It was heartbreak for Buffers Alley as neighbours Oulart-the-Ballagh regained their Pettitt's Wexford senior hurling championship title with a 14-point victory at Wexford Park yesterday.
After losing last year's final to Rathnure, Oulart-the-Ballagh showed why they have been the dominant force in Wexford hurling with an assured performance.
After just a single point separated the sides, 0-4 to 0-3, after 14 minutes, corner-forward Dessie Mythen struck for the first of his two goals to give his side a four-point advantage.
With Rory Jacob picking off some delightful points -- he finished the opening half with seven from play -- Oulart gradually built up momentum, with Mythen firing home his side's second goal two minutes before the break. Although Paul Doyle had scored a goal for the Alley two minutes earlier, the result was a foregone conclusion as Oulart led 2-11 to 1-5 at the interval.
Buffers Alley were further rocked when Nicky Kirwan crashed home a splendid goal within four minutes of the restart.
A Willie Doran 53rd-minute goal did not spark any surge from the Alley, while just to demonstrate their dominance, it was Oulart-the-Ballagh who closed matters off with a Stephen Doyle goal five minutes from the end of what was a disappointing final.
SCORERS -- Oulart-the-Ballagh: R Jacob 0-7; D Mythen 2-0; N Kirwan 1-2 (2f); S Doyle 1-0; M Jacob, D Nolan 0-2 each; P Redmond 0-1. Buffers Alley: W Doran 1-2; P Doyle 1-0; C Kenny 0-2 (1 65, 1f); P Doran (f), S Grannell 0-1 each.
Oulart-the-Ballagh -- G O'Leary; D Morton, P Roche, D Redmond; D Stamp, K Rossiter, L Prendergast; L Dunne, M Jacob; S Doyle, D Nolan, R Jacob; N Kirwan, W Whelan, D Mythen. Subs: P Redmond for Mythen; F Cullen for Dunne; B Kehoe for Stamp; G Sinnott for Whelan.
Buffers Alley -- S Kavanagh; Bobby Kenny, Barry Kenny, R Kirwan; M Sinnott, C Kenny, S Redmond; P Reidy, K Harney; C Gahan, P Doran, W Doran; D Harney, K Burke, P Doyle. Subs: S Grannell for Doyle; S Og Whelan for D Harney; P Kenny for P Doyle; J Hughes for Sinnott.
REF -- D Donovan (Volunteers).