Ballymurn run riot

Published 29/07/2014 | 05:30

THE Crossabeg-Ballymurn players stood for a minute's silence in memory of their late club Vice-President, Johnny Doyle, in Castleboro on Friday last and proceeded to give a performance that would have done him proud.

THE Crossabeg-Ballymurn players stood for a minute's silence in memory of their late club Vice-President, Johnny Doyle, in Castleboro on Friday last and proceeded to give a performance that would have done him proud.

A shell-shocked Horeswood were quite literally run off their feet by the movement of their rivals in this Top Oil Intermediate 'A' hurling championship Group A clash which was over as a contest by half-time when the Over The Water side led by 1-14 to 0-2.

The only low point for the winners was the serious leg injury sustained by corner-forward David Murphy at the end of the first quarter, but the charge was led in his absence by his brothers, top scorer Niall and lively substitute Barry.

County Under-21 Pádraig Foley was another commanding presence at centre-back for Crossabeg-Ballymurn who bounced back impressively from their three-point loss to Rathnure. Horeswood may have responded to their initial burst of three points with two from Craig Murphy (free) and their best player, Declan Murphy, but the Wexford District side scored an unanswered 1-11 in the last 23 minutes of the half.

The goal was finished by full-forward Des Kehoe in the eleventh minute after one of several eye-catching moves, with Crossabeg-Ballymurn's unselfish use of the ball and ability to pick out the best-positioned player of a high quality.

Perhaps it was inevitable that they would hit a slump at some stage, and it came early in the third quarter when Horeswood hit four of the first five points.

Normal service was quickly resumed though, and the green and whites finished on a high with two sweet goals. Substitute Barry Murphy created both, showing the kind of vision that Jack Guiney has displayed with the county team to pick out his brother, Niall, for the first with a lovely pass over the head of the last defender in the 54th minute.

He also set up centre-forward Eoin McDonald who blasted home a late screamer to leave Horeswood heading for a likely relegation battle.

Crossabeg-Ballymurn: Mark Dempsey; Matty Sludds, T.J. Parle, Cormac O'Rourke; Alan Byrne (capt.), Pádraig Foley (0-2, 1 free), Billy Roche; Seamus Carroll, Mark Campbell; Eoghan Kehoe (0-3), Eoin McDonald (1-2), Bill Eviston (0-1); Niall Murphy (1-11, 0-6 frees, 0-1 '65), Des Kehoe (1-0), David Murphy. Subs. - David Jackman for D. Murphy, inj. (15), Barry Murphy (0-2) for Eviston (37), Eviston for D. Kehoe (53).

Horeswood: Conor Breen; Tommy Quinn, Eoin Mythen, Gavin Murphy; Lorcan O'Brien (0-1), Barry Hearn, Tomás Kent; Declan Murphy (0-3), Michael O'Hanlon (0-3, 2 frees); David Larkin, Shane O'Hanlon (0-2), Seán Stafford; Ivan Kehoe (capt.), Jim Wall, Craig Murphy (0-1 free). Subs. - Kevin Rowe for Wall (37), David O'Shea for Kehoe (48), Brian Kehoe for C. Murphy (48), Paddy Roche for G. Murphy (52), Martin Furlong for Larkin (56).

Referee: Justin Heffernan (Blackwater).

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