In what was the second meeting between the clubs in six days, Galmoy and Cloneen served up thoroughly entertaining fare in this Northern junior hurling championship tie in Freshford. The game was a much closer contest than the previous one, with the result in doubt up to the final whistle.
The main difference between the sides was the only goal, although Galmoy did have a similar score disallowed in the 26th minute for an infringement of the square.
The one big score apart, the teams looked well matched and they fought with all their heart from start to finish.
Russell goal vital
Galmoy had five points on the scoreboard when they secured that goal which left them 1-5 to 0-3 in front. The goal from Phil Russell was a huge boost.
Cloneen though were putting up a good fight and they put the setback of the concession behind them quickly. Graham Lawlor and Brian Cahill did their utmost to drive on the losers. Sean O’Neill was bang on form in goal, and he brought off a number of vital saves when the opposition could have inflicted serious damage.
Mark Maguire and Cormac McDonald also weighed in strongly and hurled their hearts out. It was midfielder McDonald who opened their account in the third minute. Lawlor soloed in from the left and set up Podge Delaney for their second point before raising his first white flag.
Eamonn Mooney responded to the Galmoy goal when he kicked a point. He could have had a goal a minute later when a similar kicked effort grazed the outside of the posts. The winners were relieved to see that ball go wide of the upright.
Phil Russell and Noel Doherty were leading the way for Galmoy up front. They inspired all the best moved and tormented the opposition. They each struck good points from the left wing before the break.
Cloneen finshed the half well. Graham Lawlor grabbed a long Mark Maguire clearance and splitting the posts before converting a free following a foul on Cormac McDonlad.
A quick puck-out by Sean O’Neill to Philip Roche resulted in a long delivery to Don Lawlor, who closed the first half scoring with Galmoy leading by 1-7 to 0-8.
Tom Phelan and John Phelan did well in defence for the winners, while Stephen Maher made some good
runs from midfield. Galmoy enjoyed the bulk of possession in the third quarter but they squandered a number
of chances before Noel Doherty added a point, courtesy of some good work by Frank Phelan.
Kept noses in front
Doherty then added one from a free won by Padhric Gray. At the other end, Graham Lawlor converted another free for Cloneen. Some risky passing in the Galmoy defence gifted Don Lawlor his second point and it was tit for tat from here to the end.
Galmoy however, always kept their noses in front and eventually advanced to a second round meeting with old rivals Tullaroan.
Scorers: Galmoy - Noel Doherty (0-8, two frees); Phil Russell (1-3, 1-2 frees); Frank Phelan (0-2); Padhric Gray (0-1). Cloneen - Graham Lawlor (0-8, four frees); Donal Lawlor (0-2); Eamon Mooney, Padraig Delaney, Cormac McDonald (0-1 each).
Galmoy - Stephen Murphy, Brian Doherty, Brendan Phelan, Eoin Glendon, Charles Brennan, Thomas Phelan, John Phelan, Stephen Maher, Phil Russell, Joe Dollard, Noel Doherty, Frank Phelan, Joe Ryan, Padhric Gray, Leo Doherty. Sub - Cian Hynes for J. Ryan 49 mins.
Cloneen - Sean O’Neill, Philip Roche, Paul Kelly, Mark Maguire, Dean Shortall, Brian Cahill, Fergal Brennan, Kevin Delaney, Cormac McDonald, Graham Lawlor, Kevin Phillips, Ronan Walsh, Padraig Delaney, Eamonn Mooney, Donal Lawlor. Subs - Paul Donnelly for E. Mooney 55mins; Kieran Whelan for R. Walsh 55 mins.
Referee - Paddy Bowden (Lisdowney).