St.Mary's .............................. 0.14
Ballingarry .......................... 0.11
St.Mary's marked their long awaited return to the senior hurling ranks with a crucial victory against Ballingarry in an entertaining Seamus O'Riain group game on Sunday evening.
The three point victory will give the newly promoted club a massive confidence boost at the start of their senior campaign.
It was a hugely important win for St.Mary's in Cashel when they finished the stronger of the two teams to secure a well deserved victory.
There was just two points between the teams with eight minutes left in the contest but St.Mary's powerful finish saw them over the line.
Sean Kennedy, converting his fifth free of the second half , and his brother county star Seamus Kennedy pushed the Clonmel side four clear with two minutes left on the clock.
Ballingarry, who had been restricted to just three points in the second half up to that point , had to go for goal but when they carved open an excellent opportunity St.Mary's keeper Shane O Neill pulled off a great save to deny Adrian Cleere.
The impressive Ian Ivors managed to reduce the deficit to three points with a score with a minute remaining but the hard working Eric Walsh pushed it back out to four again in injury time.
Dylan Walsh, who had caused the St.Mary's defence major problems in the first half, converted his third free of the game in injury time, but it was not enough and St.Mary's ran out winners by a three point margin.
St Mary's got off to the best possible start on their return to the senior ranks scoring three points in the opening four minutes of the game with scores from Emmet Ryan,Sean Kennedy and Seamus Kennedy all from play.
It was just the start St. Mary's needed but Ballingarry, with Ger Fennelly and Cillian Tuohy exerting a grip on midfield, stormed back into the game with the teams finishing the first half six points apiece.
The St.Mary's defence put in a powerful performance in the second half, with Joe Gunne,RichieGunne, Kyle Peters, Liam Ryan,Sammy Peters and Ross Peters putting in a massive effort to restict Ballingarry who only scored three from play inthe second half, two of those coming from substitute Philip Ivors.
St.Mary's however did waste too many chances in the second half in front of the Ballingarry goal and were it not for Shane O Neill on their goal who kept out AdrianCleere's well struck shot with two minutes left the Clonmel side could have been made to pay for that inaccuracy.