McManus weathers the storm
John Mitchels of Ballygalget captured the Down senior hurling crown, beating St Joseph’s Ballycran in gale-force winds and driving rain with all the scores coming in the first half.
Conditions dictated that strength of purpose and determination would win the day and it was Ballygalget who won most of the individual battles.
Scott Nicholson’s second free for Ballycran in the 32nd minute proved to be the final score of the game. But Ballygalget were deserving winners. Playing with the gale in the first half, they hit four points in the first four minutes with man-of-the-match Declan McManus and Gareth ‘Magic’ Johnston from play and Cormac Coulter with two frees.
But this was never going to be a score-fest and we waited until the 27th minute for the next when Scott Nicholson pointed a free. McManus and Johnston (‘65) quickly replied before Nicholson had the last word of the half and the match.
Scorers – Ballygalget: D McManus 0-2; C Coulter 0-2f; G Johnston 0-2 (1 ‘65). Ballycran: S Nicholson 0-2 (2f)
Ballycran – S Keith; M McCullough, A Bell, P Hughes; P Flynn, M Hughes, S Ennis; S Nicholson, C McCarthy; B Nicholson, M Ennis, S Dineen; C Egan; L Savage; J Coyle.
Subs: E Gilmore for P Hughes; A Clarke for Flynn; P Miskimmin for Coyle; C McManus for Gilmore
Ballygalget – G Clarke; J Smyth, Peter McManus, M Fisher; J McGrath, E Clarke, Ben Toner; John McManus, J Doran; G Johnston, Declan McManus, C Bailie; Daniel Toner, B Byers, C Coulter. Subs: G Roddy for D Toner; S Bailie for Byers.
Ref – C Murray (Darragh Cross)