Askamore power home
Askamore launched the mother and father of all comebacks in Blackwater on Sunday to increase the early-season pressure on Oylegate-Glenbrien in Group A of The Courtyard Ferns Intermediate hurling championship.
Askamore 0-22 O'gate-G'Brien 1-14
The Gorey District side had a lot of ground to make up at the interval, trailing by double scores (1-11 to 0-7) but with wind advantage to come. However, they thundered into the contest despite conceding another point to Jamie Reck within 30 seconds of the re-start, outscoring the boys in blue by 0-15 to 0-2 over the time remaining to triumph with five to spare.
Oylegate-Glenbrien simply couldn't win enough of their own puck-outs when playing into the breeze, and Askamore hit the front ten minutes from full-time and never looked back.
A mouth-watering third round tie awaits on the weekend of May 23-24 now as the losers - without a point to their name so far - meet their next door neighbours, Crossabeg-Ballymurn..
The key score of the first-half was Podge Doran's flicked goal from a long Jamie Reck free in the eleventh minute which extended Oylegate-Glenbrien's lead to 1-3 to 0-2.
Askamore managed to keep in touch, with Shane Tomkins providing the main threat, and it was only in the last few minutes of the half that some daylight appeared between the sides as points from Reck (two, one free) and Seamus Casey (free) left the Enniscorthy District side with that 1-11 to 0-7 advantage.
Reck quickly widened the gap to eight on the re-start, but Oylegate-Glenbrien didn't score from play again and only added a couple of pointed frees from Casey. Given their need for a win after going down to Oulart-The Ballagh, their fade-out thereafter was as surprising as it was disappointing.
However, Askamore deserve credit for the quality of their comeback as they continuously picked off points without ever threatening to score a goal. This may tell against them in games to come, but it was more than sufficient this time around as P.J. Nolan, Pádraig Byrne, Shane Tomkins, Gavin Sunderland and Conor Levingstone all made telling contributions in the scoring stakes.
Oylegate-Glenbrien conceded eight points without reply between the 45th and 57th minutes as their advantage slipped away, leaving them with some serious soul-searching to do before that big local derby.
Askamore: Brian Hayden; Frank Lancaster, Tommy Devereux, David Travers; Tom Kavanagh, Patrick Nolan, Colm Buttle; Conor Levingstone (0-4, 3 frees), Gavin Sunderland (0-2); P.J. Nolan (capt., 0-5), Raymond Lancaster (0-1), Shane Tomkins (0-6, 2 frees); Conor Travers, Frank Boggan, Pádraig Byrne (0-4). Sub. - Billy Nolan for C. Travers (47).
Oylegate-Glenbrien: John Foley; Pádraic O'Connor, Fergus Heffernan (capt.), Robert O'Connor; Kieran Lambert, Adrian Nolan, Bryan McCormack; Anthony Doyle, Jim White; Eoin O'Mahoney (0-1). Jamie Reck (0-5, 1 '65, 1 free), Mark Kavanagh; Shane Reck (0-1), Podge Doran (1-2), Seamus Casey (0-5 frees). Subs. - Damien Reck for Doyle (47), Barry Dunne for Lambert (56).
Referee: Dan Crosby (Kilmore).