Combined forces go marching on

Galmoy/Windgap advanced to the under-16 Roinn C championship semi-final after a very exciting battle with Young Irelands (Gowran) in Castlecomer on Friday.

Galmoy/Windgap advanced to the under-16 Roinn C championship semi-final after a very exciting battle with Young Irelands (Gowran) in Castlecomer on Friday.

Top scorers Niall Walsh and Sean Carey traded early frees before the Gowran boys had the tonic of a fifth minute goal. After a schemozzle in the Galmoy/Windgap goalmouth, it was Carey who rose the sliotar and flicked it past James Culleton in the goal.

After 11 minutes the sides were level when the winners snatched a goal. It was Cathal Phelan who was in the right place to take the honours when he flicked a long delivery to the Gowran net, 1-3 apiece.

Young Ireland had two further Carey points in that first half while Galmoy/Windgap added five. Two of those scoreds came from play per Brandon Phelan and Conor Drennan, with the remainder coming from placed balls to leave Galmoy/Windgap ahead by 1-8 to 1-5 at the 
interval.

Within a minute of the restart the sides were level when Robert Dunne goaled for Young Irelands. Galmoy/Windgap then added some good points through Niall Walsh and Oisin Phelan along with their second goal.

That came when Brandan Phelan, who flicked a long free from Conor Grace past Jamie Mahoney to extend the winners lead. The losers put in a strong rally, with Ted Drea and Tommy Byrne providing a good supply to their forwards.

Sean Carey rattled the net once more from 20 metres and Robert Dunne stuck one in the top corner to leave the result in the balance until the end.

Young Irelands also won a penalty, but Galmoy/Windgap brought back Niall Walsh to man the centre of the goal and he blocked the shot with the help of the upright. Walsh plays in goal for the Windgap junior and junior B teams.

Jack Delaney pointed a good one to keep their noses in front while Young Irelands finished with two pointed Carey frees. Galmoy/Windgap held on, however, and earned a place against Dicksboro B in their next outing. David Doyle and team captain Kieran Phelan also did very well in defence.

Galmoy/Windgap - James Culleton, Ryan Murphy, David Doyle, Sean Phelan, Robert White, Kieran Phelan, Conor Grace (0-1, 65), Patrick Grace, Jack Delaney (0-1), Josh Price, Niall Walsh (0-9, 0-4 frees), Conor Drennan (0-1), Oisín Phelan (0-1), Brendan Phelan (1-4), Cathal Phelan (1-0).

Young Irelands - Jamie Mahoney, Jeremy Farrell, Sean Roche, Tyler Lennon, Ted Drea, Jamie Bryan, Kevin Brennan, Tommy Byrne, Philip O ’Donnell, Shane Nolan, Geoff Brennan, Pat Farrell, Adrian Nolan, Sean Carey (2-9, 0-6 frees), Robert Dunne 
(2-0).

Referee - James Barry (Clara).