All County Jun Hurling League
Galmoy 0-13, Naomh Brid 1-9
An injury time pointed free from fully 90 metres by Stephen Murphy gave Galmoy victory by the slimmest of margins over Naomh Brid in this All County Junior hurling league tie at Galmoy on Tuesday June 5th 2012.On a difficult night for precision play, scores were at a premium all through. In fact, neither side managed to score from play in the second half, with rival placed ball specialists, Stephen Murphy and Peter Shaw sharing ten pointed frees equally.
Naomh Bríd lined out minus a number of regulars but in Peter Shaw they had a real live wire, who won most of the frees which he himself duly converted. It was no surprise to learn that this sharpshooter is a first cousin of Tullaroan’s Tommy Walsh. Centre back Eddie Keane also had an excellent outing striking a multitude of clearances over the hour. Galmoy were dependent on Stephen Murphy’s accuracy although he missed three frees also. Noel Doherty had a good opening half with three points from play but was less conspicuous when moved to full forward.
Galmoy had three points on the board before Peter Shaw opened the Naomh Bríd account in the eight minute followed immediately by his first pointed free. Noel Doherty pointed off his left for the hosts before Stephen Murphy grabbed a long delivery and did likewise. Murphy added a free following a foul on Nigel Stanley before we had the only goal of the evening in the 17th minute.
Naomh Bríd’s Eddie Keane sent a long delivery forward which was won by corner forward Cathal Coughlan at pace. He rounded his marker with ease and struck a bullet to the net to reduce the margin to the minimum. Although Galmoy had been dominant thus far, Naomh Bríd were now right back in the game. Joe Dollard responded for Galmoy.
By the 23rd minute, Noel Doherty had won three frees for Galmoy. In taking the third of those, Stephen Murphy’s shot came back off the crossbar to the grateful Doherty who split the posts. Naomh Bríd had now moved Cathal Coughlan to centre forward in a bid to thwart the influence of Niall Doherty. Peter Shaw pointed from a midfield free and then from play following another long delivery from Eddie Keane to leave just one point in it at the break. Galmoy 0-8, Naomh Bríd 1-4.
Naomh Bríd’s goalkeeper James Kehoe had been very active during that first half as he fielded a number of Galmoy deliveries which dropped short. He also deprived Stephen Murphy of a goal and again after the break he stopped a Noel Doherty effort. Johnny Nevin at full back was also in tremendous form showing the younger generation how to attack the ball from the front as he continuously cleared his lines.
Galmoy had another goal chance in the 39th minute but Joe Dollard’s one handed flick came back off the cross bar. At the other end, Naomh Bríd never threatened the Galmoy goal in the second half. Peter Shaw roamed around midfield and the half forward area throughout, winning some vital frees and converting impressively.
Gavin Doherty was introduced for Galmoy in the 38th minute and immediately won a free which Stephen Murphy drilled over to which Shaw responded to level proceedings after Cathal Coughlan had drawn the foul.
The remainder of the game was evenly balanced and with the sides level a minute into injury time Niall Doherty won a free well inside his own half. It wasn’t easy, but Stephen Murphy’s shot was true and unerring to send Galmoy into a playoff against Dicksboro for a quarter final slot. In defence Brian Doherty and Michael Harte served them well while Naomh Bríd midfielders Gary Dunne and Alan Brennan both did very well particularly in the second half.
Galmoy: Liam Drennan, Brian Doherty, Brendan Phelan, Michael Harte, Jason Stanley, Niall Doherty, Michael Brennan, Nigel Stanley, Eamon Corcoran, Martin Phelan, Noel Doherty(0-3), Stephen Delaney(0-1), Tom Phelan, Stephen Murphy(0-8, 0-7frees), Joe Dollard(0-1)
Subs: Gavin Doherty for Joe Dollard 48 mins
Naomh Brid: James Kehoe, Declan Kelly, Johnny Nevin, John Byrne, Eamon Fitzgerald, Eddie Keane, Jimmy Cahill, Gary Dunne, Alan Brennan, Colm Brennan, Eanna Ryan, Peter Shaw (0-9,0-7frees), Cathal Coughlan(1-0), Aidan Nolan, Brendan Lawlor
Referee: John Guinan (St.Lactains)