Galmoy advanced to the junior hurling championship quarter-finals after seeing off the challenge of John Lockes (Callan) in Tullaroan.
It was in the third quarter that Galmoy established control. Having led by 0-8 to 0-7 at the interval, they increased their advantage to 1-16 to 0-8 by the three quarter mark and were set for victory. However, some elementary mistakes, in addition to a mini Callan fightback meant the result was in doubt up to the final minutes.
Phil Russell and Dan McCormack exchanged pointed frees early before Russell put over from the left wing. John Lockes were the more impressive team for the next 10 minutes. Owen McGrath pointed two frees and Jack McDowell rose white when punishing an error.
Dan McCormack extended the lead to three when he pointed a free. The Callan forwards were toying with a nervy defence (0-5 to 0-2).
Nigel Stanley had a shot on goal blocked at the other end with Noel Doherty reacting quickest and splitting the posts. A mistake by a defender gifted Dan McCormack his third point for ’Lockes.
In the 18th minute Phil Russell took a quick lineball to Niall Doherty, who set Stephen Maher up for a Galmoy point. Niall Doherty was also involved in passing to Donncha Gray for another.
Ger Shelley kept Callan ahead. Galmoy finished the half well with points from James Dunne and frees by Phil Russell and Niall Doherty to secure a one point interval lead.
Galmoy resumed in determined fashion. From the throw-in Callan’s Owen McGrath picked up an injury and play was held up. On the resumption, Galmoy midfielder Thomas Phelan sent a probing ball towards the Callan goalmouth which deceived the goalie and dropped into the net.
Spurred on by that stroke of good fortune, Galmoy stepped up the pace. Noel Doherty moved to his favoured left wing position and struck two good points. Thomas Phelan, Donncha Gray and four from Phil Russell saw Galmoy forge a 12 point lead with 10 minutes remaining.
John Lockes had just one point from an Owen McGrath free in reply. The winners took their foot off the pedal and allowed their opponents back into the contest. Ger Shelley made a good before sending a good pass to Dan McCormack, who rattled the net The gap was down to five points with as many minutes remaining.
The Northerners steadied and after hitting two wides they were settled again by a James Dunne point. Niall Doherty and Jason Stanley were good in defence for the winners. Noel Doherty and Phil Russell did most up front.
John O’Neill played very well all through for Callan. He got most assistance from the classy Owen McGrath and Dan McCormack, who were the losers most effective forward.
Galmoy - Stephen Murphy, Brian Doherty, Paul Delaney, Brendan Phelan, Jason Stanley, Niall Doherty, John Phelan, Thomas Phelan (1-1), Stephen Maher (0-1), Frank Phelan, Nigel Stanley, Phil Russell (0-7, three frees), Donncha Gray (0-2), Noel Doherty (0-5, 0-2frees), James Dunne (0-2). Sub - Padhric Gray for F. Phelan 57 mins.
John Lockes - Brendan Grace, Liam Kennedy, Jason Corcoran, Bill McCormack, John O’Neill, Paddy Kennedy, Mark Nolan, Owen McGrath (0-2, frees), Bill McDowell, Jack McDowell (0-2), Jim Power, Ger Shelley (0-1), Dan McCormack (1-4, 0-3 frees), Shane Bergin (1-0), Mark Shelley. Sub - Ruairi Kennedy for M. Nolan 44mins
Referee - Peter Burke (Emeralds).