Red­mond to the fore as Rocks see off Gle­nealy

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - LIAM O’LOUGH­LIN at Aughrim

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.

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