Emphatic win makes it five out of five
HWH-Bunclody serenely wrapped up their fifth win in as many matches in the Enniscorthy Guardian Juvenile hurling Roinn 2 15-a-side championship with victory over hosts Monageer-Boolavogue on Monday.
HWH-Bunclody 7-21 Monageer-B'vogue 1-9
The border boys battered their opponents' shell-shocked rearguard with a string of well-worked moves to keep their spot on top of the table. Bunclody have been impressive all season; indeed, this wasn't even their highest scoring tally, having racked up 10-32 earlier in the year.
The result certainly didn't do Monageer-Boolavogue justice. They are clearly better than the score suggests and with a full deck to choose from they could have given their visitors a much tougher game. The 1-9 they scored was easily the most Bunclody have conceded this season, which is a testament to the losers' attacking prowess.
However, the victors were majestic in a few key areas of the field, with the midfield duo of Eddie Black and Peadar Cowman in flying form and the front six all involved in creating and scoring most of the many opportunities.
Courtesy of an Edward Dunbar point and a Cathal Doyle goal, Bunclody went 1-1 to nil ahead after six minutes.
Monageer-Boolavogue hit back with points from Colm McGannon and Aaron Miller, but their respite didn't last long with Doyle adding a second goal and points from Black (two), Dunbar and Mylie Connors moving the score to 2-5 to 0-2 after the first quarter.
In between points from David Mernagh and Miller, Jamie Kavanagh found the net for his side's third major. Two more quickly followed for Connors and Dunbar as Bunclody raced 5-12 to 0-4 ahead in the 27th minute.
Micheál Gahan and Seán Luc Ahuir pointed late in the half for the home side but their opponents went in at the break 6-13 to 0-6 up after Black goaled from long range.
Bunclody showed they had plenty of talent waiting on the sidelines, with several shrewd substitutions after the interval.
Ciarán Kavanagh raised his side's only green flag of the period while Ciarán Regan and Byron Byrne also got their names on the scoresheet.
There was a late consolation goal from the impressive Gahan but it wasn't enough to stop the Bunclody runaway train from notching another big victory.
HWH-Bunclody: Darren Doyle; Mikey Furlong, Adam Hogan, Daniel Farrell; John McCormack, Steven Kavanagh, Tadhg Kelly; Eddie Black (capt., 1-7, 0-2 frees, 0-2 '65s), Peadar Cowman; Mylie Connors (1-4), Edward Dunbar (1-4), Byron Byrne (0-1); Jamie Kavanagh (1-0), Cathal Doyle (2-2), Jack Regan. Subs. - Lee Levingstone for Hogan (31), Ciarán Kavanagh (1-2) for Dunbar (31), James Black for Doyle (38), Cathal Dunbar for Farrell (38), Ciarán Regan (0-1) for Cowman (41).
Monageer-Boolavogue: Art Sinnott; John McWey, Seán O'Leary, Matthew Rochford; Karl Rowsome, Colm McGannon (0-1 free), Noel Rowsome; Lee McHale (capt.), Aaron Miller (0-2); Ciarán Rochford, Arran Breslin, David Mernagh (0-2, 1 free); Mark Kerins, Seán Luc Ahuir (0-1), Ciarán Roche. Subs. - Micheál Gahan (1-3, 1-0 free) for Kerins (21), also Harry Ellix, Páuric Walshe, Richard McGannon, Jack Tyrell, Ronan O'Leary, James Mernagh.
Referee: Cathal Ffrench (Davidstown-Courtnacuddy).