Lisdowney’s greater accuracy helped them qualify for the county junior hurling semi-finals when they beat Galmoy in Freshford on Saturday.
Galmoy hit 14 wides over the hour as against six from their opponents. Generally speaking, Lisdowney’s forwards had the edge over the opposing defence, with all six making the scoresheet. Peter Bergin and Ciaran Mackey did most damage while Galmoy were dependent on Noel Doherty to keep their ship afloat.
Lisdowney captain, Sean Phelan, elected to open against the strong breeze. Galmoy started well. Unfortunately they had hit six wides in as many minutes before Noel Doherty pointed. Ciaran Mackey opened the Lisdowney account from a Pat O’Carroll delivery.
In the eight minute Paddy Bowden skimmed a low ball across field to Peter Bergin, who pointed. Lisdowney should have had a goal in the 13th minute. Ciaran Mackey was through on goal but his shot was blocked by Liam Drennan. Rory Hickey converted the resultant 65.
Mackey and Peter Bergin were ripping apart the right flank of the Galmoy defence. Noel Doherty kept Galmoy in touch from frees before he switched to midfield with Nigel Stanley moving to centre-forward. Lisdowney led by 0-6 to 0-3 after 20 minutes. That was stretched to 1-10 to 0-7 by half-time after playing against the wind.
By finishing well in half, Lisdowney won the game as Galmoy were always battling to get on par afterwards.
Things got worse for the losers after the interval when the Hickeys’ and Peter Bergin extended the advantage.
Galmoy salvaged a glimmer of hope in the 46th minute. Substitute Donnacha Gray won a free 40 metres out. Noel Doherty sent a rocket to the roof of the net (1-15 to 1-10).
Galmoy threw every thing they had into attack, and with Jason Stanley getting a new lease of life when he moved to right half back, they pushed forward with intent. Despite their best attempts they only managed one more point from Martin Phelan.
Lisdowney play Piltown in the semi-finals. Shane Clyne, Sean Phelan, Niall O’Hara and Pat O’Carroll also did well for the winners. For Galmoy, Liam Drennan, Brendan Phelan, Niall Doherty, Michael Brennan, Noel Doherty and Martin Phelan gave it absolutely everything, as they always do.
Lisdowney - Aaron Fogarty, Padraig Kenny, Shane Clyne, Patrick Burns, Niall O’Hara, Martin Phelan, Sean Phelan (capt), Vincent Fitzpatrick, Pat O’Carroll, Eddie Hickey (0-1), Paddy Bowden (0-2), Peter Bergin (0-5), Eoin Delahunty (0-2), Rory Hickey (0-4, two frees), Ciaran Mackey (1-3). Subs - Joe Bergin (0-1), David Dowling.
Galmoy - Liam Drennan, Jason Stanley, Brendan Phelan, Michael Harte, Eamonn Corcoran, Niall Doherty, Michael Brennan, Nigel Stanley (0-2), Martin Phelan (0-1), John Phelan, Noel Doherty (1-7, 1-6 frees), Stephen Delaney, Stephen Maher (0-1) James Dunne (capt), Joe Dollard. Subs - Phil Brennan, Gavin Doherty, Brendan Delaney, Donnacha Gray, Thomas Phelan (Bawn).
Referee - John Walsh (Rower-Inistioge).