Sunday 18 August 2019

Bannow-Ballymitty's good run continues

Dave Devereux

Bannow-Ballymitty leap-frogged their opponents in the Lodgewood Engineering Intermediate football championship Group B table with a convincing win in Killurin on Saturday.

Bannow-B'mitty 2-11 St. Mary's (R'Lare) 0-9

Centre-forward Niall Harney was again the star of the show, matching his 2-5 tally from the previous week in a clinical display of score-taking.

Ben Brosnan also chipped in with four fine points while midfielder Art Sweetman ensured the marquee duo didn't have a monopoly in the scoring stakes for a second week running by twice splitting the posts.

St. Mary's looked to be in with a fighting chance at half-time, trailing by four (1-7 to 0-6) with the wind at their backs for the second 30 minutes, but Bannow-Ballymitty gained a stranglehold and never really looked like loosening their grip.

The New Ross Distrist side made a lightning start with a long-distance Ben Brosnan free sailing over the crossbar with just a minute on the clock, and seconds later Brosnan linked up with Niall Harney who neatly finished to the net.

It could have been even better for the men in red and black within a minute but Brosnan's effort on goal was straight at St. Mary's netminder Stephen Cogley.

However, Brosnan dusted himself down and slotted over two excellent points in quick succession in the eighth minute, giving his side a 1-3 to nil advantage.

St. Mary's finally woke from their slumber and worked the scoreboard through county Senior Tiarnan Rossiter (free) and Lee Devereux, but saw their efforts quickly cancelled out by Art Sweetman and Niall Harney.

St. Mary's then had a gilt-edged chance to ignite their hopes in the 14th minute but David Murphy saw his penalty saved by Philip Murphy, with the goalkeeper getting down well to his right to divert the effort around the post.

St. Mary's did manage to claw the deficit back to two with points from Paul Kinsella, Tiarnan Rossiter, David Murphy and Lee Devereux, but two points from Niall Harney as half-time approached put a bit of daylight between the sides.

After the interval Harney added another two frees to his impressive tally with Ben Brosnan (free) and Art Sweetman also finding the range, while all St. Mary's had to show for the second-half was three frees from the boot of Tiarnan Rossiter.

Harney gift-wrapped the victory in injury time when he raced on to a long punt forward from John 'Toe' Sinnott, coolly side-stepped the goalkeeper and slid the ball to the net.

Bannow-Ballymitty: Philip Murphy; Jon Reville, Darragh Murphy, M.J. Doran; Conor Neville, Niall Murphy, Nicky Doyle; Art Sweetman (0-2), Micheál Murphy; John Staples, Niall Harney (2-5, 0-3 frees), Mark Wallace; Gary Morton, John Sinnott, Ben Brosnan (0-4, 2 frees). Subs. - David White for Neville (temp.), Michael Barry for Morton, Conor Anglim for Staples.

St. Mary's (Rosslare): Stephen Cogley; Gearóid Byrne, Emmet Byrne, Eamon Power; Shane Sinnott, Shay Boggan, Niall Walsh; David Murphy (0-1 free), Robert Butler; Paul Kinsella (0-1), Andrew Murphy, Pete Carr; Lee Devereux (0-2), Tiarnan Rossiter (0-5, 4 frees), Conor Cafferkey. Subs. - Conor Murphy for Cafferkey, Larry Morrissey for Power, Dara Coffey for Carr, Seán Kelleher for E. Byrne.

Referee: Pat Kehoe (Rathgarogue-Cushinstown).

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