A STRONG finish, and a tour de force by Joe Murray, saw James Stephens take the points in this North junior ‘B’ hurling tie at Larchfield on Friday.
Played in a downpour, conditions were never favourable for skilful play but both sides laboured honestly. The first half was evenly contested with The Village striking some impressive points. A Brendan Sherman goal kept Galmoy in touch.
That goal came in the 13th minute when the full-forward grabbed a lineball from Tom Corcoran, and slammed it past Joe Murphy. Colm Dowling was very good in that half for the hosts. He shot three points from play.
His marker, Frank Phelan pulled one back for Galmoy after soloing forward in the 22nd minute. ’Stephens were on top at midfield but their shooting let them down. They did have a good point after a piercing run by Anthony Lawlor, and the sides were locked together at the break,Galmoy 1-4, James Stephens 0-7.
Joe Murray had looked dangerous for The Village as he struck three first half points, but he showed all his experience after the break and his goal in the closing moments was a cracker. He shot to the roof of the net from 20 metres. By that stage ’Stephens had edged forward thanks to a pair of points from Murray and Shane Egan in the opening stages of the half.
Paddy O Brien was also impressive on the half back line. Donnacha Gray, after a slow start, pulled two back for Galmoy but they could never get close enough to their opponents despite good effort from Charles Brennan on goal.
James Stephens - Joe Murphy, Martin Grace, Bill Keogh, Pat Noonan, Paddy O’Brien, Darren Leahy, Ross Hennessy, Maurice Harkin, Shane O’Neill, Shane O’Grady, Anthony Lawlor (0-1), Colm Dowling (0-3), Shane Egan (0-2), Joe Murray (1-8, 0-5frees), Tim Kealy Brennan. Subs - James Whelan, Darren Evans, William Murphy, Chris Thompson.
Galmoy - Charles Brennan, Micheál Phelan, Brian Doherty, Darragh Morrissey, Eoin Glendon, Thomas Phelan (Castletown), Frank Phelan (0-1), Thomas Phelan, Bawn (0-1, free), Thomas Corcoran (0-1), Gavin Doherty (0-1), Donnacha Gray (0-2), Pierce Harte, Loughlin Delaney, Brendan Sherman (1-2), Matthew Clancy. Sub - Jimmy Ryan for M. Clancy 46 mins.
Referee - Peter Burke (Emeralds).