Galmoy finished well to take the points in this North junior ‘B’ hurling clash at Larchfield. Both sides had the minimum of players, no subs on either side, but they served up an entertaining encounter.
When James Stephens goalkeeper, Alan O’Beirne, had to retire injured after two minutes following a clash, The Village were reduced to 14 men.
Corner-back Eamonn Larkin then manned the goal until half-time when a replacement, Nathan Owens, was sprung and they were back to 15 for the new half.
Galmoy took advantage of their numerical advantage and led by 0-8 to 0-5 at the break, three of the points coming from long range by midfielder, Kevin Duggan.
Duggan struck it rich after the rest when his speciulative shot from distance dropped into the ’Stephens net.
Almost immediately, Ray O’Keeffe set off on a mazy solo at the other end and this finished with Michael Neary blasting to the Galmoy net,1-8 to 1-6.
The sides exchanged goals again on the three quarter mark. The Galmoy green came when a long delivery by Martin Duggan was finished by Kieran Phelan. At the other end Conor O’Grady won a close in free and he made no mistake with a piledriver.
In the last quarter Galmoy came good and won some close in frees which were converted by 16-year-old, Brandan Phelan. Brian Doherty and Eamonn Corcoran were good in defence for the winners.
For James Stephens, Darren Leahy was impressive and made many forward runs in a bid to inspire all. He got good support from Bill Keogh and Michael Neary.
The spectators in Larchfield included a ‘who’s who’ of Village stalwarts, including chairman Tommy Lanigan, Paddy Neary, Phil ‘Fan’Larkin, Georgie Leahy, Eoin Larkin and County Board officer, Val Malone among others.
Galmoy - Joe Ryan, Mick Murphy, Brian Doherty, Eoin Glendon, Leo Doherty, Eamonn Corcoran, Martin Duggan, Kevin Duggan (1-5), Frank Phelan (0-1), Brandon Phelan (0-4, 0-3 frees), Tom Phelan, Castletown (0-1), Joe Dollard (0-2), Jack Delaney (0-1), Gavin Doherty, Kieran Phelan (1-1).
James Stephens - Alan O’Beirne, Eamonn Larkin, Darren Leahy, Martin Grace, Niall Lanigan, Bill Keogh, Mark Doyle, Michael Neary (1-1, 0-1free), Colm Dowling (0-1), Peter Butler, Gary Whelan (0-1), Ray O’Keeffe (0-1), Conor O’Grady (1-6, 1-5 frees), Ian Hayes, Anthony Corr Larkin. Sub - Nathan Owens for A. O’Beirne (inj).
Referee - John Guinan (St Lachtain’s).