Friday 19 January 2018

Adamstown emerge from poor encounter

Dean Goodison

Monageer-Boolavogue's Dean Fenlonbattles with Lorcan French
Monageer-Boolavogue's Dean Fenlonbattles with Lorcan French

Adamstown outpointed Monageer-Boolavogue in a fairly uninspiring contest in the quarter-finals of the Courtyard Ferns Intermediate Hurling Championship at Bellefield on Sunday afternoon last.

Adamstown 0-13 Monageer-Boolavogue 0-11

The New Ross district side came into the game as one of the favourites for the title after their recent senior football relegation but stuttered through most of this contest without ever looking overly impressive.

Monageer might look back on this as one that got away. They were much the better team with the breeze in the first half and held their own after the interval. However, twelve first period wides, including seven in the first thirteen minute, really hurt them.

Lorcan French opened the scoring in the third minute but two frees from Brian O'Loughlin soon had the Monageer ahead. Playing against the elements, Adamstown ended the first quarter ahead on the back of points by French and a fine Johnny Connors score.

Adamstown still led 0-4 to 0-3 with eight minutes of the half remaining but failed to register again.

Raised white flags from Padraig Flynn and O'Loughlin (2) gave Monageer the interval lead but they lost the former to an injury and it would prove to be a big blow.

Despite a Mark Gahan over, Adamstown had wrestled the lead back by the 40th minute (0-8 to 0-7). Lorcan French's fifth placed-ball of the game increased the advantage to 0-9 to 0-7 with thirteen minutes remaining.

Six minutes later O'Loughlin cut the gap to one. Adamstown had a great chance to put the contest to bed when Liam Stafford fed Michael Furlong but the speedy midfielder saw his shot saved by Sean Murphy. The ball ended up with Tony French and he pointed.

Every time Adamstown went two points ahead their opponents pulled within one. Shane Gahan made it 0-11 to 0-10 in the 58th minute but back came French with his seventh score of the afternoon.

Bertie Gahan gave his side hope deep in added time but French wiped it out immediately with the last point of the game to send Adamstown into the last four with a scrappy but nonetheless satisfying victory.

Adamstown: Paul Delaney; Ian Bradley, MJ Cooper, Brendan Furlong; P.J. Carroll, Shane O'Gorman (capt), Vinny Doheny; Michael Furlong (0-1), Johnny Connors (0-1); Liam Stafford, Lorcan French (0-8, 6 frees, 1 '65), John French; Tony French, James Breen (0-1), Sean Barden (0-1). Subs. - Barry Power for T. French (31), Paudie Barden for Breen (39), T. French (0-1) for Doheny (45), Harry Cosgrave for J. French (60).

Monageer-Boolavogue: Sean Murphy; Mick Sweeney, Chris Daly, Liam Gahan; Graham O'Reilly, Tommy Breen (capt), Dean Fenlon; Niall O'Reilly, Laurence Murphy; Matthew Dunne, Damien Fenlon, Brian O'Loughlin (0-7, 40 frees); Mark Gahan (0-1), Stephen Murphy, Bertie Gahan. Subs. - Padraig Flynn (0-1) for B. Gahan (12), B. Gahan (0-1) for Flynn, inj (30+1), Shane Gahan (0-1) for Dean Fenlon (31), Peter Mernagh for M. Gahan (45), Cathal Walsh for Damien Fenlon (52).

Referee: Pat Kehoe (Rathgarogue-Cushinstown)

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