Mary's bounce back

Published 22/07/2014 | 05:30

ST MARY'S bounced back from a defeat against HWH-Bunclody with victory over Ballyhogue in the Lodgewood Engineering Intermediate football championship Group B at Oylegate on Sunday last.

With the game right in the balance (2-8 to 2-7) entering the final quarter, Rosslare went on a run of six points in five minutes to drag the life out of their tiring opponents.

The superb spell that won St. Mary's the game was backed up by their best period around the middle in the game. Always a strong area for the victors, the brothers David and Andrew Murphy won every kick-out in those five minutes to suffocate Ballyhogue under a shower of attacks.

Lee Devereux started the blitz with a point, Tiarnan Rossiter nabbed a brace, Naomhan Rossiter notched a nice score, substitute Darragh Coffey registered, and David Murphy also claimed his second to secure the points.

The start of the final quarter might have been entertaining but the first 15 minutes were on another level again. Rosslare got a minor when Conor Cafferkey's shot from point-blank range was saved over the bar by Myles Roche, but there was no stopping Gavin Doyle two minutes later at the other end as the 'Hogues attacker danced through the full-back line and netted.

After Doyle added a '45, he got through again only to be denied by Stevie Cogley, and when he was fouled on the follow up he stepped up to tap over the free. The second goal came in the ninth minute when Jim Bob Levingstone hared away down the left and handpassed across goal for Doyle who fisted onto the crossbar, but Levingstone was on hand to punch home the rebound (2-2 to 0-1).

Back came Rosslare and they grabbed their first goal when David Murphy fed Tiarnan Rossiter and the county man side-footed to the net. The second arrived just a minute later with Rossiter, this time, as provider for a Barry Quirke punched major.

The sides sparred for much of the rest of the first-half (2-5 to 2-4 to St. Mary's at the interval) and then through the third quarter until Rosslare went point crazy. The win sees St .Mary's on course for the last eight but Ballyhogue might have it a little tougher after this loss.

St. Mary's: Stevie Cogley; Niall Walsh, Seán Finan, Ned Power; Gearóid Byrne (0-1), Paul Kinsella, Naomhan Rossiter (0-1); David Murphy (0-2), Tiarnan Rossiter (1-5, 0-3 frees, 0-1 '45); Lee Devereux (0-2), Andrew Murphy, Cian Boggan (0-1); Barry Quirke (1-0), Conor Cafferkey (0-1), Emmett Byrne. Subs. - Robbie Mansfield for E. Byrne (39), Darragh Coffey (0-1) for Cafferkey (45), Conal Grant for Devereux (55).

Ballyhogue: Myles Roche; Ger Cullen, Tomás Moriarty, Denis Asple; John Roche, Hughie O'Neill, Graham Parker; Syl Byrne, Norman Carr; Shane Byrne, Eddie Galavan, Liam Kelly (0-2); Gavin Doyle (1-4, 0-3 frees, 0-1 '45), Jim Bob Levingstone (1-1), Shane Roche. Subs. - Richard Dunne for Byrne, inj. (14), Noel Roche (0-1 free) for Dunne (32), Declan Power for S. Roche (50).

Referee: Paddy Campbell (Shelmaliers).

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