Thursday 22 March 2018

Rampant Rovers ease into Leinster showdown

A TOUGH journey turned into a comfortable afternoon for Hunterstown Rovers as Tony Finn's men booked a Leinster Junior final date with Two Mile House on Sunday week in Newbridge.

Offaly outfit Birr, better known for their hurling exploits, were simply no match for the Louth champions, who blitzed their hosts with another whirlwind start.

It's another road trip for Rovers, who have played all bar one of their games away from home, and even that had to take place in St Mary's grrounds in Ardee.

The constant travelling doesn't seem to be bothering Finn and his players.

After an even opening Birr edged 2-1 ahead by the 10th minute, but Hunterstown's youngest gun Ryan Burns set the tone for the rest of the contest rifling home his side's opening goal near the end of the first quarter.

The men in red pushed on to lead by 1-6 to 0-2 at half-time and they didn't let up after the re-start.

They kicked a further three points without reply to lead by 1-9 to 0-2 and when Alan Landy netted his side's second goal ten minutes, it really was curtains for the belegaured hosts.

The final quarter continued in the same vein and despite easing off the throttle Hunterstown kicked six points with just four in reply from Birr, who were very much second billing in Offaly on Sunday behind Kilcormac-Killoughy, who also lost their SHC semi-final clash with Oulart the Ballagh.

Two Mile House will undoubetdly represent a stiffer challenge on Sunday week, having disposed of the Meath champions Emmet Drumbarragh in round one and Carlow surprise package Fenagh in the other semi-final on Sunday.

HUNTERSTOWN ROVERS: Alan Fedigan; Brian Matthews, Ciaran Carrie, Paddy Matthews; Martin Lennon 0-1, Keith Brennan, David Finn 0-1; Tony McKenna, Conor Matthews; Muiris O'Sullivan 0-1, Paul Carrie 0-4, Brendan Lennon 0-1; Alan Landy 1-1, Ryan Burns 1-3, Padraig Matthews 0-1. Subs: David Fedigan 0-1 for Padraig Matthews, Richie Taaffe 0-1 for K Brennan, Robbie McNiece for M Lennon, Niall Taaffe for M O'Sullivan, Robert Clarke for A Landy.

Drogheda Independent