Monday 22 January 2018

Leacy points way to down Rapps

Dean Goodison

Michael Doyle of Glynn-Barntown is challenged close to the sideline by Kevin Courtney (Rapparees)
Michael Doyle of Glynn-Barntown is challenged close to the sideline by Kevin Courtney (Rapparees)

Glynn-Barntown ground out a messy victory on the back of a stunning performance by John Leacy against Rapparees in Oylegate on Sunday to remain unbeaten in Group A of the Pettitt's Senior hurling championship.

Glynn-Barntown 0-11 Rapparees 1-6

The Killurin side's opening draw with Cloughbawn certainly looked a better result coming into the game after what went on earlier in the day. While the performance itself wasn't anything spectacular, the grit and determination in absolutely appalling conditions was certainly something to be proud of.

On the other hand, it's been a bitterly disappointing two weeks for a gallant Rapparees. They sit at the bottom of the group with a clash against Cloughbawn, that they now must win, upcoming in the next round.

There was very little between the teams but if anything Glynn-Barntown got stronger performances from their 'fringe' players and that helped them over the finish line. The likes of Ian Moran, Rowan White and Cian Neville all put in stellar showings to allow Leacy to shine brightest.

Rapparees also didn't do enough damage with the wind and rain at their backs in the first-half. In fact, they managed just three scores in the opening 30 minutes which was just enough to give the Bellefield boys a 1-2 to 0-4 interval lead.

A Tomás Mahon free gave the Enniscorthy town club a sixth-minute lead that was added to when Kevin Foley ran at the Glynn-Barntown defence before off-loading to James Peare who shot past Mark Fanning to the net (1-1 to nil).

Leacy notched his first point soon after and created a great chance for Craig Doyle in the 12th minute that was the width of the post away from levelling the scores. Leacy and Mahon exchanged frees but Glynn-Barntown scored the final two points of the half with Alan Cowman becoming the only other marksman for his team.

The sides were level within 30 seconds of the re-start after Leacy's fourth point but Rapparees responded through Mahon again. Ian Moran flashed a shot wide for the Wexford District side but they were dealt a blow when Barry Doyle picked up his second yellow card.

Mahon's fourth free extended the lead to two but Leacy scored four points in a row, two either side of Kevin Courtney's second yellow card that left both teams with 14. Another Mahon free and an Eoin Quigley point tied the game in the last minute but Leacy capped his performance with the last two points to give Glynn-Barntown the win.

Glynn-Barntown: Mark Fanning; Barry Doyle, Jack Fenlon, Pádraig Donnelly; Calum O'Shea, Michael O'Regan, Cian Neville; Alan Cowman (0-1), Michael Doyle; Kevin Crean, John Leacy (capt., 0-10, 7 frees), Rowan White; Craig Doyle, Matthew Joyce, Ian Moran. Sub. - Pádraic Weafer for White (55).

Rapparees: Eamonn Furlong; Ben Edwards, Liam Ryan, Mel Doyle; Jack Kelly, Declan Ruth, Kevin Walsh; Kevin Courtney (capt.), Peter O'Sullivan; Conor Ronan, Tomás Mahon (0-5 frees), James Peare (1-0); Darragh Pepper, Kevin Foley, Ryan Mahon. Subs. - Eoin Quigley (0-1) for Ronan (31), Cathal Murphy for Peare (58).

Referee: Justin Heffernan (Blackwater).

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