Blacks and Whites 0-14
An INJURY-TIME point from a penalty by Niall Kennedy salvaged a share of the spoils for Blacks and Whites in this All County junior hurling league game in Galmoy on Saturday. Galmoy will feel they let this one slip as they hit 15 wides compared to six for their opponents and they also failed to take advantage of the strong breeze in the second half.
The visitors opened backed by the wind. They were off the mark early with a point from Shane Murphy. Niall Kennedy pointed the first of nine frees before Galmoy free taker Stephen Murphy opened their account in the sixth minute.
The next five scores for the visitors were all from placed balls by Kennedy. Murphy responded from a pair of Galmoy frees. Galmoy’s first score from play came from the same Murphy, courtesy of a low delivery from Stephen Delaney.
The same pair were involved in the next Galmoy point, with Delaney converting in the 21st minute. An intelligent low trajectory ball from Niall Doherty set-up Delaney for another point in the 24th minute while Stephen Murphy grabbed a Martin Phelan delivery to level proceedings with two minutes remaining in the half.
Won good ball
The sprightly Tommy Farrell won some good ball late in the half when given too much leeway and Farrell put his side ahead in the 29th minute. Shane Murphy fielded a puck-out and sent the ball straight back over the Galmoy crossbar. This score left Blacks and Whites ahead by 0-9 to 0-7 at half-time.
Backed by the breeze Galmoy began the new half well, but their shooting was off. After four wides they got back on track when Martin Phelan won a free. Stephen Murphy added to his tally. Murphy then landed a monster point from fully 90 metres when Niall Doherty was fouled. The scores were level.
Joe Dollard came more into the game in this half. He pointed following a clever crossfield ball from Galmoy’s best player, Niall Doherty. Thomas Phelan added another from the right wing and it seemed as if Galmoy would drive on for victory, leading by 0-11 to 0-9 at the threequarter stage.
The visitors made two substitutions, and with Michael Moloney coming well into the game at midfield, they began to get more possession into the forwards. Two more Kennedy frees levelled it up again as Galmoy lost Michael Harte with a nasty finger injury.
Stephen Murphy pushed the hosts ahead again from a placed ball before Kennedy pointed a good one from the right wing. Three more bad wides from Galmoy ensued, ahead of a Martin Phelan free to give them the lead again, 0-13 to 0-12. Substitute Josh Murphy then raced through unchallenged from midfield to level it up once more.
Stephen Murphy seemed to have edged it for Galmoy from a 59th minute 65. From the resultant puck-out a Galmoy forward conceded a needless free, which resulted in the sliotar being sent right into the Galmoy goalmouth where Kevin Fitzpatrick reached highest and won a vital free which was pointed by Niall Kennedy.
While the teams were evenly matched, Galmoy were short a number of regulars due to a glut of injuries, while Blacks and Whites lined out without Peter Cleere.
Galmoy - Brian Doherty, Jason Stanley, Brendan Phelan (capt), Phil Doyle, Eamonn Corcoran, Niall Doherty, Eoin Glendon, Martin Phelan (0-1, free), Michael Harte, Thomas Phelan (0-1), Stephen Delaney (0-2), Stephen Maher, Thomas Corcoran, Stephen Murphy (0-9, 0-7 frees), Joe Dollard (0-1). Sub - Thomas Phelan (Castletown) for M. Harte (inj) 47 mins.
Blacks and Whites - John O’Grady, Padraig Joyce, Sean Kealy, Joseph Kelly (capt), Thomas Joyce, Paul Murphy, Aidan O’Dowd, Michael Moloney, Barry Moloney, Niall Kennedy, Shane Murphy (0-2), James Kennedy (0-10, 0-9 frees), John Lennon, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Tommy Farrell (0-1). Subs - Josh Murphy (0-1) for J. Kelly (inj) 40 mins; Michael Moloney for B. Moloney 40 mins; Niall Foley for T. Farrell 57 mins.
Referee - Eugene Ryan (Fenians)