Friday 23 August 2019

Brazzill's brilliance dumps Oylegate

The Glynn-Barntown squad which advanced to the Juvenile hurling semi-final
The Glynn-Barntown squad which advanced to the Juvenile hurling semi-final
Oylegate-Glenbrien, who made their exit from the championship on home soil

Dean Goodison

A sensational scoring performance from Jack Brazzill broke the hearts of hosts Oylegate-Glenbrien in the Enniscorthy Guardian Juvenile hurling championship quarter-final on Monday.

Glynn-Barntown 3-9 Oylegate-G'Briend 0-11

The Glynn-Barntown hot-shot grabbed an incredible 2-8 of his side's total to see off a spirited Oylegate-Glenbrien and book a semi-final spot opposite championship favourites St. Martin's.

It didn't all go the Killurin club's way, with the home side playing some superb hurling, particularly in the first-half, which allowed them to go in at the break leading by 0-8 to 1-2.

Oylegate-Glenbrien began on fire with both midfielders, Conor Nolan and Jack Roche, hitting excellent points. Tom White flipped just over the bar to make it 0-3 to nil before Michael Carroll opened the scoring for Glynn-Barntown in the 13th minute.

The point only momentarily halted the Enniscorthy District side's momentum as Joe Dunne's audacious flick, from Tomás Dunne's pass, looped up and just over the crossbar.

A brace of Mike Kelly frees increased the Oylegate-Glenbrien lead to five (0-6 to 0-1), but the visitors edged back into the game when Dylan Lyne and Carroll combined to feed Brazzill for their first goal.

Points from White and Fiachra Hourihane allowed Oylegate-Glenbrien to move 0-8 to 1-1 ahead, but they were indebted to goalkeeper Kevin Cosgrave who made two great saves, from Darragh Nolan and Brazzill, to keep them ahead at the interval.

Brazzill ended the first period with a point and began the second with a goal to tie the game (0-8 to 2-2).

Another point from the Glynn-Barntown hotshot was cancelled out by a Nolan point as the sides went into the final quarter deadlocked.

The next four raised white flags all came from Brazzill, with the first of that run seeing Cosgrave make a truly remarkable reactionary save from point-blank range to tip over the crossbar and prevent a Brazzill hat-trick.

Paudie Casey and Hourihane points narrowed the gap to two (2-7 to 0-11) with just three minutes remaining, but Glynn-Barntown wrapped up victory when Dylan Lyne ran half the length of the field before off-loading to substitute Wayne Connolly who drilled to the rigging.

Fittingly Brazzill picked off the final two points in added time to round out a fantastic victory for Glynn-Barntown and set up a mouth-watering last four clash with St. Martin's.

Glynn-Barntown: Jamie O'Shea; Barry Ryan, Shane Doyle, Michael Curran; Matt Banville, Ger Dempsey, Conor Clarke; Dylan Lyne (capt.), Aaron Breen; Michael Carroll (0-1), David Roche, Darragh Nolan; Garbhan McCormack, Cormac Rowe, Jack Brazzill (2-8, 0-5 frees). Subs. - Wayne Connolly (1-0) for Breen (38), Cormac Cooney for Carroll (48), Jack Doyle for McCormack (60 + 3), also Mick Kearney, Shane Doyle, Philip Cowman.

Oylegate-Glenbrien: Kevin Cosgrave; Michael Kinsella-Shiggins, Niall Parker, Tomás Cosgrave; Peter Rowley, Mike Kelly (0-2 frees), Garry Conroy; Conor Nolan (0-2), Jack Roche (capt., 0-1); Richard Kelly, Tom White (0-2), Fiachra Hourihane (0-2 frees); Paudie Casey (0-1), Tomás O'Gorman, Joe Dunne (0-1). Subs. - Adam Gethings for R. Kelly (31), also Mikey Kelly, James Moulton, Joseph Whelan, Adam Byrne, Danny Ryan, Ryan Hill-Burke, Mikey Nolan.

Referee: Damien Donovan (St. John's).

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