The final round of the Wexford Senior Hurling Championship is living up to its hype…
Oulart-The Ballagh, the once kingpins of Wexford hurling, have been knocked out of the championship and won’t make it to the quarter-final stages for a second-year running.
They faced Glynn-Barntown this evening in Bellefield, and it was a Gary Moore sideline in the fourth minute of injury time that made all the difference.
Oulart-The Ballagh were seconds away from a place in the quarter-finals, but Moore’s sideline resulted in the sides drawing level, on a scoreline of 0-13 apiece. And that draw – that sideline – changed the whole landscape of Group B.
Meanwhile, Rathnure managed to overcome Oylegate by five points, on a scoreline of 3-14 to 2-12, meaning that Rathnure climbed over former foes Oulart-The Ballagh, but only on score difference, to sneak into fourth place and into the quarter-finals.
In the battle for top-spot, Shelmaliers and Naomh Eanna couldn’t be seperated, meaning that the Shels will now top the group with the reigning champions finishing in second-place.
That unfortunately means Oylegate-Glenbrien, who lost out to Rathnure, will face a relegation play-off final, with their opponents to be decided after tomorrow’s games from Group A.