Easkey power to fourth championship win

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Easkey lived up to the favourites tag for this year's senior hurling championship with a very comprehensive victory over Calry/ St. Joseph's on Saturday last in Hazelwood.

In balmy sunshine the Easkey players treated their supporters to a point scoring festival. The opening score of the game came from Fionn Moylan who followed quickly with a goal.  Finnian Cawley added another Easkey point before Kevin Gilmartin got Calry's opening score.

Rory Mc Hugh and Thomas Cawley for Easkey exchanged points with Calry's Niall Mc Dermott and Kevin Gilmartin but the Seasiders were gradually building control and adding to the scoreboard with points from a range of players including corner back Bernard Feeney.

Calry veteran Darragh Cox was rewarded for his hard work with a fine point from play but by the time Fionn Moylan got his second goal Easkey led 2-17 to 0-4.

In response Michael Callaghan caught an Adam Kenna free and fired past Andrew Kilcullen in goal for Easkey but Easkey then added to further points to leave the half time score at Easkey 2-19, Calry 1-4.

After the break Easkey introduced Thomas Rolston for Bernard Feeney and Shane Molloy for Niall Kilcullen.  James Weir opened Easkey's tally in the second half, followed by another point for Darragh Cox.

It was clear that there could only be one winner in this contest. Calry, however to their credit battled to the end.  Kevin Gilmartin and Brian Shannon worked hard in midfield and Darragh Cox got three points from play in the game. Declan Reidy had a busy evening in goals with a huge number of puckouts and also made some excellent saves. 

Easkey were very driven with players in all positions eager to get on the scoring sheet.  Ronan Molloy had a number of fine catches of the sliotar from puck outs and was instrumental in many of his side's scores.

Easkey: Andrew Kilcullen,  Bernard Feeney(1-1),  Gavin Connolly,  Daniel Rolston(0-1),  Hadyn Gilroy,  Eoghan Rua Mc Gowan(1-1),  Ronan Molloy,  Niall Kilcullen(0-5),  Finnian Cawley(0-4), Joe Mc Hugh(0-9(4f),  Rory Mc Hugh(0-2),  James Weir(0-3),  Thomas Cawley(0-4),  Fionn Moylan(2-6),  Emmet Brennan(0-1). 

Subs: Thomas Rolston,  Adam Kilrehill,  Shane Molloy .

Calry/ St. Joseph's: Declan Reidy, Evan Ballantine, David Colleary, Daithí Hand, Killian O'Connor, Adam Kenna,Niall Mc Dermott (0-1), Brian Shannon,  Kevin Gilmartin (0-5(1f), Darragh Cox(0-3), Michael Callaghan(1-0),Ciaran Maguire( 0-1)Adrian Sheahan, Hugh Filan, Mark Anderson,  Shane Martyn.


Referee: Michael Connolly

A gallery of further pictures can be viewed here https://t.co/JTsgixgZy7