Fr. Tom Burke's 2-15 Wexford 1-11
In a rematch of last week's Sheehan Cup final, Tom's and Wexford opened the senior hurling championship in near perfect conditions. Tom's turned the tables on last week's result, running out fairly comfortable winners. Newcomers, Zane Keenan in midfield and Ian McDonnell at center forward proved key to Tom's win.
|Tom's had the better of Wexford this week.|
A David O'Mahoney goal just before half time provided Tom's with the cushion going into the second half. Tom's had opened a lead in the first period thanks to some well taken scores from Ian McDonnell at center forward, David Ryan, and Zane Keenan. Wexford were guilty of some missed opportunities, however, free taker Tommy Ryan, Eoghan Kavanagh, and Peter Ryan were on the mark to keep Wexford in touch. Tom's themselves wasted some opportunities with the ball into the forward line lacking direction at times. Already sitting on a 5 point lead, O'Mahoney's goal made it 1-9 to 0-5 at the break.
Wexford improved on their first half performance, though they relied heavily on Ryan for the scoring outlet. The Slaneysiders matched their opponents for scores in the second period, and netted through Padraig O'Farrell. Remarkably, Shane Howley had to wait until mid way through the second half for his first point of the day, and it must have whetted the appetite as the Ardrahan man netted shortly afterwards. With Wexford unable to eat into the lead, Tom's saw out the game to get off to a winning start for the 2014 championship.
Tom's: A. Keating, G. Joyce, P. Heneghan, D. Costello, C. Joyce-Power, J. Dooley, O. Burke, Z. Keenan, D. Ryan, I. McDonnell, S. Howley, D. O'Mahoney, A. Burke. Wexford: T. Moloney, M. Ryan, B. Doyle, C. Burke, D. McGill, D. Brennan, J. Kehoe, E. Kavanagh, M. Moloney, P. Ryan, P. O'Farrell, T. Ryan, M. Walsh.
By Rory O'Donnell