By Kevin Herron at Coláiste Feirste
St Galls cruised to the U-16 B hurling championship after a win against Lámh Dhearg on Friday evening.
Both sides claimed football honours at the same venue the previous week but only one of the sides would be able to claim dual success.
Lámh Dhearg edged ahead early on through a converted Daniel Murray free – it took St Galls five minutes to respond through captain Dara Delaney after Fergus Donnelly’s layoff.
The Milltown side hit the opening goal of the game after ten minutes – Sean Murray-Lopez’s long ball out of defence was won by Dubhaltach Wilson who was crowded out but able to flick the ball to Daniel Churchill who rifled past Rhys Camlin and into the net.
Dara Delaney and Daniel Churchill added further points and just after the midway point in the half a second goal arrived – Dara Delaney’s high ball caused panic and Dubhaltach Wilson got the delicate touch to poke the ball to the net.
Further points followed through Brendan Murray-Lopez and Delaney before Lámh Dhearg hit back – Daire Cunningham popped the ball over the bar and Daniel Murray converted his second free of the half.
With five minutes to the break Lámh Dhearg found the back of the net – Daire Cunningham did well to send the ball into the path of full-forward Joe McMahon who was hooked, but McMahon kicked to the net past Jack Docherty.
Connla Maguire and Adam Churchill steadied St Gall’s ship back on course and just before the break Dubhaltach Wilson burst towards goal and picked out Churchill who saw his shot blocked down – nonetheless the Milltown youngsters were ahead at the break.
Aidan McCague was unfortunate to see his early flick-on in the second period travel inches wide of the target – instead St Galls increased their lead from the outset as Dara Delaney combined with Sean Murray-Lopez.
Adam and Daniel Churchill hit further scores within sixty seconds of each other and Sean Murray-Lopez conjured up his third point of the game before Daniel Murray combined with Aidan McCague whose shot squeezed inside the near post.
Lámh Dhearg goal scorer McMahon almost had a second sighting of goal but was barged off the ball and Aidan McCague shot agonisingly into the side netting – Daire Cunningham combined his captain Daniel Murray for a superb score however and Murray then converted his third free of the evening.
Like the first favourites St Gall’s rallied and showed their strength in the final quarter.
Dubhaltach Wilson wriggled free of danger and shot to the net for his second goal of the evening – Sean Murray-Lopez then angled over the bar and the impressive midfielder struck an excellent score for his fifth of the evening shortly after.
Substitute Aodh Mullan’s drive was brilliantly pushed to safety by Rhys Camlin though ten minutes from time Sean Stewart’s shot cannoned off the post, Dara Delaney resurrected the move and his shot was flicked home by Connla Maguire.
The rain began to pour in the final ten minutes and conditions were made difficult – though substitute Aodh Mullan was able to find the net for the fifth time and added a point in the immediate aftermath.
Lámh Dhearg captain Daniel Murray was undoubtedly his sides stand-out player and converted his fourth free of the evening – Daniel Churchill would respond and sixty seconds from time Aodh Mullan completed the evenings scoring with a delightful point – after which his side were able to celebrate a Championship success for the second consecutive Friday evening.