Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sun July 9 - Senior Hurling: Galway v Fr. Tom Burke's

Galway 1-15 Fr. Tom Burke’s 0-14

Galway evened up the senior hurling championship at one game a piece with a great second half performance.  Having trailed at the break by four points, Galway soon had the scores level and finished well, scoring 1-7 while limiting Tom’s to 3 points over the final 15 minutes to claim the points.

Galway had a better grip on things on Sunday.
Tom’s held the initiative at the half way point of game, and had 2 points on the scoreboard from their half back line.  MJ Sutton boomed over a point from a free on his own ’45, and later in the half a raid forward from Shane Taylor resulted in a score for the wing back.  Free taker, Stiofan McMahon, was on the mark, with 3 points, one from play and 2 frees, while at corner forward, Jack Goulding was also very much involved - the Kerry hurler from Ballyduff chipped in with 2 points.

Galway relied on John Coleman’s free taking for their scores.  Paudie Flynn opened their account with a point from play early on, but the tribesmen struggled to assert themselves on the game and could not find any flow to their play.   Coleman pointed three from frees.  At the break it was a point Tom’s lead, 0-8 to 0-4.

Within 5 minutes of the restart the teams were level.  Manning the Galway half back line, Robbie Flynn intervened on a number of occasions to clear Tom’s searching balls forward, while center back Conor O’Neill featured much more prominently.  The scoring was spread across a number of players, Paudie Flynn, John Moylan, Conor Muphy and Coleman all hit the mark as Galway looked determined not to let the game get beyond them.  Galway played with more confidence and sprayed the ball around the field, finding a fellow maroon shirt. 

Stiofan McMahon drives forward for Tom's.
Tom’s restored their lead to 3 points following points from Joyce-Power, McMahon, and Robbie Byrne, but Galway were soon level again.  Coleman found himself through with the keeper to beat and the one-hopper shot from the Corkman found the back of the net.  Galway were not about to be undone.    

In the final 10 minutes, the Galway defenders were alert to everything played in and the forwards converted.  Substitute Conor Rockett put two over the bar for the Tribesmen.  Coleman tagged another two and tom’s hopes of taking a 2 game lead in the championship faded as it would take more than one score to turn the tables.  A good win for Galway and now down to the best of 3 for the senior hurling title.

Galway:  Gavin Power, William Hahissey, Colm Daly, Martin Doyle, Conor O’Neill, Robbie Flynn, Conor Murphy, Jamie Barron, Paudie Flynn, John Moylan, Cathal Bolger, John Coleman, Chris Egan.  Subs:  Conor Rockett.

Tom’s:  Liam Doyle, Donal Coughlin, Brian Flynn, Shane Taylor, MJ Sutton, Enda Heffernan, Paul Maher, Shane Ryan, Stiofan McMahon, Cormac Joyce-Power, Ronan Teehan, Jack Goulding, Aaron Moore.  Subs:  Dean Flood, Robert Byrne.
By Rory O'Donnell

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