Barn­dar­rig pre­vail

Kil­macurra men see off Gle­nealy to secure semi spot

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -


BARN­DAR­RIG and Gle­nealy clashed at the St. Pa­trick’s grounds on Dun­bar Rd. on Sunday last, Septem­ber 1, in the quar­ter-fi­nal of the In­ter­me­di­ate hurl­ing cham­pi­onship and what a bel­ter of a game it was.

Ground con­di­tions were good for hurl­ing with a neat hurl­ing sod but a strong breeze blow­ing away from the club­house end across the play­ing field proved to be a bit of a spoil­sport.

The game was closely con­tested all through with never more than a cou­ple of points sep­a­rat­ing the sides ei­ther way un­til Barn­dar­rig got a break two min­utes from time to fi­nally give us a win­ner.

Mat­ters were more than close on oc­ca­sion and ref­eree Ciaran O’Shea was busy with his yel­low card de­liv­er­ing and he was forced to dip into the red card pocket as well.

Gle­nealy had first use of what­ever ad­van­tage the wind pro­vided but it took a few min­utes for both sides to set­tle in. We had a cou­ple of early wides from both sides be­fore Barn­dar­rig wing for­ward An­drew Ka­vanagh opened the scor­ing with a pointed free af­ter five min­utes.

Alan Con­yard lev­eled from a free two min­utes later but both de­fences con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate and scores on ei­ther side were hard come by. Michael Byrne from play and Con­yard from a free had Gle­nealy ahead by 0-3 to 0-1 af­ter 12 min­utes.

Gle­nealy were beginning to have more of the play at this stage with the Barn­dar­rig at­tack strug­gling to make head­way against a tight Gle­nealy rear­guard.

How­ever, a hasty, way­ward clear­ance from the Gle­nealy goal­mouth came straight to Johnny Nolan who grate­fully buried the ball in the net. Barn­dar­rig were now ahead some­what against the run of play af­ter seven­teen min­utes. Back came Gle­nealy with Alan Con­yard lev­el­ing the game again from a pointed free.

Michael Byrne put them back in front with ten min­utes left in the half. Malachy Stone lev­eled mat­ters again but Con­yard pointed an­other free to keep Gle­nealy in front.

How­ever, with three min­utes to go to the break they lost Michael Byrne to a red card. Stone brought the Kil­macurra men back on level terms.

Again, Alan Con­yard pointed a free on the call of half-time to leave Gle­nealy ahead by the min­i­mum at 0-7 to 1-3 at the break.

Barn­dar­rig had the help of the breeze for the sec­ond half but Gle­nealy got off on the front foot with a free won straight from the throw in. Con­yard, against the wind, was short but won a 65 which be con­verted. Barn­dar­rig now be­gan to get for­ward in at­tack more of­ten with Jack McCall in par­tic­u­lar putting in a great sec­ond half.

Malachy Stone was op­er­at­ing out­field but the Gle­nealy de­fence was prov­ing to be a tough nut to crack and with Alan Con­yard play­ing fur­ther out­field to com­pen­sate for their man short, the red and white brigade fought hard and stayed ahead al­most to the end.

Barn­dar­rig were heav­ily de­pen­dant on An­drew Ka­vanagh points from frees whereas Gle­nealy got a good spread of scores in the sec­ond half to add to Con­yard’s five points from frees plus a 65.

Gavin Byrne, Vin­nie Fla­herty and Ross O’Brien chipped in with points from play plus two more from Con­yard frees to leave Gle­nealy on thir­teen points af­ter 20 min­utes in the sec­ond half. By that stage An­drew Ka­vanagh had scored four points for Barn­dar­rig with one from play by Malachy Stone.

A side­line cut from Jack McCall was de­flected to­wards goal, but an alert Joey Driver kept his goal in­tact. Barn­dar­rig were putting the pres­sure on but were still two points in ar­rears at 0-13 to 1-8.

An An­drew Ka­vanagh free brought them within a point. Jack McCall lev­eled from play and Malachy Stone put them into the lead with five min­utes left on the clock.

With one minute to go Barn­dar­rig got a big break in a to­tally in­no­cent sit­u­a­tion. Gle­nealy goal­keeper Joey Driver ap­peared to al­low a ball run wide. How­ever, the ball had not the momentum to cross the line and Joey was forced to play it.

Un­for­tu­nately, his at­tempted clear­ance struck Johnny Nolan and de­flected back into the open goal. Barn­dar­rig now led by 2-11 to 0-13 and it was game over.

Gle­nealy lost Gavin Byrne and Oisin O’Neill to red cards in the last few min­utes and fin­ished with 12 men. Scor­ers - Barn­dar­rig: An­drew Ka­vanagh 0-6, Johnny Nolan 2-0, Malachy Stone 0-4, Jack McCall 0-1.

Gle­nealy: Alan Con­yard 0-8,

Barn­dar­rig’s Bernard Quinn blocks a shot from Gle­nealy’s Vin­nie Fla­herty.

Paddy Red­mond bat­tles hard for Barn­dar­rig dur­ing the IHC clash with Gle­nealy.

Gle­nealy’s Kil­lian Ho­gan and Barn­dar­rig’s Liam Dick­en­son com­pete.

Liam Dick­en­son drives for­ward for Barn­dar­rig against Gle­nealy.

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