The Junior and Intermediate championships were decided today, in two very dramatic matches.
In the Junior Championship, The Rock denied Kildress despite having kicked nine wides in the first half. They won by 2-14 to 1-14.
Then in the second game, Galbally annexed the Intermediate championship with a one point 0-18 to 1-14 victory over a hardy Pomeroy side.
Galbally had suffered a terrible start, and were down by four points after ten minutes. Unfortunately for Pomeroy, their goalkeeper Martin McCreesh had to go off injured after stopping Ronan Nugent’s goal chance.
By half time Galbally had regained control of the game and led by 0-10 to 0-7.
Enda McGarrity played very well in the first half, both winning primary possession for Galbally as well as scoring some important points.
Hugh Pat McGeary, Kieran McGeary and Frank Burns had good games in that half, the latter played the sweeper role to perfection.
In the second half Galbally reasserted their authority. They stretched their lead to 0-14 to 0-8 and probably should have had a goal in that time but Ronan Nugent’s effort was saved by replacement keeper Anthony McKenna.
In the final quarter, inspired by Frank Burns playing a deeper role, Pomeroy crept back into the game.
They finally drew level in injury time when Burns bundled the ball into the net.
But Galbally were not leaving Healy Park without the trophy, and Liam Rafferty was the hero as he kicked the final point of the game to win the match.
In the first game, the Rock were inspired by two of their younger players, Liam Nugent and Shane Murphy. Between them they scored 1-12. Murphy’s free taking was particularly impressive as he was able to kick booming points from off the deck.
The Rock had not looked like they were going to win this game though. Their first half performance was marked by their wastefulness as they hit nine wides. Kildress in contrast didn’t miss a shot in the first half, Yet the teams were level 0-7 apiece in the interval.
It was only when captain Aidan McGarrity fired a goal to the net in the 48th minute that things started to go right for the Rock, and from that point on they bossed proceedings.