Tuesday 23 January 2018

Mythen grabs a late winner

Oulart remain unbeaten

Dean Goodison

Aidan Byrne of Duffry Rovers has Billy Dunne (Oulart-The Ballagh) for company
Aidan Byrne of Duffry Rovers has Billy Dunne (Oulart-The Ballagh) for company
Eamonn Doyle of Duffry Rovers comes under pressure from Oulart-The Ballagh duo Thomas Dunne and Lar Prendergast

Pad Mythen hit a dramatic winning point for Oulart-The Ballagh five minutes into added time to help them to their second win in as many weekends in The Courtyard Ferns Intermediate hurling championship at Bellefield on Sunday.

Oulart-Ballagh 1-13 Duffry Rovers 2-9

Oulart-The Ballagh's chances looked to have gone after Donie Doyle equalised with a long-range goal in the 61st minute and Martin Og Storey narrowly missed moments earlier. However, when John Murphy fed Mythen on the right wing, the experienced attacker took his time and fired his side to the top of Group A.

The victors played with the stiff breeze in the first-half and were able to build up a decent lead. Mythen (two) and Murtha Doyle were on target before Rovers got one back from the accurate stick of Jason Rackard.

Oulart-The Ballagh continued to tack on scores, including a brace from Darren Nolan and a superb Storey catch and point to move 0-9 to 0-1 ahead. Rackard pulled two minors back just before the interval and would have added a goal had Ben O'Connor not made a fine save low to his right.

The half-time lead of 0-9 to 0-3 had only been cut by a point when a scramble in the goalmouth resulted in a Duffry goal. Donie O'Connor forced the ball in to the hurl-less Robert Frayne whose attempted kick fell to Eamonn Doyle. The attacker couldn't connect properly but Dennis Morton could only fumble the ball into the goal as he tried to gain possession.

The Duffry added three of the next four points, all from Rackard, to level the scores with twelve minutes to go. However, following a Mythen free, a majestic Stephen Doyle pass sent Nolan away and, while he couldn't take it cleanly, the sliothar fell perfectly for him to pull to the net.

Oulart-The Ballagh looked set for victory until Donie Doyle's long-range effort found the net but they bounced back with a late score to leave the Duffry point-less after two games.

Oulart-The Ballagh: Ben O'Connor (capt.); Anthony Roche, Dennis Morton (o.g.), Ian Storey; Nicholas Cullen, Lar Prendergast (0-1), Eamonn Murphy; Thomas Dunne (0-1), Darren Nolan (1-2); Cormac Finn, Colin Sunderland, Billy Dunne (0-2); Martin Og Storey (0-1), Pad Mythen (0-5, 4 frees), Murtha Doyle (0-1). Subs. - Stephen Doyle for Finn (41), Conor Goff for Sunderland (42), John Murphy for Doyle, inj. (56).

Duffry Rovers: Niall Maher; Fergal Kenny, Donie Doyle (1-0), Cathal Clince (0-1); Aidan Byrne, Paul Nolan (capt.), James Nolan; Johnny Flynn-O'Connor, Stephen Watchorn; Thomas Dunne, Eamonn Doyle, Liam Pender (0-1); Donie O'Connor, Jason Rackard (0-7, 5 frees), Robert Frayne. Subs. - Patrick Nolan for D. O'Connor (52), Joe Coleman for Dunne (59).

Referee: Eddie O'Sullivan (Ballyfad).

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