Adamstown pip near neighbours
A stoppage time winner from Lorcan French edged Adamstown past Rathgarogue-Cushinstown in a fiercely-contested local derby in The Courtyard Ferns Intermediate hurling championship Group B in New Ross on Thursday.
Adamstown 0-12 Rathgaroue-Cushinstown 0-11
Rathgarogue-Cushinstown dominated the opening exchanges, as they led by six points in the first quarter, but Adamstown rallied to seal a last-minute victory.
Rathgarogue-Cushinstown burst into a three-point lead within the first ten minutes as Ollie Bolger and Matthew Cody converted long-range frees before Daire Bolger capitalised on a mistake in the Adamstown defence and he slotted over from 35 yards.
Lorcan French scored from a free as Adamstown failed to settle within the first quarter. Rathgarogue-Cushinstown extended their lead when Ollie Bolger grabbed an excellent score from a tight angle before half-forward James Devereux pointed from distance.
Bolger again pointed as Rathgarogue-Cushinstown raced into a 0-6 to 0-1 lead. Adamstown opened their account from play on 20 minutes when corner-forward Seán Barden turned and slotted over after a breaking ball.
Adamstown then picked up their game with Paddy Whitty pointing on his left after a fine catch, before Lorcan French added a long-distance free to reduce the deficit to three. Jason Dunne extended Rathgarogue-Cushinstown's lead before the break after he pointed from 25 yards on his right.
French added another free just before half-time to leave two between the sides in a half which saw Rathgarogue-Cushinstown very much on top, but they didn't take full advantage.
Adamstown started much brighter in the second period as wing-forward Vinny Doheny pointed straight from the throw-in and Lorcan French added another free to draw the sides level.
Ollie Bolger and Jason Dunne converted frees as the game was very evenly-matched in the second period.
Adamstown then came much more into it as the Barden brothers, Seán and Paudie, added fine individual scores to draw the sides level again at 0-10 apiece.
Seán Barden then agonisingly missed the only real clearcut goal chance as his shot skimmed the post from a tight angle.
Paddy Whitty scored an excellent point over the shoulder right on the touchline to edge Adamstown ahead with three3 minutes remaining.
Rathgarogue-Cushinstown centre-back Matthew Cody looked to have salvaged a draw when he pointed a long-range free in stoppage time, but with just seconds remaining Lorcan French scored the winner on his left side, 45 yards out, on the sideline as Adamstown continued their one hundred per cent record in the championship so far.
Rathgarogue-Cushinstown, in contrast, must win their last game to have any chance of progressing.
Adamstown: Paul Cooper; Johnny Connors, M.J. Cooper, Michael Curtis; James Breen, Paudie Barden (0-1), Brendan Furlong; Shane O'Gorman, Lorcan French (0-6, 5 frees); Tony French, Paddy Whitty (0-2), Vinny Doheny (0-1); Seán Barden (0-2), Barry Power, Ian Stafford. Subs. - Liam Stafford for I. Stafford (18), P.J. Carroll for Power (45).
Rathgarogue-Cushinstown: Colin Whelan; Paddy Murphy, Francis O'Brien, Brian O'Neill; Pádraig McGrath, Matthew Cody (0-2 frees), Peter Asple; James Devereux (0-1), Chris Kent; Bernard Furlong, Ollie Bolger (0-5, 3 frees), Jason Dunne (0-2); Daire Bolger (0-1), M.J. Kinsella, Mark Carroll. Subs. - Nicky Sinnott for Carroll (45), Aaron Ryan for D. Bolger (52).
Referee: Anthony Tobin (Geraldine O'Hanrahans).