A strong second half comeback carried Barrow Rangers (Paulsgtown) to victory over Galmoy in this lively All County junior hurling league tie at Paulstown on Saturday.
Galmoy had set the early pace in this encounter hitting some smashing points in the first half to lead by 0-13 to 0-8 at half time. However, after the interval a rejuvenated Paulstown side had drawn level by the 45th minute and thereafter had a slight edge on the visitors.
Galmoy began in determined fashion and had three points on the scoreboard by the third minute when Billy Hanlon opened the home score. The Doherty brothers, Niall and Noel, were in fine form at this stage with Noel hitting five from play in that opening half.
At the end of the quarter Galmoy led by 0-9 to 0-4. Some of their point taking was a joy to watch. Phil Russell too was causing problems inside, with the result that Barrow Rangers switched their corner-backs Kevin Brennan and Willie Hennessy after 17 minutes.
Tom Phelan hit a monster score for Galmoy before Barrow Rangers staged a mini comeback. It began when Tom Whitely gathered a short lineball, soloed forward and set up Billy Hanlon for his second point. Veteran Dermot Maher was having a profitable outing at full-forward and he hit three points from play in that opening 30 minutes as well as shooting a couple of wides.
Thomas Brennan at centre-back had his hands full trying to hold Noel Doherty, but he did manage to set Maher up for the third of his points with an accurate delivery. Richie Doyle, who lined out at centre-forward, had been well marshalled by Tom Phelan, but for the new half Doyle was switched to midfield.
Both he and Barrow Rangers benefitted from the change as he notched up five points, three from frees, in that second half.
In a game littered with some baffling refereeing decisions, Barrow Rangers were awarded two penalties in quick succession in the 39th and 40th minutes. From the first, Dermot Maher’s blasted shot skimmed the cross bar and from the second he failed to rise the ball properly and fluffed the shot.
These were let offs for the visitors as Barrow Rangers gained parity with two Doyle frees. It was 0-13 each at the threequarter mark.
Stephen Murphy had been very alert and solid in goal all through for Galmoy and he converted a huge free from well inside his own half in the 50th minute. Phil Russell and Richie Doyle exchanged a brace each before the deciding point fell to Michael Whitely courtesy of a Doyle pass in the 57th minute.
Doyle then had to retire after accidently dislocating a finger which was later adjusted back into position.
Scorers: Barrow Rangers - Richie Doyle (0-6, three frees); Dermot Maher (0-5, point penalty); Michael Whitely (0-2); Cathal Kenny (0-1, free); Billy Hanlon (0-2); Tom Brennan (0-1). Galmoy - Phil Russell (0-6, four frees); Noel Doherty (0-5); Brendan Delaney, Frank Phelan (0-1 each); Stephen Murphy (0-1, free); Tom Phelan, Bawn (0-1), Pierce Harate (0-1)
Barrow Rangers - Graham English, Kevin Brennan, Ciaran Doyle, Willie Hennessy, Johnny Kealy, Thomas Brennan, Tom Whitely, Cathal Kenny, Martin Bambrick, Michael Whitely, Richie Doyle, Tom Brennan, Jason Holden, Dermot Maher, Billy Hanlon. Subs - Keith Flavin for T. Brennan 52nd min; Dara O’Connor for R. Doyle (inj) 58th min.
Galmoy - Stephen Murphy, Tom Phelan (Castletown), Jason Stanley, Mick Murphy, Eamonn Corcoran, Tom Phelan (Bawn), Martin Duggan, Niall Doherty, Donncha Gray, Frank Phelan, Noel Doherty, Pierce Harte, Phil Russell, Brendan Delaney, Kieran Phelan.
Referee - Sean Cleere (O’Loughlin Gaels).