BUFFERS ALLEY 0-25 GLYNN-BARNTOWN 1-6
BUFFERS ALLEY were in vibrant form on the way to booking safe passage into the Panda Under-19 hurling Premier championship decider with a 0-25 to 1-6 victory over Glynn-Barntown in Wednesday’s one-sided semi-final in Monamolin.
What a difference two years makes as far as the victors were concerned as they avenged a penultimate round loss to the same opposition in the Under-17 Premier championship in 2020, and they will now take on Faythe Harriers after the Wexford town side defeated Naomh Éanna by 3-12 to 1-15 on the same night.
Incidentally, Naomh Éanna and Glynn-Barntown contested the finals in both codes that year so it represents quite a transformation in a short timespan for the inaugural finalists in this competition.
The hosts produced some champagne hurling on the way to hitting 16 points in the first-half, with Cormac Walsh and Jack Redmond grabbing a brace each, and Michael Butler in particularly stellar form when claiming four.
Indeed, the third and fourth points in his collection were excellent efforts from the clubhouse sideline, the latter of which pushed them 0-16 to 0-3 ahead in first-half injury-time.
Glynn-Barntown gained a fillip with the last puck of the half though when Daragh Murphy bludgeoned home a close-in free, and he also supplied the first point after the break as the gap stood at 0-16 to 1-4.
However, Buffers Alley followed with the next five points to create their largest advantage to date, as Butler and Redmond complemented a hat-trick of frees from Eoin O’Meara.
Tomás Walsh also flighted over from an acute angle, and by the time he pointed again on 45 minutes, it meant that six different Buffers Alley players had registered at least twice from open play.
Despite being pushed all the way by Shelmaliers a week earlier, it was obvious early on that Buffers Alley were operating on a different level here as they surged 0-8 to nil in front inside nine minutes.
Aside from those aforementioned braces from Walsh and Butler, Eoin O’Meara hit two (one free), while his younger brother Brian, and Shamey O’Hagan, also did the damage as Buffers Alley advanced to the final in style.
Buffers Alley: Callum Whelan-Byrne; Seán Kirwan, Jack Twomey, Niall Furlong (0-1); Adam Doyle (capt., 0-2), Edward Harney, Tomás Whelan; Cormac Walsh (0-2), Eoin O’Meara (0-8, 6 frees); Michael Butler (0-5), Shamey O’Hagan (0-1), Brian O’Meara (0-1); Brian Doran, Jack Redmond (0-3), Tomás Walsh (0-2). Subs. - Dylan McEvoy for B. O’Meara (44), Pádraig Kinsella for Doran (47), Eoin Fenlon for Doyle (55), Stephen Furlong for O’Hagan (57), Cian Dobbs for T. Walsh (58).
Glynn-Barntown: Cian Turner; Ryan Curran, Tommy Gallagher, Cian White; Liam Cooney, Darragh Carley, Olly McClair; Conor Lyne (capt.), Josh Carley (0-1); Callum McDonald, Daragh Murphy (1-3, 1-2 frees), Patrick Berry; Seán Laffan, Alan Mahoney, Liam Donoghue (0-2). Subs. - Morogh O’Flaherty for Laffan (36), James Boggan for Berry (39), Fionn O’Callaghan for Curran (45), Luke O’Rourke for Cooney (49), Rory Gallagher for D. Carley (55).
Referee: James Owens (Askamore).