Emly/Treacys defeated Lattin-Cullen Gaels by 4-12 to 1-14 in the final of the Bewleys Ltd minor B hurling championship, played at Sean Treacy Park on Wednesday last with two goals in the course of a two-minute spell in each half the deciding factor.
Lattin-Cullen Gaels led 0-12 to 0-6 after 25 minutes. Mark Russell was a dominant figure and caused endless problems not only for his marker but the other backs as well.
In the 27th minute Emly/Treacys got a huge lift when Paul Ryan finished off an attack with a well-taken goal and almost immediately Darragh Kennedy scored a second to wipe out Lattin-Cullen Gaels lead and send the sides into halftime on level terms, 2-6 to 0-12.
Mark Russell put Lattin-Cullen Gaels ahead with a free soon after the resumption but they didn’t score again until the 24th minute when Russell goaled a twenty metre free followed by a point from Shane Neville.
Emly/Treacys eased ahead with points and scored four during the third quarter. Then they put daylight between the teams when Patrick Deegan and Brian Carey scored two goals. Latin-Cullen continued to fight bravely but the initiative was with Emly/Treacys and when the final whistle sounded they were well ahead confirming their victory over the same opposition in the league section of the championship.
Emly/Treacys: Sean Stapleton, James Condon, Willie Mackey, Dylan Fahey, Tommy Lyons, Andy O’Brien (capt.), Mattie Feehan, Sean Ryan (0-5), Patrick Deegan (1-0), Ger Egan, Daragh Kennedy (1-3), Sean Burke, Tom Ryan (0-1), Brian Carey (2-3), Paul Ryan. Subs: Patrick Carey, Simon Maher, Gary O’Brien, Andrew McGrath.
Lattin-Cullen Gaels: Luke Ashmore, David O’Heney, Shane McGrath, Michael Power, Tony Byrnes, Liam Cunningham, Stephen Moloney, Shane Ryan, Anthony Leahy (0-2), Craig Quinn, Mark Russell (capt.). (1-7), Shane Neville (0-4), Kevin Franks (0-1), Niall Enright, Patrick O’Donoghue. Subs: Sean Dillon, Michael O’Halloran, James Nash, Kevin Kinane, Patrick Crehan.
Referee: John Ryan Bob (Cashel King Cormacs)