BARROW RANGERS 4-20, JAMES STEPHENS 0-5
Barrow Rangers qualified to meet Dicksboro in the J.J. Kavanagh & Sons North Under-21 A Hurling Championship following a comprehensive victory over a very poor James Stephen’s side at Bennettsbridge on Saturday last.
From the time Richard Doyle goaled from a 60 metre line ball in the fourth minute, Rangers were always in control, and in fact held the City side scoreless until the 35th minute. Cathal Kenny and Cathal English added points before Jason Holden finished off a brilliant three man movement with a goal on 13 minutes. Holden (2) and Michael Whitely added excellent points to stretch their lead.
With the Doyle brothers, Richie and Ciarán, and Tom Brennan forming an extremely solid half back line, very little ball was getting past. When it did on one occasion Damien Barcoe made a brilliant save. On 26 minutes Jason Holden and Michael Whitely played a brilliant one two with the former blasting to the net. Cathal Kenny added four more points to leave Rangers ahead at the break 3-10 to 0-0 .
Rangers started the new half as they had finished the first with points from Holden English and Kenny. Jack McGrath had The Village sides first score from a free on 5 minutes. In the tenth minute a 60 metre shot from Michael Whitely went all the way to the net.
Robbie Hayes had Stephen’s only score from play before Cathal Kenny and Jack McGrath exchanged points from frees. Rangers added six more points from Kenny(3), Thomas Brennan (2) and Martin Bambrick to which McGrath replied with two pointed frees.
While there was a lot to like about Rangers play and combination, they tended to over elaborate at times which might not work against stronger opposition. In addition to those mentioned Kevin Brennan, Cathal Kenny, Cathal English, Michael Whitely and Jason Holden were prominent.
Best for a Village side that seriously lacked a leader or two around the field were Luke Hickey, David Hennessy, Colm Dowling and Robbie Hayes.
Barrow Rangers: Damien Barcoe, John Brennan, Kevin Brennan, Sean McDonald, Ciarán Doyle, Richie Doyle (1-0), Tom Brennan, Cathal Kenny (0-10), Martin Bambrick (0-1), Michael Whitely (1-0), Thomas Whitely, Cathal English (0-3), Jason Holden (2-4), Thomas Brennan (0-2), Daniel O’Neill.
Sub: Edward Prendergast
James Stephens: James O’Shea, Conor Doyle, Ian Hayes, Paddy Duggan, Luke Hickey, David Hennessy, Darren Evans, Colm Dowling, Ben Lahart, Jack McGrath (0-4), Declan McQuillan, Robbie Hayes (0-1), Derek O’Brien, Paul Lynch, James Fox.
Subs: Shane O’Neill, Tim Kealy-Brennan, Brian Howe, Eoin Cornally.
Referee: Shem Gibbons (Young Irelands)