By Dan Walsh
Rapparees 6-18 St Anne’s Rathangan 1-17
They say that goals win games and Rapparees beat the St. Anne’s defence on six occasions in the Pettitts county senior hurling final at Chadwicks Wexford Park today to bring the first title to the Enniscorthy town club since 1978 – 43 years ago.
Rapparees were last in a county final in 2001 when lady luck deserted them on the field of play but the 2021 team lead by Declan Ruth dominated on the field of play this afternoon and are worthy champions.
Of course, Starlights – Rapparees football team – are reigning county senior football champions and will be aiming for a memorable double – adding the football silverware to the Dr Bob Bowe Cup.
Rapparees: Anthony Larkin; Dillon Redmond, Liam Ryan, Anthony Roche; James Peare, Ben Edwards, Jack Kelly (1-01); Kevin Foley (capt, 0-03), Alan Tobin (1-03); Ricky Fox (1-02), Ryan Mahon (0-03, 2 frees), Nick Doyle (0-01); Lenny Connolly (2-01), Oisín Pepper (1-01), Tommy Foley.
Subs: Tomás Mahon for N Doyle, temp. (41-42), T Mahon (0-3 frees) for R Mahon (52), Dylan McVeigh for Connolly (58), Kevin Ryan for Pepper (59), Tom Wall for Redmond (59), Oran Carty for Doyle (60+1).
St Anne’s: Paul Brennan; Eoin Ryan, Liam Schokman, Kenneth Cloney; Finn O’Driscoll, Brian Kavanagh, Ben Moore; Diarmuid O’Keeffe (1-05, 0-04 frees, 1-0 penalty), Aidan Rochford (capt); Mark Furlong (0-03), Liam Óg McGovern (0-01), Liam Rochford (0-02); Darragh Furlong (0-02), Dylan O’Brien (0-04), Jonathan Fogarty.
Subs: Mikey Fogarty for D Furlong (43), Páraic O’Keeffe for M. Furlong (46), Kevin Whelan for Moore (59).
Referee: James Owens (Askamore).