In A good quality junior hurling championship tie in Jenkinstown on Sunday, Barrow Rangers (Paulstown) shaded the issue over injury hit Galmoy, winning by 0-20 to 0-17. In a high scoring game, which yielded no goals or even shots on goal, it was a case of Barrow Rangers out pointing determined opponents.
County star Richie Doyle was in fine form at centre-back for the winners and proved the launch pad for many of his side’s attacking moves. He had able deputies in Timmy Brennan, Cathal Kenny, Cathal English and the accurate Dermot Maher from placed balls.
Galmoy lost full-forward Noel Doherty after just five minutes with a hamstring injury. His brother Niall Doherty lined out at midfield and performed creditably despite carrying a serious knee injury. Phil Russell was in great form from placed balls, while Brendan Phelan, Nigel and Jason Stanley also did well.
Paulstown made the better start with points from frees by Richie Doyle and Dermot Maher along with one from Jason Holden. Noel Doherty won a free which Phil Russell pointed before retiring from the fray. Barrow Rangers too suffered a loss when wing back Willie Hennessy had to cry off with an ankle injury in the eight minute. He was replaced by Pat Purcell.
Two quick replies
Thomas Phelan pointed off the left wing for Galmoy, but Barrow Rangers posted two quick replies per Richie Doyle and a great score off his right from Cathal Kenny. Gavin Doherty had replaced his brother and made an immediate impression when he won a dirty ball and passed to Phil Russell, who flicked to Stephen Delaney for Galmoy’s third point.
Doherty also won a free which was pointed and two further points from play by Phil Russell put Galmoy ahead by the minimum. This was a good period for Galmoy, but they missed a few easy chances which ultimately proved the difference between the sides.
The teams were level at 0-7 each on the 20th minute and again at 0-8 each two minutes later when John Phelan and Dermot Maher, from a free, exchanged scores. Cathal English then hit an inspirational point for the ’Rangers following a piercing solo from midfield. When a Galmoy defender was caught in possession, Cathal Kenny pounced to put his side two ahead.
Phil Russell replied from a free but Barrow Rangers put in a clinical finish to the half with a point each from the Doyle brothers, Ciaran and Richie, to lead by 0-12 to 0-9 at the break. In hindsight this was really where the game was won and lost as the sides notched eight points each after the interval.
Galmoy moved Phil Russell to full-forward for the new half in a bid to win possession up front, but Barrow Rangers took up exactly where they had finished before the break and struck three early points to forge a six point lead. Good inter-play between Jason Holden and Cathal English saw Holden open the second half tally.
Close out game
A foul on Martin Bambrick proved easy picking for Dermot Maher and when a Richie Doyle free from distance dropped short, Cathal English reacted quickest to split the posts.
It now looked as if Paulstown would close out the game, but Galmoy dug deep and showed genuine character when most required. Nigel Stanley made a good run up field resulting in a Thomas Phelan point before the same Stanley won a free which Phil Russell pointed. In the 40th minute Niall Doherty took a quick lineball to Nigel Stanley, who pointed from long range.
Suddenly it was game on again with a solitary score dividing the sides.
Barrow Rangers reacted to this Galmoy resurgence by moving Cathal Kenny to midfield and Timmy Brennan to centre-forward. Dermot Maher pointed a free but Stephen Delaney won a free from the resultant puck-out which Russell pointed. Delaney won another free almost immediately back in his own half and when the ball was moved up for dissent, Russell reduced the deficit to just two points, 0-16 to 0-14.
The large crowd now became animated and the remainder of the game was played at full championship pace.
Cathal Kenny raised another white flag following one of his trademark solo runs, but in a twinkling Stephen Delaney repeated the feat at the other end. An excellent move by Barrow Rangers involving five players ended with Cathal English extending the margin to three points again.
Two quick fouls on Donncha Gray and Niall Doherty respectively saw Phil Russell reduce the deficit to a point with three minutes of play remaining. Barrow Rangers kept their heads, however, and a point each from their two best players, Richie Doyle and Cathal Kenny, saw them advance to a quarter-final meeting with Lisdowney.
Barrow Rangers - Ian Holden, Kevin Brennan, John Kealy, John Carney, Willie Hennessy, Richie Doyle (0-4, 0-1 free), Sean McDonald, Eddie Prendergast, Ciaran Doyle (0-1), Timmy Brennan, Cathal Kenny, capt (0-4), Cathal English (0-3), Jason Holden (0-2), Dermot Maher (0-5, frees), Martin Bambrick (0-1). Subs - Pat Purcell for W. Hennessy; Michael Whitely for D. Maher.
Galmoy - Stephen Murphy, Brian Doherty, Michael Brennan, Brendan Phelan (capt), Eamonn Corcoran, Jason Stanley, John Phelan (0-1), Nigel Stanley (0-1), Niall Doherty, Stephen Maher, Stephen Delaney (0-2), Phil Russell (0-10, 0-8frees), Donncha Gray, Noel Doherty, Thomas Phelan (0-2). Subs - Gavin Doherty (0-1) for Noel Doherty (inj); Michael Harte for J. Stanley (inj); Thomas Corcoran for D. Gray.
Referee - John Guinan (St Lachtain’s).