Goals prove vital for Vols
A goal in each half proved crucial as Volunteers edged out Blackwater in the semi-final of the Enniscorthy Farm Systems Junior football championship in Innovate Wexford Park on Sunday.
Volunteers 2-06 Blackwater 0-10
The opening goal nosed the Wexford town men ahead for the first time in the 19th minute and the second, seven minutes after the interval, put just enough daylight between the sides to allow them the withstand the inevitable Blackwater fightback.
Things looked to be going well for Blackwater when they raced into a 0-5 to 0-1 advantage after 12 minutes with points from Kerril Sutton, Denis Carroll and Lar Leacy and two frees from the accurate boot of Conor Sutton.
However, Peter Walsh was also dependable from placed balls and his hat-trick of frees left Volunteers trailing by just two points.
The first of the pivotal scores came soon afterwards and again Walsh was heavily involved. The wing-forward raced on to a Troy Murphy pass but was bundled over in the area and Donal O'Connor stepped up to take the penalty and emphatically drove the ball to the back of the net.
Michael Lawlor and Conor Sutton (free) then swapped points to leave Volunteers with a single-point advantage at half-time (1-4 to 0-6).
Volunteers got the fillip they craved on 37 minutes when Michael Lawlor again found himself in an advanced position, collected a pin-point pass from Peter Walsh and calmly found the back of the net to give his side a four-point cushion.
Blackwater reduced the deficit with a couple of Conor Sutton frees but Peter Walsh, who put in a solid shift throughout, kept the scoreboard ticking over with a point for the Vols.
Points from substitute Paul Murphy and Conor Sutton brought Blackwater back to within one on 53 minutes but it was fitting that Walsh had the final say, firing over the black spot in the 58th minute.
There was time for one final scare for Volunteers but Paul Murphy shot a difficult goal chance wide of the target and with that Blackwater's hopes vanished.
Volunteers: John Cody; Michael Lawlor (1-1), Michael Murphy, Brian Sheridan; Micheál Roche, Alan Donovan, Jason Kearns; Stephen Burke, Keith Furlong; Peter Walsh (0-5, 4 frees), Eoin McCarthy, Ciarán Hillery, Donal O'Connor (1-0 penalty), Eoin O'Shea, Troy Murphy. Subs. Danny O'Sullivan for McCarthy, Craig Kearney for Hillery, Shane Bates for O'Connor, John Browne for M. Roche, Aidan Roche for O'Shea, Anthony Walsh for Kearns.
Blackwater: Robert O'Leary; Shane Wright, Johnny Mooney, Darren Byrne; Diarmuid Murphy, Kevin O'Brien, Anthony Roche; Dean Whelan, Dean Wright; Lar Leacy (0-1), Denis Carroll (0-1), Mick Lillis; Conor Sutton (0-6 frees), Kerril Sutton (0-1), Joe Neville. Subs. - Eanna Carroll for Wright, Paul Murphy (0-1) for Neville, Dillon Dixon for Whelan, Ger Lynch for K. Sutton.
Referee: Paul Browne (Clonee).