Kinsella Cup for St. James’
GOH beaten in extra-time
ST. JAMES’ 2-22 GER O’HANS 0-19 (AET)
THE HURLERS of Geraldine O’Hanrahans and St. James’ served up entertaining fare in the final of the Jamesie Kinsella Cup in Tom Somers Park, Gusserane, on Monday of last week.
The cup, in honour of the charismatic Rathgarogue-Cushinstown clubman of days gone by, eventually went home with the Ramsgrange men after a grueling encounter which included extra-time.
The Geraldines were left scratching their heads trying to figure out how they lost a game they totally dominated for 50 minutes.
They raced in to a 0-7 to 0-1 lead after only 15 minutes, helped in no small way by the accuracy of Barry Roche.
While they thoroughly deserved their half-time lead of 0-14 to 0-4, the fact was they had played with the help of a stiff breeze.
The game still seemed to be beyond the St. James’ men with only ten minutes to go. However, a well-taken goal from lively corner-forward Michael O’Grady narrowed the gap to five points and Matthew O’Hanlon slowly became more influential from centre-back as normal time drew to a close.
Geraldine O’Hanrahans failed to score again while St. James’ tagged on point after point to leave the teams level after 60-odd minutes on a scoreline of 0-18 to 1-15.
Both periods of extra-time belonged to St. James’. The New Ross team could only add one point to their tally while the Ramsgrange lads added an im- pressive 1-7.
O’Grady found the net again for them at the start of extra-time to give them the lead that they would not relinquish.
They ran out winners on a scoreline of 2-22 to 0-19.
New Ross District Chairman, Denis Nolan, was on hand to present the cup to winning captain, Donal Barron, and he wished both teams all the best for their upcoming championship games.
The game was refereed by one of the newer officials in the District, Tom Furlong (Adamstown).
Donal Barron receives the Kinsella Cup from Denis Nolan.