Ardmore advance despite the brilliance of Barron

Ardmore 0-10 Clashmore 0-7

The winners enjoyed territorial dominance throughout that was never reflected on the scoreboard.

Clashmore in contrast were woeful in attack with all their seven points coming from outstanding midfielder Stephen Barron. The opening half was particularly poor with Ardmore far more dominant than their 0-3 to 0-2 interval lead suggested.

But they were fortunate that Barron’s goalbound drive clattered off an upright on 22 mintues. The seasiders went four points clear by the 37th minute and as Clashmore struggled up front, it was left to the brilliant Barron to keep them in touch.

He landed superb points from play in the 42nd, 50th, and 53rd minutes, and when he found the range from a 40 metre free sixty seconds later the deficit was down to the minimum, 0-8 to 0-7. But that was as close as they were to get to the winners who sealed their victory with points from Clinton Hennessy and a Harty free.

Scorers: Ardmore; J. O’Donnell(0-3); Clinton Hennessy(0-3); B. Harty(0- 2); W. Hennessy, S. Prendergast(0-1) each. Clashmore: S. Barron(0-7).

ARDMORE: D. Lenane; A.Flavin, M. Supple, C. O’Connor; N. Hennessy, D. Prendergast, R. Hennessy; S. Dower, W. Hennessy; S. Prendergast, Cathal Hennessy, N. O’Brien; J. O’Donnell, Clinton Hennessy, B. Harty; Subs; J. Conway for O’Brien; M. O’Keeffe for Clinton Hennessy.

CLASHMORE: D. Hickey; P. Allen, P.Connery, J. Seward; B. Dunne, K. Connery, P. Dee; K. O’Keeffe, S. Barron; D. Allen, M. Fenton, E. Beresford; S. Fleming, B. O’Neill, C. O’Keeffe; Subs; K. Dunne for Dee; M. Powerf for C. O’Keeffe; P. Lombard for Allen.

Referee: Tommy O’Sullivan, Cappoquin.

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