Oulart-The Ballagh flex muscles to leave Cloughbawn reeling

Reigning champions Oulart-The Ballagh maintained their momentum towards a fourth consecutive title when they easily accounted for a disappointing Cloughbawn in the Pettitt’s Wexford SHC at St Patrick’s Park, Enniscorthy.

The champions trailed 0-11 to 1-6 at the interval, having played into a stiff breeze, but they really turned on the style in the second half as they restricted their opponents to just single point.

With the fate of both sides already decided prior to going into this game — the champions through to the quarter-finals, while Cloughbawn face St Martin’s next weekend in an opening round relegation play-off.

It was the point-taking of Barry Carton, Harry Kehoe and Paul Foley that helped Cloughbawn edge the opening 30 minutes, while a Gary O’Leary goal kept the champions in touch.

But the second half just showed the talent at the disposal of this Oulart side as Garrett Sinnott banged home his side’s second goal, while Nicky Kirwan, Rory Jacob, Conor O’Leary and Shaun Murphy picked off points.

The second game was a much closer affair as Ferns, a promising young side, emerged 2-16 to 2-10 victors over Enniscorthy Rapparees, having led 0-12 to 1-5 at the interval.

The Rapps’ first-half goal was a superb effort from minor star Kevin Foley but Ferns, through the accuracy of Tommy Dwyer with 0-3, Johnny Dwyer, Ian Byrne, and Christopher O’Connor, went on to lead by seven points at the interval.

Tommy Dwyer netted with a free, while Jamie Whelan got a second 10 minutes from the end.

A Tomás Mahon goal gave the Rapps brief hope, but their young side were unable to rein in the favourites.

Liam Óg McGovern, in his first competitive game of the season, hit a late point to give St Anne’s a well deserved 2-13 to 1-16 draw with Rathnure at Oylegate.

Rathnure, through the accuracy of Jack Guiney, led 0-10 to 2-3 at the interval, the St Anne’s goals coming from Aidan Rochford and Red Barry.

Both teams are now through to the quarter-finals, with St Anne’s still on course for the senior double.

St Martin’s, already consigned to a relegation battle, lost out 2-13 to 1-11 to Glynn-Barntown in their clash at Wexford Park.

St Martin’s led 1-7 to 1-4 at the interval thanks to Gary Moore’s goal, while Mark Butler responded for Martin’s.

Little separated the sides in the second period, but a late Mark Flood goal secured the Glynn-Barntown victory.

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