AN EXCELLENT individual performance by Michael Power spurred Galmoy/Windgap on to a good win over Lisdowney in this Roinn B minor hurling league clash at Lisdowney.
Power lined out at centreforward but moved to full forward at the end of the first quarter and went on to score 3-3 from play from this position. Interestingly, Power was also his side’s best player in their previous game when he lined out at left half back.
Gary Lyons, who had previously lined out in goal for the combined outfit, opened the scoring in the first minute. Lisdowney’s best forward, Kevin Sweeney, replied from a free before Padraig Walsh denied the hosts a certain goal with a fine save.Sweeney and Cian Ryan exchanged pointed frees before Sweeney hit over two fine points from play as he began to play with confidence.
Galmoy/Windgap moved full back Sean Foley out to right half back in a bid to curb the Lisdowney forward.
Michael Power quickly settled in at full forward when he hit 1-2 without reply. Kevin Sweeney replied from a free won by Kieran Skehan before Lisdowney were dealt a blow. In the 24th minute,their most impressive player, Kevin Sweeney accidentally collided with the tail end of a swing and had to retire. His loss was severe as he had been his side’s only scorer in the first twenty minutes.
Peter Hennessy won a free at the other end of the field which Cian Ryan pointed before Hennessy himself, split the posts. Eoghan Vaughan then pointed after a good run and Sean Foley hit one over from distance before Lisdowney hit the net.
George Healy had been moved up field from wing back to full forward. In the 28th minute he collected a lineball from substitute, Brian O’Carroll and goaled to leave the half time score,Galmoy/Windgap 1-8, Lisdowney 1-5.
Michael Kenny took over the freetaking duties for Lisdowney and pointed in the 31st minute. Michael Power grabbed a Sean Foley delivery to hit his second goal in the 36th minute before Kenny pointed twice for the home side.
Eoghan Vaughan pointed on the threequarter mark to leave it 2-9 to 1-8 in favour of the visitors.That was reduced to the minimum in the 52nd minute with a Lisdowney goal. Kieran Skehan set off on a thirty metre solo before laying the sliotar off to cornerforward Conor O’Carroll.
The 15-year-old kept his head well and kicked the sliotar to the net to leave it all to play for.
That goal, however, was quickly cancelled when Michael Power collected a Cian Ryan 65 and slammed home the sliotar. Frank Phelan and Power added points in reply to one from Lisdowney substitute Edward Connery.
Lisdowney did have one more goal chance but Padraig Walsh saved well from George Healy.Sean Foley and Jason Stanley were good in defence for the winners with Dean McCann and Ciaran Bergin doing likewise for Lisdowney.
Galmoy/Windgap - Padraig Walsh, Darren Walsh, Sean Foley (0-1), Adrian Landy, Thomas Phelan, Jason Stanley, Martin Duggan, Frank Phelan (0-1), Cian Ryan, capt (0-2, frees), Micheál Phelan, Michael Power (3-3), Eoghan Vaughan (0-2), Peter Hennessy (0-1), Gary Lyons (0-1), James Vaughan. Subs - Tim Molloy for P. Hennessy; Brendan Power for J. Vaughan.
Lisdowney - Shane Brophy, Dean McCann, Eoin Lyons, Eoin Walsh, Ciaran O’Carroll, Ciaran Bergin, George Healy (1-0), Kieran Skehan, Simon Randall, Shane Ruth, Andrew Hickey, Kevin Sweeney (0-5, three frees), Michael Kenny (0-3, two frees), Geoffrey Brennan, Conor O’ Carroll (1-0). Subs - Brian O Carroll for K. Sweeney (inj.); Edward Connery (0-1) for G. Brennan.
Referee: Sean Brennan (James Stephens).