When Kilmacow turn up the heat the Galmoy challenge melts away




A SLICK second half performance sent Kilmacow on their way to a convincing win over Galmoy in this All County junior hurling tie at Kilmacow on Saturday. The teams were evenly matched during the opening 30 minutes, but the pendulum swung in favour of the hosts thanks to the dominance of Luke Harney at centre-back,Denis Scully at midfield and Johnny Hayes up front, who really cut loose.

Kilmacow set the early pace with points from Shane Gaule and a Paddy O’Keeffe free before Stephen Maher opened Galmoy’s account. Their best player, Niall Doherty, then soloed upfield and levelled. The visitors went ahead when Joe Dollard grabbed a Tom Phelan delivery and pointed.

A good run up the left wing by Josh Tobin finished with a Shane Gaule point for Kilmacow to level again. Niall Doherty then passed to Stephen Maher, who split the posts from a long distance. John Phelan was playing well for Galmoy and his good lineball to Stephen Delaney resulted in Galmoy’s fifth point.

Galmoy freetaker Stephen Murphy opened his tally from a free, which was won by Martin Phelan, to leave Galmoy ahead by 0-6 to 0-3. Kilmacow responded with Josh Tobin again involved, in setting up Paddy O’Keeffe for a point before they had their first goal.

A Paddy O’Keeffe free from 60 metres dropped short and was left too long around the Galmoy goalmouth. Quickest to react was Sean Flynn, who first timed a ground ball to the net. Another O’Keeffe free concluded their first half scoring, but Galmoy finished well with three further points.

The first was well worked with a succession of passes ahead of Stephen Murphy’s strike from an acute angle on the left. A good ball out of defence by Eoin Glendon set Stephen Delaney up for another before Stephen Murphy sent over a free after a foul on Niall Doherty. This left Galmoy 0-9 to 1-5 ahead at the interval.

Kilmacow really stepped up the pace after the break. Their forwards opened up the Galmoy defence with telling effect. Two successive ground strokes from out field gave Johhny Hayes possession for the levelling point. Hayes and Richard McNamara put over one each before their second goal arrived.

A long ball by Denis Scully supplied Hayes, who blasted home. From here to the end the home side always had the upper-hand with Galmoy only managing two further points, both from Stephen Murphy frees. They did hit five wides, but Kilmacow were always in command thereafter.

Kilmacow - Richie O’Neill, Ian Aherne, Dean Power, Ryan McKenna, Brian Fleming, Luke Harney, Andrew Kearns, Josh Tobin, Denis Scully (0-1), Patrick O’Keeffe (0-5, three frees), Sean Flynn (1-0), Sean Ivory, Richard McNamara (0-1), Shane Gaule (0-2), Johnny Hayes(1-2). Subs - Emmett Blanchfield for S. Ivory; Dylan Cooke for S. Gaule; Shay Dempsey for R. McKenna; Liam Kearns for B. Fleming; Paul Laffan for A. Kearns.

Galmoy - Brian Doherty, Jason Stanley, Brendan Phelan, Eoin Glendon, Eamonn Corcoran, Niall Doherty (0-1), John Phelan, Martin Phelan, Stephen Maher (0-2), Thomas Phelan (Bawn), Stephen Delaney (0-2), Thomas Corcoran, Frank Phelan, Stephen Murphy (0-5, four frees), Joe Dollard (0-1). Sub - Gavin Doherty for M. Phelan (inj).

Referee - Eddie Crowley (Mooncoin).