Alley discover the goal getting touch

Hosts recover from half-time deficit

Dean Goodson, in Monamolin

Published 16/06/2015 | 00:00

The Buffers Alley squad before Thursday's victory on home soil.
The Buffers Alley squad before Thursday's victory on home soil.
James Reilly of Buffers Alley looks for a colleague as Jason Roche of Ballyhogue gives chase.

Buffers Alley came from behind at half-time to take a morale-boosting victory over Ballyhogue in the New Ross Standard Coiste na nOg Under-14 football championship Division 4 in Monamolin on Thursday.

Buffers Alley 8-3 Ballyhogue 4-6

The visitors came into the game with a two wins, two losses record and with plenty of confidence after getting the better of Cloughbawn last time out.

They looked like a team on their way to another victory as they edged in front by three points at the break (3-4 to 3-1).

However, with Oisín Fortune pulling the strings in midfield and the home side getting a great contribution from their bench, the tide soon turned after the resumption and the Alley raced away with a swarm of goals to move level with their opponents in the table.

The sides were level after Tadhg Malone and Cillian Larkin traded points but it wasn't long until the Bree boys had the first goal when Jason Roche forced the ball over the line after Eoin Fitzpatrick's initial shot was saved by Jack Hearne.

John Kehoe edged the 'Hogues further in front with a classy point but Buffers Alley responded when Liam Walsh goaled after a superb handpass by Niall Corrigan. Fortune caught an Evan Murphy kick-out a short time later and drove in to goal and make it 2-1 to 1-2 to his side.

Following a point from the impressive Darragh Cloke-Rochford, the Gorey District club added a third goal through Alan Byrne. However, Ballyhogue finished the half stronger and, after a Kehoe point, they goaled twice through Fitzpatrick with James Kavanagh and Liam Doyle assisting.

Fortune fumbled over the line at the third attempt early in the second-half to level the scores (4-1 to 3-4), but Cloke-Rochford flashed over to edge his side one clear again.

Buffers Alley got stronger as the game wore on and added further majors from Walsh and a stunning effort from Dave Meleady (6-1 to 3-5).

A tidy finish by Cloke-Rochford narrowed the gap to just two points with six minutes remaining but it was the Alley who finished the stronger, with two further goals from Fortune and Byrne wrapping up the victory for their side.

Buffers Alley: Jack Hearne; Jack Whelan, Martin Dempsey, James O'Reilly; Oisín O'Hagan, Myles O'Connor, Eoin McNulty; Dave Meleady (1-0), Oisín Fortune (capt., 3-1); Ben Murphy, Alan Byrne (2-0), Liam Walsh (2-1); Niall Corrigan, Cillian Larkin (0-1), Ciarán Hearne. Subs. - Jack Fanning for O'Hagan (29), Dave Hearne for Larkin (29), Cian O'Connor for Murphy (29), Oisín Tyrell for C. Hearne (32), Richard Devereux for McNulty (35), Larkin for Corrigan (46).

Ballyhogue: Evan Murphy; Ian Donohoe, Eamonn Doyle, Tobias Redmond; Tadhg Malone (capt., 0-1), Ronan Byrne, David Henebery; John Kehoe (0-3, 2 frees), Lee Whelan; Darragh Cloke-Rochford (1-2), Peter Rogers, Liam Doyle; Jason Roche (1-0), Eoin Fitzpatrick (2-0), James Kavanagh. Subs. - Alan Doyle for Kavanagh (36), Seán Kschinka for Roche (37), Conor Dawson for Redmond (41).

Referee: David Owens (Kilrush).

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