Cruise for Crossabeg-Ballymurn
CROSSABEG-BALLYMURN 3-15 KILMORE 1-5
CROSSABEG-BALLYMURN claimed yet another trophy when they proved far too good for a disappointing Kilmore outfit, going on to fashion a comfortable 16-point victory in this Wexford District Under-21 football Roinn 1 championship final at Tagoat on Sunday last.
Enjoying one of their most successful years for some considerable time, there was never any real doubt as to the eventual result as Crossabeg-Ballymurn were the dominant force for the most part.
With Pádraig Foley and Seamus Carroll dominant in midfield, the attack saw a plentiful supply of quality ball with the result that they put the Kilmore defence to the sword from a very early stage, laying the platform for their victory through an excellent opening 30 minutes despite playing into the breeze.
After Niall Murphy and David Murphy had exchanged opening points, that was as good as it got for Kilmore. Crossabeg-Ballymurn responded with the game's opening goal after just four minutes, Mark Campbell applying the finish after a Billy Roche effort had rebounded off the crossbar, giving them a 1-1 to 0-1 lead.
It was the worst possible start for Kilmore as they never recovered, with the eventual winners kicking over some excellent points before tireless centre-forward Billy Roche found the net with a fine finish after 29 minutes, giving his side a comfortable 2-6 to 0-2 interval lead.
Kilmore did manage to show more urgency in their play on the resumption, tagging on two quick points through Shane Goff and a David Murphy free, but once the Over The Water side responded just five minutes in with an Andrew Butler pointed free, they went on to regain control.
By the end of the third quarter they had increased their lead to 2-9 to 0-4, and even the introduction of a number of substitutes failed to curb their dominance as they continued to pick off scores at will.
A David Murphy goal from a 51st-minute penalty was as good as Kilmore could produce, as it did nothing to dent the dominance of the eventual winners who went on to add 1-1 from substitute Patrick O'Connor, while Billy Roche had the final say with a super 40-metre point from play, capping a fine all-round display.
So the Crossabeg-Ballymurn roll continues as they set their sights on yet another trophy. If this game is anything to go by, they have the commitment and skill levels to take them at least a step further.
Their county semi-final clash with Duffry Rovers will take place in Bellefield on Saturday next at 3 p.m.
However, with Naomh Eanna involved in the Junior 'B' hurling final and the Leinster Club Junior hurling championship, the other penultimate round tie which pits them against Fethard won't go ahead until November 10.
Crossabeg-Ballymurn: Zac Corish; Cian Lambert, Michael Eviston, David Scallan; Declan Byrne (0-1), Conor Devereux (0-1), Josh Whitehead; Pádraig Foley (0-1), Seamus Carroll; Bill Eviston, Billy Roche (1-4), Niall Murphy (0-3, 2 frees); Andy Butler (0-3, 2 frees), Emmet Kehoe (0-1), Mark Campbell (1-0). Subs. - Patrick O'Connor (1-1) for Eviston, Glen Murphy for Carroll, Cormac O'Rourke for Scallan, Thomas Dixon for Campbell.
Kilmore: David Bates; Peter Shannon, Rory Cardiff, William Carley (0-1); Nathan Bates, Steve Cousins, Keith Bates; Shane Goff (0-1), Noel Casey; Chris Moore, Aaron Goff, Shane Power; Kevin Casey, David Murphy (1-3, 1-0 pen., 0-2 frees), Andrew Boyd. Subs. - Killian Dove for Boyd, Darragh O'Flaherty for Moore.
Referee: Philip Murphy (Faythe Harriers).