Barrow Rangers (Paulstown) picked up their first point of the year with a late Dermot Maher point from a free in this All County junior hurling league tie on Sunday (0-16 each).
Both teams displayed some excellent skills. The outcome was fair as Maher pointed in the last minute of stoppage time. O’Loughlin’s got off to a good start and went two points clear with scores from Jack Nolan. Rangers soon found their feet and replied twice through Marty Bambrick following excellent work by Ed Pendergast.
O’Loughlin’s hit back for a Brian Dowling point before Nigel Skehan converted a free. Pat Purcell pulled one backbefore it was level again via a Tom Brennan score.
The city side went ahead again when gifted a score to Mark Gibbons. From the puck-out Cathal English made a superb catch before shooting a great score for ’Rangers. He was proving a handful for O’Loughlin’s at full forward. The Gaels hit back with three unanswerd points and on the stroke of half time Maher pulled one back for Rangers.
The St John’s Park outfit started the second half strong with a pointed frees from Skehan. Rangers replied through Cathal English and Doyle (free). It began to turn to a contest between frees takers afters this, with Doyle and Skehan exchanging scores.
Play was then stopped for a while when Ed Pendergast picked up a nasty injury to an ear and he had to leave the field. He was replaced by Billy Hanlon. Paulstown were trailing by a point but they were battling hard.
O’Loughlin’s were employing good tactics, with their half back line holding the Rangers forwards. Doyle was accurate on frees and he landed another on 55 minutes to level things.
O’Loughlin’s added two more pointed frees, with Skehan proving deadly accurate. The game looked gone from Rangers but the hard working Cathal English, who was excellent throughout, pegged it back with a fine score from a tight angle. There was one between them.
Rangers kept pressing and pressing and forced a defender to over carry the ball, conceding a free to Rangers. Dermot Maher thus claimed a draw.
Best for Rangers were Kevin Brennan, Pat Purcell, Timmy Brennan, Marty Bambrick, Ciarán Doyle and Cathal English while O’Loughlin’s had fine performers in Brian Dowling, Alan Geoghegan, Jack Nolan and Nigel Skehan.
Barrow Rangers - I. Holden, K. Brennan, J. Kealy, J. Kearney, E. Pendergast, T. Brennan, P. Purcell, M. Bambrick, Tom Brennan, J. Holden, C. Doyle, M. Whitely, D. Maher, C. English, G. Walsh. Subs - C. Breen, S. McEvoy, B. Hanlon, D. O’Connor, M. Kealy, D. Walsh.
O’Loughlin Gaels - S. Johston, S. Tyrrell, A. Forristal, K. O’Brien, E. Grant, M. Lambert, P. Cantwell, K. Morrisey, B. Dowling, M. Gibbons, A. Geoghanegan, J. Nolan, E. Walsh, D. Lenehan, N. Skehan.