Glynn finish in style
HWH-Bunclody comeback is foiled
A strong finish secured a spot in the All-County Hurling League Division 5 final for Glynn-Barntown at breezy Killurin on Friday.
Glynn-Barntown 2-17 HWH-Bunclody 2-15
The brisk westerly wind dictated the course of events for much of the hour, with first the home side and then HWH-Bunclody holding the initiative.
But in the end, the winners defied the elements to take the spoils in a fixture which ended with 14 playing 14.
This left Eoin Kelly, the versatile HWH-Bunclody free-taker, on the losing side of a match in which he scored an impressive 1-12. He already had six points to his credit (four of them frees) by half-time.
The problem for the Enniscorthy District men was that no one else was stepping up to the attacking mark. The hard-working Mark Murphy contributed a point in that opening period but otherwise they looked shot shy.
The interval score read 2-10 to 0-7 in favour of a home side who were pinging the ball towards the target from all distances.
Tactician in chief P.J. Carley smacked one over from halfway to underline the importance of the wind. And Aaron Kehoe, wearing 13 on his back, popped up left, right and centre to collect four points (one a free) by the interval.
The first Glynn-Barntown goal came from Ben O'Shea, who was on hand to kick home when a long-range effort from Carley fell loose in the square.
The second was created by the pace of J.J. Doyle which carved out the opportunity for Jimmer Doyle.
Keeping their end of the scoreboard ticking over proved a great deal more difficult after the change of ends.
The Half Way opened the half with a marvellous maximum, Kelly diverting a booming hit from Michael O'Connor Jnr. to the net behind Adam Kennedy with one deft overhead touch.
Corner-back O'Connor was fated to play little more part in proceedings after a disagreement with Glynn-Barntown veteran Tommy Kehoe was resolved by referee Seán Slaven with a couple of red cards.
In their absence, spectators were treated to the Eoin Kelly show, with points from Conor Hendrick and Mark Murphy thrown in, and a goal by J.P. Connors added to the merry mix.
Bunclody pulled level on 46 minutes through a Kelly effort from a placed ball batted casually over Kennedy's bar from 60-plus metres and, when Kelly pointed from halfway on 57 minutes, they were two up.
Then they stuttered to a mysterious halt and the action switched to the other end where Aaron Kehoe and Jimmer Doyle hauled the homesters back level before Fionn Cooney and a Carley free finished the late revival.
The final against Rathnure will be played on a date to be announced.
Glynn-Barntown: Adam Kennedy; Frankie Hynes, Paschal Carley, Paul Laffan; Matt Doyle, Shane Codd, John O'Flynn (0-1); Murtagh Joyce (0-2), P.J. Carley (0-2, 1 free); Fionn Cooney (0-2), Jimmer Doyle (1-3), J.J. Doyle; Aaron Kehoe (0-6, 2 frees), Tommy Kehoe (0-1), Ben O'Shea (1-0). Subs. - Gary Sutton for O'Flynn (52), Dylan Roche for O'Shea (60).
HWH-Bunclody: Enda Murphy; Diarmuid Crean, Ger Cowman, Michael O'Connor Jnr.; Paul Jackman, Enda Slevin, John Dunne; John Atkinson, Pádraic Sinnott; Mark Murphy (0-2), J.P. Connors (1-0), Conor Hendrick (0-1); Ronan Roberts, Eoin Kelly (1-12, 0-6 frees, 0-1 '65), Michael O'Connor Snr. Subs. - Mick O'Connor for Roberts (30), Darren Murphy for O'Connor Snr. (43).
Referee: Seán Slaven (Faythe Harriers).