Galway 2-14 Fr. Tom Burke’s 2-16
Two injury time points in the third game of the senior hurling championship series put Fr. Tom’s on the brink of capturing this year’s championship. Once again it was a game that ebbed and flowed and could have gone to either side right into the final minutes, and on this occasion it was Tom’s by a nose. Brian Ramsey put the winning point over the bar in injury time, with the insurance coming from Cormac Joyce-Power.
|Galway senior hurlers are in a must win two weeks from now.|
Tom’s looked the sharper of the teams for most of the opening 30 minutes. MJ Sutton was in control at center back while the Tom’s defence looked alert and quick to anything played in to by Galway. Tom’s got contributions on the scoreboard from several participants, Jack Goulding Aaron Moore, Robert Byrne, Ronan Teehan and Stiofan McMahon all contributed. Tom’s had opened a 6 points to 3 lead and looked to be well in control with about 10 minutes left in the half.
Galway were sputtering, a handful of shots fluffed, but Chris Egan threatened on a couple of occasions. On one occasion Jamie Barron found the speedy corner forward with a diagonal ball into his corner and finish into the back of the net was unequivocal from Egan. Galway back in it and the complexion of the game changed immediately. A second goal soon followed, this one from substitute David Condron. Now it was the Galway defenders who were first to everything. Jack Goulding at corner forward for Tom’s was held well under wraps and a scoring outlet for Tom’s was cut off. The teams traded points before the break and it was Galway 2-4 to 0-7 for Tom’s.
With less than 15 minutes to go it was all tied up. After the teams went point for point Tom’s introduced Cormac Joyce-Power. The Limerickman had an immediate impact as a high ball into the square was caught cleanly and the big man was pulled down. Ronan Teehan dispatched the penalty with aplomb and there was just a point in it. With Shane Ryan coming into the game more in the middle of the field, Tom’s enjoyed a period in the ascendancy. A second goal put Tom’s into the lead, this one from Brian Ramsey. A long, high ball over the top of the Galway defence eluded the full forward and full back, and like a light, Ramsey was on to it behind the defence and buried the shot.
With Tom’s now up by two points it was all to play for in the final 15 minutes. The scores came in spurts for each side Galway were level through John Moylan and Condron, and a Tom’s flurry brought them into a three point lead. Galway brought themselves level with John Moylan finding his feet late in the game and firing over three points, before Aaron Moore put Tom’s up by one as things went back and forth. With the 30 minutes played the teams were level, however in injury time it was Ramsey and Joyce-Power put impressive back to back strikes over the bar to win it for Tom’s. So it stands at 2 games to one for Tom’s with Galway in a must win next time out in two weeks time.
Tom’s: Liam Doyle, Brian Flynn, Donie Coughlan, Shane Taylor, MJ Sutton, Enda Heffernan, Shane Ryan, Aaron Moore, Brian Ramsey, Robert Byrne, Ronan Teehan, Stiofan McMahon, Jack Goulding. Subs: Paul Maher, Cormac Joyce-Power
Galway: Gavin Power, William Hessey, Colm Daly, Mark Doyle, Conor O’Neill, Rob Flynn, Conor Murphy, Jamie Barron, Paudie Flynn, John Moylan, Cathal Bolger, Chris Egan, John Coleman. Subs: David Condron, Sean Lordan, Conor Rockett, Kieran Morrissey.