EARLY EXIT FOR OU­LART

Al­ley to tackle Glynn-Barn­town in rel­e­ga­tion de­cider

Wexford People - - SPORT -

IT WAS a dra­matic fin­ish that the en­tire county has been talk­ing about since Sun­day evening - and it will have a huge im­pact on the likely des­ti­na­tion of the Pet­titt’s Se­nior hurl­ing championship ti­tle.

There was a sen­sa­tion on a day of drama at two venues, with Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh crash­ing out of the race for hon­ours when they suf­fered a three-point de­feat to old ri­vals Rath­nure in In­no­vate Wex­ford Park.

At the same time in Belle­field, 14-man Ferns St. Ai­dan’s pro­duced late hero­ics to pip Glynn-Barn­town by one point in the sec­ond win­ner-takes-all tie, spark­ing wild cel­e­bra­tions at the fi­nal whis­tle.

With those re­sults putting Rath­nure and Ferns into the quar­ter-fi­nals, the at­ten­tion turned swiftly to which of the los­ing teams would be meet­ing Buf­fers Al­ley in the rel­e­ga­tion de­cider.

And it couldn’t have been any tighter, as Glynn-Barn­town and Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh both had three points and scor­ing dif­fer­ences of -7.

What di­vided them in the end was the fact that Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh had scored 110 points over the five-game cam­paign, com­pared to 98 for the Wex­ford District team.

That’s how close it was, with that in­fe­rior tally en­sur­ing Glynn-Barn­town will now face the Al­ley in a re­peat of the 2012 rel­e­ga­tion de­cider which they won by one point.

It seems al­most un­think­able that Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh are out given their won­der­ful achieve­ments of the past quar­ter-cen­tury, but the re­sults don’t lie.

It will be the first time since 1998 that they won’t be con­test­ing a quar­ter-fi­nal at the very least. Twenty years ago the championship was run on a knock­out ba­sis, and In­ter­me­di­ate ti­tle-hold­ers Shel­maliers beat them in a first round re­play.

The eight quar­ter-fi­nal­ists will now be con­scious of the fact that the race for the cov­eted crown is wide open, although reign­ing cham­pi­ons St. Martin’s are still the team to beat.

Rath­nure’s prize for dump­ing Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh is a clash with District ri­vals Rap­pa­rees, while Ferns St. Ai­dan’s will be in high spir­its when they attempt to de­throne the 2017 vic­tors.

Naomh Eanna topped their group with an­other pol­ished dis­play, and they will come up against last year’s In­ter­me­di­ate vic­tors St. Anne’s, whose draw with Faythe Har­ri­ers was enough to se­cure fourth place.

While Oyle­gate-Glen­brien’s form has dipped some­what in re­cent rounds, they had their knock­out spot se­cured early and will rel­ish the prospect of get­ting a crack at Shel­maliers.

The big win­ners on the last day of the group phase in The Court­yard Ferns In­ter­me­di­ate hurl­ing championship were Sham­rocks and Rath­garogue-Cushin­stown who se­cured the last two quar­ter-fi­nal places up for grabs.

It was also a good fin­ish for Black­wa­ter, as their first win and a favourable re­sult else­where meant that they con­signed the team they beat, Monageer-Boolavogue, to the rel­e­ga­tion de­cider ver­sus Craanford.

The quar­ter-fi­nal line-up is: HWH-Bun­clody v. Rath­garogue-Cushin­stown; Cross­abeg-Bal­ly­murn v. St. James’; Adamstown v. Fethard; Sham­rocks v. Clough­bawn.

A late draw in a very tense fin­ish was enough for Tara Rocks to ad­vance in the Top Oil In­ter­me­di­ate ‘A’ hurl­ing championship at the ex­pense of St. Pa­trick’s.

They will now face Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh, whose share of the spoils with Geral­dine O’Han­ra­hans also saw the New Ross town team ad­vance at the ex­pense of Gusser­ane.

The Bar­rowsiders will meet Tagh­mon-Cam­ross, while Liam Mel­lows will face Shel­maliers and Duf­fry Rovers are set to take on Bal­ly­gar­rett.

Our Lady’s Is­land and Mar­shal­stown-Cas­tle­dock­rell will be in­volved in the rel­e­ga­tion fi­nal.

The Per­ma­nent TSB Ju­nior hurl­ing championship quar­ter-fi­nals line-up is: Rap­pa­rees v. Monageer-Boolavogue; Horeswood v. Rath­nure; Buf­fers Al­ley v. St. Mary’s (Ross­lare); Ferns St. Ai­dan’s v. St. Martin’s.

The rel­e­ga­tion de­cider will be a lo­cal derby be­tween Clongeen and Ban­now-Bal­lymitty.

In the Per­ma­nent TSB Ju­nior ‘A’ hurl­ing championship, the pair­ings are: Kil­more v. Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh; Glynn-Barn­town v. Tara Rocks; Clough­bawn v. Naomh Eanna; Adamstown v. Bal­ly­hogue.

The games will be played on the week­end of Septem­ber 21-23, but this com­ing week­end the fo­cus switches back to football.

All four Se­nior quar­ter-fi­nals will be played in two In­no­vate Wex­ford Park dou­ble-head­ers. MATCH RE­PORTS IN­SIDE

Den­nis Mor­ton of Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh clears un­der pres­sure from Rath­nure’s Shane Lawlor in In­no­vate Wex­ford Park on Sun­day.

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