Group C of the Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge delivered two fantastic games this week which saw crucial wins for Dublin Clarke and Wexford.
In two entertaining affairs, Dublin Clarke edged out Laois at O’Moore Park while Wexford got the better of Carlow at the Laois Centre of Excellence.
Read our round-up of all of this week’s action from Group C below.
Dublin Clarke Prove Too Much For Laois In Spirited Celtic Challenge Clash
Dublin Clarke 1-20
A wonderful second-half performance from Dublin Clarke saw them take the spoils against Laois on Wednesday night in O’ Moore Park.
On a glorious evening for hurling, Laois were very competitive for long stretches, but ultimately, Dublin’s physicality, bench and ability to pick off easier scores at crucial times was telling.
The opening half saw both teams trades early points. Laois opened the scoring with a point from Jack Foyle before Dublin Clarke responded with scores from Jack Kelly & Ger Ryan.
Laois’ keeper, Ben Campion, was called into action early making two great saves in the opening 16 minutes to deny Dublin Clarke an early goal.
Dublin severely tested the Laois rear-guard right through until half-time and with the home team struggling to win any clear possession or territory; Dublin Clarke went in at half-time with a three-point lead, 0-11 to 0-8.
The second half began with both teams trading scores until a goal from Laois Captain Daniel Bowe, his second in two Celtic Challenge games, lifted Laois’ spirits. Buoyed by the goal and a resurgent home support, Laois started to rally but Dublin Clarke found an extra gear.
Points in quick succession steadied the ship before a well-finished goal from the excellent Matthew Lynam saw them eke out a seven-point lead.
Laois continued to battle until the end but Dublin Clarke had enough in reserve and were deserved-winners with a 1-20 to 1-11 victory.
The Best & Fairest award was given to Laois’ Philip Tynan and Dublin Clarkes’ Matthew Lynam.
Report by: Oonagh Maher
Laois: Ben Campion, Lochlin Conway, Aodh Bowes, Mick O’Brien, Philip Tynan, Niall Coss, Jack Phelan, Joe Corby (0-1), Daniel Bowe (1-4, 1 ’65, 1Free), Josh O’Brien Holmes (0-1), Ryan Costigan, Cillian Dunne (0-3, 3Frees) , Jim O’Connor (0-1), Sam Quinn.
Replacements: Padraig Brennan, Tom Fennelly, Dan Moore, Sam Birane, Rian Edwards, Alex Moran.
Dublin Clarke: Conor Ryan, James Herbett, Ben Roberts, Cormac Culliane, Evan McSherry, Diarmuid Clerkin, Luke Mulligan (0-2), Liam Kiernan(0-1), Sam Stewart, Rory O’Neill (0-1), Matthew Lynam (1-2), Ger Ryan(0-6, 6Frees), Bryan Keogh (0-2), Jack Kelly (0-2), Adam Drewett (0-2).
Replacements: Fionn Rock, Eoghan Baldwin, Beuban Cantwell, Cian Morgan(0-1), Cian Hassett, Eoin Behan, Derry Noonan (0-1), Ben Rodgers, Sean Byrne, Ross Byrne.
Second Half Flurry Gives Wexford Win Over Offaly In Celtic Challenge
Wexford proved too strong for Offaly in the third round of Group C of the Celtic Challenge at a sunny Laois Centre of Excellence on Wednesday evening.
Wexford were fastest out of the blocks and went into a three-point lead after five minutes with two frees and a well-taken point from Michael Butler before Offaly’s Callum Flannery broke through the heart of the Wexford defence to riffle a shot into the top corner to level the game.
Wexford responded immediately with a goal of their own from Shem O’ Hagen. Offaly scored their second goal of the game through full forward Adam Carroll but Wexford responded again with another goal to leave the score 2-5 to 2-3 in favour of Wexford at the break.
Wexford started the second half stronger with three points including an excellent score from captain Oisin O’ Ceallaigh before Lochlann Quinn got Offaly’s first point of the second half.
Offaly then missed a penalty to leave it a one-point game and Wexford drove on from there with a brilliant goal from Rory Devereux to leave it 3-13 to 2-5 with fifteen minutes to go.
Wexford continued to impress with another seven points including a long-range effort from Jason Gordon while Offaly’s Best and Fairest winner Cian Burke scored a super point from the middle of the field.
The Best and Fairest award for Wexford went to Darragh Carley.
Shem O’ Hagen finished the game with his second goal to end a very productive day in front of goal for him leaving the final score Wexford 4-20 Offaly 2-6.
Wexford host Laois next Wednesday in Bunclody to keep hold of top spot in the group while Offaly have a bye and are not out again until they face Dublin Clarke in Abbottstown on Wednesday 5th June.
Report by: Michael Cleary
Wexford: James Rossiter, Matt Kinnard, Robbie Hillis, Alex Boggan, Adam Roche, Jason Gordan,Thomas Kinsella, Michael Dundon, Shane Flood, Oisin O’ Ceallaigh, Shem O’ Hagen, Liam Schokman, Darragh Carley, Cormac Doyle, JJ Twamley, Zac Breslin, Darren Kelly, Eoin O’ Meara, Josh Carley, Brian Og Curran, Tommy Gallagher, Jason Wallace, Jack Twomey, Michael Butler, Ronan Kervick, Paul Hearne, Rory Deveraux, Adam Murphy, Phillip Roche, Chris Ryan, Josh Walsh.
Offaly: Martin Lawlor, Darragh Landy, Liam Miller, Oisin Kilmartin, Jacob Mahon, John Coughlan, Charlie Bracken, Pat Phelan, Cian Burke, Callum Flannery, Kevin Tierney, Shane Ryan, Lee Hogan, Adam Carroll, Loughlann Quinn, Sean Rattigan, Adam Landy, Eamon Dolan, Daniel Coughlan, Jack Ormonde, Sean Kilmartin, Eoin Murphy, Luke Standish, Eoin Egan, Cathal Erritty, Kian McDowell, Jack Kelly, Ruairi Dunne, Mark Kelly, Barry Connolly.