Ballyhogue’s Best Men vs. Tara Rocks

Ballyhogue 1-23 Tara Rocks 0-12

ALLYHOGUE got off to a flying start in Group B of the TSB Junior “A” Hurling Permanent Championship with a solid victory over hosts Tara Rocks on Wednesday.

The Enniscorthy District club have a youthful energy and feel injected into their roster this campaign and that bodes well for a memorable season to come. They did pretty light work on Tara Rocks here, taking a two-point lead at the interval before pulling away in the second period.

The fact that all six forwards and two midfielders were on the scoresheet shows just how balanced this Ballyhogue side is. They’re a lively contender for this title, there’s no doubt, and Tara Rocks felt the full impact of their quality here.

David Hennebry got the score with the opener from his two points in the first half, and Graham Parker, Ronan Minogue, Shane Byrne, Peter Kelly, Liam Rossiter, Liam Doyle and Cian Wickham were also all on the score track so they were building a 0-14 to 0-7 interval lead.

Tara Rocks had four free passes from Mick Byrne, supplemented by one each from Mark Boland, Matthew Healy and Patrick Fortune in the first half, but they were only able to add five more in the second.

Minogue (two), Wickham, Hennebry and Kelly all had points on the board as their team moved through the third quarter.

Ballyhogue’s superiority deserved a goal and he duly stepped in midway through the second half, with Liam Doyle beating Peter Hughes.

Ballyhogue added four more points after the goal, as Minogue took her tally to eight, Doyle got her second, while Kelly and Wickham made it three apiece as their side took the spoils by 14.

Ballyhog: Niall Maher; Eamonn Doyle, Eddie Galavan, Colm Parnell; Conor Byrne, James Parle, Tobias Redmond; Graham Parker (captain, 0-2), David Hennebry (0-3); Liam Rossiter (0-1), Cian Wickham (0-3), Shane Byrne (0-1); Ronan Minogue (0-8, 7 free), Peter Kelly (0-3), Liam Doyle (1-2). Subs. – Seán Ring for Redmond, temp.

Tara Rocks: Peter Hughes; Cillian O’Toole, Lorcan Clare (captain), Cillian Byrne; Conor Jones, Stephen Hughes, Sean Forde; Bobby Hughes, Mark Boland (0-2); Matthew Healy (0-1), Pat O’Connor, Mick Byrne (0-7 free); Darragh Geoghegan, Patrick Fortune (0-2), Dylan Smith. Subs. – James Mordaunt for Smith, Andrew Smyth for Geoghegan, Adam Fadian for Healy.

Arbitrator: Paddy Brady (Ballygarrett).

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