Gorey off mark
Two goals vital in low-scoring affair
Naomh Eanna bounced back from defeat by Adamstown to break their championship duck at blustery Bree on Sunday.
Naomh Eanna 2-7 R'garogue-C'town 0-9
Goals in either half, from Pádraig Doyle and substitute David O'Brien, proved decisive in the low-scoring Courtyard Ferns Intermediate hurling Group B encounter with Rathgarogue-Cushinstown.
The gale was generally a cross-wind at the lower pitch at the Ballyhogue G.A.A. complex but slightly favoured the Ross District team in the opening half.
Nevertheless, and despite holding Gorey's Wexford ace Conor McDonald scoreless up to the break, they were four points in arrears at half-time.
Well policed by Peadar Cody, the county player belted a couple of early wides while, at the other end, Ollie Bolger posted an unwanted hat-trick of wayward efforts from placed balls.
After a second-minute point from Chris Kent for Rathgarogue-Cushinstown, the eventual winners took the initiative through Pádraig Doyle's three-pointer, struck sweetly on his left side past 'keeper Colin Whelan.
They continued to prosper thanks to centre-half Eoin Conroy's bursts out of defence, helping on the way to a 1-4 to 0-5 advantage at the changeover.
Conroy surged upfield again to claim a cúilín - his third of the match - from far out on the left on the resumption.
However, the hard-won lead then evaporated as a couple of Ollie Bolger frees were converted either side of a point popped inches over Barry Kinsella's bar from an awkward angle on the right.
Naomh Eanna responded with three minutes of magic, ignited by Pádraig Doyle's curling '65.
This was followed by Conor McDonald's sole score of the day and then substitute David O'Brien swept the ball to the net after a Rathgarogue-Cushinstown defender slipped.
The chasing side came within inches of goal as a shot from Ollie Bolger was well blocked by Barry Kinsella, only for James Devereux to put the rebound a whisker wide.
Instead all that Rathgarogue-Cushinstown could muster down the final straight was a final, unavailing, Bolger free as they were unable to build on their win over Craanford.
Naomh Eanna: Barry Kinsella; Tomás Stafford, Brendan Travers, John O'Brien; Seán Doyle, Eoin Conroy (0-3, 1 free), Lee Kinsella; Conor Hughes, Dara McDonald; Joseph O'Connor (0-1), Pádraig Doyle (1-2, 0-1 free, 0-1 '65), Michael Murphy; Gearóid Cullen, Conor McDonald (0-1), William Cullen. Subs. - David O'Brien (1-0) for G. Cullen (42), Aodhán Doyle for Murphy (53).
Rathgarogue-Cushinstown: Colin Whelan; Brian O'Neill, Francis O'Brien, Peadar Cody; Eoin Whelan, Danny Martin Carroll, Bryan Cody; Matthew Cody, Pádraig McGrath; Bernard Furlong, Chris Kent (0-2), John Joe Ryan; Ollie Bolger (0-6, 5 frees, 1 '65), James Devereux, Enda Doran. Subs. - Jason Dunne (0-1) for E. Whelan (30), Peter Asple for Ryan (50), Daire Bolger for Kent (55).
Referee: Nicholas Kehoe (Cloughbawn).