Murphy hits hat-trick in Oylegate-Glenbrien win
Oylegate-Glenbrien booked their place opposite Cloughbawn in the Enniscorthy District Under-21 football Roinn 1 championship final in a soaking St. Patrick's Park on Friday.
Oylegate-Glenbrien 4-6 Monageer-Boolavogue 0-7
Conditions were absolutely horrendous, with rain teeming down throughout the 60 minutes. It's said that weather can be the great leveller and maybe it helped Monageer-Boolavogue stay in this game, despite playing the first-half with just 14 men.
It was far from ideal, competing in a District semi-final less than two days before the Junior 'B' final replay.
It meant that Monageer-Boolavogue were one man light throughout the first period and they certainly looked shorthanded as Oylegate-Glenbrien burst out of the blocks.
Within two minutes Pierce Murphy drilled home the first goal of a hat-trick, at the second attempt, after strong build-up play by Barry Dunne and Tom White.
Murphy's second goal, a swinging punched effort from Jack Reck's hopeful ball, helped Oylegate-Glenbrien on their way to a 2-3 to nil lead.
After playing second fiddle for most of the half, Monageer-Boolavogue slowly grew in confidence. Cathal Walsh nailed a '45 and the excellent Seán Roche popped over a nice score from play to narrow the gap to seven.
That's the way it stayed until the break but only because Lee McHale made three fantastic saves, including a stop with his legs from Dunne's penalty.
Points from the Conors, Doyle and Heffernan, eased their side 2-5 to 0-2 ahead after the resumption.
Monageer-Boolavogue had more of the ball with a full complement of 15 in the second-half - James Walsh arrived at the break to allow them to complete the match - and they were able to chip away with scores from Roche, Cathal Walsh and Robbie Donnelly.
However, a lovely team move ended with Murphy punching to the net to complete his treble.
Then Conor Heffernan drilled home a fourth major as the second-half wore to ease Oylegate-Glenbrien to that final meeting with Cloughbawn in St. Patrick's Park next Saturday at 3 p.m. Réalt na Mara await the outcome in the Co. semi-final.
Oylegate-Glenbrien: Eddie Mernagh; Lee Kehoe, Kieran Lambert, Evan Kelly; Ciarán O'Brien, Damien Reck, Pa Cullen; Shane Reck, Ciarán Hourihane; Jack Reck, Conor Heffernan (1-3), Conor Doyle (0-1); Barry Dunne (0-2, 1 free), Tom White, Pierce Murphy (3-0). Subs. - Mike Kelly for Murphy (41), Ryan Hill for White (41).
Monageer-Boolavogue: Lee McHale; Seán O'Leary, Ian Hawkins, Cathal O'Leary; Matthew Rochford, Michael Rossiter, Daire Walsh; Seán Roche (0-2), Shane Gahan; Colm McGannon, Robbie Donnelly (0-1), Diarmuid Fenlon; William Murphy, Cathal Walsh (0-4, 3 frees, 1 '45), James Walsh.
Referee: Aiden O'Brien (Cloughbawn).