An early goal proved the difference as the Blacks & Whites (Skeoghvosteen) got the better of an injury-hit Galmoy in the junior hurling league.
The hosts played against the breeze in the opening half, but still managed to go in 1-5 to 0-6 up at the interval. The all-important goal arrived in the 10th minute when the Galmoy ’keeper mishandled a John Lennon cross, leaving Emmett Foley to finish.
The goal was a blow to Galmoy, who had dominated possession in opening half, but lacked the firepower to convert that into scores. Midfielder Donncha Gray was their most industrious player, picking off two points from play early on. Phil Russell went one better with a three-point haul (two from frees, while James Dunne flicked over a long free from Stephen Murphy following a foul on full-back Brendan Phelan in the 22nd minute.
Niall Kennedy was in good form for the home side, converting an early free after a defender had overcarried. He also hit one from play to go with a brace from Jamie Byrne, who had a good night. Skeough’s last point of the half came when midfielder Michael Moloney hit a shot over his shoulder.
A Phil Russell free reduced the margin to the minimum (1-5 to 0-7) within a minute of the restart, but disaster struck for the visitors when Paul Delaney had to retire with a hamstring injury in the 36th minute.
Delaney’s loss was immediately felt as Skeough corner-forward Jamie Byrne went to town for a period, hitting three cracking points from play while also winning two frees which were also scored.
This run sealed the points for Blacks & Whites long before the final whistle sounded. Galmoy did pull back some of the deficit with some Phil Russell frees but the hosts always had one in reply. Galmoy had a close in free stopped also when a goalbound shot was turned away and cleared.
Blacks & Whites had good performances from Niall Kennedy, Peter Cleere, John Lennon and Jamie Byrne. Best for Galmoy were Tom Phelan, Donncha Gray, Niall Doherty and Brendan Phelan.
Blacks & Whites - John Murphy, James Brennan, Sean Kealy, Joe Kelly, Eddie Murphy, Peter Cleere, Tommy Joyce, Michael Moloney (0-1), Aidan O’Dowd, Martin Kelly, Niall Kennedy (0-3, 0-2 frees), Emmett Foley (1-1), John Lennon (0-3), Kevin Fitzpatrick, Jamie Byrne (0-5). Subs: Tommy Farrell for Fitzpatrick, Michael ‘Mo’ Moloney (0-1) for Aidan O’Dowd, John Lawlor for Tommy Joyce.
Galmoy - Stephen Murphy, Paul Delaney, Brendan Phelan, Mick Murphy, Tom Phelan, Jason Stanley, Frank Phelan, Niall Doherty, Donncha Gray (0-2), Kevin Duggan, Stephen Delaney, Phil Russell (0-8, 0-7 frees), Joe Dollard, James Dunne (0-2), Padhric Gray. Subs: Martin Duggan for Frank Phelan (inj), Eoin Glendon for Paul Delaney (inj).
Referee - John Walsh (Rower-Inistioge).
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