Tuesday 21 November 2017

Fethard hang on in thrilling finale to claim their first title

Fethard 1-17 John Lockes 2-11

'Having blitzed the Lockes through the opening half, Fethard had to depend on some staunch defending in the closing stages' Stock photo: Sportsfile
'Having blitzed the Lockes through the opening half, Fethard had to depend on some staunch defending in the closing stages' Stock photo: Sportsfile

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An excellent first-half performance - which included a Graham O'Grady goal after 16 minutes - enabled Fethard to create a piece of history at Innovate Wexford Park on Saturday.

The Wexford champions went in at the break leading by 1-10 to 0-5, with centre-forward Mark Wallace striking over some great points from frees.

James Power, meanwhile, was keeping the Kilkenny standard-bearers in contention with some good scores.

Having blitzed the Lockes through the opening half, Fethard had to depend on some staunch defending in the closing stages.

Penalty

A Ryan Bergin goal from a penalty left six points separating the sides five minutes from the end, 1-16 to 1-0.

Shane Bergin scored John Lockes' second goal almost immediately to set up a frantic finish.

In the end, though, Fethard held firm to secure their first provincial club title in thrilling fashion.

They were particularly indebted to Gareth Foley, who gave a glorious display at midfield, while Wallace finished with a tally of nine points, with seven of them coming from frees.

 

SCORERS - Fethard: G O'Grady 1-1; M Wallace 0-9, (7f), C Dwyer, G Foley 0-2 each; D Barden, E Power, M Dwyer 0-1 each. John Lockes: R Bergin 1-1 (1pen); S Bergin 1-0; J Power 0-6 (4f); S Power 0-2; P Kennedy, R Kerwick 0-1 each.
Fethard: S Foley; M Power, R Tubritt, D Mullan; R Waters, K Rowe, J Sutton; G Foley, J Tubritt; E Power, M Wallace, D Barden; C Dwyer, G O'Grady, M Dwyer. Subs: B O Donoghue for Barden (tempHT) O'Donoghue for Barden (52), D Foley for Power (63).
John Lockes: I Burke; B Kirwan, B McDowell, C McGrath; T Delaney, O McGrath, J Corcoran; J McDowell, S Power; P Kennedy, J Power, R Bergin; E Scriven, D McCormack, R Kerwick. Subs: S Bergin for Scriven (HT), J O'Neill for McDonnell (34), C Murphy for Kennedy (49).
Ref - T Gleeson (Dublin)

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