Monageer chalk up an impressive scoring haul
A potent Monageer-Boolavogue attack proved too powerful for Duffry Rovers to subdue as the hosts won their opening round encounter in the Enniscorthy District Under-21 hurling Roinn 1 championship on Tuesday.
Monageer-Boolavogue 3-24 Duffry Rovers 5-6
Pádraig Flynn swatted twelve points while Mark Gahan was a significant thorn in the Rovers side as Monageer-Boolavogue impressed against opponents with several talented players but not quite the same level of fire-power.
The game was another cracking advertisement for the grade. Despite the twelve-point margin of victory, both sides contributed to a fast-paced, entertaining encounter throughout, in front of a decent-sized crowd.
The hosts moved into the ascendancy in the opening quarter as Mark Gahan powered a low shot past Conor Coleman to help ease his side into a 1-5 to 0-2 lead. However, the Duffry started to find their feet against the breeze and soon took the lead.
Brendan Brooks' flick-off pass sent Gavin Watchorn away for the first of two goals in a minute. He made the most of Liam Pender's ball into the danger area moments later and beat Adam Dunne for the second time.
Trailing by 2-4 to 1-6, Monageer-Boolavogue went on a 2-6 to 1-0 run to end the half and leave the visitors with a mountain to climb.
Gahan hared away after Diarmuid Fenlon's pass to net, while Flynn brought his first-half tally to five points as the home side moved 2-11 to 2-4 ahead.
Liam Pender's long free flicked off a defender's hurl and flew into the Monageer-Boolavogue net, only for Cathal Walsh to latch onto, and pull into the net Graham O'Reilly's long free into the goalmouth, to give Monageer-Boolavogue a 3-12 to 3-4 interval lead.
A string of minors increased the advantage to twelve but the Duffry gave themselves hope with a pair of majors either side of the mid-point of the period.
Seán Brooks swept home the first after a flick through by Jamie Roban, while Ciarán Pender's long-range free bounced wickedly past replacement goalkeeper Lee McHale.
With county Minor Liam Pender eventually succumbing to a hand injury, things petered out for Duffry Rovers. Flynn scored the last four points to round out a superb individual performance and book a spot in the next round for his club.
Monageer-Boolavogue: Adam Dunne; Seán O'Leary, Shay Gahan, James Walshe; Shane Gahan, Graham O'Reilly, Colm McGannon; Ian Hawkins, Seán Roche; Diarmuid Fenlon (0-4), Robbie Donnelly, Cathal Walsh (1-3); Mark Gahan (2-5), Pádraig Flynn (0-12, 8 frees), Lee McHale. Sub. - Daire Walsh for A. Dunne, inj. (48).
Duffry Rovers: Conor Coleman; Eric Nolan, Michael O'Leary, Colm Redmond; John Dunne, Ciarán Pender (1-0 free), Thomas Dunne; Conor Nolan, Gavin Rafter; Liam Pender (1-4, 1-2 frees, 0-1 line ball), Brendan Brooks, Michael Doyle; Gearóid Doyle, Seán Brooks (1-0), Gavin Watchorn (2-2). Subs. - Jamie Roban for B. Brooks (35), B. Brooks for C. Nolan (55), C. Nolan for L. Pender, inj. (56).
Referee: Brendan Martin (Ballyhogue).