Galmoy/Windgap 3-16 Lisdowney 1-14
Galmoy/Windgap advanced to the final of the Roinn B U-16 Championship after this win over Lisdowney in a cracking semi final at Freshford on Saturday last. These were two very evenly matched teams with never more than a puck of a ball between them right up the last five minutes.
The combined forces began in whirlwind fashion and led 0-4 to 0-1 after six minutes. James Culleton opened their account courtesy of an Oisín Phelan pass while Phelan himself added another within seconds. Lisdowney’s best player, Brian Kavanagh ,opened from play before the opposite number eleven,Brandan Phelan, fielded a puckout and pointed after a good solo run. Galmoy/Windgap then hit three wides before the lively Oisín Phelan added his second minor. Lisdowney midfielder Niall Brennan fielded a great ball at midfield and struck an inspiring point in the 7th minute.
We were then treated to some excellent goalkeeping at both ends. Firstly,Shane Cullen stopped two in a row,the first from Gary O Sullivan and the second from Brian Kavanagh as Lisdowney were twice denied.At the other end,Lisdowney goal keeper,David O Carroll ,then brought off a good save from Conor Drennan.Drennan soon pointed thanks to a Conor Grace pass.
Brian Kavanagh was really dominant at centre forward ,forcing Galmoy/Windgap to bring Brandan Phelan back in to defence to police the Lisdowney attack leader.He pointed three frees and one from play to put Lisdowney ahead 0-6 to 0-5 at the end of the first quarter.
A feature of this clash was that both sides enjoyed periods of dominance and after the Lisdowney resurgence,Galmoy/Windgap stepped up the pace to hit four points in succession.Conor Drennan hit the first from a free won by Oisín Phelan.Jack Delaney,now at centre forward,hit one on the run before Drennan & Oisín Phelan hit one apiece.Gary O Sullivan showed some tremendous bursts of speed at various stages for Lisdowney and probably should have hit the scoreboard a few more times.He did strike a sweet point in the 23rd minute followed by a great Brian Kavanagh point, at the end of a piercing solo, to arrest the slide,0-9 to 0-8.
Conor Drennan then won a free and pointed before Liam Dunphy and Conor Grace exchanged strikes to leave Galmoy/Windgap ahead 0-11 to 0-9 at half time.Jack Hayes had to replace Aidan Culleton at the break due to a recurrence of a thumb injury at the interval for the winners.
Galmoy/Windgap began the second half with the same determination that they had displayed in the opener.After registering two wides, they raised the first green flag of the day when Evan Morrisey hit an unstoppable roofer after receiving a pass from Patrick O Callaghan.Two minutes later Patrick Grace,who had a solid game all through,won a puckout and sent an intelligent low ball in to Conor Drennan.Drennan collected ,turned and struck another to the Lisdowney net.He added a free to set up a 2-12 to 0-9 lead.
But once again Lisdowney replied.Niall Brennan won a free which Brian Kavanagh pointed.Kavanagh added another free before they hit a goal of their own.Kavanagh crossed a good ball which was added to by Gary O Sullivan and after a goalmouth tussle,Liam Dunphy sent a screamer to the net to leave four points between the sides.Conor Grace and Oisín Phelan each pointed from play only for Kavanagh to reply from two frees.He was unerring from frees throughout.Niall Brennan hit his second Lisdowney point in the 55th minute to leave it 2-14 to 1-14 and all to play for.
However,this proved to be Lisdowney’s last score, as Galmoy/Windgap powered up the finishing straight.Substitute Patrick Doyle pulled on a Conor Grace cross to seal victory and a place in the final against Graigue Ballycallan.The full back line of Luke Ward,Ryan Murphy and Sean Phelan were excellent throughout for the winners while apart from Brian Kavanagh,Lisdowney had other hard triers in Kevin O Sullivan,Niall Brennan and Gary O Sullivan.
Galmoy/Windgap: Shane Cullen,Luke Ward,Ryan Murphy,Sean Phelan,Colm Smith,Jack Delaney(0-2)(Capt),Aidan Culleton,Conor Grace(0-3),Patrick Grace,James Culleton(0-1),Brandan Phelan(0-1),Conor Drennan(1-5,0-2frees),Oisín Phelan(0-4),Evan Morrissey(1-0),Patrick O Callaghan.
Subs:Jack Hayes for Aidan Culleton inj 31 mins and Patrick Doyle(1-0) for Patrick O Callaghan 45 mins.
Lisdowney:David O Carroll,David Fitzpatrick,Kevin O Sullivan(Capt.)Laurence Campion,Martin McEvoy,Stephen Delaney,Ben Tallis,Niall Brennan(0-2),James Phelan,Cathal Jordan,Brian Kavanagh(0-10,0-7frees),Gary O Sullivan(0-1),Mark Fitzpatrick,Liam Dunphy(1-1),Luke Woodward.
Liam McCann for Mark Fitzpatrick 39mins and Scott Stapleton for Cathal Jordan 53mins.
Referee:Eamonn Larkin (James Stephens)