Bun­clody in con­trol

Wexford People - - SPORT - ALAN AHERNE in Belle­field

HWH-BUN­CLODY pre­served their one hun­dred per cent record mov­ing into the quar­ter-fi­nals of The Court­yard Ferns In­ter­me­di­ate hurl­ing championship when they com­fort­ably ac­counted for a de­pleted Adamstown side in this drab Group B clash in Belle­field on Sun­day.

The losers were also through be­fore­hand, so they won’t lose too much sleep over this de­feat con­sid­er­ing they were with­out key men Liam Stafford, Michael Fur­long and Tony French among oth­ers.

The writ­ing was on the wall for Adamstown at half-time when they trailed by 1-9 to 1-5 af­ter play­ing with the wind, and they only man­aged one point from play af­ter the break as the ta­ble-top­pers coasted to an em­phatic vic­tory.

Peter Atkin­son was in the kind of ir­re­sistible form that makes him one of the most po­tent for­wards in the county at this level in the open­ing pe­riod in par­tic­u­lar when he fired over three fine points from play.

Shane O’Gorman even­tu­ally moved to full-back in a bid to keep tabs on the ex-Wex­ford Se­nior who brought his per­sonal tally to four with one ad­di­tional ef­fort af­ter the in­ter­val.

Adamstown only led once, af­ter Lor­can French (free) and Tomás Har­ring­ton re­sponded to the open­ing point from the im­pres­sive Billy Kelly (free).

HWH-Bun­clody then reeled off four on the trot from Atkin­son (two), Matty Byrne and Ja­son Cow­man, and mid­fielder Billy Kelly added a cou­ple of eye-catch­ing points be­fore an ex­change of goals at the end of the half.

Adamstown pounced first, when a long-range Lor­can French free was knocked to the net by Har- ry Cos­grave, but HWH-Bun­clody re­sponded in added time when a surg­ing run and hand­pass by Eoin Kelly set up his first cousin, Cathal Doyle, for a tidy fin­ish (1-9 to 1-5).

Although Seánie O’Neill pointed for Adamstown just 30 sec­onds into the new half, they didn’t score again from play and were in­stead re­stricted to three Lor­can French frees.

HWH-Bun­clody looked very com­fort­able, with wily vet­er­ans Joe Ka­vanagh and Matty Byrne de­fend­ing soundly down the right flank.

Conor Crean man­aged to race for­ward from the full-back line to grab a fine point, and Seán Kenny also reg­is­tered from long range while Billy Kelly (three, two frees), Peter Atkin­son and sub­sti­tute Kevin Dunne kept the scoreboard tick­ing over.

Some ic­ing was added to the cake in added time when Billy Kelly took a short free to Eoin Kelly whose shot was blocked, but he then passed across goal to Dunne who fin­ished calmly to the net.

HWH-Bun­clody will face Rath­garogue-Cushin­stown in the quar­ter-fi­nal, while the John Mul­lane-trained Adamstown will be in­volved in an all-New Ross District clash with Fethard.

HWH-Bun­clody: Arthur O’Neill; Joe Ka­vanagh, Colm Far­rell, Conor Crean (0-1); Matty Byrne (0-1), Seán Kenny (0-1), John Dunne; Ai­dan Nolan (capt.), Billy Kelly (0-6, 3 frees); Ed­die Black, Eoin Kelly, Ja­son Cow­man (01); Cathal Doyle (1-1), Peter Atkin­son (0-4), Tadhg Kelly. Subs. - Martin O’Con­nor for Dunne (HT), Kevin Dunne (1-1) for T. Kelly (39), Conor Hen­drick for Black (47), James Moor­head for Doyle (54), David Reck for Ka­vanagh (56).

Adamstown: Paul Cooper; Michael Cur­tis, P.J. Car­roll, John Whe­lan; Lor­can French (0-6, 5 frees), Shane O’Gorman, Bren­dan Fur­long (capt.); Seán Bar­den, Tomás Har­ring­ton (01); Colum Feeney, James De­laney, Seánie O’Neill (0-2); Tomás French, Paddy Whitty, Harry Cos­grave (1-0).

Ref­eree: David O’Leary (Rath­nure).

Lor­can French (Adamstown) and Matty Byrne (HWH-Bun­clody) in a bat­tle for the ball.

HWH-Bun­clody sharp­shooter Billy Kelly on the move as Seánie O’Neill of Adamstown gives chase.

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