O’Keeffe wins it for St Anne’s

Blonde attacker Diarmuid O’Keeffe kicked a stunning additional time point to hand St Anne’s the narrowest of victories, 2-12 to 2-11, over reigning champions St Martin’s in this Group A Wexford SFC game at Taghmon.

St Martin’s finished the game with 13 players, having had both Willie Devereux and Stephen Murphy dismissed on second yellow card offences in the final quarter, while full-back Kevin Price was black carded one minute from the end. St Anne’s sub Mikie Fograty was also black carded in the closing seconds of additional time leaving no time for a replacement.

St Anne’s started well, racing into a 1-3 to 0-0 lead inside the opening nine minutes, the goal a typical close range finish from Red Barry. St Martin’s had to wait until the 15th minute to open their account through a Ciaran Redmond point, while one minute later James Boggan found the net after a Ryan Murphy effort had been blocked out by keeper Richard Cleary. A Frannie Simpson goal gave St Anne’s a 2-5 to 1-4 interval lead.

The hard-working Red Barry stretched his sides lead with two points in as many minutes on the restart, but with Ciaran Lyng responding with a pointed free followed by a tremendous 36th minute lead, just the minimum separated the sides, 2-7 to 2-6, but it was O’Keeffe’s late point that eventually separated the sides. A Dale Flynn goal helped Horeswood secure a quarter final place with a 1-11 to 0-10 victory over St. Fintan’s, while Guserane with goals from Sean Ryan and Shane Cullen comfortably saw off Starlights, 2-14 to 0-8. Sarsfields edged out Kilanerin 0-8 to 0-6 to book their place in the knock-out stages, with the losers having Mattie Forde red carded early in the second half. Castletown shared the points with Fethard 2-5 to 1-8, but still moved into the quarter-finals, while Fethard exit the title race.

Quarter-final draw: St. Anne’s v St Fintan’s; Castletown v St Martin’s; Sarsfields v Shelmaliers; Gusserane v Horeswood.

Senior Hurling semi-final draw, October 5: St Anne’s (Rathangan) v Glynn-Barntown; Shelmaliers v Ferns St Aidan’s.

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