Monday 22 July 2019

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All-County Hurling League: Glynn-Barntown 2-15 Fethard 0-14

Michael O’Regan of Glynn-Barntown eludes John Tubritt (Fethard)
Michael O’Regan of Glynn-Barntown eludes John Tubritt (Fethard)

Alan Ahern Division 1 in Killurin

Low-key would be the best way to describe Thursday's EEW All-County Hurling League Division 1 clash in Killurin where Glynn-Barntown ended any mathematical chance Fethard had of making it to the semi-final stage.

The home side were already out of contention, but they always looked the more likely winners here and made sure of the points with a brace of Shane Wilde goals.

The full-forward pounced first in the 15th minute, after he was left with plenty of space and time to pick his spot following a barnstorming run down the middle by wing-back Matthew Banville.

That goal left Glynn-Barntown clear by 1-4 to 0-3, although Fethard had been unfortunate not to raise the first green flag earlier.

Veteran netminder P.J. Carley, deputising for the county-tied Mark Fanning, saved a Bryan Power shot, and the first-time pull off the rebound from Adam Waters struck the post.

Glynn-Barntown went on to lead by 1-9 to 0-6 at half-time, with ex-county player Gary Moore looking sharp and contributing three points from play, while Aaron Kehoe chipped in with a brace in the second quarter.

Fethard were minus too many regulars to pose any serious threat, and they couldn't capitalise even though the losers were frustrated to lose Ríoghan Crosbie, David Clarke and Matthew Banville to injuries.

Moore moved to midfield and picked off the point that left Glynn-Barntown clear by 1-11 to 0-9 at the end of the third quarter.

Richie Waters had registered a fine score after a strong run down the right flank earlier, while follow-up long-range points from Eddie Power and Daire Barden were also eye-catching.

However, there was definitely no way back for Fethard after Wilde added his second goal in the 47th minute to widen the gap to eight points.

He had to do all of the hard work himself this time, as he persisted after his first shot close to the endline was kept out, before rattling the net with a ground stroke (2-11 to 0-9).

The last four Glynn-Barntown points all came from substitutes - Matthew Joyce, Jack Brazill and Cormac Cooney with two - while Fethard were unfortunate not to grab a consolation goal.

Bryan Power scooped one effort over the head of advancing netminder P.J. Carley but also over the bar, while Adam Waters struck the woodwork before his second attempt was saved in the 56th minute.

Glynn-Barntown: P.J. Carley; David Clarke, Pádraig Donnelly, Barry Doyle; Matthew Banville, John Leacy (0-1 free), Kevin Mahoney; Michael O'Regan (0-1), Ríoghan Crosbie; Aaron Kehoe (0-2), Cormac Rowe, Conor Mahoney; Gary Moore (0-7, 3 frees), Shane Wilde (2-0), Ian Moran. Subs. - Matthew Joyce (0-1) for Crosbie, inj. (HT), David Roche for Clarke, inj. (31), Shane Doyle for Banville, inj. (34), Jack Brazill (0-1) for Moran (47), Cormac Cooney (0-2) for Kehoe (50).

Fethard: Kieran Furlong; Martin Power, Rúairí Tubrid, Seán Sutton; Richie Waters (0-1), Daire Barden (0-1), Ricky Rowe; John Tubritt (0-2), Jimmy Sutton (0-1); Aran Murphy, Bryan Power (0-1), Graham O'Grady (0-1); Adam Waters, Eddie Power (0-3), Mikey Barden (0-4, 3 frees). Sub. - Seán Walsh for S. Sutton, inj. (HT).

Referee: Dan Crosby (Kilmore).

Gorey Guardian