Shield double for Oylegate
Oylegate-Glenbrien 1-18 Glynn-Barntown 0-7
Oylegate-Glenbrien secured the Minor shield double after they saw off Glynn-Barntown in the Wexford People Premier hurling decider in Ferns on Saturday.
In the end, it was a comprehensive victory for the boys in blue, but no one could have predicted the final score after such a tight opening half, with only the bare minimum separating the sides at the break.
The real turning point came shortly after half-time, when the lively Joe Dunne raced down the sideline looking for his third point, only to see his shot fall short and into the far corner of the net.
From here the victors pulled away quite handsomely, exhibiting some tasty hurling given the conditions, and holding their opponents scoreless in the process.
Joe Dunne and Jamie O'Shea were the respective marksmen early on, both hitting two points from placed balls.
O'Shea continued to find the range for Glynn-Barntown, trading scores with Jack Reck, Ryan Hill and Cathal Doyle, single-handedly keeping his side within touching distance at the break (0-7 to 0-6).
Ger Dempsey hit an early score on the resumption, but it was as good as it would get for the Killurin-based side as Dunne found the net shortly afterwards and Oylegate-Glenbrien never let them back into contention.
They finished out the half with ten unanswered points to complete a notable double, with Conor Nolan, Mike Kelly, Joe Dunne and Cathal Doyle all in flying form.
Oylegate-Glenbrien: Kevin Cosgrave; Thomas Cosgrave, Niall Parker, Micheál Kinsella-Shiggins; Peter Rowley, Mike Kelly, Conor Nolan (0-3); Tom White (0-1), Jack Reck (0-3, 2 frees, 1 '65); Ryan Hill (0-3), Fiachra Hourihane, Paudie Casey; Cathal Doyle (0-3), Gary Conroy, Joe Dunne (1-5, 0-3 frees). Subs. - Jim Moulton for Conroy, Eoghan Herlihy for Casey, Adam Gethings for Hill, Joseph Whelan for Kinsella-Shiggins, also Richard Kelly.
Glynn-Barntown: Colm Kiely; David Roche, Dylan Lyne, Conor Clarke; Matthew Banville, Cormac Rowe, Aaron Breen; Ger Dempsey (0-1), Garbhan McCormack; Jamie O'Shea (0-6 frees), Shane Doyle, Adam O'Leary; Cormac Cooney, Michael Moran, Jack Brazzill. Subs. - Luke Codd for Cooney, Conor Graydon for O'Leary, Ryan Long for Moran, Jack Doyle for Brazzill, Michael Kearney for Kiely, also Shane Doyle, Philip Cowman, Dan Long, Luke McGuire.
Referee: Brendan Martin (Ballyhogue).