Cushin­stown cre­ate up­set

Place in last eight se­cured

Wexford People - - SPORT - DEAN GOOD­I­SON in New Ross

IT’S NOW eight years since Rath­garogue-Cushin­stown were last Se­nior, but they have given them­selves a fighter’s chance of a sur­prise re­turn with vic­tory over St. James’ in The Court­yard Ferns In­ter­me­di­ate hurl­ing championship Group A in O’Kennedy Park, New Ross, on Sun­day.

Most ob­servers wouldn’t give this de­vel­op­ing team much of a chance in the com­ing weeks, given how loaded this championship is, but one thing is for sure: pre­pare for a tough, com­pet­i­tive fix­ture against them or risk elim­i­na­tion.

Rath­garogue-Cushin­stown could have crum­bled in this game, and maybe in previous years they would have when Mark Myler forced a close-range pull over the line af­ter a goal­mouth scramble to tie the game with eleven min­utes left (0-12 to 1-9).

Not this group of play­ers, not now. In­stead they re-grouped, stopped St. James’ from scor­ing in over 16 min­utes of ac­tion, chipped away with points at the other end and came away with the win they needed to nab fourth spot.

Things looked to be go­ing smoothly in the open­ing quar­ter. Ol­lie Bolger and Tadhg Cody were on the board early, Shane Mur­phy re­sponded, but points from Daniel Martin Car­roll, Brian O’Neill and Paudie McGrath gave Rath­garogue-Cushin­stown a 0-6 to 0-2 lead af­ter just eleven min­utes.

St. James’ did start to get a foothold as the half wore on but were still 0-8 to 0-3 be­hind af­ter Matthew Cody popped one over with eight min­utes left in the half.

How­ever, Mur­phy kept reg­is­ter­ing frees at the other end and Michael O’Grady pointed to leave it finely bal­anced at 0-9 to 0-7 at the break.

There were just four points to­tal scored in the third quar­ter but Rath­garogue-Cushin­stown seemed to be on their way to vic­tory with three of them, in­clud­ing a classy Daire Bolger ef­fort.

How­ever, 1-1 from Myler in two min­utes turned the game on it head with eleven min­utes left.

Ol­lie Bolger stepped up to the plate im­me­di­ately.

He pointed from Bernard Fur­long’s feed, knocked over a free af­ter an over­car­ry­ing of­fence, and wrapped up the points in added time with a ‘65 af­ter his own ef­fort was blocked be­hind.

Rath­garogue-Cushin­stown will now meet the only side with a per­fect record in the fi­nal eight, first place fin­ish­ers in Group B, HWH-Bun­clody.

A quar­ter-fi­nal match-up against Cross­abeg-Bal­ly­murn is a tough con­se­quence for this flat per­for­mance for St. James’.

Rath­garogue-Cushin­stown: Nicky Sin­nott; Peadar Cody, Bryan Cody, Ricky McGrath; Ja­son Dunne, Paudie McGrath (0-1), Eoin Porter; Matthew Cody (0-2, 1 free), Brian O’Neill (capt., 0-1); Robert Mur­phy, Daniel Martin Car­roll, Bernard Fur­long (0-1); Daire Bolger (0-1), Ol­lie Bolger (0-8, 4 frees, 2 ‘65s), Tadhg Cody (0-1). Subs. - Chris Kent for D. Bolger (57), Pat Mur­phy for T. Cody (60+2).

St. James’: Graeme Mol­loy; Paul Bar­ron, Ja­son Bar­ron, Brian Mol­loy; David Doyle (capt.), Liam Mur­phy, Dar­ragh Lyons; Daniel Keat­ing, Rob­bie Bar­ron; Alan Walsh, Matthew O’Han­lon, Donal Bar­ron; Tommy Walsh, Shane Mur­phy (0-7, 6 frees), Michael O’Grady (0-1). Subs. - Mark Myler (1-1) for P. Bar­ron (35), Greg Doyle for O’Grady (49), James Walsh for D. Bar­ron (57).

Ref­eree: David Jenk­ins (Gusser­ane).

Peter Atkin­son of HWH-Bun­clody shakes off P.J. Car­roll (Adamstown) in the Group B clash in Belle­field.

Shane O’Rourke of Cross­abeg-Bal­ly­murn on the ball as Eoin Doyle (Craanford) pre­pares to chal­lenge in In­no­vate Wex­ford Park on Sun­day.

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