Blacks and Whites 2-13
Blacks and Whites were too good for neighbours, Graignamanagh in the first round junior hurling championship game in Benettsbridge on Saturday.
The winners simply had the better hurlers. Michael (Crow) Maloney was unbeatable at centre-back. Michael (Mo) Maloney was equally impressive, while up front, Peter ‘Chap’ Cleere and the excellent Niall Kennedy were never mastered.
After six minutes Jamie Byrne set the tone when he belted a goal for Skeaugh. Points were added regularly by Kennedy and Paul Murphy. Eddie Walsh did his best for Graig, as was Bernard Hennessy. At half time ’Whites led by 1-7 to 0-5.
Both sides doubled their first-half take, but such a statistic only serves to underline the superiority of the winners.
They will want to head to Nowlan Park for another crack at the junior title. It is not beyond the bounds of probabilities you know.
Scorers: Blacks and Whites - Niall Kennedy (0-11, six frees); Jamie Byrne, Tommy Farrell (1-0 each); Paul Murphy (0-2). Graignamanagh - Eddie Walsh (0-7, six frees); Padraig Whelan (0-2); Bernard Hennessy (0-1, free).
Blacks and Whites - John O’Grady, Padraig Joyce, Sean Kealy, Joe Kelly, Eddie Murphy, Michael (Crow) Maloney, John Lawlor, Aidan O’Dowd, Michael (Mo) Maloney, Tommy Joyce, Peter “Chap” Cleere, Paul Murphy, John Lennon, Niall Kennedy, Jamie Byrne. Subs - Tommy Farrell, James Brennan.
Graignamanagh - Ronan Dowling, Sean Dowling, James Meaney, Jim O’Donnell, Bernard Hennessy, Brendan Foley, Diarmuid O’neill, Eddie Dowling, James Doyle, Cathal Roche, James Cahill, Padraig Whelan, Thomas O’Donnell, Eddie Walsh, Adam Kennedy. Subs - Paul Hamilton, Jim Ryan, Ger Walsh.
Ref: John Kennedy (Ballyhale).