Syl fires Rath­nure home

Wexford People - - SPORT - MICHAEL HEF­FER­NAN in Oyle­gate

SYL BAR­RON fired Rath­nure to the fi­nal of the Per­ma­nent TSB Ju­nior hurl­ing cham­pi­onship af­ter a con­sum­mate sec­ond-half dis­play saw the Black­stairs men see off St. Mary’s (Ross­lare) in this closely-fought en­counter in Oyle­gate on Satur­day.

Af­ter go­ing in a goal be­hind at the break, it re­mained to be seen whether Rath­nure had the fire­power to turn things around in the sec­ond-half.

But with Bar­ron deadly ac­cu­rate from placed balls, he brought his per­sonal salvo to 1-10 as his side pow­ered home to top­ple a game Ross­lare side.

There was a lively open­ing to the con­test as Lee Dev­ereux hit three points for Ross­lare while good work from Rath­nure saw them go one in front af­ter ten min­utes thanks to Nigel Hig­gins, Bren­dan O’Leary, Mark Boland and Syl Bar­ron.

Bar­ron fired over three more mid­way through the half, but their Wex­ford Dis­trict op­po­nents took a firm hold of pro­ceed­ings lead­ing up to the break.

Dev­ereux added two more placed balls while the hard-work­ing Tiar­nan Ros­siter struck two from mid­field, be­fore a build-up in­volv­ing Ned Power and Gearóid Byrne fin­ished with Dev­ereux crash­ing the ball to the roof of the net, giv­ing them the con­fi­dence to take a three-point lead at the break.

Rath­nure needed to come up with an an­swer to swing the mo­men­tum back in their favour and, af­ter Dev­ereux re­sumed scor­ing al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter the throwin, Syl Bar­ron put on a mas­ter­class from dead balls, ac­count­ing for the next five scores.

Bar­ron firstly hit three points in as many min­utes be­fore he put his side back in front with a penalty, ex­pertly con­verted to the roof of the net af­ter Bren­dan O’Leary was hauled back in the square.

An­other point put Rath­nure three in front and, with Teddy O’Con­nor keep­ing Dev­ereux quiet and Mick O’Leary sweep­ing up along­side him, Rath­nure fin­ished out the half with a con­fi­dent dis­play that sees them through to the fi­nal where they await the win­ners of Rapparees and St. Martin’s. They are just one step away from a swift re­turn to In­ter­me­di­ate ‘A’ ranks.

Rath­nure: Seán Nolan; Aod­hán Fo­ley, Mick O’Leary, John O’Con­nor; Philip Red­mond, Teddy O’Con­nor, Alan Ro­nan (0-1); Michael Martin, Seán O’Neill; Syl Bar­ron (1-10, 1-0 pen., 0-7 frees, 0-2 ‘65s), Fran­cis Mur­phy (0-1), Mark Boland (0-1); Nigel Hig­gins (0-2), James Flynn, Bren­dan O’Leary (0-1). Subs. - Micheál O’Con­nor for Flynn (HT), Kialle Byrne for B. O’Leary (58).

St. Mary’s (Ross­lare): Niall Walsh; Em­met Byrne, Conor Caf­fer­key, Conal Grant; Shea Bog­gan, David Mur­phy, Ned Power; Tiar­nan Ros­siter (0-4), Gearóid Byrne; Paul Kin­sella, Robert But­ler, Larry Mor­ris­sey (0-1); Lee Dev­ereux (1-6, 0-6 frees), Ja­son El­lard, Rees Broad­ers (0-1 ’65). Subs. - Ul­tan Quirke for El­lard (48), Naomhan Ros­siter for But­ler (56).

Ref­eree: James Flood (St. Mary’s, Maudlin­town).

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