O'Hanlon points Horeswood home
Two points in injury time from the impressive Michael O'Hanlon earned Horeswood a hard-earned victory over Tara Rocks after an intense battle in the Enniscorthy Electrical Wholesale Junior hurling championship Group B in St. Patrick's Park on Saturday.
Horeswood 1-20 Tara Rocks 2-15
It was fitting that O'Hanlon should hit the winning scores as his tally of eleven points was the principle reason his side eked out the victory.
However, O'Hanlon wasn't the only player to put in an impressive shift, with energetic Tara Rocks midfielder Niall Breen causing no end of trouble for Horeswood, but they eventually managed to curb his influence when taking charge in the final ten minutes.
Breen covered an enormous amount of ground and scored 1-6 from play, with the only blot on his copybook coming on the stroke of half-time when his penalty was expertly saved by David O'Shea.
Tara Rocks led by 2-8 to 0-10 at the interval with Niall Breen and Brendan Hobbs contributing 1-3 apiece and Declan Breen adding their other two points.
Hobbs burst through the Horeswood defence in the eighth minute to score their opening goal and on 18 minutes Breen raised the green flag with a rasping finish to give Tara Rocks a 2-4 to 0-6 advantage.
However, Horeswood always remained in touch with Declan Murphy, Craig Murphy, Michael O'Hanlon and Lorcan O'Brien all finding the range with nice points, leaving them just four adrift at half-time.
Niall Breen continued to dominate midfield on the resumption, firing over two beautiful points to stretch the lead to six, but Horeswood got to grips with the game and began to chip away at the Tara Rocks advantage.
A 42nd-minute goal from Declan Murphy after an almighty scramble really lifted their spirits, and a brace of points from Darren Shannon saw them only a point in arrears with 14 minutes remaining (2-12 to 1-14).
A monster point from Niall Breen raised Tara Rocks' hopes but although corner-forward Joe Bolger stroked over a couple of nice scores, Michael O'Hanlon notched five points in the last ten minutes to steer Horeswood to victory and keep their quarter-final hopes alive. Tara Rocks are still in contention also.
Horeswood: David O'Shea; Tommy Quinn, Seán Stafford, Gavin Murphy; Brian Kehoe, Barry Hearn, Lorcan O'Brien (0-1); Shane O'Hanlon, Dale Flynn (0-2); Leigh O'Brien, Darren Shannon (0-2), Michael O'Hanlon (0-11, 5 frees); Craig Murphy (0-1), Jim Wall, Declan Murphy (1-3). Subs. - Cian Gleeson for C. Murphy, John Bradley for Leigh O'Brien.
Tara Rocks: Lee Owley; Damien Tobin, Liam Fitzpatrick, Rhys Owley; Martin Sheehan, Colin Breen, Seán Owley; Tomás Owley, Niall Breen (1-6); Cormac Whitmore, Declan Breen (0-2, 1 '65), Craig Kenny (0-1); Michael Fitpatrick, Brendan Hobbs (1-3), Joe Bolger (0-3). Subs. - Richard McDonald for R. Owley (temp.), Paddy Phelan for Fitzpatrick, Aaron Murphy for Kenny.
Referee: Aidan Foley (Shelmaliers).