Darragh does the business for Blackwater
Four first-half goals from Darragh Doyle propelled Blackwater to Enniscorthy Guardian Coiste na nOg Juvenile hurling Premier shield glory against Oylegate-Glenbrien in Killurin on Saturday.
Blackwater 5-8 Oylegate-Glenbrien 1-7
The champions, who had a win and a loss against their final opponents in the group stages, were extremely impressive from start to finish. A smothering defence was enhanced by a midfield in Kevin Corrigan and Patrick Cullen to provide all the ammunition the front six needed.
That sextet was led by the irrepressible Doyle. Possession came from the left, the right and through the middle but it didn't matter to the powerful full-forward, as he invariably gobbled up the ball and found a way past an overworked Kevin Cosgrave.
The first goal was on the board in the fifth minute when Aaron Culleton's long ball was controlled and fed, by John O'Toole, to the four-goal hero Doyle who hit the rigging.
However, points by Paudie Casey, Fiachra Hourihane and Conor Nolan had Oylegate-Glenbrien on terms at the start of the second quarter.
Two Doyle goals in a minute changed the complexion of the game, latching on to Corrigan's pass for the first and then cutting in from the left and sending a rocket past Cosgrave to make it 3-0 to 0-3.
Oylegate-Glenbrien responded well, goaled through Paudie Casey after his initial shot came back off the foot of the post and pointed through Mike Kelly to cut the gap to just two points with eight minutes of the first-half remaining (3-0 to 1-4).
Yet their hopes were further dented by points from Corrigan (two) and Ben Redmond, as well as Doyle's fourth major to make the half-time score 4-3 to 1-4 in Blackwater's favour.
A big third quarter was needed from Oylegate-Glenbrien but they didn't get it despite starting the search for majors.
Páuric O'Toole was rock solid between the sticks for Blackwater who used points from Jack Abhrams and Corrigan to match a brace from Jack Reck (4-5 to 1-6).
Following Redmond's second point, substitute Patrick O'Connor netted from close range late on to round out a great day for a club who don't manage to take too many Premier titles home with them.
Blackwater: Páuric O'Toole; Féidhlim Roche, Jake Nobbs, Robert McGuinness; Killian Corrigan, Eoin O'Neill, Aaron Culleton; Kevin Corrigan (capt., 0-3, 2 frees, 1 '65), Patrick Cullen; Shane Cahill, John O'Toole, Ben Redmond (0-2); James Kelly, Darragh Doyle (4-0), Tomás Murphy. Subs. - Jack Abhrams (0-2) for Kelly (20), Patrick O'Connor (1-1) for Murphy (52), Thomas Coughlan for Killian Corrigan (59), also Aidan McDonnell, Jonathan Blake, Shane Butler, Tiarnan O'Reilly, Caolan O'Reilly.
Oylegate-Glenbrien: Kevin Cosgrave; Tomás Cosgrave, Niall Parker, Tomás O'Brien; Peter Rowley, Mike Kelly (0-1 free), Micheál Kinsella-Shiggins; Jack Reck (capt., 0-3, 1 free), Garry Conroy; Fiachra Hourihane (0-1), Tom White, Ryan Hill; Paudie Casey (1-1), Conor Nolan (0-1), Joe Dunne. Subs. - Adam Gethings for White (50), Joseph Whelan for Dunne (51), Richard Kelly for Hill (53), James Moulton for Conroy (60), Danny Ryan for Nolan (55), also Adam Byrne, Mikie Kelly.
Referee: George Dee (Taghmon-Camross).