GALMOY withstood a strong late rally by Erin’s Own (Castlecomer) to take the points in this Northern junior hurling ‘B’ championship game in Galmoy. The winners led by nine points heading into the closing five minutes and the issue appeared sealed, but two late goals by the excellent David Buggy in the blance.
With Stephen Maher flying at midfield, Galmoy began well. Maher showed remarkable speed and hit six points from play. Padhric Gray was in good form from placed balls. Erin’s Own had early points from Donal Fenlon and Eoin Rothwell, but the home side took control for the next 20 minutes and forged into a seven point lead.
The gifted David Buggy then drifted out to midfield, and with about four clever plays he single handedly turned the game back in favour of the visitors. They reduced the deficit at half time to 0-8 to 0-13. Those last four points for ’Comer came from Buggy or via one of his intelligent passes. Galmoy made an inspired start to the second half. Donncha Gray collected a Tom Corcoran delivery, rounded his man and slotted the sliotar past Conor Dwyer in the ’Comer goal. County selector Martin Fogarty entered the action for Erin’s Own and immediately set up midfielder Ronan Ryan for a point.
Rian Holden and Padhric Gray traded a brace of points each before play was held up when Ronan Ryan picked up an accidental injury and had to depart the fray. With 10 minutes remaining Galmoy led by 1-18 to 0-11 and seemed to be home and dry. They weren’t.
Late goals from Jamie Holohan and David Buggy (2) left the winners to sweat it out, but it was all tremendously exciting stuff.
Michael Murphy, Brian Doherty and Charles Brennan did well in defence for the winners while Tom Dwyer, Donal Dunne and Joe Meagher fought a strong rearguard for Erin’s Own.
Galmoy - Jimmy Ryan, Michael Murphy, Brian Doherty, Charles Brennan, Tom Phelan (Castletown), Tom Phelan, Bawn (0-1, 65), Tom Corcoran, Stephen Maher (0-6), Joe Dollard (0-1), Joe Ryan, Paul Delaney (0-1), Donncha Gray (1-1), Brendan Sherman (0-1), Alan Gray (0-1), Padhric Gray (0-8, 0-7frees). Sub - Cian Hynes.
Erin’s Own - Conor Dwyer, Martin Owens, Damien Mullins, Donal Carroll, Donal Dunne, Tom Dwyer, Joe Meagher, Rian Holden (0-5, 0-3frees), Ronan Ryan (0-2), David Buggy (2-2), Eoin Rothwell (0-1), Donal Fenlon (0-1), Jamie Holohan (1-0), Mark Rothwell, Danny Byrne. Subs - Andrew Dowd, Stephen Dowd, Martin Fogarty, John Callinan, Jamie Brennan.
Referee - Eugene Ryan (Fenians).
This cracking Roinn C under-16 hurling tie finished in a welter of excitement. Galmoy/Windgap led all the way, but Fenians put in a tremendous final quarter to erase a seven point deficit but they ran out of time in the end.
In Conor Grace and Niall Walsh Galmoy had two stand out players. Oisin Phelan’s move to full forward in the 45th minute turned the game back in their favour as he went on to hit 1-2. For the Fenians, Shane Curran and Sean Tobin were excellent while Niall Carroll dragged them back into contention with a huge second half.
It was lifely stuff all the way, and at half-time Galmoy/Windgap led by 2-8 to 2-3.
Galmoy/Windgap - Shane Cullen, Sean Phelan, David Doyle, Ryan Murphy, Patrick Grace, Kieran Phelan, Colm Smith, Conor Grace (1-4, 1-3frees), Conor Drennan, Josh Price, Niall Walsh (1-6, 0-3frees), Oisin Phelan (1-2), Cathal Phelan, Jack Delaney (0-2), James Culleton. Sub - Patrick Doyle.
Fenians - Bobby Tynan, John Duggan, Mark Hughes (1-0), Aaron Okoroh, Niall Carroll (0-3, frees), Shane Curran (0-1), Diarmuid Gorman, Padraig Sweeney (0-5, 0-4frees), Paul Warren, Killian Fitzpatrick (0-1), Sean Tobin (1-2, 0-1 free), Evan Okoroh, Conor Holohan, Kyle Quinlan (1-0), Domonic Fraczek. Sub - Aaron Dermody