Monday 23 January 2017

Raymond strikes late to seal five-in-a-row for Calry-St Joseph's

Calry-Joseph's 0-10 Western Gaels 0-9

Published 12/10/2015 | 02:30

Man of the match Keith Raymond struck the winner in added time for Calry-St Joseph's
Man of the match Keith Raymond struck the winner in added time for Calry-St Joseph's

Calry-St Joseph's dominance of the Sligo senior hurling championship continues but Saturday's fifth successive title at Markievicz Park was their least convincing success.

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Man of the match Keith Raymond struck the winner in added time, his seventh point, to secure a ninth title in 11 years for the Sligo town side.

But Western Gaels almost forced a replay in the dying seconds only for Daniel Kirby, who had earlier landed 0-5, to miss a last-gasp opportunity. Gaels, who were appearing in their fifth county final, with just one triumph (2010), made this a competitive decider - they lost last year's final by 23 points - even without the suspended Aidan Morrison.

Gaels led 0-4 to 0-1 by the 14th minute with three of their early scores coming from centre-forward Kirby, son of manager Donie Kirby.

The beaten finalists also had the day's best point - Alan Stenson's effort - and they were denied a goal when Tom Mahon's close-range effort was kept out by Calry-St Joseph's netminder Chris Madden.

Calry-St Joseph's, who struggled throughout to reflect their favourites' tag, kept in touch via scores from Raymond but they were lucky to be just two points adrift at the break, 0-7 to 0-5, as Gaels hit seven wides.

The second period was a similar battle - Calry-St Joseph's went ahead, 0-8 to 0-7, after three unanswered points. A tense conclusion could have been avoided if Calry-St Joseph's had taken their one significant goal chance but Kevin Gilmartin was denied by 'keeper Morgan Fitzsimons.

SCORERS - Calry-St Joseph's: K Raymond 0-7 (5fs, 1 '65); D Cox, D Collery, D Reidy 0-1 each. Western Gaels: D Kirby 0-5 (4fs); A Stenson 0-3 (1f); T Mahon 0-1.

CALRY-ST JOSEPH'S - C Madden; N Tracy, J Kenny, C Maguire; F Coyne, L Reidy, N McDermott; K Raymond, R Cox; D Keown, D Collery, T Kelly; D Cox, K Gilmartin, D Reidy. Subs: David Cox for Reidy (28, blood sub); B Shannon for Maguire (h-t); D Rattigan for Madden (57).

WESTERN GAELS - M Fitzsimons; S Greene, F Ryan, T Cawley; C Hallinan, J Connor, M Connolly; G Ryan, MJ Crean; L Ryan, D Kirby, M McGowan; N Hannon, T Mahon, A Stenson. Subs: R Campion for Hannon (49).

Ref - J Doyle (Naomh Eoin)

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