AFTER a cracking Roinn B under-16 hurling league play-off, Lisdowney won by the minimum against Galmoy/Windgap in Freshford on Friday. There were some fine individual displays which led to the high standard of fare.
Jack Dunphy’s early point for Lisdowney drew two similar replies for Brendan Power and Padraig Walsh. In the sixth minute the flying Michael Kenny snapped up possession on the run and boot the ball to the net. He extended the Lisdowney lead from a free before Jason Stanley took a pass from Eoghan Vaughan and split the posts for the losers.
Lisdowney had two small but effective corner-forwards who were in top form. It was 14-year-old Dylan Jordan who won a ball in front of his marker in the 11th minute and crossed to William Kenny, who pointed.
Peter Hennessy replied for Galmoy/Windgap but the opposition were dominant. However, they were off with their shooting and hit five wides in succession. They were also denied two goals when Darren Grace cleared off the line.
William Phelan was also doing well at centre-back for the losers. He won a 17th minute free which Jason Stanley pointed. While Phelan was his side’s most consistent performer, young Niall Walsh was not far behind. He produced an excellent display at midfield. Walsh also won a free which Stanley pointed to level the game in the 20th minute, 1-3 to 0-6.
Centre-forward Stanley then put over a brilliant point when he collected an Eoghan Vaughan line ball, beat an opponent and scored on the run. A foul on Jack Dunphy, at the other end, gave Conor O’Carroll the opportunity to level affairs from a placed ball.
Then young Dylan Jordan pointed an excellent score from 40 metres on the right. When Kevin Duggan saved a goal bound shot in the 27th minute, Lisdowney’s Ciaran O Carroll reacted quickest and flicked the rebound over the bar.
Jason Stanley won a free and pointed it for Galmoy/Windgap. In the second minute of injury time Jack Dunphy slammed the sliotar to the net to give Lisdowney a half-time lead of 2-6 to 0-8.
That was a tonic goal but Galmoy/Windgap came out determined. They had two quick points from midfielder Frank Phelan. Michael Kenny replied before Frank Phelan set up Jason Stanley for a nice point (2-7 to 0-11).
Lisdowney upped the pace and a very clever through ball by Michael Kenny found team captain, Kieran Skehan, for an exemplary point. Kenny then added another to stretch the lead to four points at the three quarter stage.
Galmoy/Windgap won three 20 metre frees. The first two saw Jason Stanley’s goal bound shots blocked well. Stanley popped the third over the bar. The saves inspired Lisdowney and ultimately were the deciding moments of the game.
Eoin Walsh, who had a solid game at centre-back, pointed a Lisdowney 65 in the 54th minute. The next five minutes saw the losers put in an huge effort. Peter Hennessy scored a good point off his knees. Jason Stanley was short with a scoreable free before Jack Dunphy sneaked a point at the other end.
A minute later Eoghan Vaughan collected a good cross from Frank Phelan and sent a rasper to the Lisdowney net. It was their last score. Lisdowney advanced to a semi-final for a meeting with St Martin’s.
Lisdowney - Liam Dunphy, Edward Connery, Paul Coss, Peter O’Sullivan, Brian O’Carroll, Eoin Walsh (0-1, 65), Dean McCann, Kieran Skehan, capt (0-1), Conor O’Carroll (0-1, free), Michael Kenny (1-3, one free), Ciaran O’Carroll (0-1), Alan Murphy, Dylan Jordan (0-1), Jack Dunphy (1-2), William Kenny (0-1).
Galmoy/Windgap - Kevin Duggan, David Doyle, Darragh O’Shea, Darren Grace, Martin Duggan, William Phelan, Emmett Landy, Frank Phelan, capt (0-2), Niall Walsh, Eoghan Vaughan (1-0), Jason Stanley (0-7, four frees), Peter Hennessy (0-2), Daniel Cashin, Padraig Walsh (0-1), Brendan Power(0-1).
Subs: Tim Molloy for Brendan Power 47 mins.
Referee - Peter Burke (Emeralds).