Alley boys record Under-12 double
Buffers Alley proved too strong for St. Martin's in the first of the Under-12 county hurling deciders in Innovate Wexford Park recently ('B' team Group A shield).
As the first third began, Buffers Alley piled pressure on the Martin's goal but a number of wides was their only reward. Both teams were scoreless at the end of this period as neither side could break the deadlock.
The next third was points only and four minutes in Harvey Warren scored a great point which was followed by a Conor Keane effort from a well-taken free. After 12 minutes Conor Keane once again raced onto the ball to score a great point as the players broke for further instructions before the last instalment of this nail-biting final.
Shortly after the resumption, Colin Kinsella whipped a loose ball to the net to great cheers from the Alley support. Buffers Alley registered their second goal through the lively Brian O'Meara, with things now looking good for the Monamolin/Kilmuckridge boys.
After 12 minutes they scored their third goal as Pádraig Kinsella finished to the net. St. Martin's added a consolation goal but the day belonged to Buffers Alley, the 3-3 to 1-0 winners, with captain Pádraig Kinsella receiving the shield from Bobby Goff, Chairman of Coiste na nÓg Loch Garman, to a great reception from the travelling support.
Buffers Alley: Kevin Doyle, Brian Kirwan, Daragh Prendergast, Colin Kinsella, Stephen Furlong, Pádraig Kinsella, Harvey Warren, Tristan Whelan-Byrne, Fiachra Fortune, Dylan Patel, Conor Keane, Byron Keane, Shane Meleady, Bobby Brady, Brian O'Meara, Dan Doyle.
St. Martin's: Daniel Hamilton-Foley, Josh Whitty, Harry Quirke, Ke Young, Sam Norval, Eoghan Ó Lionáin, Luke Denny, Jack Mullan, Conor Dempsey, Reuben Lafferty, Bobby Whelan, Robert Curtin, Ronan Griffin, Josh Doyle, Oisín Kavanagh, James Codd, Marty Kilshaw, Lewis Martin, Thomas Connick.
Buffers Alley 'A' looked to add to the success of their earlier final win as they faced Faythe Harriers in the Under-12 county final ('A' team Group A shield) in Innovate Wexford Park.
After two minutes, Eoin O'Meara opened the scoring with a pointed free. Shortly afterwards the Wexford town boys levelled from a free, with Cormac Walsh then pointing a free to push the Alley ahead again.
Faythe Harriers levelled the scores again immediately. After ten minutes Shamey O'Hagan pointed a '45 before Michael Butler added a great point.
Then came a crucial moment as Kevin O'Connor and the Alley defence stopped a clear goal chance before the ball was transferred quickly down the field where Cormac Walsh was alert and scored a great goal.
Two minutes into the second third saw a great point scored by the lively Cormac Walsh. Further points were added by Jack Redmond, Tomás Whelan, Cormac Walsh and Michael Butler as the Alley strengthened their lead.
After eleven minutes a free from the Harriers was answered by a good point from Edward Harney. The Wexford town side closed out this part of the game with a pointed free and a score from play.
The opening stages of the third quarter belonged to Tomás Whelan as he scored a goal after four minutes before following it up with a point from the puck-out. As Buffers Alley showed their dominance around the field, Jack Redmond ventured upfield to crash a great goal to the roof of the net.
Victory was all but sealed now but the foot did not come off the pedal, as a Faythe Harriers free was saved over the bar by Tristan Whelan-Byrne. Tomás Whelan closed out the scoring with a great point (3-12 to 0-6) as the large and vocal Alley support greeted the final whistle.
Victorious captain Kevin O'Connor received the shield on behalf of his team-mates.
This was a truly great day for the club as both of our Under-12 teams brought a successful end to their seasons, showing that the future of the club is indeed bright.
Buffers Alley: Adam Back, Kevin O'Connor, Seán Kirwan, Jack Redmond, Dylan McEvoy, Jack Twomey, Adam Doyle, Shamey O'Hagan, Cormac Walsh, Eoin O'Meara, Tomás Whelan, Michael Butler, Edward Harney, Tristan Whelan-Byrne, Harvey Warren.
Faythe Harriers: Eoin Monaghan, Darragh Kirwan, Arran Roche, Darragh Houghton, Tiernan Doyle, Eoin Halligan, Cuán Gallagher, Eoin Doyle, Jessy Dempsey, Rhys Leonard, Evan O'Brien, Jack Corcoran, Eoin Cassin, Kyle Carroll, Ciarán Shortle, Evan Murphy, Rhian Clarke, Dean Hillis.
Referee: John O'Loughlin (Monageer-Boolavogue).