The bragging rights are well and truly entrenched in Graignamanagh after Saturday’s All County junior hurling league game against parish neighbours, Blacks and Whites in a hectic battle in Tierney Park.
The Graig lads had not enjoyed too much to celebrate last season, but they have turned their fortunes around and are presently enjoying a fine run of good fortune. This win against their next door neighbours will further bolster their expectations for upcoming battles.
In fairness, the Skeaugh lads will wonder how they lost. They were the better outfit for long periods. They led by double scores at half time. I am aware that the score stood at 0-6 to 0-3, but score-getting was of a premium in the cold breezy conditions.
By the 38th minute they were adrift by four points, and then in the 41st minute the game turned inside out. A goal by Sean O’Brien rattled the B & W brigade.
From four in front they were just one. They rallied with points from Niall Kennedy and Eddie Murphy. They gained a modicum of breathing space.
But an Eddie Walsh point levelled matters again. In a race to the finish, it was nip and tuck. Points by Paul Murphy and Kennedy were cancelled by efforts by Eddie Walsh (2) and James Doyle.
I was surprised at this result as I had seen the Blacks & Whites give a very impressive performance seven days previously as they took out a fancied Piltown. Some people will be walking on glass this week in Graignamanagh - if only for a while.
Scorers: Graignamanagh - Cathal Dunne (0-7, five frees); Sean O’Brien (1-0); Eddie Walsh (0-4); James Doyle (0-1). Blacks & Whites - Niall Kennedy (0-6, three frees); John Lennon, Paul Murphy (0-2 each); Aidan O’Dowd, Michael Moloney, Eddie Murphy (0-1 each).
Graignamanagh - Ronan Dowling, Bernard Hennessy, Len Blanchfield, James Cahill, James Doyle, Edward Dowling, Brendan Foley, Adam Kennedy, James Meaney, Lee Kinsella, Sean O’Brien, Cathal Dunne, Seamus Kavanagh, Eddie Walsh,Hughie Flood. Subs - Paul Hamilton, Tomas O’Donnell, Dane Mangan.
Blacks &Whites - John O’Grady, Pauric Joyce, Sean Kealy, Joe Kelly, Thomas Joyce, Peter “Chap” Cleere, Eddie Murphy, Michael Maloney, Aidan O’Dowd, Martin Kelly, Niall Kennedy, Paul Murphy, John Lennon, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Jamie Byrne. Subs - Emmett Foley, Tommy Farrell.