Monday, May 9, 2011

Sheehan Cup Second Round: Fr. Tom Burke's v Wexford

Fr. Tom Burke’s 1-8 Wexford 2-18

Tom’s and Wexford met in the second game of the day, the winner would go top of the table for the Sheehan Cup. Wexford followed last week’s impressive display with another victory with room to spare. Tom’s took a while to get into the game, but laid down the gauntlet to Wexford early in the second half, however, the Brighton based side weathered the storm and finished out the game comfortably.

Fr. Tom's met a very good opponent in Wexford and will be hoping for a better outcome in their next game.
The first half breeze heavily favoured Wexford, and the model county built up an early lead. After Ciaran Moore had opened the scoring with a point for Tom’s, Gearoid O’Connor put three quick points over the bar that was followed by Tom Moloney Shane Murphy points. Tom’s had chances to score, but failed to take advantage against the wind. Mid-way through the half a goal came for Wexford. A long free dropped into the square and the Tom’s backs failed to adequately deal with it, Shane Murphy got a stick to it to put it over the line. Shane Howley pointed twice from frees to keep Tom’s in shouting distance, however, Wexford managed to maintain the distance between the teams with points from Dominc Magill and Murphy. Tom’s got a lift with a goal from Ciaran Moore late in the half. Fran Keenan opted to go low with a close range free and Moore put the rebound into the back of the net. Tom’s picked up their effort and worked that bit harder to get to the loose balls and challenges, and it looked like we had a real contest on our hands. At the half Wexford held a five-point edge on the scoreboard.

The Tom’s that started the second half was a different one than for most of the first. A heightened sense of urgency was evident in the play of the westerners. Ciaran Moore and Seamus Higgins reduced the deficit to a single score, however, Wexford restored their advantage thanks to two points from Shane Murphy. Shane Howley put two nice points over the bar, but Wexford would not budge. Tom Moloney and O’Connor, along with Dominic Magill buckled down to meet the renewed challenge, while Donal Redmond did great work at corner back for Wexford. O’Connor pointed twice to make it a seven point game with ten minutes to go, and the coup de grace was delivered by Eoghan Kavanagh who finished well from an acute angle to score Wexford’s second goal. Wexford setting the pace in the early season and have to be anticipating a cup final appearance in early June.

Tom's: D. Fox, S. O’Brien, D. Nealon, E. Cummins, D. Moore, J. Dooley, F. Keenan, T. Kelly, S. Howley, S. Higgins, P. Heneghan, K. Mooney, C. Moore. Wexford: G. Grifffey, B. Dalton, D. Redmond, G. Dunphy, D. Magill, JJ Kenny, T. Moloney, J. Foley, G. O’Connor, P. Ryan, C. Kerins, S. Murphy, E. Kavanagh.

By Rory O'Donnell

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