Redmond to the fore as Rocks see off Glenealy
ARKLOW ROCKS and Glenealy served up a well contested and always competitive semi-final of the Junior ‘B’ hurling championship at Aughrim on Sunday morning last.
The accuracy of centre half forward Jason Redmond from frees was a huge contributor to the success of the Arklow men while veteran full-forward Danny Curran turned back the clock for a short period to register 1-3. Glenealy’s Declan Doyle was also accurate from the frees leaving both defences getting punished for indiscretions.
Corner-forward Sean Pierce had the Rocks two points to the good by six minutes and a further two had elapsed before Cal Connolly opened the Glenealy account with a point from play.
Jason Redmond got the first of his points from frees and Sean Pierce added another from play before Declan Doyle converted his first free to leave the Rocks leading by 0-4 to 0-2 with 13 minutes gone.
Danny Curran struck over a great point as the Arklow men tried to inch further ahead.
Declan Furlong and Tom Somers were enjoying a good spell at midfield with pacey runs from Ryan Bardon causing problems for Glenealy down the riverside wing.
Robert Browne at centre back for Glenealy was playing well but the flow of play was beginning to favour ARP.
However, scores for either sides were slow to come and Declan Doyle kept the Glenealy side in touch when he pointed a 65 coming up to the 20-minute mark.
Danny Curran struck a decisive blow for the Rocks with five minutes to go to half-time.
A Jason Redmond long range free dropped in around the Glenealy square.
Curran dropped out of the bunch and whipped the breaking ball to the net to put a bit of daylight between the teams.
Declan Doyle pointed another free for Glenealy and Jason Redmond for the Rocks finished the first half scoring when he landed a free just as the game was about to enter the time added period.
The half-time score stood at 1-6 to 0-4 in favour of ARP and with the second half assistance of the breeze to come, they looked in a commanding position.
When the Rocks began the second period with three quick points in as many minutes, it looked as if Glenealy were in for a drubbing.
Danny Curran caught a long delivery in and pointed, Sean Pierce whipped another over the bar from a ground pull and Curran again picked up a breaking ball and immediately put over the bar to push the Rocks into an eight point lead.
Robert Browne lifted Glenealy a bit when a long range free, taken from his own 65 line, appeared to get through a crowded goalmouth and end up in the net.
A Conor Jameson point for the Arklow men brought the lead to two goals but two more Declan Doyle frees reduced the leeway again.
Glenealy were not giving up yet and ARP could not afford any complacency.
However, three pointed frees from distance by Jason Redmond did allow the Arklow men to breathe easier as the lead went out to seven points at the 20-minute stage.
Once again Robert Browne helped to hand Glenealy another life line. He landed another long range free in ‘on the house’ and Derek O’Neill whipped the breaking ball to the net to reduce the gap back to four points.
However, there were no panic stations in the Rocks camp.
Redmond landed another point from a free. Glenealy centre forward Ciaran Manley responded with a point but when ARP immediately came back with a like score from substitute Chris Kavanagh the Rocks looked safe.
The final two scores of the game came from frees by Declan Doyle and Jason Redmond.
The Arklow man was rounding off a fine second half of point taking to leave the ARP men running out worthy winners on a scoreline of 1-16 to 2-8.
The Rocks now face Aughrim in the Junior ‘B’ final in what promises to be a belter of a local derby.
Scorers - Arklow Rock Parnells: Jason Redmond 0-7, Danny Curran 1-3, Sean Pierce 0-4, Conor Jameson and Chris Kavanagh 0-1 each.
Glenealy: Declan Doyle 0-6, Robert Browne 1-0, Derek O’Neill 1-0, Cal Connolly and Ciaran Manley 0-1 each.
ARP’s Danny Curran and Glenealy’s Tony Conyard battle it out.