Adamstown surge to title
Adamstown proved too strong for St. James' in an entertaining Greenstar New Ross District Under-21 hurling Roinn 1 championship final in Clongeen on Tuesday.
Adamstown 3-17 St James' 3-7
Strong winds made conditions difficult for both teams, but Adamstown were up to the task and were always in control as they racked up a big score against a decent St. James' side.
From the throw-in Adamstown dominated the game, with points from Tony French, Tomás French and Harry Cosgrave putting them three clear in the opening exchanges.
Things got worse for St. James' moments later as Cosgrave stormed through the defence and fired smartly to the back of the net.
St. James' eventually hit back with a free from Shane Murphy but they could not hold back the Adamstown onslaught, with three pointed frees from Tony French and a fine Pádraig Kavanagh goal moving the eventual winners further clear.
Adamstown found the back of Adam Parle's net again soon after when Michael Foley finished smartly after a defensive mix-up. This sparked a mini-revival from St. James'. Firstly, Shane Murphy fired in a goal and a point, before points from Alan and Joe Walsh closed out the half.
That was to be as good as it got for St. James', as Adamstown made a blistering start to the second-half thanks to three points each from Tony French and Pádraig Kavanagh.
Adamstown continued to win the physical battle, with Liam Stafford, Tony French and Paudie Barden all catching the eye with some strong fielding.
Shane Murphy continued to try to pull St. James' back into the contest but he and his team-mates were meeting with a stubborn defence superbly marshalled by Johnny Connors at full-back. Murphy eventually made a breakthrough with his second and third goals from frees, closing the gap to eight points with ten minutes still to play.
The fast tempo set throughout seemed to catch up with both teams late on, but there was still time for Paudie Barden to fire over a fine long-range effort, before the influential Tony French completed the scoring with his tenth point.
Adamstown: Paul Delaney; J.P. Furlong, Johnny Connors, Mosey Delaney; Seán Barden, Paudie Barden (0-1), Jack Curtis; Tony French (0-10, 6 frees, 2 '65s), Tomás French (0-1); Liam Stafford, Pádraig Kavanagh (1-3), Peter Finn; Donal Cosgrave, Michael Foley (1-0), Harry Cosgrave (1-2). Sub. - Rory Foran for D. Cosgrave.
St. James': Adam Parle; John O'Leary, Ryan Slowey, Niall Kennedy; Enda Crosbie, Robert Murphy, Tommy Walsh; Brian Molloy (0-1), Donal Barron; Andrew Walsh, Alan Walsh (0-1), Michael O'Grady (0-1); Joe Walsh (0-1), Shane Murphy (3-3, 2-2 frees), Ryan Whelan. Sub. - Conor Crosbie for Kennedy.
Referee: Jack Stafford (Clongeen).