Tuesday 20 March 2018

Calry/St Joseph's power through to final

Calry/St Joseph's powered their way to a spot in the Sligo Senior Hurling Championship final with a stress-free win over a lacklustre Naomh Eoin at Tourlestrane last Saturday afternoon in their semi-final tie. In a game in which the winners were entirely dominant, evident from the sizeable gap between the sides at the finish, Calry/St Josephs were never tested by their opponents, who failed to score in the first half.

With a number of excellent individual performances all around the pitch, Calry/St Joseph's management team will no doubt have selection headaches ahead of the final. With Kevin Gilmartin unable to play, Billy McArdle was drafted in and did so extremely effectively, scoring 1-3 from wing forward, while Conor Griffin, also a key member of the clubs football side, was involved in a lot of the winner's good attacking play. In addition, key men such as Keith Raymond, Ronan Cox and Liam Reidy all put in a good hours work on an easy afternoon for the reigning county and Connacht Junior champions.

Naomh Eoin appeared to be well out of their depth right from the off. After Darragh Cox hit the first of Calry/St Joseph's four goals in the 13th minute - the Ocean FM broadcaster picked up a good position behind the Naomh Eoin defence and finished to the net - the rampage was already well on its way. 1-5 to 0-0 up after 17 minutes of play, the situation was already looking ominous for the losers. It got even worse when Danny Keown found the net after 20 minutes following Conor Griffin's long ball into the goalmouth, while Keith Raymond fired over a fine 29th minute point to round off a ruthless first half display from the winners.

The second half brought more of the same with Billy McArdle grabbing an early goal after poor defensive play from Naomh Eoin - Danny Keown also found the net in the second period and pucked over an excellent 39th minute point to extend the winners advantage. Naomh Eoin had their best performer in Gerard O'Kelly-Lynch - the youngster notched all of the losers 0-6 tally, and despite the difficult circumstances, he battled gamely throughout.

Unfortunately for O'Kelly-Lynch and his teammates though, they were never serious contenders for a final place. Calry/St Joseph's finished the game as they started with Eolan McCarthy and Keith Raymond adding further points - one of Raymond's from the penalty spot early in the half - to help their side to a straightforward win.

Calry/St Joseph's: Chris Madden, Fintan Keown, Michael Larkin, Noel Tracey, Fiacra Coyne, Liam Reidy, Jamie Kenny, Ronan Cox(0-1), Keith Raymond(0-5, 1 65'), Conor Griffin(0-1), Darragh Cox(1-0), Billy McArdle(1-3), Danny Keown(2-1), Damien Bourke(0-2), Eolan McCarthy(0-3). Subs used: David Coleary(0-1), John Bartley, Jeoff Hynes, Ian McHugh.

Naomh Eoin: Ciaran Stead, Gerard Leamy, David Hickey, Christy Markham, Matthew Davey, Paddy Ryan, Timmy O'Brien, Gerard O'Kelly-Lynch(0-6, 3f), Keith Candon, Colm Dolan, Davd Waldron, Tom O'Callaghan, Geoff Corcoran, Paul Connolly, Anthony Kinnane. Subs used: Dylan Edwards Ref: Ciaran O'Donnell

Sligo Champion