Taghmon see off Ballygarrett
HAVING enjoyed the perfect start, Taghmon-Camross went on to a comfortable fifteen point victory over Ballygarrett in this 2015 Division 1 Under-21 football championship semi-final played at St. Patrick's Park, Enniscorthy, on Saturday afternoon last.
Taghmon-Camross 3-11 Ballygarrett 1-2
Apart from a spell in the second quarter, Ballygarrett were unable to match the more fluent moving Taghmon-Camross outfit and with their attack unable to make a worthwhile impression it was only a matter of time before the south county side were translate their possession into scores as they ran riot in the closing stages.
Taghmon-Camross under the guidance of former Wexford and Kildare Manager, Jason Ryan, were the more organised and skilful side as they moved the ball at pace, while the ability of the players to utilise the open spaces led to numerous well executed scores particularly through the final quarter. As a result of this victory they have now set up an intriguing final clash with neighbours Ballyhogue a game that should prove a fitting climax to this much delayed championship.
The eventual winners made light of the atrocious underfoot conditions streaking into a three point lead inside the opening three minutes through efforts from Stephen O'Gorman, Pierce Doyle and a Luke Sinnott free., Ballygarrett had to wait until the ninth minute before they opened their account through a Shane Quinn free.
Taghmon-Camross led 0-3 to 0-1 but came close to increasing their lead when what appeared a goalbound shot from Stuart Murphy came back into play off the upright. Approaching the end ofthe opening quarter, Pierce Doyle utilised his speed to create space but his shot for goal was spilled by keeper Oisin Willoughby leaving the lurking Stephen O'Gorman to tap the loose ball to the net.
A Shane Quinn pointed eighteenth minute free reduced the deficit, while Stephen O'Gorman responded with a fine individual point before a Jack Doyle goal left just two points separating the sides 1-4 to 1-2 after twenty-four minutes. Approaching the break a Luke Sinnott pointed free gave the eventual winners a 1-5 to 1-2 interval lead.
Ballygarrett did most of the pressing on the resumption with Shane Quinn kicking a free wide. Having weather this initial period of pressure, Taghmon-Camross gradually wrested the initiative back with Luke Sinnott pointing two frees, while a further Pierce Doyle effort left them leading 1-8 to 1-2 at the end of the third quarter.
Some of the play from Taghmon-Camross in the final quarter was excellent leading to goals from Pierce Doyle and Luke Sinnott as they cantered to a comprehensive victory with their opponents failing to register a single second half score.
Taghmon-Camross: Jack Dunne; James Carroll, Jack Murphy, David O'Keeffe; Lee Hayden, Ian Carthy, Conor O'Keeffe; Darren Carthy, Stephen O'Gorman (1-2); Stephen Stafford, Adam Winters, Barry Og McGrath; Stuart Murphy, Pierce Doyle (1-3), Luke Sinnott (1-6, 0-4 frees). Subs: Shane Doyle for Winters; Darren Hayden for Stuart Murphy; Anthony Doyle for Og McGrath; Stephen O'Keeffe for Sinnott.
Ballygarrett: Oisin Willoughby; Dara Cahill, Philip Doyle, Gavin Moran; Patrick Fleming, Darren Morris, Tom Sinnott; Brian O'Connor, Gavin Walker; Oisin Dunbar, Dylan Sweeney, Mikie Burke; Cormac Moore, Shane Quinn (0-2 frees), Jack Doyle (1-0). Subs: Dara O'Toole for Dunbar; James Sinnott for Morris (black card); Conor Dowling for Sweeney.
Referee: Aidan O'Brien (Cloughbawn).