Mel­lows make their goal chances count

Wexford People - - SPORT - BRIAN CARTY in St. Pa­trick’s Park

LIAM MEL­LOWS booked their pas­sage to the Top Oil In­ter­me­di­ate ‘A’ hurl­ing championship quar­ter-fi­nals with a work­man­like 3-9 to 0-10 vic­tory over Gusser­ane in Satur­day’s con­clu­sion of Group B played at a blus­tery St. Pa­trick’s Park, En­nis­cor­thy.

How­ever, with Geral­dine O’Han­ra­hans draw­ing with Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh at the same time, the losers ac­tu­ally drop to fifth in the fi­nal stand­ings, as the New Ross town men snatched the fi­nal quar­ter-fi­nal spot on the head-to-head rul­ing over their District ri­vals.

Liam Mel­lows have now scored at least two goals in four of their five games, and while that abil­ity will al­ways give them a chance in games, it was their de­fence that really stood out here.

In­deed, Gusser­ane were lim­ited to sparse op­por­tu­ni­ties in front of goal, the best of which saw Marc Halpin get back to make a cru­cial block on Gavin Shee­han just as he was pick­ing his spot.

In con­trast, Liam Mel­lows took vir­tu­ally ev­ery goal op­por­tu­nity that came their way, with their first ma­jor ar­riv­ing on seven min­utes when Bren­dan Halpin caught high above his im­me­di­ate marker and kicked into the dress­ing-room end net.

Gusser­ane had nice points from Mark O’Neill and Sam Wall to bring up a first-half to­tal on 0-4, but Liam Mel­lows took a firm foothold on pro­ceed­ings when Conor Carty gath­ered a break off the grounded Halpin and bounced the slio­thar off the turf and to the net for a 2-7 to 0-4 lead by half-time.

While Gusser­ane scored three times as many points as the Mel­lows in the sec­ond-half, they still couldn’t han­dle the twin threat of Halpin and Carty in­side, as the former caught well again to sup­ply the lat­ter, and Carty blasted past the near post de­spite the best thwart­ing ef­forts of Micheál Ryan. The game pe­tered out to an in­evitable con­clu­sion there­after, although Gusser­ane came close to net­ting con­so­la­tion goals through Kevin O’Dono­hoe and O’Neill as their sea­son came to a dis­ap­point­ing end. Mean­while, Liam Mel­lows will face Shel­maliers in the last eight.

Liam Mel­lows: Dar­ragh Mur­phy; Marc Halpin, Conor Cleary, Ris­teárd Kin­sella; Aaron Con­dren, Frank Roche, Stephen Moloney; Rory Hef­fer­nan (0-1), Ross Cody; Joe Gar­diner, Colin Kennedy (0-5, 3 frees, 1 ‘65), Eoin Cullen (0-1 free); Conor Carty (2-0), Richard Far­rell (0-1), Bren­dan Halpin (1-1). Subs. - Liam Cole­man for Gar­diner (51), Gavin Stamp for Cody (53), Stephen Rafferty for Cullen (55), Yusuf Frih for Carty (58).

Gusser­ane: Micheál Ryan; Liam Dil­lon, Ken­neth Cahill (capt.), Jack O’Con­nor; Adrian Red­mond, Shane Cullen, Gavin Shee­han (0-1 free); Graeme Cullen, Páraic Con­way; Kevin O’Dono­hoe (0-2), Sam Wall (0-4, 3 frees), John Roche; Mark O’Neill (02), Tommy Ryan (0-1), Eoghan Fo­ran. Subs. - Jack Bur­ford for Con­way (37), Gary O’Grady for O’Dono­hoe (54), James Red­mond for T. Ryan (57).

Ref­eree: James Flood (St. Mary’s, Maudlin­town).

Richard Far­rell of Liam Mel­lows tak­ing on Adrian Red­mond.

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