Barrett Cup in a fitting home
Marty's school first victors
St Peter's College won the inaugural Marty Barrett Cup with a 2-8 burst in the opening 15 minutes against Gorey Community School in Power Park on Thursday.
St Peter's 5-10 Gorey CS 1-7
The Under-14 tournament, which is named after the late Barrett, a former teacher in the Summerhill school, as well as an inter-county hurler with his native Galway, is played among the secondary education hubs of Wexford.
It was the school where Barrett spent 26 years as an Agricultural Science teacher that fittingly won this contest with a stunning display of hurling in the first quarter that the visitors just couldn't match.
Coming off the Power Cup defeat just 24 hours earlier, St. Peter's flew clear with Conall Clancy and Ross Banville putting them 0-2 to nil ahead after just 48 seconds. A second from Banville followed before Gorey opened their account through Páuric Hughes.
However, it was all St. Peter's for the next ten minutes. Clancy pointed to make it 0-4 to 0-1 before Conall Ó Crualaoich's long ball was caught by Banville and he drilled past Aaron Byrne for the opening goal.
Banville pointed a free, flashed over when baring down on goal and added another from long range to make it 1-7 to 0-1 after 13 minutes. Following a Patrick O'Connor point, hotshot Banville hared in again, rattled the bar and Cormac Cooney pulled in the rebound.
St. Peter's took off Banville and Clancy and slowly Gorey edged their way back into the game. Conor Morris and Ben O'Connor pointed but the hosts did add another goal in the final minute of the half when Adrian Doyle scored from the rebound after Aaron Byrne saved Barry Ryan's shot.
There was just a solitary David Pettit point added by St. Peter's to their 3-8 to 0-3 half-time lead in the third quarter. Yet the final 15 minutes started with a bang when Ethan Freeman's ball in was turned to the net by Liam O'Connor.
To their credit Gorey ended the game well with points from Morris, O'Connor (two) and Eamonn Doran as well as a well-taken Jack Ryan goal. Yet it was the victors who had the final say as Killian Gahan pulled home a late goal to wrap up the Marty Barrett Cup.
St. Peter's: Jack Watters-Cosgrave; Killian Gahan (1-0), Sam Audsley, Kevin Power; Ethan Freeman, Aaron Culleton, Peter Rowley; Conall Ó Crualaoich (joint capt.), Ryan Furlong; Patrick O'Connor (0-1), Barry Ryan, Conall Clancy (0-2); Cormac Cooney (1-0), Ross Banville (joint capt., 1-5, 0-1 free), Adrian Doyle (1-0). Subs. (rolling) - Liam O'Connor (1-1), David Pettit (0-1), Garbhan McCormack, Conor J. Ryan, Jack Fortune, Josh O'Connor, Feidhlim Roche, Conor Kehoe, Conor Kelly, Zac Firman, Dylan O'Neill, Aaron Doyle, Tomás Murphy, Diarmuid Barry, Billy Dunne.
Gorey C.S.: Aaron Byrne; Billy Kavanagh, Nathan Byrne, Micheál Kennedy; Seán Dowling, Seán Weafer, Oliver Gahan; Páuric Hughes (0-1), Ben O'Connor (capt., 0-3 frees); Conor Morris (0-2), Martin Kavanagh, Eamonn Doran (0-1); Eddie O'Brien, Mark Boyle, Steven Mordaunt. Subs. (rolling) - Jack Ryan (1-0), Oran Fitzpatrick, Chris O'Brien, Darragh Kavanagh, Adam Fleming, Aaron Hall, Jack Doran, William McDonald, Alex Murphy, Cian Kenny, Feargal Maguire, Barry Levingston, Martin O'Loughlin, Mikey Cushe, Andrew Cushen, Martin Kavanagh, Shane Stokes, Callum Travers-Devlin.
Referee: Seánie O'Shea (Blackwater).