Sunday 21 January 2018

Two from two for the Rapps

Full points for town crew

Brendan Furlong

Rapparees delivered a late scoring surge to emerge with a three-point victory over Shelmaliers in this Junior hurling championship Group A game at St. Patrick's Park, Enniscorthy.

Rapparees 2-15 Shelmaliers 1-15

The Shels held the edge through the opening period, leading by 1-5 to 0-5 at the end of the opening quarter, with the goal a fine individual solo effort from midfielder Glen Malone after 14 minutes.

During this opening spell the Rapps had managed to remain in touch through points from Barry Nolan, John Ryan and Darragh Pepper, but with Conor Byrne and Jody Donohoe responding with points in the second quarter, the Over The Water side led by 1-9 to 0-6 at the interval.

After John Ryan and Michael Feeney had exchanged early points on the resumption, six still separated the sides (1-12 to 0-9) after 38 minutes. With Conor Byrne and Barry Nolan continuing to exchange points, the Shels still looked comfortable until Nolan reduced the margin to the minimum with a pointed free followed by a 54th-minute goal from a '65 (1-15 to 1-14).

One minute later the Rapps' resurgence took on a whole new meaning when Anthony Peare fired a shot direct off the ground into the roof of the net, putting his side two points clear.

Tommy Foley secured the victory with a last-minute point, capping a remarkable late scoring surge from the Cathedral town side.

Rapparees: Jim O'Connor; Ryan Hadley, Fran O'Gorman, Joe Carley; Ciarán Cronin, Declan Ruth, Mark Redmond; Seánie O'Gorman, Tommy Foley (0-2); Anthony Peare (1-1), Barry Nolan (1-7, 0-6 frees, 1-0 '65), Dale Kirwan; Darragh Pepper (0-2), John Ryan (0-3), Gary Murphy. Sub. - Patrick Hore for Kirwan.

Shelmaliers: Paul McCleane; Eoin O'Leary, Barry O'Connor, Eoghan Fitzgerald; Graham Staples, Denis Kelly, Aaron O'Neill; Glen Malone (1-0), Kevin O'Leary; Liam Rockett (0-4), Conor Byrne (0-7, 4 frees, 1 '65), Shane Griffith; Michael Feeney (0-2), Stephen Whelan (0-1), Jody Donohoe (0-1). Sub. - Craig Parker for Griffith.

Referee: Kevin Kehoe (Our Lady's Island).

Rapparees 3-11, Gusserane 1-13: Rapparees withstood a late Gusserane surge to eventually emerge with a deserved four -point victory in this Junior hurling championship Group A game in Cushinstown, writes Brendan Furlong.

The opening quarter saw little separate the sides as they were level on 0-4 each, but the Rapps got the crucial breakthrough six minutes before the break when Lennie Connolly and Seánie O'Gorman combined to set up Anthony Peare for an excellent goal.

While Mark Rossiter pointed frees along with fine individual efforts from centre-forward Graeme Cullen kept the New Ross District side in touch, it was the goal which separated the sides at the interval (1-7 to 0-7).

After Anthony Peare and Barry Nolan had exchanged points with Mark Rossiter (free) and Adrian Redmond on the resumption, John Ryan stormed through the defence for his side's second goal after 43 minutes.

And when Gary Murphy added a third, the Rapps looked comfortable, leading by 3-9 to 0-10 at the end of the third quarter.

But the game was transformed four minutes from the end when Adrian Redmond crashed home a splendid goal from 25 metres to reduce the deficit to 3-10 to 1-11. While a Barry Nolan point helped lift the siege, Gusserane finished strongly with two Mark Rossiter pointed frees, but time ran out as they continued to launch attacks in the three minutes of additional time, being unable to break down the eventual winners' defence.

Rapparees: Jim Connors; Ryan Hadley, Fran O'Gorman, John Barron; Pa Doyle, Declan Ruth, Ciarán Cronin; Brian Ronan, Mark Redmond; Seánie O'Gorman (0-1), Barry Nolan (0-7, 5 frees), Anthony Peare (1-1); Lennie Connolly, John Ryan (1-1), Gary Murphy (1-1). Subs. - Lee Treacy for Hadley, Tom Wall for Connolly, Aaron Ronan for O'Gorman.

Gusserane: Michael Ryan; Robert Browne, Paul Wall, Shane Doyle; James Redmond, Liam Dillon, Mark Rossiter (0-7, 5 frees, 1 '65); Adrian Redmond (1-1), Darragh Doyle (0-1); Kenneth Cahill, Graeme Cullen (0-3), John Roche; Eoin Foran, Seán Ryan (0-1), Martin Fitzharris. Subs. - Wayne Harris for Roche, Ciarán Conway for D. Doyle, inj., Nicholas Cahill for Foran, Seánie Kehoe for Harris.

Referee: Eric Molloy (St. James').

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