Top team ac­counts for bot­tom side with late clinch­ing goal

Wexford People - - SPORT - ALAN AHERNE in Mon­amolin

BAL­LY­GAR­RETT DIDN’T pro­duce the form likely to lead to a county ti­tle down the line in Mon­amolin on Satur­day, although a lovely first-time flicked goal by young Kil­lian Doyle with 50 sec­onds of nor­mal time left fi­nally put paid to a hard-try­ing Mar­shal­stown-Cas­tle­dock­rell side in this Top Oil In­ter­me­di­ate ‘A’ hurl­ing championship Group B game.

In mit­i­ga­tion, the vic­tors were through be­fore­hand, but they will re­alise that vast im­prove­ment is nec­es­sary, par­tic­u­larly in de­fence, be­fore play­ing Duf­fry Rovers.

Mar­shal­stown-Cas­tle­dock­rell needed a win to have any chance of ad­vanc­ing in fourth spot, but in­stead they are des­tined for the rel­e­ga­tion fi­nal against Our Lady’s Is­land af­ter Geral­dine O’Han­ra­hans claimed a pre­cious point against Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh.

Although the 35 scores might sug­gest oth­er­wise, in truth it wasn’t a great con­test given that the points and goals were pep­pered with 33 wides, 18 for the win­ners.

While Bal­ly­gar­rett led by 0-6 to 0-2 af­ter ten min­utes, the im­pres­sive James Finn landed his sec­ond point be­fore a long John Cullen line ball from the right led to the equal­is­ing goal.

Colm Quigley got the ini­tial touch in the dan­ger zone be­fore Diar­muid Doyle flicked home from close range, and a solo point from Finn 30 sec­onds later put the En­nis­cor­thy District side in front.

The lead was short­lived though, as Kil­lian Doyle forced the ball into the net at the other end be­fore Jack Hobbs ham­mered home the re­bound af­ter a fine ini­tial save by Mark Quigley from goal mer­chant Eoin Cor­co­ran (2-6 to 1-4).

Mar­shal­stown-Cas­tle­dock­rell didn’t lie down all the same, hit­ting the last three points of the half via Colm Ben­nett (free), Diar­muid Doyle (free) and a Ben­nett ’65 - amid a flurry of wides at ei­ther end - to re­duce the gap to 2-7 to 1-8.

And the ad­van­tage swung back in their favour thanks to 1-3 with­out re­ply be­tween the 42nd and 46th min­utes, with Diar­muid Doyle catch­ing and dis­patch­ing an Eoin Ben­nett clear­ance for a lev­el­ling goal be­fore Michael Mor­ris and the ageless Micheál Jor­dan added points (2-11 to 2-9).

Bal­ly­gar­rett had the knack of get­ting goals when they were most needed, and they hit the front again in the 47th minute when cap­tain Jack Hobbs soloed in from the left and net­ted for the sec­ond time even though Mark Quigley got his stick to the shot.

A spir­ited Mar­shal­stown-Cas­tle­dock­rell re­sponded with points from Diar­muid Doyle (free), Michael Mor­ris and Micheál Jor­dan, but they were dealt a ma­jor blow when Pa­trick Naugh­ter flicked a Cor­mac Moore de­liv­ery to the net in the 52nd minute (4-10 to 2-14).

The clinch­ing goal was cre­ated by Naugh­ter, with his floated cross from the left fin­ished off with a clever mid-air strike by Kil­lian Doyle. Sub­sti­tute Mark Bren­nan did man­age a con­so­la­tion ma­jor for Mar­shal­stown-Cas­tle­dock­rell who now have one chance left to avoid the drop to Ju­nior ranks.

Bal­ly­gar­rett: Shane Quinn; John Doyle, Ed­die Red­mond, John Sin­nott; Tom Sin­nott, Brian O’Con­nor, Colm Ken­nelly; Seán O’Brien, Stephen Red­mond (0-4, 1 ’65, 1 free); Harry Byrne, Pa­trick Naugh­ter (1-1), Jimmy Mur­phy (0-1); Eoin Cor­co­ran (0-2), Jack Hobbs (capt., 2-4, 0-4 frees), Kil­lian Doyle (2-0). Subs. - Cor­mac Moore for O’Brien (HT), Bren­dan Cor­co­ran for Mur­phy (48), Ai­dan Mur­phy for J. Sin­nott (50), Sin­nott for J. Doyle (53), Oisín Dun­bar for K. Doyle (60+2).

Mar­shal­stown-Cas­tle­dock­rell: Mark Quigley; Eoghan Ryan, Michael Kelly, Ken Doyle; John Cullen, Colm Ben­nett (0-2, 1 free, 1 ’65), Eoin Ben­nett; Joe Kelly, James Far­rell; Michael Kin­sella, Michael Mor­ris (capt., 0-2), James Finn (0-3); Colm Quigley, Micheál Jor­dan (0-3), Diar­muid Doyle (2-5, 0-3 frees). Subs. - Mark Bren­nan (1-0) for C. Quigley (41), Johnny Frayne for J. Kelly (55), Jack Quigley for Kin­sella (57), Tom Ben­nett for Jor­dan (58).

Ref­eree: John O’Lough­lin (Monageer-Boolavogue).

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