Mol­loy at his best

County player leads Gorey charge

Gorey Guardian - - SPORT - BRIAN CARTY MHPS fi­nal in St. Pat’s Park


COUNTY PLAYER Cian Mol­loy was at his in­flu­en­tial best when he guided Naomh Eanna to a 1-12 to 0-10 vic­tory over Na Piarsaigh in the Wex­ford Peo­ple Un­der-17 hurl­ing Premier shield fi­nal in St. Patrick’s Park, En­nis­cor­thy.

What makes the town team’s vic­tory all the more re­mark­able is the fact that they didn’t score at all un­til the 21st minute when Cian Browne plun­dered a ma­jor, but they were com­pletely trans­formed in the sec­ond-half to take the hon­ours against the HWH-Bun­clody and David­stown-Court­nacuddy com­bi­na­tion.

Na Piarsaigh were well served by the as­sured free-tak­ing of Ciarán Re­gan early on, and he scored two placed-balls in the first seven min­utes, and also flashed over from play af­ter be­ing teed up by Lee Lev­ing­stone.

Gorey hit eight wides in a way­ward first-half, while a third Re­gan free made it 0-4 to nil af­ter eleven min­utes.

How­ever, Naomh Eanna awoke from their slum­ber when Mol­loy’s shot at the posts was swat­ted out by Derry Ma­hon, but Cian Browne gath­ered the re­bound be­fore bury­ing to the net de­spite hav­ing a cou­ple of op­po­nents tack­ling him.

Still, a foul on Ciarán Ka­vanagh gen­er­ated an­other suc­cess­ful Re­gan free, and while Jack Do­ran flighted over a fine point from midrange, a re­sponse from Eoin McDon­nell meant that Na Piarsaigh led by 0-7 to 1-1 at the change of ends.

But Gorey were a dif­fer­ent an­i­mal when play recom­menced, with J.J. Twamley point­ing from the left side af­ter only 19 sec­onds, and Mol­loy com­bin­ing with Dar­ragh Cana­van to edge them within one.

Twamley then had a shot at goal saved at the near post, al­though Mol­loy pointed the sub­se­quent ‘65, and when Cana­van latched onto an op­po­si­tion puck-out on 37 min­utes, they sud­denly led for the first time (1-5 to 0-7).

An out­stand­ing point over his shoul­der from Mol­loy dou­bled their cush­ion, only for Na Piarsaigh to re­store par­ity again through Re­gan (free) and James Black.

How­ever, Gorey had one last pur­ple patch in the fi­nal twelve min­utes, as Twamley split the posts af­ter switch­ing to left wing-for­ward, while four more Mol­loy placed balls (three frees, one ’65) gave them 1-12 to 0-9 breath­ing space down the home straight.

Re­gan pegged a point back for Na Piarsaigh en­ter­ing in­jury time but it wasn’t enough to al­ter the ver­dict as Naomh Eanna added an­other ac­co­lade to their rapidly grow­ing col­lec­tion.

Naomh Eanna: Lee Cushe; Brian Cushe, Cian Kenny, Micheál Kennedy; Cathal Stokes, Seán Dowl­ing (capt.), Dar­ragh Cana­van (0-1); Jack Do­ran (0-1), Cian Mol­loy (0-8, 4 frees, 2 ‘65s); Mikey Cushe, Barry Lev­ingston, Dar­ragh Lev­ingston; Seán O’Cal­laghan, Cian Browne (1-0), J.J. Twamley (0-2). Subs. - To­mas Wheat­ley for O’Cal­laghan (45), Scott Mur­phy for D. Lev­ingston (57), also Cor­mac Doyle, Ryan Con­nolly, Cael­lum Travers, Seánie Quirke.

Na Piarsaigh: Derry Ma­hon; Alan Car­ton, Ed­die Kelly, Jim Doyle; Cathal Dun­bar (capt.), Lee Lev­ing­stone, Rory Lough­lin; Ciarán Ka­vanagh, Páraic Nolan; Mylie Con­nors, Ciarán Re­gan (0-7, 5 frees), Jerry Con­nors; Ewan Fur­long, James Black (0-2, 1 free), Eoin McDon­nell (0-1). Subs. - Aaron Ni­chol­son, Tomás Jef­fers, Char­lie Dunne, Thomas Fitzger­ald, Conor Blight, Oisín O Ceal­laigh, Ciarán Nolan.

Ref­eree: David O’Leary (Rath­nure).

The shield-win­ning Naomh Eanna Mi­nors. Suc­cess­ful cap­tain Seán Dowl­ing with An­gela McCor­mack of Coiste na nOg and Brian Carty, rep­re­sent­ing Peo­ple News­pa­pers.

The Na Piarsaigh com­bi­na­tion, an amal­ga­ma­tion of HWH-Bun­clody and David­stown-Court­nacuddy. Naomh Eanna’s Dar­ragh Cana­van is faced by Eoin McDon­nell.

Brian Cushe of Naomh Eanna solo­ing out of de­fence as Na Piarsaigh’s Mylie Con­nors looks on.

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