Gers get vi­tal point

Wexford People - - SPORT - ALAN GOFF in Oyle­gate

A GOAL with the last puck of the game earned Geral­dine O’ Han­ra­hans the draw that they needed in the Top Oil In­ter­me­di­ate ‘A’ hurl­ing championship Group B in Oyle­gate on Satur­day.

With time al­most up, cen­tre-for­ward Dy­lan Egan found him­self in space and made no mis­take to ri­fle the ball to the net and earn his side a much-needed point and a quar­ter-fi­nal spot.

The open­ing half was a tight af­fair with lit­tle in the way of scor­ing ac­tion.

Af­ter 15 min­utes the only score of the game was a point from Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh’s Michael Ja­cob.

Dur­ing this pe­riod Geral­dine O’ Han­ra­hans were forced into three changes due to in­juries which cer­tainly did not help their cause.

The re­main­der of the half saw Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh’s Adam Nolan and Cathal Kenny (two) push them fur­ther into the lead.

Dy­lan Egan was keep­ing the New Ross men in touch from placed balls, and at half-time it was 0-5 to 0-4 to the En­nis­cor­thy District side.

Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh be­gan to take con­trol early in the sec­ond-half, with the ex­pe­ri­enced Peadar Mythen and Ben O’Con­nor hit­ting good points.

Mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh held a four-point lead thanks to an­other score from the im­pres­sive Mythen and a brace from Gary Mur­phy.

Geral­dine O’Han­ra­hans looked in trou­ble at this stage but they were given a huge boost in the 48th minute when sub­sti­tute Jake Byrne’s strike found the net.

Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh did not panic though, and points from Mythen and Darryl Gray meant they were ahead by three (0-16 to 1-10) with five min­utes to play.

It now looked likely that Geral­dine O’Han­ra­hans were go­ing out, but deep into in­jury time Dy­lan Egan picked up the ball and shot to the net af­ter a fine run to snatch a draw.

Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh will be kick­ing them­selves as they were the bet­ter team for large parts, but the New Ross men never gave up and can now look for­ward to that quar­ter-fi­nal against Tagh­mon-Cam­ross.

Mean­while, Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh will face Tara Rocks in their last eight en­counter.

Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh: Stephen Doyle; Seán Mur­phy, Nicholas Cullen, Jack Roche; Lar Pren­der­gast, Niall Red­mond, Dar­ragh Nimmo; Cor­mac Finn, Peadar Mythen (0-6, 3 frees); Tomás Dunne, Ben O’Con­nor (0-3, 2 frees), Adam Nolan (0-2); Cathal Kenny (0-2), Michael Ja­cob (0-2), Gary Mur­phy (0-2). Subs. - Darryl Gray (01) for Roche, inj. (47), Craig Davitt for Pren­der­gast (58).

Geral­dine O’Han­ra­hans: Bran­don Gar­diner; Gerry Cash, Conor Cleere, Michael Cleere; Barry Kelly, Enda Kelly, Matt Crow­dle; Jack Fo­ran (01), Diar­muid Ke­hoe; Ned Con­nors (0-1), Dy­lan Egan (1-7, 0-6 frees, 0-1 ‘65), Eoin Kelly; Kevin Grangel, Brian Haber­lin (0-1), Barry Roche. Subs. Jake Byrne (1-1) for B. Kelly, inj. (10), Danielius Niekis for E. Kelly, inj. (11), Barry Kelly for Roche, inj. (18), Dy­lan Wick­ham (0-1) for Con­nors (38), Con­nors for Grangel (48).

Ref­eree: Barry Red­mond (Clonard).

Jack O’Con­nor of Gusser­ane at­tempts to block the shot of Colin Kennedy (Liam Mel­lows).

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