Wexford C.B.S. out of running
Wexford C.B.S. were foiled in their quest for a place in the knockout stages of the Leinster Colleges Senior hurling 'B' championship recently, although the experience of playing at this higher level will benefit their players in 2016.
Their draw with St. Mary's C.B.S. and loss to F.C.J. (Bunclody) featured already on these pages, so here we look at the loss to Abbey C.C. and victory versus Gorey C.S.
Abbey C.C. 1-10, Wexford C.B.S. 1-8: After a gruelling battle in terrible conditions on a sodden pitch, the Senior hurlers of Wexford C.B.S. just came up short against Abbey Community College of Ferrybank in Kilmacow in round two of the Leinster Schools Senior hurling 'B' championship.
The home side enjoyed the strong wind advantage in the opening half and retired with a sizeable 1-6 to 0-1 lead. C.B.S., fresh from their round one draw with Enniscorthy C.B.S., competed well in the first ten minutes and could have had two points from their first two attacks but instead had wides.
At the other end, the Abbey attack wasn't as wasteful and registered four converted frees to lead by 0-4 to nil after 14 minutes. The home side pounced for their goal on 16 minutes and added two points from play before Conor Coleman eventually got Wexford C.B.S. on the scoreboard with a pointed free on 27 minutes.
With a deficit of eight points to overturn, C.B.S. needed a burst of scores in the third quarter to get back in the game. They re-jigged their team by moving Cormac Byrne to centre-forward and Shane Hall to full-forward for the second-half.
The switches had the desired effect as C.B.S. tore into their opponents with vigour. Liam Rockett and Cormac Byrne rifled over points and two converted frees by Conor Coleman reduced the lead to 1-6 to 0-5 after 40 minutes.
Just as C.B.S. were building up momentum, Abbey were awarded some dubious frees which were pointed to increase their lead to 1-8 to 0-5, but the Wexford students kept going at them and were rewarded with two more Conor Coleman pointed frees before the St. Martin's attacker sent a stinging shot just over the bar in the 52nd minute.
Again Abbey struck for a pair of points to put five between the teams, but then it was reduced back to two in the 55th minute when Jack O'Leary flicked Dylan Dixon's shot past the Abbey 'keeper.
Try as they might for the remainder, the C.B.S. lads couldn't get the scores to earn the victory and returned home empty-handed.
Wexford C.B.S.: Shane McGrath (Faythe Harriers); Danny Walsh (Faythe Harriers), Adam Dempsey (Faythe Harriers), Pádraig Rossiter (St. Martin's); Cormac Byrne (Faythe Harriers, 0-1), Daniel Lynch (Faythe Harriers, capt.), Shane Hall (Faythe Harriers); Darragh Rossiter (St. Martin's), Cathal Kirwan (Faythe Harriers); Jack O'Leary (St. John's, 1-0), Liam Rockett (Shelmaliers, 0-1), Dylan Dixon (Blackwater); Conor Coleman (St. Martin's, 0-6, 5 frees), Stephen Rossiter (Shelmaliers), Nicky Kelly (Faythe Harriers). Sub. - Chris Cowman (Shelmaliers) for S. Rossiter.
Wexford C.B.S. 2-10, Gorey C.S. 2-7: Wexford C.B.S. withstood a second-half onslaught from Gorey C.S. to collect both points in this keenly-contested contest at Páirc Charman.
The home side enjoyed the advantage of the strong wind in the first-half and needed to build up a sizeable lead in order to have any hope of winning the game.
Shane McGrath started the scoring for C.B.S. with a neat point, but at the other end Aodhán Doyle levelled matters. C.B.S. opened up a gap in the next ten minutes as Conor Coleman raced through and fired to the net and this was followed by points from the excellent Liam Rockett (two) and Chris Cowman.
Tiernan Doyle kept Gorey in touch with a point but Coleman and Rockett stretched the C.B.S. lead to 1-6 to 0-2 approaching the 20th minute. Aodhán Doyle converted a free for the Gorey students and then Tiernan Doyle gave the visitors a serious boost when he goaled in the 26th minute (1-6 to 1-3).
However, Wexford C.B.S. got a crucial score just before the break when Conor Coleman cleverly put Dylan Dixon in the clear, and Dixon planted the ball in the bottom corner of the net to leave the half-time at 2-7 to 1-3.
Gorey C.S. needed to get scores on the board quickly but they found the resolute C.B.S. defence hard to break down. Aodhán Doyle sweetly cut a sideline ball between the posts in the 38th minute and then added a pointed free shortly afterwards.
The Naomh Eanna attacker expertly directed the ball past Shane McGrath (who had switched into the goal at half-time) to the net in the 45th minute to leave the score at 2-7 to 2-5. C.B.S. were playing very deep to help out their busy defence but this reduced any chance of getting scores at the other end.
Conor Coleman lifted the siege for the Boker boys with a converted free (the only C.B.S. score from a placed ball), and moments later Chris Cowman's brave catch was rewarded with a point.
Gorey battled on and both Aodhán Doyle and Jack Cullen popped over frees (2-9 to 2-7), but Conor Coleman had the last say when he played a shrewd one-two with Chris Cowman before increasing the lead to three points.
Wexford C.B.S.: Adam Howlin (Shelmaliers); Danny Walsh, Adam Dempsey, Pádraig Rossiter; Cormac Byrne, Daniel Lynch (capt.), Shane Hall; Darragh Rossiter, Cathal Kirwan; Chris Cowman (0-2), Liam Rockett (0-3), Stephen Rossiter; Conor Coleman (1-4, 0-1 free), Jack O'Leary, Shane McGrath (0-1). Subs. - Dylan Dixon (1-0) for Kirwan, inj., Nicky Kelly for Howlin.
Gorey C.S.: Jack Cushe (Naomh Eanna); Dillon Kavanagh (St. Patrick's), Eoin Molloy (Naomh Eanna), Seamus O'Donnell (Naomh Eanna); Jack Cullen (Naomh Eanna, 0-1 free), Gary Molloy (Naomh Eanna), Eanna Carroll (Blackwater); Tiernan Doyle (Naomh Eanna, 1-1), Eoin Corcoran (Ballygarrett); Eoin Cullen (Liam Mellows), Michael Carroll (St. Patrick's), Cillian Donohoe (Naomh Eanna); Charlie McGuckin (Naomh Eanna), Aodhán Doyle (Naomh Eanna, 1-5, 0-3 frees, 0-1 line ball), Seán Delaney (Naomh Eanna). Sub. - Oisín Dunbar (Ballygarrett) for Kavanagh.
Referee: John Bennett (Kilkenny).