Confident Ballymurn add first-ever hurling crown

Published 19/05/2015 | 00:00

Ballymurn. Back (from left): Adam O’Brien, Brody Murphy, Josh Waldron, Cian Walsh, Patrick Redmond, Mark White. Front (from left): Michael O’Connor, Shane Cullen, Nick Scallan, Seán Walsh, Tadgh English
Ballymurn. Back (from left): Adam O’Brien, Brody Murphy, Josh Waldron, Cian Walsh, Patrick Redmond, Mark White. Front (from left): Michael O’Connor, Shane Cullen, Nick Scallan, Seán Walsh, Tadgh English
Horeswood. Back (from left): Alex Molloy, Conor Foley, Jason Murphy, Kyran Mylett, Ryan Rowe, Ryan Mylett, Alan Kehoe. Front (from left): Cathal Parker, Kevin Wall, Adam Harris, Andrew Crosbie, James Murphy

Ballymurn produced an impressive, confident performance to win their first-ever Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Rackard League mini-sevens hurling title in St. Patrick's Park, Enniscorthy.

Ballymurn 2-2 Horeswood 0-2

After claiming their first football title only five days earlier, this truly was a memorable week for the Ballymurn boys after much hard work put in during training.

Ballymurn caused their opponents, Horeswood, problems from the start with the pace of Brody Murphy and Cathal Parker proving particularly difficult to deal with. A good, steady defensive performance from Horeswood captain Ryan Rowe helped in settling the ship in the opening minutes.

A remarkable amount of hooking, blocking and tough tackling plays saw scoring chances hard to come by in the first-half.

Indeed, it was seven minutes before Brody Murphy displayed silky ground hurling dribbling skills and a devastating ground stroke to beat Kyran Mylett in the Horeswood goal.

Good scores from Alan Kehoe and Conor Foley put Horeswood right back in it at half-time.

The second-half saw Ballymurn play with even more composure as they effectively shut down the Horeswood attack while using space up front to create chances. An early Brody Murphy point from out the field extended the lead before Brody teamed up with Patrick Redmond to create a goal worthy of winning any final.

The final score came when the hard-working Seán Walsh clipped over a point from out on the wing to create a reasonably safe six-point gap.

Were it not for an outstanding display from Kyran Mylett in the Horeswood goal, this gap could have been greater.

Although Ballymurn will rightfully get the plaudits for completing a remarkable boys' double, in truth it was really the Hurling 365 programme that was the success story of the night.

Both of these teams were a testament to the brilliant new scheme that will hopefully see young players like these lead Wexford teams to further success in the not too distant future.

Ballymurn: Nick Scallan, Josh Waldron, Patrick Redmond, Brody Murphy, Seán Walsh, Mark White, Shane Cullen, Michael Cullen, Cian Walsh, Tadgh English, Adam O'Brien. Horeswood: Kyran Mylett, Ryan Rowe, James Murphy, Jason Murphy, Conor Foley, Alan Kehoe, Cathal Parker, Kevin Wall, Alex Molloy, Ryan Mylett, Adam Harris, Andrew Crosbie.

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