Clash of CBS rivals ends in stalemate
Leinster SHC B
Goals in the first and last minutes of this evenly-contested match dictated the outcome of this local derby in the Leinster Colleges Senior hurling 'B' championship in Páirc Charman on Monday of lst week.
Wexford CBS 1-12 St Mary's CBS 1-12
A highly-entertaining match from start to finish, like all drawn games, the outcome could have favoured either side with the slightest nod from lady luck.
Wexford C.B.S. now meet Abbey Community School from Ferrybank in Waterford, while St. Mary's face Gorey Community School in the next round of the league stage of the championship.
The opening goal came in the second minute from Enniscorthy's dual county Minor Seamus Casey, who raced onto a pass from Ryan Murray to give goalie Shane McGrath no chance. A succession of points from St. Mary's duo Murray and Diarmuid Fenlon, in addition to one from goal-scorer Casey, saw them establish a commanding lead by midway through the half.
Coláiste Eamon Rís' only reply to the scoring blitz was a point from their scorer-in-chief, Conor Coleman, leaving a seven-point gap between them.
A second pointed free from the accurate Coleman was quickly answered by two from Casey, widening the gap to eight points (1-7 to 0-2).
However, Wexford C.B.S. came back decisively into the game in the final ten minutes when they outscored their opponents by 1-2 to a 0-1, all the scores coming from Conor Coleman's hurl, the goal being of the opportunist kind.
This brought the interval score to St. Mary's 1-8, Coláiste Eamon Rís 1-4.
The second-half was a more even contest, with both sides trading points in almost equal numbers until the final ten minutes. The hurling was full-blooded with the teams giving their all.
Points from Wexford's Liam Rockett and Stephen Rossiter were balanced by similar scores from St. Mary's Seamus Casey and Diarmuid Fenlon. Further points from Rockett and Cormac Byrne closed the gap between them to two (1-8 to 1-6) midway through the half.
From there to the end, the free-takers - Conor Coleman for Coláiste Eamon Rís and Seamus Casey for St. Mary's - who played the significant roles, with Casey sending over two points, but Coleman contributed four to bring Wexford level in the 26th minute.
The game closed in controversy, as a '65 from St. Mary's Seamus Casey in the 30th minute which went all the way to the net was disallowed by referee Aidan Foley, thus leaving the closing score all square (1-12 each).
On the basis of the display from both sides, they can look forward to a successful campaign, but they must be more intense in their approach to the game.
Coláiste Eamon Rís: Shane McGrath (Faythe Harriers); Danny Walsh (Faythe Harriers), Adam Dempsey (Faythe Harriers), Pádraig Rossiter (St. Martin's); Shane Hall (Faythe Harriers), Daniel Lynch (Faythe Harriers), Cormac Byrne (Faythe Harriers, 0-1); Darragh Rossiter (St. Martin's), Dylan Dixon (Blackwater); Nicky Kelly (Faythe Harriers), Liam Rockett (Shelmaliers, 0-2), Stephen Rossiter (Shelmaliers, 0-1); Liam Hore (Faythe Harriers), Jack O'Leary (St. John's), Conor Coleman (St. Martin's, 1-8, 0-7 frees). Subs. - Chris Cowman (Shelmaliers), Cathal Kirwan (Faythe Harriers).
St. Mary's C.B.S.: Luke Redmond (Crossabeg-Ballymurn); Seán Murphy (Oulart-The Ballagh), Ronan Gahan (Shamrocks), David Kehoe (Crossabeg-Ballymurn); Conor Lawless (Oylegate-Glenbrien), Daniel Reck (Oylegate-Glenbrien), Cathal Kenny (Oylegate-Glenbrien); Brandon O'Connor (Shamrocks), Pa Cullen (Oylegate-Glenbrien); Diarmuid Fenlon (Monageer-Boolavogue, 0-3), Ryan Murray (Davidstown-Courtnacuddy, 0-2), Eoin Murphy (Ferns St. Aidan's); Joe Foley (Oylegate-Glenbrien), Seamus Casey (Oylegate-Glenbrien, 1-7, 0-6 frees), Diarmuid Doyle (Davidstown-Courtnacuddy). Subs. - Cathal Walsh (Monageer-Boolavogue), Lorcan Murphy (Crossabeg-Ballymurn), Bradley Collier (Oulart-The Ballagh), Connal Flood (Cloughbawn), Murtha Doyle (Oulart-The Ballagh), Robert Cullen, Ronan Kirwan, Lorcan Cummins, Barry Doyle, Thomas O'Gorman, Barry Sinnott, Dylan Ring.
Referee: Aidan Foley (Shelmaliers).