nal of the Martin Storey Un­der-15 festival of hurl­ing at a chilly Ou­lart on Sunday.

The Har­ri­ers needed to find in­spi­ra­tion from some­where as they had trailed by 0-6 to 0-2 at the in­ter­val, by which stage the as­sured ac­cu­racy of David Codd and the gen­eral qual­ity de­liv­ery into their for­ward line had served the Pierces­town/Mur­rin­town na­tives well.

De­spite St. Martin’s good form, their goal lived a charmed ex­is­tence in the first-half, with Faythe Har­ri­ers un­lucky not to rat­tle the net on at least two oc­ca­sions.

The Har­ri­ers’ first gen­uine goal chance ar­rived on eleven min­utes when cap­tain Paul Deeny cut in from the left wing and fed Eoin Ka­vanagh, but his shot was blocked by a de­spair­ing hurl.

There was a col­lec­tive sigh of re­lief from St. Martin’s two min­utes later too when Dan Browne wal­loped the un­der­side of the cross­bar.

And it looked like the verdict was head­ing in only one di­rec­tion when St. Martin’s strength­ened their po­si­tion with a quick 1-1 on the re­sump­tion, as Chris Berry ap­peared to con­nect to Codd’s free on 28 min­utes to boost the lead to 1-8 to 0-2.

Faythe Har­ri­ers re­sponded to that set­back in hugely en­cour­ag­ing fash­ion, though, and in­deed reeled off 3-4 with­out re­ply to trans­form the con­test.

Lawlor was the driving force, catch­ing a de­liv­ery be­fore turn­ing and em­phat­i­cally net­ting on 35 min­utes, while he also ap­plied enough pres­sure on Rory Walsh to knock home from close range in the very next at­tack.

His col­league, Ja­son Gor­don, found the range from a free to re­store par­ity at 2-4 to 1-7 af­ter 37 min­utes.

And when Lawlor gath­ered pos­ses­sion around 30 me­tres out six min­utes later, there was only one re­sult as he tucked home with as­sur­ance.

Mid­field duo Gor­don (free) and Kyle Scallan sup­plied the in­sur­ance scores in the fi­nal six min­utes as the Wex­ford town lads hung on for a com­mend­able vic­tory borne out of a never-say-die at­ti­tude and a sen­si­ble ap­proach up front.

An action-packed day of hurl­ing was kick-started by the Gold Plate fi­nal where a pair of late points se­cured a tight 1-6 to 1-5 vc­tory for the Fethard and Clongeen com­bi­na­tion of Moguegeen Gaels against St. Anne’s.

Faythe Har­ri­ers: Josh Walsh; Mark Hen­nebry, Cil­lian Bog­gan, Seán Byrne; Alex Bog­gan, Liam Cassin, Ben Hayes; Ja­son Gor­don (0-4 frees), Kyle Scallan (0-1); Richie Lawlor (3-0), Paul Deeny (capt.), Dan Browne (0-1); Eoin Ka­vanagh, Eoin Fo­ley, Kyle Turner. Subs. - Oliver McMa­hon for Turner, also Eoin Har­ti­gan, Jack Con­nolly, Calum Cor­co­ran, Ja­son Kelly, Billy Hil­lis, Em­met Ga­han.

St. Martin’s: Rory Walsh; Zach Bres­lin, John Codd, Luke Ka­vanagh; Rory Dev­ereux, Jim McDer­mott, John Hen­nessy; Joe Bar­rett, David Codd (capt., 0-7, 6 frees); Der­mot O’Leary, David O’Boyle, Jamie Berry; Chris Ryan (1-1), Fran­cis Dempsey, Oisín Wa­ters. Subs. - Cil­lian Cork­ery for Hen­nessy, Brian Codd for Wa­ters.

Ref­eree: Dickie Mur­phy (Rap­pa­rees).

The beaten fi­nal­ists from St. Martin’s.

The suc­cess­ful Un­der-15 squad from Faythe Har­ri­ers.

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