St. Mary’s led from start to finish

St. Mary’s Clonmel 4-14 Rockwell Rovers 1-12

St. Mary’s Clonmel 4-14 Rockwell Rovers 1-12

The Clonmel side hit the ground running in Saturday’s County Intermediate Hurling Championship match in Cashel.

They raised a green flag in the first minute as corner forward Darren Cass ran through before finishing expertly off his left hand side. This advantage would never be relinquished, despite the battling qualities of the Rockwell side.

On the 12 minute mark St Mary’s found the net once more, as Luke Moore was on hand to finish. Brian Carroll, who was off balance, had a shot that was dropping short and the ‘keeper could only manage to bat it back into the danger area where the ball fell straight into the path of the grateful Moore, who poked it home from close range.

Rockwell began to find their feet but struggled in attack and most of their scores came through the placed ball exploits of Alan Barron.

In contrast St Mary’s looked menacing from a number of angles, and their link-up play in attack was brilliant at times. Superb points from Stephen Buckley, Luke Moore, Darren Cass and Jason Lonergan, as well as a fantastic sideline effort from Gearoid Buckley, left the South side 2-9 to 0-6 ahead at the break.

The second half brought fireworks as this match disintegrated in both quality and discipline. Darren Cass netted his second goal when St Mary’s broke the line and Luke Moore and Gearoid Buckley combined to set up Cass.

On the three-quarter mark Rockwell struck back and found the net through top marksman Alan Barron. This raised the temperature, as it drew the teams to within six points of each other, but the tempo was continuously fractured and mistimed tackles were rampant.

Rockwell were reduced to 14 men in the closing stages and more red cards could have followed.

In the dying embers Seamus Kennedy launched a free from the middle of the field and the ball dropped under the crossbar and into the net to put the seal on the victory.