It gets better and better for Conroy and Duane-powered St James’s
By NOEL CARNEY
St. James’s .2-14
THESE TWO TEAMS will have very different ambitions for the rest of the Championship following their clash that opened a double-bill at sun-drenched Pearse Stadium, Salthill last Saturday evening. St James’s, who won far more easily than they could have imagined, march confidently into the next round while the losers Killanin will have survival on their minds as they try to maintain their senior status.
St. James’s, blending youth and experience, fielded quite a few of their all-conquering U-21 County Championship winners at the start including Cathal Walsh, Aaron Connolly, Ronan O’Connell and Eoghan O’Regan, and they introduced Lee Vahey and All-Ireland winning minor hurler Owen Teagle as the game went on. They had Galway seniors Jonathan Duane, who was surprisingly placed at centre half-forward, and Paul Conroy in their side too, while Eoin Concannon made a comeback after a long period out through injury. While he probably needed the game and was withdrawn during the second half, he showed some nice touches, got two points and was unlucky to see a bullet of a drive come back off a post.
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