Davidstown edge home
DAVIDSTOWN-COURTNACUDDY have made it through to the Junior hurling championship final with a one-point win over a wasteful Ferns second string in ideal conditions at Oylegate on Saturday last.
Little separated the teams all through, but the only goal which was scored by substitute Tommy Delaney ten minutes into the second-half was significant, as was the lead point secured by the experienced Ger O'Leary shortly before the final blast from referee Pat Kehoe's whistle.
The respective free-takers, David Dunne (Davidstown-Courtnacuddy) and Anthony Dwyer (Ferns), secured the majority of the first-half points as the eventual winners led by 0-7 to 0-5 at the interval.
Ferns appeared to be gaining the upper hand in the second-half until the arrival of Tommy Delaney's goal. Some missed scoring opportunities both from frees and play close to the finish certainly didn't help the Ferns cause, and they suffered the consequences.
Davidstown-Courtnacuddy: Declan French; Gerard Martin, Pat Rowsome, Daryl Freeman; Stephen Kennedy, Mark Byrne (0-1 free), Michael Murphy; Edward Frayne, Kevin Keane; Walter Furlong, Ger O'Leary (0-1), David Dunne (0-5 frees); Johnny Delaney, Jack Stafford, Alan Campion (0-1). Subs. - Philip Murphy (0-1) for J. Delaney, Tommy Delaney (1-0) for Stafford, Colin Power for Keane, Paddy Kennedy for Furlong.
Ferns St. Aidan's: Thomas Dwyer; Theo Leacy, Padraig Ryan, Padraig Walsh; Patrick Breen, Padraig Bolger, John O'Leary; Keith Rynhart, Donnacha Kinsella (0-2); Brian O'Neill, Tomas Hawkins (0-2, 1 free), Peter Codd; Jamie Dunbar, Ben Bernie, Anthony Dwyer (0-6, 5 frees). Subs. - Ben Cowman for Bernie, Andy Cash for Codd, Paddy O'Leary (0-1) for Rynhart.
Referee: Pat Kehoe (Rathgarogue-Cushinstown).