Thursday 20 June 2019

Second Mary’s win

St Mary's (R'lare) 1-19 D'town-C'cuddy 0-20

Dean Goodison in Oylegate

St Mary's (Rosslare) maintained their perfect start to their Permanent TSB Junior hurling championship Group B campaign but were pushed all the way by Davidstown-Courtnacuddy in Oylegate on Wednesday.

The Wexford District side were behind early as their rivals dominated the opening quarter, but they turned the game on its head when Rees Broaders flashed home from Lee Devereux's feed in the 17th minute.

While Davidstown-Courtnacuddy bossed the opening 15 minutes with the breeze at their backs, they struggled to put a string of scores together. They led by 0-6 to 0-2 at the start of the second quarter but had followed every point by at least one wide.

Seán Cooper raised three of those white flags as St. Mary's struggled to settle.

The only thing not going right for Davidstown-Courtnacuddy in those early exchanges were the two strikes Stephen Dunbar received to his head; somehow neither garnered frees and his anger was understandable.

If there was a spell in which this tie was won and lost it was probably the second quarter. Rosslare knuckled down and Lee Devereux brought his tally to six, while Davidstown-Courtnacuddy managed just a brace of points from the excellent Walter Furlong to go in three down at half-time (1-8 to 0-8).

St. Mary's seemed to be managing the second-half pretty well as the game eased into the final 15 minutes.

Devereux continued to pile on the points and seemed reasonably content with a 43rd-minute penalty that flashed over the crossbar.

Davidstown-Courtnacuddy were kept in the game in that spell by Cooper and Furlong but still trailed by 1-17 to 0-14 with twelve minutes left.

Yet the tide turned a little and they started to chip away at the deficit as the contest moved into the latter stages.

James Kelly scored a couple of fine points, Mark Murphy notched one from an individual battle it didn't seem possible to win, and Cooper registered his eighth point to get the Enniscorthy District side within a goal.

They kept pressing into added-time. Twice Furlong and Cooper got them within two, but that was as close as they came as Tiarnan Rossiter's third point in between was enough to keep them at arm's length.

St. Mary's (Rosslare): Niall Walsh; Emmet Byrne, Naomhan Rossiter, Eamon Power; Shea Boggan, David Murphy, Richard Bent; Tiarnan Rossiter (0-3), Gearóid Byrne; Robert Byrne (0-1), Rees Broaders (1-1), Jason Ellard (0-1); Lee Devereux (capt., 0-13, 7 frees, 1 '65, 1 pen.), Pat Moloney, Seamus Sinnott. Subs. - Larry Morrissey for Sinnott (22), Liam Kehoe for Ellard (57).

Davidstown-Courtnacuddy: Donal O'Shea; Stephen Kennedy, Darragh Cooper, Daniel Delaney; Seán Cooper (0-9, 6 frees), Barry Nolan, Mark Murphy (0-1); Walter Furlong (0-5), James Doyle; James Kelly (0-3), David O'Dwyer, Stephen Dunbar (0-1); Kieron McCabe, David Dunne (capt., 0-1), Johnny Delaney. Subs. - Alan Hickey for McCabe (38), Daryl Freeman for J. Delaney (38).

Referee: Stephen Burke (Volunteers).

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