Tuesday 12 December 2017

Different code, similar result for Bannow boys


Rick Lewis

Different code, similar outcome.

Bannow-Ballymitty 3-13 ferns St Aidan's 2-04

Eight days after dismissing the Intermediate footballers of Ferns, the hurlers of Bannow-Ballymitty dished out further misery to the St Aidan's club, this time at Junior level.

Sunday's match at Pairc Charman was a leftover from the preliminary stages of the championship following the abandonment of the meeting of the two sides in Oylegate because a couple of injuries halted play.

The original game was close run affair until the gathering gloom brought down the curtain but the renewed contest was certainly not close and it was marked more by bad temper than bad light.

Ferns picked up more as many cards from over-worked referee Jack French as they did scores, this sorry defeat casting them down into the relegation play-off, while Bannow progressed from the dogfight into quarter finals.

With a brisk breeze racing in from the town end of the Faythe Harriers pitch at their backs, the eventual winners should have lost no time in stamping their authority on proceedings.

Instead, it was lads in the red and white stripes who were swifter out of the traps, with Padraig Walsh batting a couple of frees over the bar and then setting up a goal.

His long range delivery into the area prompted a wonderful catch from Peter Codd, who followed up his athletic fetch with a fine shot whizzing the back of John Sinnott's net.

However, the ease with which Pat Fitzharris converted a '65' was a signal of better things to come from Bannow who vaulted into the lead with a brace of goals, from Fitzharris's free and then from Gary Morton's reaction to breaking ball.

The Ferns scores dried up entirely after that and a third Bannow goal - this one from the boot of Micheál Murphy - helped his team to a 3-5 to 1-4 advantage at the break.

With no sign of the wind dying down, the margin of nine points looked eminently bridgeable but instead the second half degenerated into a dour, sour contest during which settling scores took second place to hitting scores.

Granted, just as in the first, Ferns started the half with a goal, tapped over from the closest of close range from the veteran Edward Cullen.

However, rather than building on this breakthrough, they lost their way badly and went scoreless for almost 20 minutes after Walsh's pointed free on 35 minutes.

The ugly undercurrent of nastiness, on and off the ball, led to a stream of cards, the six issued to Ferns including a second yellow for Peter Codd who was obliged to sit out the end of the game.

There were four yellows for Bannow but at least they also threw in a few points, the best of them from lively wing forward Nicky Doyle.

The collapse of Ferns as an attacking force was a mystery, their first wide of the afternoon not coming from Keith Breen until three minutes into added time at the end of an encounter he and all of his comrades will prefer to forget.

Bannow-Ballymitty: John Sinnott; John Mernagh, Padge Barden, Conor Furlong; Michael Barry, Niall Murphy, Mark Wallace; Pat Fitzharris (1-5, 1-4 from frees, a '65'), Arthur Sweetman (0-1); Nicky Doyle (0-2), Robert Mageen, Gary Morton (1-3); Micheál Murphy (1-1), Tom Fitzharris, Sean Sinnott (1-0). Subs: Darragh Murphy for S Sinnott 12 minutes; Alan Barron for Morton 52 minutes; Kevin Doyle for Murphy 56 minutes; Adam Diskin (0-1, a free) for T Fitzharris 60 minutes.

Ferns St Aidan's: Ger Turner; Brian O'Neill, Sean Walsh, Peter Nolan; PJ O'Neill, Patrick Codd, Andy Cash; Padraig Walsh (0-4 all frees), Anthony Dwyer; Peter Codd (1-0), Jamie Whelan, Peter O'Toole; Keith Breen, Padraig Dunbar, Edward Cullen. Subs: Jonny Kearns 33 minutes; Patsy O'Hagan 48 minutes.

Referee: Jack French.

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