The might of Oulart/The Ballagh proved a step too far in the Pettitt's Senior Hurling Championship semi-final in sunny Wexford Park today, as Ferns fell by 4-16 to 0-17.
Ferns had the better of the opening ten minutes and it looked as though a real contest was on the cards as we opened up a 0-5 to 0-2 lead, but Oulart's first goal squared things up and they soon began to open up a lead. That lead became even greater with a somewhat controversial penalty on 27 minutes, apparently awarded for some sort of pushing/dragging combination by Pádraig Bolger and Brian O'Neill on an Oulart man while a long ball was dropping in - never mind the fact that the ball was dropping at least ten yards away, to where John Breen was standing ready to collect, all by himself.
That second goal may have been a turning point as it opened up a bit of daylight between the sides, but truth told, Oulart were the better side all round, especially in the second half, and they were good value for their 4-16 to 0-17 victory in the end.
They will play Cloughbawn in the final, after Cloughbawn beat Glynn/Barntown by 2-11 to 1-12 in the second semi-final.