Fr. Tom Burke’s 1-12 Galway 2-16
Galway pulled off a magnificent victory to earn 2 points in the senior hurling championship on Sunday. After a closely contested first half, it was Galway who pulled away in the second, while holding Tom’s to just 3 second half points. Niall Walsh entered the fray in the second period and made an immediate impact, the man from Windgap in Kilkenny accounted for 2 points and a late goal to put daylight between the teams.
|Danny Burke makes a foray forward.|
Tom’s held the edge at the end of the first half, a one goal lead with the teams even in the points column. The goal came from corner forward Ali Dooey. The Dunloy man finished from close range after his partner in the other corner, Jack Coyne, fed him the ball. The goal came early for Tom’s who started to fire over the points. John Buckley and Dooey again tallied scores and Tom’s seemed to have the momentum decisively in their favor.
Galway started picking away at the lead. Adam Kenny and Brian Kennedy picked off a couple of points, and in the lead in to the break, Danny Burke rallied the troops with a fine effort. Galway pulled level on points with the half time score 1-9 to 0-9 in Tom’s favor.
The second half saw the tribesmen take a hold of the game and take the lead about 10 minutes into the period. After Dooey extended Tom’s lead Galway came back firing on all cylinders. A forward line where scores can come off any stick is a key to success, and Galway saw several scores coming from different players. Walsh contributed after coming on, and Mikey Mahoney, Tom Moloney, Burke and Lorcan McLaughlin each pointed. The Galway goal was the go ahead score and was a little fortunate, but not undeserved. McLaughlin launched a high ball that dropped just under the crossbar and into the net to give Galway a one point lead.
|Would ya just pull on the feckin thing!|
Tom’s leveled through Dara McGrath, but it was Galway with the wind in their sails having come back from behind. The points began to come easier, Burke, McLaughlin and Sean Morissey floated over some well taken scores as Tom’s tried to regain some composure, but the second goal came from the Kilkenny man, Walsh, and it was all over. Tom’s managed a late couple of points, but in a little bit of a surprise result, it was Galway with the win over the old western rivals. Plenty of hurling to come over the summer though.
Tom’s: Kevin Flynn, Damien O’Loughlin, Ian O’Shea, Vincent Doyle, Eamon Egan, Matt Kenny, Brian Flynn, Sean Downey, John Buckely, Cian Salmon, Jason Costello, Jack Coyne, Ali Dooey.
Galway: John Coleman, Tom Davey, David Looney, Mark Bermingham, Brian Kennedy, Ronan Burke, Danny Burke, Tom Moloney, Mikey Mahoney, Sean Morissey, Lorcan McLaughlin, Thomas Douglas, Adam Kenny.
By Rory O'Donnell