Thursday 23 November 2017

Hogues enjoy clear edge

Una Sinnott

Ferns proved no match for Ballyhogue on Sunday at St. Patrick's Park, Enniscorthy as the blues easily got the better of the red and white men in the second round of the Lodgewood Engineering Intermediate football championship Group A.

Ballyhogue 3-11 Ferns St Aidan's 0-9

From the off Ballyhogue seemed much more comfortable with their passes and passages of play. Their midfielder, Syl Byrne, wasn't slow off the mark in claiming the first point as his solo run brushed by the Ferns back line within the opening minute.

The focused Ballyhogue squad managed to set the bar high, following soon after with two powerful goals from Denis Leacy and Conor Byrne.

Ferns struggled to pick their heads up but eventually replied with Jonathon Dwyer supplying two crucial points before Tommy Dwyer and Patrick Breen followed suit.

The quick and fast Ballyhogue forward, Noel Roche, posed a serious threat throughout, and he guided the next two balls over the bar after fouls on his team-mates. Eddie Galavan also joined the shooting spree, adding two points for Ballyhogue before the half-time whistle blew.

With quite a significant lead at the break, Ballyhogue managed to progress this further after the throw-in ball. Roche once again appeared, this time firing two balls over the bar from play.

Syl Byrne claimed a fantastic point before playing a key role in setting up Denis Leacy for his second goal which beautifully found the roof of the Ferns net. Shane Roche also secured his name on the Ballyhogue scoresheet with a well-kicked point.

Roche continued his work with a fine point from play before Shane Byrne's talent for catching the high ball helped him in doing likewise. Ryan Nolan and Ian Byrne ended matters with two final points for Ferns which brought their team's tally to eight.

This was simply not enough when placed against the impressive three goals and eleven points supplied by Ballyhogue.

Ballyhogue: Myles Roche; John Roche, Seán Rochford, Graham Parker; James Parle, Shane Doyle, Tomás Moriarty; Syl Byrne (0-2), Shane Byrne (0-2); Noel Roche (0-5, 2 frees), Eddie Galavan (0-2, 1 free), John Kehoe; Liam Kelly, Denis Leacy (2-0), Conor Byrne (1-0). Sub. - Hugh O'Neill for Galavan, inj.

Ferns St. Aidan's: Martin O'Connor; Declan Byrne, Pádraig Bolger, Pat Nolan; Brian O'Neill, James Tonks, Ciarán Roberts; Jamie Whelan, Ian Byrne (0-1); Tommy Dwyer (0-1), Aaron Collier, Jonathon Dwyer (0-4); Ryan Nolan (0-2, 1 free), Patrick Breen (0-1), Ben Cowman. Subs. - Patrick Codd for O'Connor, Colm Whelan for Collier.

Referee: Noel Stafford (Clongeen).

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