Lam­bert stars for Aughrim

Gran­ite City men through

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - BREN­DAN LAWRENCE at Aughrim

AUGHRIM pow­ered their way to the Ju­nior ‘B’ hurl­ing de­cider with this thump­ing of Éire Óg Grey­stones in Aughrim last Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Driven by the Lam­bert broth­ers, Robert and Conor, and boosted by the skill and ac­cu­racy of Conor Con­nolly and the tough­ness of the likes of Ciaran Byrne, Shane McAl­lis­ter, Brian Han­lon and Max Mol­loy up the spine of the team, Liam Keenan Snr’s side never once looked like los­ing this game and will take stop­ping when they face Ark­low Rocks in the de­cider.

The dam­age was done by the Aughrim men in the first half when they romped out to a 1-13 to 0-3 lead over the Grey­stones men with Robert Lam­bert in par­tic­u­lar look­ing like he was sim­ply too good for this level at times; his ex­pe­ri­ence with Carnew Em­mets Se­nior team ob­vi­ously stand­ing him in good stead.

Éire Óg’s Cil­lian Fo­ley got things up and run­ning from a free but they were soon to find them­selves un­der se­vere pres­sure all over the field. Robert Lam­bert and Mark Clancy had points be­fore a spec­u­la­tive shot from Robert Lam­bert flew in past Martin Byrne and an Éire Óg de­fender when it should have been stopped.

Pat Egan replied for Éire Óg but from here on in it was the Aughrim show with five points from the ex­cel­lent Conor Con­nolly (three frees), four stun­ners from Robert Lam­bert and sin­gles from Jack Mur­ray and full-for­ward Max Mol­loy to open up a vir­tu­ally unas­sail­able lead at the break.

Éire Óg were bat­tling hard de­spite be­ing un­der the kosh for the most part with Ger Whyte cer­tainly mak­ing him­self known from cen­tre back.

Aughrim’s sec­ond goal af­ter five min­utes of the sec­ond half was the fi­nal nail and Liam Keenan Snr’s men drove on re­lent­lessly with an­other goal from Mol­loy and two points from Con­nolly and one from Robert Lam­bert at the death.

Re­ally im­pres­sive stuff from Aughrim. Some of the hurl­ing in this game could be de­scribed as agri­cul­tural but there were plenty of very en­ter­tain­ing phases and re­ally im­pres­sive stick work here and there.

Scor­ers – Aughrim: Robert Lam­bert 1-6, Conor Con­nolly 0-7 (4f), Max Mol­loy 2-1, Mark Clancy 0-1, Jack Mur­ray 0-1.

Éire Óg Grey­stones: Pat Egan 0-2 (1f), Ger Whyte 0-1, Niall Deeney 0-1, Cil­lian Fo­ley 0-1 (f).

Aughrim’s Robert Lam­bert fires off a shot de­spite the at­ten­tion of Éire Óg’s Ger Whyte.

Fancy foot­work be­tween Éire Óg’s James Nolan and Tima­hely’s Colm Kenny dur­ing the Ju­nior ‘B’ hurl­ing cham­pi­onship semi-fi­nal.

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