by Chris Campbell
St Galls 3.18 Carey Faughs 3.11
In a highly entertaining game played in Milltown the home side survived an early onslaught from a Carey side enjoying the better of the first half spoils to be somewhat flattered by the 2.6 to 1.9 half time score. A goal from Doug Mcauley after some great support play from Shay Hunter opened the scoring after six minutes and a point from James ‘Rocket’ black two minutes later had the Faughs on the front foot. Jackson McGreevy got his side up and running with a couple of pointed frees, but another long ball into the St Galls half was caught again by Doug McCauley who rattled another drive past Ciaran McGourty in the St Gall’s goal to leave the visitors 2.1 to 0.2 ahead by the fifteenth minute. With both teams trading points the home side made their presence felt when they found the Carey net on the 28th minute after a terrible mix up in the Faughs defence, further points three from the home side and one from Faughs’ Martin Hunter left the sides level at half time. (St Gall’s 1.9 Carey 2-6).
A Carey side containing six of the team that contested the 2016 minor final again got off to the perfect start with Daniel Martin finding the rigging. However an unfortunate head injury to their lynchpin James Black meant a reshuffle in the
Carey ranks, which seemed to disrupt their game plan and the city men took full advantage with Jackson McGreevy finding the Carey net with a deflected shot, which gave his team a lead which they were never to relinquish.
With Healy and Joe McDaniel and the impressive McGreevy now driving the home side on, further points left them four clear entering the last quarter, but despite being without the injured ‘Rocket’ a Martin Hunter point was followed by three brilliantly taken scores from Shay Hunter to leave the game on a knife edge. However in the 53rd minute St Gall’s hit a telling score when a Healy drive was stopped by Carey custodian Steven McGinn only for corner forward McGreevy to crack home the rebound to put his team five clear at the end.
For a Carey side who contributed to a fine game Michael McVeigh, John McBride and James McQuaige had a great hour in defence while Shay Hunter, Doug McCauley and James
Black were always a handful for the St Galls defence. Carey scorers Doug McCauley 2.3 James Black 0.3, Martin Hunter 0.2, Shay Hunter 0.3 and Daniel Martin 1.0.