Kin­sella Cup for St. James’

GOH beaten in ex­tra-time

Enniscorthy Guardian - - SPORT -

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.

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