Mon­ageer cruise to big win

Com­pre­hen­sive shield suc­cess as Ross lads out­played

New Ross Standard - - SPORT - BREN­DAN FUR­LONG

MON­AGEER-BOOLAVOGUE 3-15 GERAL­DINE O’HANRAHANS 0-7

PRO­DUC­ING A fine dis­play, Mon­ageer-Boolavogue even­tu­ally cruised to a com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory over Geral­dine O’Hanrahans in this Wex­ford Peo­ple Un­der-17 hurl­ing Roinn 2 shield fi­nal in Oyle­gate.

The even­tual win­ners only trailed in this game in the open­ing minute when Andy Cash pointed the op­po­si­tion in front from a free.

How­ever, once Ro­nan O’Leary sped through the de­fence to shoot his side’s open­ing goal af­ter 15 min­utes, the Mon­ageer-Boolavogue boys never looked back, hav­ing shot into a morale-boost­ing 1-3 to 0-2 lead.

Andy Cash’s pointed frees kept the New Ross side in touch as they trailed by 1-4 to 0-4 af­ter 20 min­utes, but Dar­ren Kelly shot his team’s sec­ond goal, while also tag­ging on a fur­ther three points in a golden spell for the im­pres­sive at­tacker, to send Mon­ageer-Boolavogue in with an in­ter­val lead of 2-9 to 0-5.

The New Ross town side were of­fered brief hope on the re­sump­tion when they did most of the at­tack­ing through the first ten min­utes.

Within two min­utes of the re-start, Andy Cash broke through the cen­tre of de­fence to fire to the net, but the ref­eree called back play and awarded a 20-me­tre free, which Cash shot low but it was saved and even­tu­ally cleared to safety.

When Cash pointed a ’65 one minute later, they fol­lowed with an­other promis­ing at­tack, but the win­ners’ goal­keeper, Patrick Red­mond, brought off a great re­flex save from Tony Mur­phy whose shot seemed des­tined for the net.

De­spite the pres­sure through this ten-minute spell, all they had to show for it was one point, but had any of their goal ef­forts came to fruition it would have given them that much-needed boost.

Fol­low­ing this spell in de­fence, Mon­ageer-Boolavogue be­gan to get their game back to­gether, with sub­sti­tute Eoin Ga­han fir­ing over an ex­cel­lent 43rd-minute point, his side’s open­ing score of the sec­ond-half.

While Cash re­sponded with a pointed free, the New Ross lads were un­able to fash­ion that vi­tal goal which led to a strug­gle for the fi­nal quar­ter.

Twelve min­utes from the end, sub­sti­tute Ga­han cre­ated space to the right of goal be­fore fir­ing high past ’keeper Ryan Gar­diner into the op­po­site cor­ner of the net.

That gave his side 3-11 to 0-8 lead to take into the clos­ing stages which they dom­i­nated as Dar­ren Kelly tagged on fur­ther points be­fore be­ing called ashore as the even­tual win­ners be­gan to utilise their bench.

Once they hit the front, Mon­ageer-Boolavogue never looked back, and but for that open­ing ten-minute spell on the re­sump­tion, they con­trolled most of the game with Ro­nan O’Leary and Dar­ren Kelly par­tic­u­larly out­stand­ing in the at­tack.

Mon­ageer-Boolavogue: Patrick Red­mond; Rúairí Leacy, Ryan Far­rell, Jack Do­ran; Jack Red­mond, Noel Row­some, Fionn Wal­she; Conor Dolan (0-1), Eoin Dolan; James Mer­nagh (0-1), Ro­nan O’Leary (1-3), Dar­ren Kelly (1-8, 0-4 frees); Matthew Fig­gis (0-1), Dy­lan Brady, Peter Ga­han. Subs. - Eoin Ga­han (1-1) for Brady, Alan O’Neill for E. Dolan, Ryan Col­lier for Kelly, T.J. Breen for Leacy, also Johnny O’Brien, Joe Don­nelly, James Don­nelly, James De Lacey, Ian Rigley, Joe Ivory.

Geral­dine O’Hanrahans: Ryan Gar­diner; Liam Walsh, Kyle McGrath, Adam Walsh; Dean Mur­phy, Paddy Somers, Adam Fen­lon; Tony Mur­phy, Craig McDon­ald; Josh Ke­hoe, Cody Pur­cell, Kil­lian Mur­phy (0-1); Andy Cash (0-6, 5 frees, 1 ’65), Chris­tian Bur­rell, Jake Can­ning. Subs. - Adam Mol­loy for Somers, Ryan Bol­ger for Bur­rell.

Ref­eree: Mick Lani­gan (Shel­maliers).

The vic­to­ri­ous Mon­ageer-Boolavogue squad.

The Geral­dine O’Hanrahans squad.

Noel Row­some, the Mon­ageer-Boolavogue cap­tain, with David Tobin (Coiste na nOg Sec­re­tary) and Bren­dan Fur­long of Peo­ple News­pa­pers (spon­sors).

Adam Fen­lon (GOH) strik­ing as Jack Red­mond looks on.

Dar­ren Kelly of Mon­ageer-Boolavogue tak­ing on Tony Mur­phy.

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