J J Kavanagh & Sons Junior /League Championship
Galmoy 1-14 Blacks & Whites 1-11
April 2nd 2018
On a hard day for hurling, Galmoy prevailed over Blacks & Whites in Skeoughvosteen on Easter Monday April 2nd in the first round of the J J Kavanagh & Sons Junior hurling league. Conditions were tough for both sides and a pre match shower was no help on a heavily sodden pitch. Nevertheless,both sides strove manfully to play constructive hurling, with the visitors leading all the way and withstanding a late Blacks & Whites fightback.
A Martin Phelan delivery in the third minute broke well for Oisín Phelan who picked the ball first time, and, sensing an opening, set sail for goal giving James Kennedy no hope with a low shot to the corner. Two minutes later, Galmoy could have had a second, but Phil Russell’s shot came back off the upright with Niall Doherty eventually slipping over. Blacks & Whites Captain, Paul Murphy opened his side’s account in the fourth minute with an eighty metre pointed free. The home side were not to score again until the 22nd minute as the visitors played some good combination hurling to pick off four further points in the same period of time. They had a ‘goal’ disallowed for a square infringement but two successive deliveries by centre back Jason Stanley, saw Phil Russell and Niall Doherty raise white flags. A good handpass by Patrick Doyle picked out Kevin Duggan who pointed in the 18th minute. Two minutes later a flowing move by Galmoy, involving five passes down the field,ended with Conor Grace giving the final pass to Oisín Phelan to leave it 1-5 to 0-1 on the 20th minute. Blacks & Whites had been trying hard to get a foothold in the game with Eddie and Paul Murphy to the fore all through. They eventually got point number two when Peter’Chap’Cleere struck a forty metre boomer off his right. This inspired the hosts and they proceeded to hit four more points before the interval. Emmett Foley fired over from the left before Niall Kennedy and Paul Murphy pointed a free apiece. Eddie Murphy added number eight before Martin Phelan closed the first half scoring with a pointed free, following a foul on Tom Phelan, to leave it Galmoy 1-6 Blacks & Whites 0-6 at the break.
For the new half, Galmoy introduced Conor Drennan to Junior hurling and he went on to strike three second half points for the visitors. A Jason Stanley pass in the 36th minute saw Kevin Duggan notch his second score of the day. Niall Doherty put the ball in Conor Drennan’s path for his first point.From the resultant puckout, Jason Stanley volleyed one handed sending the sliotar forty metres forward into Phil Russell who sent over. Niall Doherty went on a solo through the middle before off loading to John Phelan. With a goal at his mercy, Phelan’s rasper skimmed the crossbar.This third quarter was a very dominant period for the Galmoy men who spurned at least two goal chances, either of which would have finished the game as a contest.
Jamie Byrne had been off target with a pair for the hosts but they got going again when Niall Kennedy put over a free. Byne was moving around continuously up front and his efforts paid off when he hit a quick pair of points on the three quarter mark. Drennan then weighed in with a brace from the left hand side to leave four points in it 1-12 to 0-9.Eddie Kelly brought off a cracking save from Emmett Foley to keep his side ahead. Niall Kennedy pulled one back from a free won by Paul Murphy to which the hard working Eddie Murphy added another and suddenly it was now,1-12 to 0-11 with five minutes remaining.
Kevin Duggan won a Galmoy free close in which Phil Russell pointed and Duggan added one himself courtesy of an intelligent cross field ball from Oisín Phelan.But the Skeough men never gave up and were rewarded when Jamie Byrne flicked home from the midst of a huddle of players in the Galmoy goal mouth in the 61st minute.
All in all, a tough uncompromising tussle with Galmoy just about deserving their win, but all players, and indeed referee Eamonn Larkin, are to be commended on putting in such an effort in such trying conditions.Best wishes to Galmoy’s Phil Russell who suffered a broken thumb and a broken wrist in this encounter.
Galmoy:Eddie Kelly,Sean Phelan, Ryan Murphy, Kieran Phelan,Conor Grace,Jason Stanley,Brendan Phelan,Martin Phelan(0-1 free),Niall Doherty(Capt.)(0-2) ,Kevin Duggan(0-3), Tom Phelan(Bawn) ,Patrick Doyle,Oisín Phelan(1-1),John Phelan (0-1)Phil Russell(0-3,0-1f)
Sub: Conor Drennan(0-3) for Patrick Doyle 31 mins
Blacks & Whites: James Kennedy, Aaron Malone,Aidan O Dowd, Padraig Joyce, Joe Kelly, Paul Murphy(Capt.)(0-2frees), Thomas Joyce, Edward Murphy(0-2), Niall Kennedy (0-3frees), Peter ‘Chap’Cleere(0-1), Martin Kelly, Emmet Foley(0-1), John Lennon,Aaron Foley, Jamie Byrne(1-2)
Subs:Paddy Heffernan for Aaron Foley 41 mins and Killian Phelan for John Lennon 53 mins,
Referee: Eamonn Larkin (James Stephens)