Barrow Rangers (Paulstown) maintained their 100% winning record in the North junior hurling ‘B’ league this year when they scored a good win over James Stephens on Sunday in Larchfield (4-16 to 3-13).
The ’Rangers got off to a dream start. They posted three points rapidly on the ’board from Tom Brennan, Jason Holden and a Maher free. The Village boys opened their account after eight minutes from a Shane O Neill free. Then from the puck-out Paulstown raised the first green flag in this seven goal thriller.
Martin Kealy tapped into the net following a mistake by a defender. Paulstown had their tales up. They added five unanswered points, coming again from Maher and Holden. Then on 18 minutes hit The Village were dealt another blow when Dermot Maher grabbed a goal.
The game looked gone from ’Stephens at this stage being 14 points down with 18 minutes played. They quickly got their game together as ’Rangers sat back. A goal from a long drive by Jack Cotter from midfield injected new life into the losers.
The Village picked off five points through Ray Lahart (2), Colm Dowling and Shane Egan (2), which brought them right back into the game.
In the minutes leading up to the break ’Rangers snatched two quick scores from Tom Brennan and a Maher free to ease the pressure.
The Village started the second half in thundering form as ’Rangers started to concede some cheap frees. This allowed Shane Egan to tap over four scores on the trot, bringing it to a three point game.
’Rangers hit back on 41 minutes through for a Tom Brennan point, which was followed by another Maher free. The Village quickly responded from the puck-out and the opposition conceded an OG, cutting the deficit back to a point.
The drama didn’t end there. ’Rangers next score came within a minute after Shane McEvoy laid off the ball to Dermot Maher, who split the defence for goal No. 7. The city side again showed determination as they did throughout to get the next score, a Shane Egan 40 yard point from the right wing.
’Rangers had the last say, however. They finished with two marvellous scores from Shane McEvoy and Eugene Kealy, who came off the bench, to finish on a high.
Best for ’Rangers were Ciarán Breen, Ed Pendergast, Billy Hanlon, Tom Whitely, Jason Holden, Shane McEvoy and Dermot Maher. The Village were best served by Damien Phelan, Philly Larkin, Shane O’Neill and Shane Egan.
Barrow Rangers - I. Holden, L. Walsh, C. Breen, J. Hughes, B. Hanlon, E. Pendergast, D. O’Connor, J. Holden, T. Whitely, D. Walsh, S. McEvoy, T. Brennan, M. Kealy, D. Maher, Z. Shermer.
James Stephens - G. Costigan, P, Noonan, D. Phelan, J. Whelan, R. Kay, B. Keogh, P. Larkin, S. O’Neill, J. Cotter, R. Lahart, C. Dowling, D. O’Shea, S. Egan, K. Cleasty. C. O’Grady.