Galway 0-16 Fr. Tom Burke’s 1-14
If the opening game of the senior hurling championship is anything to go by, it is going to be a tight contest between the two teams for the Boston senior title. There was never more than a point between the teams until injury time when Galway went up by 2, only for Brian Ramsey to net on the stroke of full time and hand Tom’s the win in the first game of the series.
Seven of the first 8 scores of the game came by way of the free. It was John Coleman for Galway and Stiofan McMahon for Tom’s. Each player was equally on the mark, with Coleman hitting 3 and McMahon 4 in the opening exchanges.
It was neck and neck all the way between
Tom's and Galway.
The game started to open up and the tempo increased as time wore on. Tom’s got some great work out of their corner backs, Brian Flynn and Donal Coughlan, and added to their tally with some impressive scores from open play. McMahon struck one from a tight angle, while MJ Sutton returned a puckout to send it back over the bar.
Galway’s Jamie Barron was influential in the middle of the field along with James Tyrrell, while Coleman and Sean Lordan pointed from open play for the Tribesmen. At the break Tom’s held the advantage, 8 points to 6.
With 15 minutes to go the teams were tied. Galway got some good play from their half back line. Rob Flynn, Conor O’Neill, and Martin Doyle did well, as did Willie Hahessy at corner back. Flynn put a lovely score over the bar, while it was the dead ball striking of Coleman that continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over for Galway.
Shane Ryan tried to keep things going in the right direction for Tom’s, himself taking a nice score. Each side made changes to try and tip the scales in their favor. There were chances on either side, with Tom’s frequently working the ball to Cormac Joyce-Power around the 21 yard line, but nothing seeming to materialize.
|Galway's Conor O'Neill and Tom's Stiofan McMahon.|
Galway continued to punish Tom’s with Coleman’s free taking and with 5 minutes to go a 65 yarder was sent over by the corner forward to give Galway the lead. The score was answered by Sutton with a long ranger and the sides were level again. Galway opened up a two point lead with Coleman frees, and the win looked to be in the bag for the tribe. Tom’s were not done however, and with the last attack Ryan was found rushing in from the wing and the St. Finbars man buried it to the cheers of the Tom’s crowd. Tom’s one win in the bag in this best of 5 games.
Tom’s: Liam Doyle, Brian Flynn, Donal Coughlin, Shane Taylor, MJ Sutton, Shane Dooey, Robbie Carew, Shane Ryan, Brian Ramsey, Dylan Costello, Stiofan McMahon, Aaron Moore, Shane Howley.
Galway: Gavin Power, Willie Hahessy, Colm Daly, Martin Doyle, Conor O’Neill, Rob Flynn, Jamie Barron, James Tyrell, Sean Lordan, Padraic O’Leary, Cathal Bolger, John Coleman, Conor Murphy.