Glynn-barntown have double in their sights
GLYNN-BARNTOWN 5-8 DAVIDSGATE 2-10
GLYNN-BARNTOWN completed the first leg of a possible Minor hurling and football Division 2 championship double with victory over Davidsgate in the small-ball decider in Wexford Park on Sunday last.
The Killurin-based side just had too many weapons for the Oylegate-Glenbrien/Davidstown-Courtnacuddy combination, a fact that was emphasised by Ian Moran's summoning from the bench in the first-half to grab two crucial second period goals.
Glynn-Barntown started with three Cathal Leacy frees to ease ahead in the first ten minutes but Davidgate, who already had two points on the board, one a superb Murt Kehoe line ball, hit back when Conor Heffernan fired to the net after John Reck flicked James Doyle's crossfield ball in his direction (1-2 to 0-3).
Leacy's attempt for a fourth point from 20 metres was a little casual but fortunately rebounded out off the upright for the impressive Pádraig Weafer to fire home his first goal. The full-forward's second came soon after when he pulled to the net from close range as GlynnBarntown went in at the break four ahead (2-5 to 1-4).
Needing a fast start to the second-half, Davidsgate didn't really get it. The Enniscorthy District duo did point immediately through Heffernan but their opponents dominated the third quarter and found two more goals.
Moran notched the first, pulling to the net after an exquisite through ball by Cian Neville, before Gary Delaney created the second, driving at the Davidsgate defence to release Matthew Joyce to score (4-7 to 1-5).
At this stage there seemed to be little hope of a Davidsgate revival but, with Bryan Doran driving his side forward, John Reck found the net from Walter Furlong's long ball to close the gap to eight.
Three consecutive Davidsgate points made the score 4-8 to 2-9 heading into the final ten minutes but the hopes of a dramatic late comeback were ended in the 53rd minute when Ian Moran grabbed his second major, meaning Murtha Joyce, superb at centre-back, collected the trophy on behalf of his side.
Glynn- Barntown: Adam Kennedy; Joe Mahon, Galen Riordan, Shane Codd; Cian Gabbett, Murtha Joyce (capt., 0-1 free), Jack Fenlon; Gary Delaney, Calum O'Shea; Aaron Kehoe (0-1), Cian Neville, Jimmer Doyle; Matthew Joyce (1-0), Pádraig Weafer (2-3, 0-2 frees), Cathal Leacy (0-3 frees). Subs. - Ian Moran (2-0) for Leacy, Conor Fenlon for O'Shea, Ronan White for Fenlon, also Matt Doyle, Philip Woodbyrne, Jamie Crean, Luke Rafter, Colm O'Dowd, David Clarke, Johnny Crean, Kevin Mahoney, Cillian Joyce, Frankie Hynes, Dylan Roche, Ben O'Shea, James Stafford, Fionn Cooney, Stephen Lynn.
Davidsgate: Dean Reck; Kevin Reck, John Lambert, Niall Kinsella; Eamon Hogan, Walter Furlong (0-1 free), Ciarán Walsh; Tom Lawlor, Bryan Doran (0-6 frees); James Doyle (0-1), Murt Kehoe (0-1), Jim White; Conor Heffernan (1-1), John Reck (1-0), Lee Power. Subs. - Adam Horan for Power (temp.), Horan for Walsh, Robert Dunne for Heffernan, Dillon Martin for Power, Michael McNulty for Doyle, also Brendan Kavanagh, Ciarán Murphy, Shane O'Connor.
Referee: Bob Treacy (Clongeen).