Rossa too strong for plucky Faugh’s

Bathshack Antrim Senior Hurling Championship 

Rossa 3-31-3-18 Carey Faugh’s

Kevin Herron reports from Pairc Rossa

2021 runners-up Rossa got their senior championship campaign off to a winning start after a 3-31-3-18 win over Carey Faugh’s at a sun-baked Pairc Rossa on Saturday afternoon. 

Aodhan O’Brien scored ten of his sides first half points and a goal from Dara Rocks saw them hold a 1-20-0-07 half-time lead. 

Thomas Morgan would fire home a second goal for the hosts early in the second period, before Carey hit 1-05 unanswered- their goal coming from Patrick Gillan. 

A third goal from James Connolly saw off the brave Carey renaissance, though the Faugh’s would end strongly with goals from James Black and Connor McBride ensuring they ended the day with 3-18 – a margin that would win many a hurling game. 

James Connolly had Rossa off the mark early on, but Connor McBride levelled through a converted free. 

The hosts always just about kept their noses in front in a tight opening as Aodhan O’Brien restored the hosts lead and would move them three-points clear, converting a free in-between a Dominic McEnhill point from range. 

Successive frees from John and Connor McBride had Carey back to within a single point and next two scores were traded from the same scenario as O’Brien and Connor McBride continued to offer proficiency from the placed ball. 

Rossa opened up a four-point lead with three scores on the spin for the second time. Eoin Trainor landed a fine point from range, Thomas Morgan cut inside and shot over and James Connolly laid the ball into the path of Adrian Kenneally to steer a shot high and over and make it 0-08-0-04. 

Confidence was with the Shaws Road outfit and another three scores made it six unanswered. 

Stephen Beatty combined with Aodhan O’Brien to land his second point from play of the half and fourth overall. 

He would register his third free moments later and Dara Rocks would later drop a high shot over the crossbar. 

Carey Faugh’s eventually responded in the form of a fourth converted free from Connor McBride. 

Aodhan O’Brien would match McBride’s personal tally from free’s with the games next score and the hosts pulled further clear when Dara Rocks took a pass off the shoulder from James Connolly and crashed a low shot into the corner of the net to put his side 1-12-0-05 advantage. 

Further scores from Michael Armstrong and O’Brien had the 2021 runners-up in firm control. Carey had relied heavily upon the free-taking of Connor McBride to keep in touch and eventually notched up their first score from play through Conlith McKinley. 

For the second time in the half; Rossa hit six-points on spin- Aodhan O’Brien claimed half of his sides six, adding another two-frees to his tally. 

In-between Seaghan Shannon, Dara Rocks and Stephen Beatty all contributed as they hit 1-20 before the half was over. 

Carey responded with Connor McBride landing his fifth free of the half, but at the interval it was one-way traffic as Rossa were 1-20-0-07 to the good and well on their way to two-points. 

Within three-minutes of the restart Rossa had claimed their second goal of the afternoon. Dara Rocks slipped the ball off to Thomas Morgan to powerfully finish past Daniel McBride in the Carey goal. 

Thomas Morgan added his sides second goal early-in the second half

Patrick Gillan landed a magnificent reply for the Faugh’s- though goal scorer Morgan added back-to-back points and O’Brien then converted his first free of the half and seventh overall. 

Carey kept the scoreboard ticking with Connor McBride adding his sixth converted free of the day and then striking his first from play with a superb, angled effort. 

Points were traded between Morgan and John McBride and although the visitors were 2-24-0-11 behind, they were beginning to find more joy on the scoring front.

A second Connor McBride point from play was followed by a converted free from range by James Black to make it three-points on the spin. 

Midway through the second half and the Faugh’s hit the net, James Black saw his shot come off the large post and Patrick Gillan was first to react- firing past Donal Armstrong to narrow the margins slightly.

John McBride notched up his third score of the afternoon as Carey’s purple patch saw them score 1-05 unanswered. 

Rossa got things back on track with a third goal on 48 minutes courtesy of a stinging drive from James Connolly that had them 3-24-1-14 up. 

Dara Rocks and Connor McBride traded the next two scores before Adrian Kenneally and Dominic McEnhill floated over points in quick succession. 

Conlith McKinley doubled his account for the afternoon and James Connolly replied from a free for Rossa as the hosts closed in on registering 30-points. 

The Faugh’s would finish strongly and restore some pride, James Black converted a free and a few minutes later another of his frees bounced and caught out Donal Armstrong to find the net and make it 3-28-2-17. 

Connolly landed a free in response, but Carey found a third goal when Connor McBride blasted home a free from 21-yards. 

Connor McBride 21-yard free squeezes into the net

Rossa landed their 30th point of the game through Eoin Trainor and sides traded the final scores through frees from Black and Connolly. 

Rossa: D Armstrong, C Boyle, C McGuinness, N Devlin, A Kenneally (0-02), M Armstrong (0-01), E Trainor (0-02), Seaghan Shannon (0-01), A Orchin, D Rocks (1-03), S Beatty (0-01), A O’Brien (0-11, 0-07f), T Morgan (1-04), J Connolly (1-04, 0-03f), D McEnhill (0-02). Subs: Stephen Shannon for M Armstrong (40), D Rogan for D Rocks (55). 

Carey Faugh’s: D McBride, E Hill, S McBride, D Hill, M McVeigh, J Black (1-03f), C McGlynn, S McLaughlin, C McBride, C McKinley (0-02), F McVeigh, J McBride (0-03, 0-01f), C McBride (1-09, 1-06f), C McCaughan, P Gillan (1-01). Subs: D Martin for M McVeigh (43 –49 blood sub), F McCarry for C McBride (47), J Mullan for P Gillan (49). 

Referee: Colm McDonald (St Galls)

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