Flying Byrne was White(s) hot

A strong second half showing earned Blacks and Whites a deserved win over Galmoy in this lively Northern junior ‘B’ hurling championship quarter-final at Clara on Friday (3-16 to 2-11).

A strong second half showing earned Blacks and Whites a deserved win over Galmoy in this lively Northern junior ‘B’ hurling championship quarter-final at Clara on Friday (3-16 to 2-11).

The teams were level at half time, 2-6 apiece, but Skeough turned up the heat after the interval. They withdrew their half forward line out the field which gave huge space to their full-forward line. The player who benefitted most was young Jamie Byrne, who crucified the opposition.

He hit 1-13, with 1-4 of that tally coming from play while he also won many of the frees which he converted. John Lalor and Michael Mo Moloney were others who impressed for the winners. Paul Delaney and James Dunne tried in vain for Galmoy, but the best team took the honours.

The losers might have been well ahead in the early stages had they taken the chances which fell their way. Both Donncha Gray and Padhric Gray had golden goal scoring chances in the opening 10 minutes, but the opportunities were not taken.

They did register the first goal when James Dunne grabbed a clever low ball from Frank Phelan and put the sliotar past John Murphy. Backed by the breeze, Galmoy dominated with Padhric Gray converting frees and Thomas Corcoran and James Dunne adding points.

Michael Moloney and Tommy Farrell got ’Whites off to a decent start while Jamie Byrne converted frees. In the 20th minute, Donncha Gray was grounded and his brother Padhric sent the 20 metre free to the net. Galmoy went ahead, 2-5 to 0-5.

It was looking good for Galmoy. Within two minutes that changed. First Tommy Farrell flicked a long free from Emmett Foley to the Galmoy net. Immediatel a speculative lob from Damien O’Dowd dipped under the crossbar. ’Whites had achieved parity by half time. That purple patch turned the game. The winners came out with renewed vigour and dominated.

Galmoy began the half well with two pointed frees by Padhric Gray, but Jamie Byrne had raised four by the 40th minute. Later he soloed through for a goal.

From here to the end ’Whites were in control and Galmoy couldn’t catch them.

Blacks and Whites - John Murphy, Joseph Murphy, Charlie Ryan, Joe Kelly, Eddie Murphy, John Lalor, Emmett Foley, Michael Mo Moloney (0-2), Shane Murphy, Thomas Joyce, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Martin Kelly, Tommy Farrell (1-1), Damien O’Dowd (1-0), Jamie Byrne (1-13, 0-9frees). Sub - Pat Hayden for D. O’Dowd 50 mins.

Galmoy - Jimmy Ryan, Michael Murphy, Paul Delaney, Brian Doherty, Leo Doherty, Thomas Phelan, Charles Brennan, Stephen Maher, Joe Dollard, Joe Ryan, Thomas Corcoran (0-1), Frank Phelan (0-2), Padhric Gray (1-7, 1-5frees), James Dunne (1-1), Donncha Gray, capt. Subs - Kevin Duggan for J. Ryan 40 mins; Eoin Glendon for T. Phelan (inj) 48 mins; Brendan Sherman for S. Maher 54 mins; Thomas Phelan for K. Duggan (inj) 59 mins.

Referee - John Guinan (St Lachtain’s).