Dwyer shows class up front
Fethard advance to County final
Fethard made full use of the wind in the second-half in O'Kennedy Park on Saturday, as they confidently saw off the challenge of Taghmon-Camross and booked their place in the final of the Top Oil Intermediate 'A' hurling championship.
Fethard 0-16 Taghmon-Camross 0-10
Mikie Dwyer was the shining star for the winners, as he slotted over five sublime points from play, while Mark Wallace was also dependable from placed balls, adding seven points to their tally.
However, their backs also deserve great credit as they defended tenaciously throughout, particularly in the first-half when the pressure was on, as they blunted a Taghmon-Camross attack that had the aid of the wind.
Last year's Junior champions did begin brightly though and held a 0-6 to 0-1 advantage inside 18 minutes.
Pierce Doyle scored the opener from a free after just 40 seconds, with Darren Carty, Luke Sinnott, Barry O'Gorman, Ian Carty and Richard Comerford all getting on the scoresheet.
The only Fethard reply in that period of Taghmon-Camross dominance was an admirable one, with Mikie Dwyer expertly splitting the posts from out near the left sideline.
Three points on the trot between the 21st and 25th minutes put Fethard right back in the game though, with Chris Molloy finding the range and Mark Wallace knocking over two placed balls into the teeth of the strong wind.
Pierce Doyle then converted two placed balls, either side of efforts from Mikie Dwyer and Mark Wallace (free), to leave Taghmon-Camross holding an 0-8 to 0-6 advantage at the break.
With the assistance of the breeze in the second period, Fethard looked to hold all the aces and so it proved, with two Pierce Doyle frees being all Taghmon-Camross could muster in the half.
Mikie Dwyer showcased his talents with three more wonderful points, while Mark Wallace gobbled up any opportunities that came his way from placed balls.
A Pierce Doyle free was actually the first score of the half, stretching the Taghmon-Camross lead to three, but Fethard reeled off four points on the trot, with Mikie Dwyer grabbing another score and Mark Wallace converting three frees to edge them in front for the first time.
Pierce Doyle knocked over another free in the 46th minute to level matters again, but they failed to work the scoreboard thereafter, with Fethard assuming total control.
Mikie Dwyer was at it again a minute later with another peach of a point, before Garrett Foley boomed over an inspirational long-range score in the 49th minute and followed up with a carbon copy moments later.
A long-range free from Mark Wallace stretched the lead to four points in the 52nd minute, and then Mikie Dwyer added the pick of the bunch when he fired over a magical point off his right from the left sideline.
Ciarán Dwyer grabbed the final point for Fethard and they withstood all Taghmon-Camross could throw at them in the final minutes to round off a very satisfying afternoon.
Fethard: Seán Foley; Martin Power, Rúairí Tubrid, Richard Waters; Mick Roche, Kevin Rowe, John Tubritt; Garrett Foley (0-2), Mark Wallace (0-7, 6 frees, 1 '65); Seán Donohoe, Joe Sutton, Graham O'Grady; Ciarán Dwyer (0-1), Mikie Dwyer (0-5), Chris Molloy (0-1). Subs. - Daniel Mullan for Roche, Ricky Rowe for Donohoe.
Taghmon-Camross: Jack Dunne; Mark O'Gorman, Robert Nolan, Páuric O'Gorman; Alan Nolan, Barry O'Gorman (0-1), Pat Nolan; Darren Carty (0-1), Stephen Stafford; Shane Doyle, Ian Carty (0-1 free), Luke Sinnott (0-1); Pierce Doyle (0-5 frees), Richard Comerford (0-1), Stephen O'Gorman. Sub. - Thomas Furlong for Doyle.
Referee: Pat Kehoe (Rathgarogue-Cushinstown).