Sarsfields 3-15 Blackrock 0-9
SARSFIELDS made a sensational start to the Rebel Óg Premier 1 Hurling Minor Championship as they comprehensively beat Blackrock by 3-15 to 0-9 at Church Road.
At the end of a feisty contest which saw Sars pair Daniel Hogan and Jake Bowen sent off, while Blackrock also had Dean McCarthy dismissed at early in the second half, the Glanmire club deservedly ran out 15-point victors.
In front of a smaller crowd than usual due to restrictions brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, Sars settled into the contest much quicker than their rivals.
They almost grabbed a goal inside the first couple of minutes before they finally opened their account thanks to a Rory O’Brien free.
The visitors remained dominant and were five points to nil ahead by the eighth minute, following clinical overs from O’Brien (2), Jeremy Kingston, and Ben Nodwell.
The Rockies finally got on the board moments later through corner-forward James Lynch, but Sars hit back emphatically, notching two goals in quick succession.
Left half-forward Nodwell burst past his marker and cleverly batted into the net shortly before David Lynch rifled a stunning effort into the far bottom right corner.
It was 2-8 to 0-2 when the referee called for a water break just past the midway stage in the half, but the Glanmire club edged the remainder of the first period to lead 2-11 to 0-4 at the interval.
A frantic opening to the second half saw Rockies’ Dean McCarthy and Sars’ Daniel Hogan shown red cards following an altercation, while the leaders were soon reduced to 13 men when Jake Bowen was given a second yellow.
But Sars still had enough quality to grab a third goal from Odhran Sheppard to ensure they returned to action with a flourish.
Scorers for Blackrock: C McCarthy 0-4 (0-3 f), D Ojiekhudu, J Lynch, O Gribbon, D Garvin, and O McCarthy 0-1 each.
Sarsfields: R O’Brien 0-10 (0-8 f), D Lynch 1-2, B Nodwell 1-1, O Sheppard 1-0, J Kingston 0-2.
BLACKROCK: R Browne; O McCarthy, E Hayes, S Aherne; C Hanley, D McCarthy, L O’Donovan; J Jackson, P Linehan; L Buckley, D Ojiekhudu, D Cronin; C McCarthy, D Garvin, J Lynch.
Subs: R Sweeney for J Jackson (ht), O Gribbon for L O’Donovan (ht), E De Burca for C Hanley (ht), T Grainger for D Ojiekhudu (58).
SARSFIELDS: N Marron; D Murray, L Elliott, O Walsh; J Bowen, C McCarthy, O Kelleher; C McCarthy, C McCarthy; J Kingston, O Sheppard, B Nodwell; D Lynch, D Hogan, R O’Brien.
Subs: L Casey for C McCarthy (57), F O’Brien for O Kelleher (61), O Compton for O Walsh (61), Z O’Sullivan for O Sheppard (61).
Referee: Colm Lyons (Nemo Rangers).