Ballyhogue secure comfortable win
THE first meeting of these two sides in a final saw once proud Ballyhogue emerge from the doldrums with a comprehensive ten point victory over Taghmon-Camross in this 2015 Wexford Under-21 Football Division 1 final played at St. Patrick’s Park, Enniscorthy, on Saturday afternoon.
Ballyhogue 1-14 Taghmon-Camross 0-7
While the foundation was laid through a dominant midfield pairing of Shane Byrne and Syl Byrne, it was lightning corner-forward, Noel Roche, to proved his sides outstanding player throughout.
Roche was a constant thorn in the opposing defence, but despite the heavy underfoot conditions and strong breeze, his accuracy was such that he emerged from the game with a personal tally of 1-10, with 1-2 coming from play, the goal coming three minutes from the end, but it was worth waiting for.
Ballyhogue pushed forward straight from the start moving into a 0-4 to 0-0 lead inside the opening five minutes through Syl Byrne, Noel Roche, two frees, and Shane Byrne. Taghmon-Camross had to wait until the eighth minute for their opening score an Ian Carty point.
Both sides lost a player each to second yellow cards close to the finish with Dylan Dalton and Lee Hayden sent for an early shower by Referee Kevin Carty.
Ballyhogue: Darragh Byrne; Cian Rogers, Graham Parker, Conor Long; Michael Long, Shane Doyle, Peter Doyle; Shane Byrne (0-1), Syl Byrne (0-1); Mick Condon (0-2), John Kehoe, Conor Byrne; Noel Roche (1-10, 0-7 frees, 0-1, 45), Dylan Dalton, Fionn Rochford. Subs:L Dean Power for Rochford; Declan Power for Condon. Also: Ronan Minogue, Dean Sinnott, Enda Byrne, Shane Fenlon, Liam Rossiter.
Taghmon-Camross: Jack Dunne; James Carroll, Jack Murphy, David O’Keeffe, Lee Hayden, Ian Carty (0-1), Conor O’Keeffe; Darren Carty, Stephen O’Gorman; Stephen Stafford, Shane Doyle, Barry Og McGrath; Stuart Murphy, Pierce Doyle (0-1), Luke Sinnott (0-5, 0-4 frees, 0-1, 45). Subs: Darren Hayden for Conor O’Keeffe; Richard Stafford for Stephen Stafford; Adam Winters for Og McGrath; Stephen O’Keeffe for Stuart Murphy. Also: Anthony Doyle, Johnny Murphy.
Referee: Kevin Carty (Sarsfields).