THE old adage that goals win matches rang true in Lisdowney as three big strikes in the first half set the home side up for a solid win over Galmoy in the county junior hurling league on Friday.
Those goals proved the main difference between the sides but Lisdowney were faster and physically stronger in a game which began at high speed.
It was Galmoy who made the better the start, Nigel Stanley pointing from play twice in the opening minute. Aaron Fogarty and Eddie Hickey hit two for Lisdowney to which Noel Doherty posted two Galmoy replies.
The lively Kevin Sweeney struck twice for Lisdowney before the first green flag was raised. Fouled en route to goal, Rory Hickey made no mistake when he drilled the resulting free to the net, pushing the hosts in front for the first time after nine minutes.
Noel Doherty replied for Galmoy from a free, then grabbed a Phil Russell line ball and turned that into another good point. Rory Hickey and Aaron Fogarty converted Lisdowney frees to leave it 1-7 to 0-6 at the end of the first quarter, a lead that was stretched when Hickey pounced on a loose ball in the 18th minute and set up Paddy Bowden to bag Lisdowney’s second goal.
Galmoy were reeling, but hit three wides when they badly needed to post a reply. County minor panellist Michael Kenny hit the next point for Lisdowney after an intelligent crossfield ball from Joe Bergin before Eddie Hickey picked up another loose ball and fired home the third Lisdowney goal to all but seal the game.
Galmoy finished the half with frees from Phil Russell (2) and Noel Doherty, but two Pat Carroll points left Lisdowney with a handsome lead at the interval (3-11 to 0-10).
From here to the end it was always going to be a struggle for Galmoy and when they hit four wides in succession after the interval it became clear that luck was not on their side. Lisdowney didn’t trouble the scoreboard too often in the third quarter but the Hickey brothers did hit a point each with Tom Corcoran replying for Galmoy (3-13 to 0-11).
Galmoy did win two close in frees in the final quarter but both were well saved by the home side. In defence Lisdowney had a number of stars. Niall O’Hara had an excellent first half while Martin and Sean Phelan were consistent all through. Pat O’Carroll fielded some impressive balls in the second half while up front Rory and Eddie Hickey were on fire.
Galmoy will be disappointed with this result, their first loss in this League/Championship. Thomas Phelan was their best player in defence while he also hit two points from play. Niall Doherty tried hard until having to retire injured while Noel Doherty did his best up front.
Lisdowney - Eoin Walsh, Niall O’Hara, Martin Phelan, Padraig Kenny, Niall Kenny, Sean Phelan, Peter Bergin, Pat Carroll (0-2), Joe Bergin, Kevin Sweeney (0-2), Eddie Hickey (1-3), Aaron Fogarty (0-3, 0-2 frees), Michael Kenny (0-1), Rory Hickey (1-5, 1-3 frees), Paddy Bowden (1-0). Subs: Anthony O’Hara, Eddie Kenny, Lar O’Carroll, Ciaran Bergin, Conor O’Carroll.
Galmoy - Stephen Murphy, Brian Doherty, Brendan Phelan, John Phelan, Thomas Phelan (0-2), Jason Stanley, Frank Phelan, Niall Doherty, Stephen Maher, Thomas Corcoran (0-1), Nigel Stanley (0-2), Phil Russell (0-3, frees), Joe Dollard, Noel Doherty (0-5, 0-2 frees), Gavin Doherty. Subs: Donncha Gray, Kevin Duggan, Eoin Glendon.
Referee - Eugene Ryan (Fenians).