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8-goal thriller as Wexford champions get off to winning start in hurling return

Jack O’Connor hit 2-9 as champions St Martin’s got off to a winning start against Oulart-The-Ballagh.

WEXFORD CHAMPIONS ST Martin’s fired home five goals as they made a strong start in their senior hurling championship opener tonight against Oulart-The-Ballagh.

rory-oconnor-with-darryl-gray Rory O'Connor in action for St Martin's tonight. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

County senior Jack O’Connor scored 2-9 as St Martin’s ran out victors by 5-19 to 3-16 in their first group game at Zurich Wexford Park on a night when competitive action resumed for the 2020 GAA season.

Jake Firman was the other scoring star with 3-2 for St Martin’s while Billy Dunne scored 1-9 for Oulart-the-Ballagh, and there were also goals for them registered by Tomás Storey and Martin Óg Storey.

Oulart-the-Ballagh finished the match with 14 men after a red card was shown to Shaun Murphy during the second half. They had started brightly to go in front 1-8 to 1-4 during the first half but the teams were level 2-8 to 1-11 at the break before St Martin’s pulled clear with that burst of goals after the interval.

john-meyler-celebrates-after-the-game-with-david-codd John Meyler celebrates after the game with David Codd Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

The other clash in Wexford tonight saw St Anne’s take the early initiative in Group B with success over Rathnure.

Wexford senior hurling championship results

Group A

  • St Martin’s 5-19 Oulart-the-Ballagh 3-16

Group B

  • St Anne’s 1-25 Rathnure 3-17

In Tipperary the senior football championship began tonight with victories for Loughmore-Castleiney and Moycarkey-Borris.

Tipperary SFC Results

Group 1

Loughmore-Castleiney 1-16 Ballyporeen 1-6

Group 4

Éire Óg Annacarty/Donohill 0-14 Moycarkey-Borris 2-9

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