Galmoy 1-13, Blacks & Whites 2-8
Having been twelve points ahead towards the end of the first half, Galmoy needed two late points to edge victory over Blacks & Whites in this Junior Hurling clash at Galmoy on Friday evening July 13th 2012.The boys from Skeoughvosteen had staged a late recovery before the interval and continued to dominate the second half as they ate into the Galmoy lead.
A 55th minute point from midfield by substitute Michael Ryan and a converted free by Niall Kennedy with a minute of normal time had leveled the tie at Galmoy 1-11 Blacks & Whites 2-8.
Galmoy won a free forty metres from goal but Stephen Murphy’s shot dropped into the hands of John O’Grady who cleared willingly. Into injury time Phil Russell won possession and passed out to Stephen Delaney on the right wing who split the posts off his left. James Dunne won the sliotar off the puck out and struck the clinching point from out on the right wing to seal the win for Galmoy.
Despite striking a bag of wides early on in the game, Galmoy dominated the possession stakes and got off the mark when Noel Doherty took a pass from Martin Phelan and pointed. They lost minor player Jason Stanley after just five minutes ofplay with a serious shoulder injury. Nigel Stanley and Phil Russell struck a brace before Michael(Mo) Maloney opened the visitors account in the 17th minute. Galmoy then had their best period of the game and struck 1-6 without reply. Nigel Stanley had a tremendous game for Galmoy at midfield all through and won loads of possession. Michael Brennan too, cleared some important ball. They had their only goal of the evening in the 25th minute. Niall Doherty delivered a ball in behind the last line of defence. As Thomas Phelan ran on to it, he missed the rise first time but recovered and after gathering the sliotar on the run struck to the right corner of the net.
Blacks & Whites had been employing John Lennon as a third midfielder in a bid to reach parity in this area but with little success. Just before half time, they did, however, make a switch which was to turn their fortunes around. Peter (Chap) Cleere moved to centre back with Paul Murphy making the reverse journey. Cleere went on to completely dominate his territory in the heart of defence while Murphy too benefitted. It was a long distance free from Cleere that led to Blacks & White’s first goal. As the sliotar bobbed around the goal mouth a Galmoy player failed to rise it and quickest to pounce was Sean Kealy who shook the net. That was a real tonic for the visitors as they immediately went to the break with Galmoy leading 1-10 to 1-2.
Tommy Joyce replaced the injured Padraig Joyce at corner back for the Skeough men and with Peter Cleere now storming into the game they really took heart. Niall Kennedy converted a 65 and in the 38th minute they rose the green again. A long ball in by John Lawlor was well fielded by Sean Kealy who passed to the in running Shane Murphy and the net bulged. Blacks & Whites had now reduced a twelve point deficit down to just three with over twenty minutes remaining. Plenty of time.
Galmoy were now making needless errors and again hit some shocking wides before Stephen Murphy converted a free after good work by Niall Doherty. That was in the 39th minute and it was a further twelve minutes before the next score arrived when Paul Murphy pointed from distance for Blacks & Whites. Both Tommy Farrell and Sean Kealy had been working really hard all through up front for the visitors and it was a foul on Kealy which saw Niall Kennedy send over a 54th minute free. Those two late Skeough points leveled up matters but Galmoy regained their composure to dig deep and secure two important points. Blacks and Whites sorely missed the talents of Michael (Crow) Maloney and Aidan O’Dowd, both of whom are away for the summer , while Galmoy have a lot of work still to do on their accuracy up front.
GALMOY: Joe Dollard, Brian Doherty, Brendan Phelan(Capt.), Eamonn Corcoran, Jason Stanley, Niall Doherty, Michael Brennan, Nigel Stanley(0-3),Martin Phelan(0-1),Frank Phelan(0-1),Stephen Delaney(0-1),Noel Doherty(0-2),Phil Russell(0-1),Stephen Murphy(0-3frees),Thomas Phelan(Bawn)(1-0).
Subs: John Phelan for Jason Stanley inj. 5 mins and James Dunne(0-1) for Frank Phelan 47 mins.
BLACKS & WHITES: John O’Grady, Padraig Joyce, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Michael Doyle, James Brennan, Paul Murphy(0-1), Barry Maloney, Peter Cleere, John Lawlor, Michael(Mo) Maloney(0-2),Shane Murphy(1-0), Niall Kennedy(Capt.)(0-4frees), John Lennon, Sean Kealy(1-0), Tommy Farrell.
Subs: Thomas Joyce for Padraig Joyce inj. 31 mins and Michael Ryan(0-1) for John Lennon 50 mins.
Referee: John Guinan(St Lachtain’s)