13 Aug 2022

Galtee Rovers hurlers hold off Cashel for first win

Galtee Rovers hurlers hold off Cashel for first win

Team captains Padraig Brosnan (Cashel K.C.) and Robbie Byron (Galtee Rovers) with referee Paddy Russell before the throw-in in the Gleeson Concrete West Junior A Hurling Championship game in Golden.

Gleeson Concrete West Junior A Hurling Championship

Galtee Rovers/St Pecaun's 4-13 Cashel King Cormacs 3-14

Galtee Rovers secured their first win in this year’s Gleeson Concrete West Junior A Hurling championship, when they held off a second half comeback by Cashel King Cormacs at Golden on Sunday evening.
The opening 25 minutes were dominated by the Bansha men with goals from Davy Byron and Shane Power propelling them to a 12- point lead. Cashel finished the half with a goal from Cormac Ryan and points from Colin Ryan and Tomas Skeffington to cut the half time deficit to seven, 2.9 to 1.5.
A Kevin Power goal after the restart extended this lead, but Cashel continued with their comeback and the lead was reduced to two by the 16th minute. However, a fourth goal from Shane Power and points from Tony O’Brien and Stephen Moloney steadied the ship. Dylan O’Grady goaled from a thirty-meter free with eight minutes remaining to ensure a grand stand finish, but the town men just came up short in what was a highly entertaining game.

Shane Power and Tony O’Brien got Galtee off to a flying start with points within the opening two minutes. Cashel were slow to settle, but Lee Burke converted a free with seven minutes on the clock. Rovers continued to dominate the exchanges and goals from Jim Quirke after 14 minutes and Davy Byron seven minutes later gave them a commanding lead. They led by 2.9 to 0.3 with five minutes of the half remaining. However, a late Cashel surge, which yielded a goal from Cormac Ryan reduced the lead to seven by the half-time break.
Oisin Dwan pointed after the restart, but Kevin Power got in for a goal at the near end to disrupt the comeback. Adrian O’Dwyer came more into the game and put over three wonderful points as Cashel began to eat into the Galtee lead. An Oisin Dwan goal after twelve minutes cut the lead to two but Shane Power replied with goal number four to ease the Galtee pressure. Cashel continued their fightback and Dylan O’Grady planted a thirty-meter free to ensure a grand stand finish. However, time ran out for the town men as Galtee held out to register their first win in the competition.
Galtee Rovers: Shane Power (1.6, 1 free), Kevin Power (1.0), Davy Byron (1.1), Jim Quirke (1.0), Stephen Moloney (0.2), Tony O’Brien (0.2, 1 free), Eric Grogan (0.1 free), Robbie Byron (0.1).
Cashel K.C.: Oisin Dwan (1.1), Dylan O’Grady (1.0 free), Cormac Ryan (1.0), Lee Burke (0.3 frees), Adrian O’Dwyer (0.3), Colin Ryan (0.3, 2 frees), Robbie Anglim (0.2), Tomas Skeffington (0.1), Fearghail O’Donoghue (0.1).
Galtee Rovers: Eoin White, Emmett Ryan, Eamon O’Connell, Sean Gubbins, Eoghan Brennan. Tony Byron, Eric Grogan (Captain), Shane Power, Robbie Byron, Stephen Moloney, Kevin Power, Eamon Quirke, Jim Quirke, Tony O’Brien, Davy Byron
Subs used: Kieran Murnane for Emmett Ryan (H.T.), Daire Egan for Eoghan Brennan (37 mins).
Cashel King Cormacs: Dylan O’Grady, John Gaffney, Padraig O’Donoghue, John Darmody, Alan Cummins, Lee Burke, Padraig Brosnan, Adam Skeffington, Oisin Dwan (Captain), Tomas Skeffington, Cormac Ryan, Adrian O’Dwyer, Colin Ryan, Fearghail O’Donoghue, Robbie Anglim
Subs used; Mickie Coleman for Cormac Ryan (39 mins), Conor Devitt for Adam Skeffington (52 mins), Cian McGrath for Oisin Dwan (57 mins).
Referee:Paddy Russell (Emly).

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