Hayes loses to home club
ST. MARTIN’S over-ran their neighbours as they eased to the most comfortable of 16-point victories in this Intermediate ‘A’ hurling championship quarter-final in O’Kennedy Park, New Ross on Sunday.
Now they can look forward to a semi-final meeting with Tara Rocks next Saturday with a degree of confidence, even though it will be a step up in class. The winners were inspired by the excellent play of their forward line, while the defence, although never under serious pressure, still looked compact and up for a challenge.
St. Mary’s must have been desperately disappointed with their display. It was clearly evident from an early stage that they were stepping up a class as they struggled to contain the opposition despite the inside knowledge of their manager, Daithí Hayes, himself a former St. Martin’s stalwart.
They never threatened a serious challenge and must have been dismayed by their showing.
After Lee Devereux pointed his side in front, the only time they led in the game, St. Martin’s responded with two Kyle Firman points, one from a free.
And with the same player tagging on two further points, one from play, with a great effort off the sideline, the eventual winners had laid down a marker, leading by 0-4 to 0-1 after eleven minutes.
While a Devereux free pulled back a point for the opposition, the fire power of Kyle Firman and Diarmuid O’Leary was becoming more pronounced at St. Martin’s were ahead by 0-7 to 0-2 at the first water break.
As the Martin’s attack continued to find gaping holes in the opposing defence, a splendid individual effort from Diarmuid O’Leary produced the game’s opening goal five minutes before the break.
He cut between two defenders, and made some 25 metres before finishing with aplomb to the right corner of the net. It was a score that helped set up an interval lead of 1-10 to 0-4, with Devereux responding with two Mary’s points, one from a free.
While the result looked a foregone conclusion at this stage, it became even more pronounced within two minutes of the restart when the eventual winners increased their lead with further points from Conor Kelly and Zac Firman.
St. Mary’s forward Lee Devereux responded with two points, as David Cantwell managed one in between for the opposition, and with St. Martin’s continuing to pick off points at will they led by 1-16 to 0-6 at the second water break.
The final quarter just petered out as St. Martin’s continued to press, while their opponents were reduced to consolation points from Devereux, but it was a game that lacked any sparkle given the winners’ dominance.
St. Martin’s: Callum Quirke; Shane Walsh, Donal Kelly, Tony Kelly; Michael Codd, Mark Maloney, Adam Cantwell; Ben Stafford, Johnny Hamilton; Kyle Firman (0-7, 3 frees), Conor Kelly (0-2), Diarmuid O’Leary (1-5); Zac Firman (0-4), David Cantwell (0-3), Rory Devereux. Subs. - Zach Breslin (0-1) for Devereux, Paudie Kelly (0-1) for Cantwell, Jamie Berry for T. Kelly, Conor Devereux for Z. Firman.
St. Mary’s (Rosslare): Liam Kehoe; Emmet Byrne, Niall Cafferkey, Barry Quirke; Shea Boggan, Naomhan Rossiter (0-1), Liam O’Connor; Rees Broaders, Jordan Broaders; Robert Butler, Lee Devereux (0-8, 7 frees), Cian Boggan; Niall Walsh (0-1), Conor Cafferkey, Cian Byrne (0-1). Subs. - Larry Morrissey for Cafferkey, Pat Moroney for Walsh.
Referee: James Mullally (Gusserane).