Early O’Gor­man goal helps Tagh­mon into de­cider

Wexford People - - SPORT - TOP OIL IAHC in Belle­field

THE TOP Oil In­ter­me­di­ate ‘A’ hurl­ing cham­pi­onship has thrown up an in­trigu­ing county fi­nal where Tagh­mon-Cam­ross will play Duf­fry Rovers in In­no­vate Wex­ford Park on Oc­to­ber 20.

The New Ross Dis­trict side booked their spot in the de­cider when they reg­is­tered a three­p­oint win at the ex­pense of Liam Mel­lows in Belle­field on Sun­day.

Tagh­mon-Cam­ross made full use of a sub­stan­tial breeze at the En­nis­cor­thy venue by build­ing a 1-4 to 0-1 lead in­side the open­ing quar­ter, with Stephen O’Gor­man belt­ing in their goal.

The dan­ger­ous county Un­der-21 hurler added two points to his per­sonal tally be­fore the end, while the as­sured free-tak­ing of Cathal Doyle (0-11, 9 frees) en­sured that Ja­son Ryan’s men weren’t go­ing to be reeled in by the de­ter­mined north county out­fit.

Colin Kennedy was a con­stant threat from dead-balls for the Mel­lows, and fin­ished with a healthy to­tal of 0-10, while sub­sti­tute Stephen Moloney knocked in a late goal af­ter a scram­ble.

Over­all, de­spite the 1-17 to 1-14 loss here, it still rep­re­sents a mas­sive im­prove­ment in per­for­mance for the Cool­gre­any-based lads, who have gen­er­ally strug­gled to make any sig­nif­i­cant in­roads in hurl­ing in re­cent times. In fact, they con­tested the rel­e­ga­tion fi­nal against Rath­nure in this grade just last year.

And with their Ju­nior ‘B’ hurlers still in cham­pi­onship con­tention, per­haps there is change in the air.

For Tagh­mon-Cam­ross, they will now be look­ing to em­u­late the ex­ploits of neigh­bours St. James’ and Fethard, who have taken home the last two edi­tions of this par­tic­u­lar cham­pi­onship, and will be aim­ing for their first hurl­ing county ti­tle since winning the Ju­nior crown in 2015.

They beat Shel­maliers in that fi­nal and went on to reach the In­ter­me­di­ate ‘A’ last four at the first at­tempt.

How­ever, they will likely go into the de­cider as un­der­dogs bear­ing in mind that op­po­nents Duf­fry Rovers beat them com­pre­hen­sively by 1-19 to 0-9 in last year’s quar­ter-fi­nal.

Hav­ing said that, Tagh­mon-Cam­ross won their re­cent group game by 2-13 to 1-14, although they only stum­bled over the line with a late T.J. Codd goal de­spite the Duf­fry fin­ish­ing with only twelve men.

Af­ter the dis­ap­point­ment of rel­e­ga­tion from Se­nior foot­ball, it would be a ma­jor fil­lip for this promis­ing young team if they could bring the sil­ver­ware home on Satur­day week.

Tagh­mon-Cam­ross: Jack Dunne; David O’Ke­effe, Alan Nolan, Mark O’Gor­man; Stephen Stafford, Ian Carty (0-1 ’65), Shane Doyle; Thomas Fur­long, Dar­ren Carty; Chris Cullen, Barry O’Gor­man (0-2), Dar­ren Hay­den; Luke Sin­nott (0-1), Stephen O’Gor­man (1-2), Cathal Doyle (0-11, 9 frees). Subs. - Shane Lacey for Fur­long, T.J. Codd for Cullen, Michael O’Gor­man for Sin­nott.

Liam Mel­lows: Dar­ragh Mur­phy; Marc Halpin, Conor Cleary, Ris­teárd Kin­sella; Aaron Condren, Danny Gar­diner, Frank Roche; Rory Hef­fer­nan, Ross Cody (0-2); Eoin Cullen, Colin Kennedy (0-10 frees), Joe Gar­diner; Conor Carty, Richard Far­rell (0-2), Bren­dan Halpin. Subs. - Stephen Moloney (1-0) for Cullen, Yusuf Frih for B. Halpin, Liam Cole­man for Hef­fer­nan, Gavin Stamp for Carty, Stephen Raf­ferty for J. Gar­diner.

Ref­eree: Philip Mur­phy (Faythe Har­ri­ers).

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