Lively Lisdowney get close to safety

Junior champions, Lisdowney, took a step closer to safety when they turned in a good performance and ran up their second win in the intermediate hurling league.

Junior champions, Lisdowney, took a step closer to safety when they turned in a good performance and ran up their second win in the intermediate hurling league.

The game Emeralds (Urlingford) hung in gamely at Johnstown on Saturday, but they began to lose ground when Lisdowney free taker, Rory Hickey, shot three points in-a-row between the 52nd and 57th minutes to tilt the balance.

That blast of scores brought Lisdowney back from arrears and left them 1-8 to 0-9 in front. Their next score was a somewhat lucky goal, but they made the best of it and held on for a fine victory.

The winners enjoyed a dream start when they scored an early goal. Vinny Fitzpatrick found the net, but the Emeralds ploughed on regardless.

By the 10th minute they were back level after Padraig Phelan, Conor Martin and county star, Aidan Fogarty all shot points (1-0 to 0-3).

The wind assisted losers lost ground again when Rory Hickey pointed a free, and a second one in the 24th minute from 20 metres suggested they might get to the break in front.

Emeralds battled back. A pair of points from frees by Aidan Fogarty levelled matters before centre-back, Pa Doheny landed a minor in injury-time to leave Emeralds leaders by 0-6 to 1-2 at the interval.

Rory Hickey levelled shortly after the restart. The winners hit the front in the 36th minute when Aaron Fogarty pointed a long range free. Back came Emeralds for an equaliser from Pa Doheny.

The losers charged on, and another point, this time from play, by Doheny edged them ahead. Aaron Fogarty posted a reply at the other end as the nerves and discipline of both sides were tested to the full. It was obvious a decision was going to come down to small margins.

The Emeralds made one last big stand. Aidan Fogarty shot a point from a free in the 46th minute to eged them 0-9 to 1-5 in front.

It took Lisdowney six minutes to find an equaliser, through a Rory Hickey free. He then added two more to give them the upper-hand and when a sideline ‘cut’ from Eddie Hickey was knocked into his own net by a defender, Lisdowney were home.

In the wind-up Conor Martin cut the deficit when he pointed, but it was not enough to stop the junior champions claiming a second win.

Scorers: Emeralds - Rory Hickey (0-6, frees); Eddie Hickey, Vinny Fitzpatrick (1-0 each); Aaron Fograty (0-2, frees). Emeralds - Aidan Fogarty (0-4, three frees); Pa Doheny (0-3, two frees); Conor Martin (0-2); Padraig Phelan (0-1).

Lisdowney - Niall Grogan, Niall O’Hara (capt), Martin Phelan, Niall Mackey, Ray Fitzpatrick, Sean Phelan, Peter Bergin, Eddie Hickey, Pat Carroll, Michael Kenny, Vinny Fitzpatrick, Aaron Fogarty, Kevin Sweeney, Rory Hickey, Paddy Bowden. Sub - Conor O’Carroll.

Emeralds - Shane Moriarty, Tom Moriarty, Jack Kavanagh, Joey Doheny, Brian Troy, Pa Doheny, Eoin Moriarty, Padraig Phelan, Shane Norton, Conor Martin, Francis Clohessy, Aidan Fogarty, Ian Grant, Alan Guilfoyle, Jamie Ryan.

Referee - Eamon Larkin (James Stephens).