Sport Hurling

Sunday 18 February 2018

Power finds range to help Fullen kill off Calry charge

CALRY/ST JOSEPH'S 0-12 (After extra-time)
All-Ireland Club JHC q-f

Calry/St Joseph's journey in the competition came to an end in Birmingham on Saturday as Robbie Power fired Fullen Gaels into the semi-finals with a 12-point haul.

A late free from Calry's Keith Raymond sent the game to extra-time but the Manchester club defended stoutly to ensure their passage. Calry were reduced to 14 men after David Collery's dismissal late in extra-time but Fullen were on their way by that stage.

The Sligo side had weathered an early storm that saw them four points down after 15 minutes, striking back through Damien Burke and Liam Reidy.

Raymond added two scores before half-time to reduce the deficit to a single score but with Power finding his range on four occasions and continuing to do likewise in the second half, the Sligo side needed to raise their game. Kevin Gilmartin drove over two fine scores to bring Calry level, but Raymond was left to rue costly wides from placed balls.

The first period of extra-time proved the difference, with Gaels hitting five unanswered points.

Scorers – Fullen Gaels: R Power 0-12 (9f, 2 '65'), R McEntee 0-2, B Maloney, P Duggan (f), J O'Dwyer 0-1 each.

Calry/St Joseph's: K Raymond 0-6 (2f), D Burke, K Gilmartin 0-2 each, L Reidy, D Keown 0-1 each.

Fullen Gaels – T Goulding; R Wedel, L Knocker, E O'Brien; S Wallace, D Neylon, C Maskey; R McEntee, S Lawless; P Duggan, B Maloney, D Maskey; A Morrissey, R Power, A Nash. Sub: J O'Dwyer for Maskey.

Calry/St Joseph's – D Reidy; M Gilmartin, J Kenny, K McCarthy; F Coyne, L Reidy, F Keown; K Raymond, E Kelly; D Burke, D Collery, K Gilmartin; C Griffin, D Cox, D Keown.

Ref – J Clarke (Cavan)

Irish Independent

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