Two goals from former Kilkenny star, Aidan Fogarty during the first quarter proved vital as Emeralds (Urlingford) scored a good win.
John Lockes (Callan) were brave and strong in this fifth round tie in the junior hurling league/championship in Urlingford on Sunday, but they went away empty handed.
The home side struck for two major scores in the opening quarter which gave them a cushion they kept throughout.
Try as they might, the losers could not get closer than six points from that point on and the Emeralds finished well to claim the two points and second place in Group A.
The early exchanges were even. The Emeralds forward line were moving well and scored the opening two points through Conor Martin and Aidan Fogarty.
John Lockes replied with a fine score from Robert Kerwick before Fogarty struck for his first goal, breaking onto a puck-out before running through and finishing smartly off the hurley to give Ian Bourke no chance.
The home forwards were looking dangerous as they enjoyed a good supply of ball. Conor Martin and Aidan Fogarty were in great form.
Emeralds added four quick points, all from play, two from Martin and one each from Fogarty and midfielder Shane Norton as they charged forward in menacing style.
Kept In Touch
John Lockes kept in touch with a fine point from Dan McCormack and a converted free from James Power.
The Callan side were dealt a big blow on the quarter hour when the ever dangerous Ian Grant fielded a high ball before releasing Fogarty, who managed to force his shot past Ian Bourke from a tight angle.
Emeralds were now nine points clear and John Lockes looked in deep trouble.
McCormack (JL) and wing back Padraig Phelan (E) traded points before the Callan men shot the next three scores in-a-row.
Emeralds were not disciplined enough in defence as the ’Lockes piled on the pressure. James Power punished all indiscretions.
However, Conor Martin pointed his first free on 25 minutes and after he was fouled three minutes later he scored another free.
John Lockes shot a number of wides during the closing minutes of the half as their radar was off. Emeralds led at half time by 2-9 to 0-7.
John Lockes started the second half brightly. In the 32nd minute they were awarded a penalty. Shane Bergin broke on to a loose ball, and as he was about to shoot he was fouled.
James Power struck his shot low and hard, but Darragh Phelan in the Emeralds goal effected the save and the home side cleared their lines.
The Callan side were in the ascendancy at this stage as the final Emeralds pass was not going to hand. However, their only reward for a lot of hard work was a fine point by Owen McGrath.
They will rue a number of missed chances.
Emeralds had a pointed free from Martin after Aidan Fogarty was fouled after another strong run.
Shane Norton scored his second point after some very good team play. James Power replied for John Lockes with two points, one a place ball and a fine score from play out on the left wing.
The next five points all went to Emeralds as they started to win the battle up front.
Eoin Moriarty scored a point after great pressure by the forwards, while Conor Martin scored the other four, two place balls and two excellent long range scores each time after good combined teamwork.
The game still had 10 minutes to run, but the home side were in control and the action tailed off.
Both sides introduced fresh legs and Conor Martin still had time to add his 11th point after another foul on Aidan Fogarty, who was a thorn in the Callan side all day.
The hard working Simon Bourke and Owen McGrath had minor scores for John Lockes, while the accurate James Power pointed a 65 with the last shot of the game.
The home side have to be happy with a good win because they had solid performances throughout. Niall O’Gorman, Brian Troy, Damien Fitzgerald all performed well in defence. Shane Norton scored two fine points from midfield. His partner Brian Campion did well too.
Ian Grant, Conor Martin and Aidan Fogarty were very dangerous in an attack that scored 2-12 from play. Jamie Ryan and Joey Kavanagh contributed well when introduced.
For John Lockes, Jack McDowell was the pick of the backs, while Sean Power and Ryan Bergin performed well in midfield.
Simon Bourke worked hard while Owen McGrath and Dan McCormack were dangerous in attack. James Power was unerring from place balls.
Referee Eamonn Larkin let the game flow well. For both sides the league is over and next week sees the business end of the championship begin when the Emeralds face Windgap and John Lockes take on Piltown.
Emeralds - Darragh Phelan; Toddy Moriarty, Pa Doheny, Niall O’Gorman; Damien Fitzgerald, Brian Troy, Padraig Phelan (0-1); Brian Campion, Shane Norton (0-2); Francis Clohosey, Conor Martin (0-11, 0-5 frees), Aidan Fogarty (2-2); Ian Grant, Joseph Clohosey, Eoin Moriarty (0-1). Subs: Jamie Ryan, Joey Kavanagh, Jason Moore, Fergal Tobin, Alan Guilfoyle.
John Lockes - Ian Bourke; Bill McDowell, John O’Neill, Cathal Byrne; Tony Delaney, Jack McDowell, Cathal McGrath; Sean Power, Ryan Bergin; James Power (0-7, five frees, one 65), Simon Bourke (0-1), Owen McGrath (0-2); Shane Bergin, Dan McCormack (0-2), Robert Kerwick (0-1). Subs: Luke Bourke, Eamonn Scriven, Brian Kirwan.
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