Rapps bounce back with merited win
Rapparees bounced back from a narrow defeat to Faythe Harriers in their previous outing to overcome Taghmon-Camross in the Enniscorthy Electrical Wholesale Junior hurling championship Group A in Oylegate on Saturday.
Rapparees 2-15 Taghmon-Camross 0-16
Taghmon-Camross, who came into the game off the back of two wins, started brightly but a goal in each half from Tom Ryan and Joe Cullen proved decisive for the Bellefield men.
Taghmon-Camross were missing a few players for Saturday's game, one of them being ace free-taker Pierce Doyle, but they had a more than able replacement in Luke Sinnott who fired over the first two points from placed balls and went on to score eleven in total.
The tide really turned in Rapparees' favour in the 20th minute when Tom Ryan scrambled the ball to the back of the net to put them ahead for the first time (1-3 to 0-4), and they continued to lead the way until the final whistle.
Alan Tobin came close to raising another green flag five minutes later but his rasping effort was deflected over for a point as the Enniscorthy outfit maintained their four-point cushion at the interval (1-7 to 0-6).
Rapparees started the second-half brightly to stretch their lead to seven, but a quick-fire trio of frees from Sinnott kept Taghmon-Camross in touch.
However, the Rapps were always able to keep a bit of daylight between the sides with midfielder Anthony Roche knocking over three classy points and partner Tommy Foley showing good accuracy from placed balls, and when Cullen raced through on goal and raised the green flag after 57 minutes it was the final nail in the coffin.
Rapparees: Gary Murphy; Joe Carley, John Ryan, John Barron; Ryan Hadley, Mark Redmond, Dillon Redmond; Tommy Foley (0-5, 4 frees), Anthony Roche (0-3); Anthony Peare, Joe Cullen (1-4, 0-2 frees), Alan Tobin (0-2); Patrick Hore, Tom Ryan (1-0), Stephen Donnelly (0-1). Subs. - Declan Barron for Carley, Dale Donohoe for Hore, Lee Treacy for Tobin.
Taghmon-Camross: Seán O'Gorman; Jack Murphy, Robert Nolan, Adam Winters; Conor O'Keeffe, Alan Nolan, Páuric O'Gorman; Thomas Furlong, David Bridges; Shane Doyle (0-1), Barry O'Gorman (0-1), Darren Carty; T.J. Codd (0-1), Richard Comerford (0-2), Luke Sinnott (0-11, 9 frees, 1 '65).
Referee: Pádraig McMahon (Shelmaliers).