IN DIFFICULT conditions in Ballyhale on Saturday, Galmoy/Windgap beat St Fiachra’s in the quarter-final of the Southern under-21 Roinn B hurling championship. Like everywhere over the weekend, the possibility of normal hurling was impossible.
The fact that only two of the nine scores came from play indicates the difficulty faced by the players, but the contest was lively. Cian Ryan opened the winners account from a 65. It was fully 22 minutes later that Thomas Corcoran pointed from play.
In the interim Galmoy/Windgap shot eight wides, which reflected their dominance. St Fiachra’s could have hit the net twice but they were denied excellently by Michael Power. That Corcoran point came as result of good inter-play by the Stanley brothers and Thomas Phelan.
Galmoy/Windgap had a goal chance but Thomas Phelan’s free was blocked and cleared by ’keeper Michael Doyle. Joe Kelly and Bernard Hennessy were excellent in defence for the losers. Aidan O’Dowd also cleared a lot of ball as he operated between the two lines of defence.
The winners defence was not tested as much, but Sean Foley and Nigel Stanley were very capable. Stanley blotted out the threat of county panelist Michael Moloney. Further afield, Cian Ryan and William Phelan won a lot of ball. Galmoy/Windgap led at half time by 0-3 to 0-0 and extended the lead immediately after the break when Thomas Phelan pointed a free following a foul on Thomas Corcoran.
The second score from play came from the stick of Frank Phelan. It was followed by Thomas Phelan’s second pointed free. St Fiachra’s eventually got off the mark in the 45th minute when Ryan O’Halloran pointed a 20-metre free.
Five minutes later he added another but that was it in a scoring sense. The winners meet Kilmacow in the semi-final while St Fiachras face Tullogher/Rosbercon in an under-21 Shield competition.
The Ballyhale club must be commended for providing four fully uniformed umpires in addition to having the electronic scoreboard operating on a difficult day for everyone.
Galmoy/Windgap - Michael Power, Padraig Bacon, Brendan Phelan, Shane Walsh, Eoin Glendon, Nigel Stanley, Sean Foley, Cian Ryan (0-2, 65s’), Peter Landy, Thomas Corcoran (0-1), Thomas Phelan (0-3, frees), Frank Phelan (0-1), William Phelan, Jason Stanley, Micheál Phelan. Sub - Darren Walsh for P. Bacon (inj), Kieran Power for M. Phelan.
St Fiachra’s - Michael Doyle, Tom Joyce, Joe Kelly, Kieran O’Brien, Nicholas O’Donnell, Bernard Hennessy, James Meaney, Aidan O’Dowd, James Doyle, Sean O’Brien, Michael Moloney, Thomas O’Donnell, Ryan O’Halloran (0-2, frees), Emmett Foley, Dane Mangan. Subs - Eoin Bolger for S. O’Brien; James McCabe for E. Foley; Gary Maher for D. Mangan.
Referee - Paschal Connolly (Shamrocks).