IT WAS a one-way traffic case as St. James took a comfortable twelve-point victory over Taghmon-Camross in the Enniscorthy Farm Systems New Ross District Junior ‘B’ Football Championship final in Gusserane on Saturday .
The game was somewhat dominated by the elements, with St. James using the strong wind to his advantage for the first 30 minutes. It was a period they totally dominated as the opposition struggled to build genuine attacks in response.
The players may have shaken the cobwebs again, but it was St. James who took a three-point lead in the first five minutes, thanks to back-to-back points from Darragh McPhillips (two, one free) and James Fitzgerald.
This laid the groundwork for what would follow throughout the opening period, as scores continued to pour in for St. James’ who settled inside the opposing half.
With Taghmon-Camross handling only limited attacks, St. James continued the scoring thanks to a point from Alan Walsh, while a goal from Colum Fitzgerald and McPhillips pointed freely helped them take a 1- lead. 5 to zero at the first break in the water.
The one-sided nature of the game was to continue once play resumed, with the eventual winners adding extra points thanks to two free kicks from McPhillips to lead by 1-7 to zero in the interval, with Taghmon-Camross having hardly attempted. to score on goal. .
Taghmon-Camross tried to strike back at the restart, with Pádraic O’Gorman pointing the finger within 60 seconds of the restart.
They followed with two more unanswered points thanks to Cormac McGrath and Lloyd Colfer, but it was that good before St. James’ quickly regained the initiative.
After recovering from those setbacks early in the second half, St. James regained control in midfield thanks to good play from Colum Fitzgerald and Alan Walsh.
It didn’t take long for them to put the result beyond doubt, thanks to a rather fortuitous goal in the 44th.
Josh White-Keating sent a ball through the goal from the right, but goalkeeper Paddy Nolan completely lost his flight and only helped him on the way to the net, leaving St. James to lead 2-8 to 0- 3, and without return for the opposition.
The final quarter went at a rather slow pace, with Lloyd Colfer and James Walsh (free) exchanging points, but in the end it was a comfortable and impressive victory for St. James’.
St James’: William Murphy; Conor Crosbie, Brian Kennedy, Des Foley; Josh White-Keating (1-0), Alfie Eite, Dan Behan; Colum Fitzgerald (1-1), Alan Walsh (0-1); Andy Walsh, James Fitzgerald (0-1), Peadar O’Connor; Michael O’Grady (0-2), James Walsh (0-1 free), Darragh McPhillips (0-4, 2 free). Submarines. – James Nolan for Andy Walsh, Rory Lynch for O’Connor, Keelan Foley for Behan.
Taghmon-Camross: Paddy Nolan; James Carroll, Robbie Nolan, David Kelly; Darragh Winters, Jack Kelly, Mark O’Gorman; Pete Murphy, Barry Og McGrath; Liam Winters, Ryan Cashin, Aaron Connolly; Cormac McGrath (0-1), Pádraic O’Gorman (0-1), Mark Doyle. Submarines. – Lloyd Colfer (0-2) for Doyle, TJ Codd for L. Winters, Eoin Doyle for Connolly, Cormac O’Keeffe for Carroll.
Arbitrator: Jimmy Heavey (Geraldine O’Hanrahans).