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Ward leads way as Bawn canter



Old Bawn proved too strong for Blackrock College in their Dublin Schools Junior 'C' Hurling League clash at Silverpark on Tuesday.

Led by Kevin Ward, the Tallaght side possessed more natural hurlers than a game Blackrock side who tried hard but couldn't match their opponents.

Ward was in fine form at half back, coming forward to score 3-2, while Alan Hudson twice found the net.

Blackrock battled gamely with Neil Gorey and Michael O'Dwyer their standout players, but Old Bawn had too much in their locker.


Rock got off to a fine start when Niall Sweeney burst through the defence and kicked a goal.

But that was as good as it got for the home side as Colm McGrath got Old Bawn off the mark, before goalkeeper Dave Mulcair made a fine save from Mark Leigh.

The stopper could do nothing to prevent Davy Byrne minutes later, however, as the corner forward used his fine touch to pick up a loose ball and finished well.

He then added a point, before Keelin O'Hanlon struck for a goal. The impressive Neil Gorey then pulled a point back for Blackrock, but Mulcair was picking the ball out of his own net again before the break as Alan Hudson struck.

Blackrock midfielder Michael O'Dwyer scored a point to make it 3-2 to 1-2 at half time, but Old Bawn piled on the pressure after the break as Rock struggled to cope. Hudson kicked it off with a goal, before Ward added a free and Leigh found the net.

Byrne and Gorey swapped points, before Ward tried his luck from long range and the ball beat Mulcair.

Leigh added a point before he was sent off for picking up a silly second yellow card.

Ward then added the goal of the afternoon, embarking on a brilliant solo run before launching an unstoppable shot.

Sub Ray Perry pointed before Ward finished his day with a goal and a point to seal the win.

Scorers -- Old Bawn: K Ward (1f) 3-2, A Hudson 2-1, D Byrne 1-2, M Leigh, K O'Hanlon 1-0 each, C McGrath, R Perry 0-1 each. Blackrock College: N Sweeney 1-1, N Gorey 0-2, M O'Dwyer 0-1.

OLD BAWN: D Hanley; D Walsh, M Petracus; L Maher, K Ward, D Grennan; C McGrath, R Deegan, K O'Hanlon, M Leigh, O McGuigan, A Hudson, D Byrne, J Redmond, R Perry, A Garrigan, C Courtney.

BLACKROCK COLLEGE: D Mulcair; R Ryan, S Coughlan, B O'Beirne, J Wood; N Gorey, D Fortune, M O'Dwyer; J O'Leary, S Gill, R Conlon, J Marsh, C Malumby, N Sweeney, P O'Donoghue.

REFEREE: S Lambe (Kilmacud Crokes).