Thomastown had little difficulty disposing of the challenge of Galmoy in this county junior hurling league tie at Galmoy on Saturday. Three first half goals set the foundation for victory and when they led by four points at half time having played against the wind, there was no holding the winners.
Galmoy opened well with Stephen Murphy pointing two frees and Stephen Delaney also scored from play. They shipped a sucker punch in the 9th minute. A long clearance by Sean O’Mahony was collected by the unmarked Dylan Waugh, who laid the ball off to the in-running Jon Joe Farrell. The net bulged.
Martin Phelan pulled back a fine point for Galmoy from a lineball and then he sent a delivery to Stephen Delaney, which resulted in another minor. Again it was Phelan, who won a 13th minute free for Galmoy. In taking the 45 metre free, Stephen Murphy lost control of the sliotar, but had the presence of mind to strike a stinger of a ground shot to the top corner of the Thomastown net to give Galmoy a great boost.
Get a grip
Nigel Stanley collected a Martin Phelan flick and split the posts to leave Galmoy ahead by 1-6 to 1-1 at the end of the first quarter.
Thomastown, however, were beginning to get a grip on the game. When a Galmoy defender lost control of the sliotar, Jon Joe Farrell pounced, soloed 20 metres and scored his second goal. Farrell was winning a lot of ball, but in fairness, the Galmoy defence was coughing up some easy possession with alarming regularity.
Dylan Waugh collected a long free from Shane Lanigan and put Thomastown two ahead. The Galmoy forwards were short on effort. A Richard O’Hara delivery went to Dylan Waugh, who was again unmarked. Waugh’s shot on goal was blocked by Brendan Phelan but his brother Stuart followed up and buried the sliotar in the net.
Indeed, Stuart added three more first half points, two from frees. Galmoy’s Stephen Murphy won a 27th minute free and pointed it before pointing another, which was won by the hard-working Niall Doherty. Stephen Delaney added his third from play but it was Thomastown who led by 3-7 to 1-9 at the break.
With the strengthening breeze it was always going to be difficult for Galmoy to save the game. In addition, Thomastown had a few stand out players who grew in stature as the game progressed. Peter O’Hanrahan and Michael Donnelly impressed hugely in the second half and with the Thomastown defence as a whole tightening up significantly, they only conceded one more score.
That came in the 40th minute when John Phelan pointed for Galmoy after Jon Joe Farrell had added another Thomastown minor. There was just one more score in that third quarter, an excellent Michael Donnelly point off the left hand sideline. The visitors turned the screws in the final quarter and shot six unanswered points, shared equally by Farrell and Donnelly, who was now operating in the midfield area.
They also had the luxury of running in their full quota of substitutes. Niall Doherty, Martin Phelan and Stephen Delaney were the only Galmoy players who could take solace from this encounter.
Thomastown - Dylan Walsh, Barry Whelan, Shane Lanigan, Brian Murphy, Sean O’Mahony, Peter O’Hanrahan, Richard O’Hara, Dessie Walsh, Robert O’Hanrahan (0-1, free), Michael Donnelly (0-5, two frees), Derek Lanigan, Darren Burke, Dylan Waugh (0-1), Jon Joe Farrell, capt (2-4, point free), Stuart Waugh (1-4, four points frees). Subs - Paul Barron for S. Waugh; Michael O’Mahony for D. Waugh; David Prendergast for D. Burke; Michael Cullen for R. O’Hanrahan; Patrick Whitty for R. O’Hara.
Galmoy - Liam Drennan, Brian Doherty, Brendan Phelan, capt, Jason Stanley, Eamonn Corcoran, Niall Doherty, Michael Brennan, Martin Phelan (0-1), Nigel Stanley (0-1), Thomas Phelan (Bawn), Stephen Delaney (0-3), John Phelan (0-1), Stephen Maher, Stephen Murphy (1-4frees), Joe Dollard. Subs - Frank Phelan for S. Maher; Eoin Glendon for J. Stanley.
Referee - Eugene Ryan (Fenians).