ERIN’S Own (Castlecomer) claimed their first win in the senior hurling league when they overcame a strong James Stephens side on Friday in the refurbished Polo Grounds in Conahy.
The losers will be disappointed after racking up such high scores against Dicksboro and Tullaroan in their opening games, while Erin’s Own needed two points if they are to qualify for the championship quarter-finals. Anthony Owens got the opening score when he received a low ball, turned smartly and shot over the bar. He got his second a minute later after making a catch over the head of veteran full-back Philly Larkin.
Ronan Ryan pointed his first from midfield before Damien Fogarty got the fourth point from a free. Eoin Larkin was quick to react and won the break from the puck-out before slotting over the city side’s first point.
Used pace well
Fogarty pointed another free, this time form his own 65, before he shot his first from play. David Walton pointed a 65 before powerhouse Jackie Tyrrell claimed his first point after a break from centre-back. Michael Owens pointed his first from centre-forward before Eoin Larkin snatched his second point on the 25th minute.
Donnacha Cody pointed from a great strike from wing-back before Walton got his first from play. Peader Boran then used his pace to drive past The Village backs before shooting over from close range. Then his brother Martin took a pass from Michael Owens before scoring.
David Walton struck wide from a free before Jackie Tyrrell claimed the final score of the half to leave the city side just one behind at the interval.
The first half produced some great scores. Jackie Tyrrell and Damien Fogarty were both brilliant at centre-back for their teams. Just two points from play were scored by The Village attack, but there were no real goal chances from either side.
Ronan Ryan shot his second point straight after the restart before a Walton free brought the lead right back to one again. Damien Fogarty pointed a free before Michael Owens shot over his second under pressure. Gordon Byrne landed a spectacular point from the 65 on 40 minutes to push ’Comer four ahead.
Tyrrell landed his third point before David Walton tapped over a close in free. Eoin McCormack got his only point on the 51st minute before David Walton converted his fourth free, and just like that the Erin’s Own lead was wiped.
With two minutes left and the scores level, ’Comer won a free on the 20 metre line. Michael Murphy pointed. The Village were under pressure. They moved the ball down the field as quickly as possible but it come back twice as fast via full-back (and probably the best man on the field) Aidan Moran, who found Michael Murphy. The latter sealed the deal for the winners.
Outstanding games from Aidan Moran, who marked four different full-forwards, and the half back line trio of Jerry Callinan and the two Fogartys’ were huge factors in Erin’s Own winning. Jackie Tyrrell and Eoin Larkin in particular had outstanding games for The Village.
Scorers: Erin’s Own - Damien Fogarty (0-4, three frees); Ronan Ryan, Michael Owens, Anthony Owens (0-2 each); Michael Murphy (0-2, one free); Martin Boran, Gordon Byrne, Peader Boran (0-1 each). James Stephens - David Walton (0-5, four frees); Jackie Tyrrell (0-3); Eoin Larkin (0-2); Eoin McCormack, David McCormack, Donnacha Cody (0-1 each).
Erin’s Own - Tom Brophy, James Mullins, Aidan Moran, Peter Donovan, Jerry Callinan, Damien Fogarty, Conor Fogarty, Jimmy Byrne, Ronan Ryan, Anthony Owens, Michael Owens, Michael Murphy, Gordon Byrne, Martin Boran, Peader Boran. Subs: Eddie Brennan, Donal Meally.
James Stephens - Derrick Brennan, Niall McQuillan, Philip Larkin, Shane Campion, Ray Coady, Jackie Tyrell, Donnacha Cody, Gary Whelan, Eoin Larkin, David Walton, Richie Hayes, Matthew Ruth, Eoin McCormack, David McCormack, Niall Tyrell. Subs - Eamon Sheehy, Tomas Keogh, Tomas O Dowd.