Easkey make championship statement

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Western Gaels 2-6 Easkey 8-24

Easkey, the current Sligo senior hurling champions set out their stall for this year's
championship with a very comprehensive win over local rivals Western Gaels on
Saturday last.

Playing at Castleconnor’ St Brendan’s Park, . Western Gaels had the aid of a strong
cross field win in the opening half  but it was Easkey who were first on the
scoreboard with three unanswered points, all from Andrew Kilcullen. 

Ciarán Keenan pointed from a free to give Western Gaels their first score but Easkey
continued to dominate proceedings and added 2-5 to their tally before their
opponents could establish any foothold.

Both goals were finished by Kilcullen following great team work while Adam Rolston
got his first point of the evening with a fine skilful strike.

Niall Crean of Western Gaels capitalised on an error in front of goal to finish to the
net and give his team with a much needed score.

Easkey then added three further points before Western Gaels had their best period
in the game scoring 1-3 in the period immediately before the half time break – the
the three points from frees and their second goal coming after a goal mouth

The champions however finished the half with three consecutive points to hold a nine
point half time lead, 2-13 to 2-4.

Western Gaels Keenan pointed a free shortly after the break but with the wind now
at their backs, there was no stopping the Easkey attack. 
Their third goal came from the stick of Adam Rolston after the perfect pass from
Andrew Kilcullen. 

Ciarán Keenan interrupted the Easkey flow briefly with a Western Gaels free but this
would be his team's  final score of the game. With conditions deteriorating and heavy
rain accompanying the wind the Easkey men continued their scoring spree.

Full forward Kilcullen was the game’s dominant actor finishing four more goals
himself and laying in another for Stephen Mulligan

While the game was over as a contest from early on, Western Gaels continued to
battle with Ciarán Keenan being their best performer on the day. Easkey put on a
great team effort, but Andrew Kilcullen's  6-15 tally for the day was undoubtedly the
performance of the day.

Western Gaels: Simon Wade,  Michael Connolly,  Patrick Flynn,  Thomas Cawley, 
Lee Gilmartin,  Eoghan Durkan,  Aidan Morrison,  Fergal Ryan,  Ciarán Keenan (0-
5f), Niall Crean (1-0), Daniel Kirby (0-1f), Oisín Quinn,  Michael Sheridan,  Derek
O'Boyle,  Darragh Flynn (1-0).
Subs used: Darragh Burke,  Nathan Hannon,  Jack Byron, Niall Hallinan. 

Easkey: Jimmy Gordon,  Cormac Hallinan,  Shane Molloy,  Emmett Brennan,  Kevin
Mc Gee,  Rory Mc Hugh,  Bernard Feeney (0-1), Finnian Cawley (0-1), Fionn
Connolly (0-1), Joe Mc Hugh (0-1), Fionn Moylan (0-1), Thomas Rolston,  Adam
Rolston (1-2), Andrew Kilcullen (6-15(4f), Stephen Mulligan (1-2).
Sub used: John Harte.

Referee: Timmy Mc Carthy