Joyce in fine form for Glynn-Barntown
Glynn-Barntown will be the challengers to St Martin's in the Wexford People Coiste na nOg Premier Minor hurling championship final after they saw off Oylegate-Glenbrien in Taghmon on Saturday lunchtime last.
Glynn-Barntown 0-16 Oylegate-Glen 1-07
The Killurin side won by six but were not overly extended by an Oylegate team that never reached the level of performance that saw them beat both finalists during the group stages.
Most of the damage was done in the first half as Glynn-Barntown manufactured a 0-7 to 0-4 interval lead despite playing into the teeth of a howling wind.
Not that Oylegate didn't have their chances.
Ciaran Joyce was a real star for Glynn, making a great save in the first half from Joe Foley and following it up after the break with another stop from a goal-bound Conor Doyle rocket.
Even when Joyce was beaten, like he was from Seamus Casey's pulled effort in the 27th minute, the post came to his rescue as Oylegate were left thinking it just wasn't going to be their day.
Putting the Enniscorthy District side under intense pressure while in possession, Glynn went from level at 0-2 each after eight minutes to 0-7 to 0-2 ahead twenty minutes later.
It was a spell that really cost Oylegate as Fionn Cooney, Jack Pettitt and Matt Doyle all registered to ease their side ahead.
Casey scores the last two points of the half to narrow the gap to three but they looked to be in big trouble at the turn-around.
Points from Pettitt and Quinn Saunders were countered by overs from Fiachra Hourihan and Casey but Glynn soon started to pull away and were 0-14 to 0-7 ahead with five minutes remaining.
Shane Reck pulled the rebound from Casey's 20-metre free over the goal line to drag Oylegate within four points but they couldn't find another major and Glynn rounded off the afternoon with Pettitt and Cooney points to take the win.
The final may be the curtain raiser for the county Senior hurling final but, should Glynn or St Martin's make the adult final, that couldn't happen because of player commitments to both sides at the Minor level.
Glynn-Barntown: Ciaran Joyce; Frankie Hynes, David Clarke, Stephen Lyne; Bill Joyce, James Stafford, Quinn Saunders (0-1); Roan White (capt, 0-1), Dylan Lyne (0-1); Matt Doyle (0-6, 5 frees), Jack Pettitt (0-4), Ger Dempsey; Ben O'Shea, Kevin Maloney, Fionn Cooney (0-3). Subs. - Richard Ryan for Stafford, inj, (13), David Roche for Saunders, inj (60+1), also, John Leacy, Daniel O'Regan, Matthew Banville.
Oylegate-Glenbrien: Eddie Mernagh (capt); Mike Kelly, Kieron Lambert, Lee Kehoe; Stephen Ring, Damien Reck, Conor Hill; Michael Reck, Shane Reck (1-0); Patrick Cullen, Seamus Casey (0-6, 5 frees), Conor Doyle; Jack Reck, Joe Foley, Fiachra Hourihan (0-1). Subs. - Niall Parker for Foley (43), Tom White for M. Reck (43), also, Evan Kelly, Mick Doyle, Ryan Hill, Pierce Murphy, Cormac Quirke, Richard Murphy, Adam Shanahan, Adam Casey.
Referee: Damien Donovan (Volunteers)