Ramsgrange rule as the Duffry go down by four
HAVING LED by two points at the interval, St. James turned in a fine second-half display to earn a deserved four-point victory over Duffry Rovers in this Wexford People Minor hurling Division 5 championship final at St. Patrick's Park, Enniscorthy, on Saturday last.
Given the strong windy conditions both sides still managed to serve up some excellent passages of hurling, but the superior attacking power of St. James' helped them to win through.
Throughout the second-half they were the superior side as Donie Barron, Michael O'Grady and Andrew Walsh powered them on, and such was their control that their victory would have been more decisive but for a Duffry goal in additional time.
Duffry Rovers never gave up the chase but in truth they lacked the scoring power to break down a staunch defence.
Still, they had some fine individual displays from players like Ciaran Pender, Brian Watchorn, Thomas Dunne and Liam Pender, but in the end they had to give way to a better-balanced St. James'.
Liam Pender and Donie Barron exchanged early points, but the scoring was limited through the opening quarter, at the end of which St. James' led by 0-3 to 0-2, with Donie Barron and Andrew Walsh adding points while Liam Pender got one in between for the Duffry.
Further points from Liam Pender and Thomas Dunne had the Duffry ahead, but an Alan Walsh 25th-minute goal gave St. James' a 1-3 to 0-4 interval lead.
As the second-half progressed the St. James' dominance became more pronounced.
Michael O'Grady led the victory charge with two early points, and this dominance was to continue right through the second period as they stretched into a 1-9 to 0-5 lead.
Duffry Rovers, to their credit, never gave up battling, and they were rewarded in additional time when Liam Pender shot a fine goal but it was too little, too late.