All County League [Round 3]
Blacks & Whites 0-9, Windgap 0-6
There were not too many scores to warm the cockles of the hearts of the few brave Christians watching this All County League game in Tom Walsh Park on Saturday evening last. The game was more than scrappy, as both sides struggled to get up any semblance of a head of steam, where simple skills like catching, picking, or even striking caused more an inconvenience than a reality. Of course it was cold down under the shadow of the Mount Leinster, but it barely offers acceptance for the poor quality of hurling played.
Windgap had three minor hurlers playing in their attack, and they acquitted themselves reasonably well. Padraig Walsh, Peter Hennessy and William Phelan can be satisfied with their contribution, but Windgap would have expected a little more dedication from the more seasoned warriors.
For their part, the home side should have been able to score a little more against a very under-strength Windgap, given their firepower in front of the visitor’s goal area. Their forwards managed to score four points from play, which underscores the point-no pun intended- that a team of the calibre of Blacks & Whites, who must be in the top four junior teams in the County, should be able to manage more scores from play against a very moderate team like Windgap if they are to entertain aspirations of going places in the Championships later. There must be four All Ireland medal holders in that Blacks & Whites team.
Ah sure we will put it down to the cold!
John Lennon opened the home sides account with a nice point in the 3rd minute, but Tommy Lonergan shot Windgap into a lead when he hammered over two grand points by the 14th minute. Niall Doran- always a threat when he get the ball to hand- banged over a free which completed the Windap haul for the first thirty minutes. Joe Murphy grabbed a point for the home side on the call of half time, but it was the men in red who held the initiative at the break as they led by the odd point in five
Windgap 0-3, Blacks & Whites 0-2.
We hoped for a better second moiety.
The improvement was barely palpable.
Michael Maloney levelled matters within three minutes of the restart, but the gamy Windgap, in the personage of Peter Hennessy shot a marvellous point to give the initiative back to his side. However, three points in quick succession by Joe Murphy (2 frees) and an Aidan O’Dowd single put the winners into a lead they never relinquished. Niall Doran and Tommy Lonergan scored two more points for the Windgap men, but Niall Kennedy, Shane Murphy and Michael Murphy insured that the spoils remained with the home side by registering three fine points by game’s end.
Blacks & Whites: Joe Murphy (0-3, frees); Aidan O’Dowd, Michael Maloney, Niall Kennedy, John Lennon, Shane Murphy, Ml. Butler (0-1 each).
Windgap: Tommy Lonergan (0-3); Niall Doran (0-2, frees); Peter Hennessy (0-1).
Blacks & Whites: John O’Grady, Padraig Joyce, Sean Kealy, Joe Kelly, Michael Doyle, Peter Cleere, Tom Joyce, Paul Murphy, Aidan O’Dowd, Joe Murphy, Michael Maloney, Niall Kennedy, John Lennon, Shane Murphy, Emmett Foley. Sub (used): M. Butler.
Windgap: Michael Power, Matt Enright, Noel Power, Vincent Long, Tommy Fleming, Conoe Lonergan, Aidan Mackey, Sean Foley, Cian Ryan, Ger Purcell, Tommy Lonergan, William Phelan, Peter Hennessy, Niall Doran, Padraig Walsh. Sub (used): James Vaughan.
Ref: Ollie O’Neill (Barrow Rangers)