McDaid saves Harriers
Faythe Harriers rode their luck a little but did just enough to see off Rapparees and claim their second win in the Enniscorthy Electrical Wholesale Junior hurling championship Group A in Taghmon on Saturday.
Faythe Harriers 1-10 Rapparees 0-11
The Wexford town men, who came into the game on the back of a solid victory over Monageer-Boolavogue, were leading by a point heading into added time.
However, a slick move down the right wing from their opponents almost took the points away.
Joe Cullen set off down the sideline, drew the defender and popped the ball off to Anthony Peare on the right of goal.
With only Harriers 'keeper Adam McDaid to beat to hand his side victory, Peare hit his shot low but McDaid made the crucial save to prevent the turnaround.
The first-half was a tight affair illuminated by a stunning goal. Rapparees led by 0-7 to 0-5 after 20 minutes on the back of a brace apiece from Cullen and Anthony Roche but fell behind when a great run and pass by Pádraigh Farrell ended with Wayne Mallon swiping the waist-high pass past Gary Murphy.
The Bellefield boys still took a 0-9 to 1-5 lead in at the interval but a superb point from youngster Jack Murphy levelled the game just after the re-start and further strikes from county Minor Ciarán Kirwan, fresh from Wexford Park, and Shane Wilde (three) were enough to secure victory.
Faythe Harriers: Adam McDaid; Daniel Lynch, Michael Hanrahan (capt.), Cillian Lawlor; Seán Pailing, Fran Cleary, Jack Murphy (0-1); Damien Roche, Paul Gannon; Conor Halligan (0-1), Pádraigh Farrell (0-1), Shane Wilde (0-4, 3 frees); Ben O'Brien (0-1), Wayne Mallon (1-1), P.J. Mooney. Subs. - Ciarán Kirwan (0-1) for Mooney (31), Eoin Roche for O'Brien (52).
Rapparees: Gary Murphy; Joe Carley, John Barron (capt.), Ryan Hadley; Dillon Redmond, John Ryan (0-2 frees), Patrick Quigley; Tommy Foley, Anthony Roche (0-2); Richie Farrell (0-2), Joe Cullen (0-3, 2 frees), Anthony Peare (0-1); Patrick Hore, Tom Ryan, Caolan Carty (0-1). Subs. - Leonard Connolly for Farrell (23), Davy Morrissey for Quigley (31), Farrell for T. Ryan (42), Declan Barron for Morrissey, inj. (56).
Referee: Lar Doyle (Taghmon-Camross).