Sham­rocks through thanks to first win

Wexford People - - SPORT - MICHAEL HEF­FER­NAN in Farm­leigh

SHAM­ROCKS SEALED a spot in the last eight of The Court­yard Ferns In­ter­me­di­ate hurl­ing championship af­ter two sec­ond-half goals saw them top­ple Askamore in the fi­nal round in Group B in Farm­leigh on Sun­day.

Af­ter fail­ing to se­cure a win in their four previous out­ings, it was a real do-or-die af­fair for the En­nis­cor­thy side as an­other loss would have put them into a rel­e­ga­tion fi­nal.

But, with a ster­ling sec­ond-half per­for­mance, they com­pletely turned their year around and amaz­ingly go through the quar­ter-fi­nals with a mere two points on the board.

The loss puts an end to Askamore’s year, with the only sil­ver lin­ing be­ing that they avoid the rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle.

The open­ing half was a lively, al­beit low-scor­ing, af­fair, with both sides tear­ing into pro­ceed­ings right from the start.

Scores were traded evenly through­out the half, with Harry Goff and Pa Weafer on form for Sham­rocks and Askamore’s James Byrne deadly from placed balls.

Sham­rocks were un­lucky not to have a goal mid­way through the half when Goff hit the post, and mo­ments later Jack Moore­house’s ef­fort was well saved by Dar­ragh Kin­sella.

The save al­lowed Askamore to re­gain com­po­sure and they fin­ished out the half strongly with Byrne, Conor Lev­ing­stone and P.J. Nolan putting them two ahead at the break.

With the wind now at their backs, Sham­rocks came fly­ing out into the sec­ond-half, and four min­utes af­ter the re­sump­tion they were a point in front thanks to Pa Weafer, Mau­rice Casey and Jack Moore­house.

Askamore an­swered well how­ever, and with Tommy Dev­ereux steady­ing things at the back they turned that deficit into a three-point lead mid­way through the half, with Gavin Sun­der­land and P.J. and Billy Nolan on song.

But, Sham­rocks just wouldn’t lie down, and when Mau­rice Casey set Pa Weafer up ex­cel­lently for a goal, they were right back in it.

This gave them the in­spi­ra­tion they needed to push on and, with great work from Bran­don O’Con­nor, Seán Wildes and Mau­rice Casey, they fin­ished out the half strongly to book a quar­ter-fi­nal meet­ing with Clough­bawn.

Sham­rocks: Jamie Dagg; Barry Dobbs, John O’Con­nor, Ge­orge Ja­cob; An­thony Wal­lace, Podge Doyle (0-1), Em­met Quirke; Bob Ja­cob, Philip Free­man; Bran­don O’Con­nor (0-1), Seán Wildes (0-4, 1 line ball), Harry Goff (0-2); Mau­rice Casey (0-2), Jack Moore­house (0-1), Pa Weafer (1-5, 0-5 frees). Subs. - Lar McDonald for Quirke (56), Jim Ja­cob for Goff (58).

Askamore: Dar­ragh Kin­sella; Tom Byrne, Frank Lan­caster, James Lan­caster; Conor Lev­ing­stone (0-2), Tommy Dev­ereux, Colm But­tle; Seán Kir­wan, Shane Tomkins; P.J. Nolan (0-2), Garry Doran, Podge Byrne (0-1); James Byrne (0-9, 7 frees), Ed­mond Kenny, Gavin Sun­der­land (0-3). Subs. - Billy Nolan (0-1) for Kenny (35), Peter O’Neill for Kir­wan.

Ref­eree: John Car­ton (Monageer-Boolavogue).

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