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New signing Walker on form as Graiguecullen begin Kelly Cup with victory over Stradbally

Lee Walker Graiguecullen

Stradbally 0-8 Graiguecullen 2-11 
Kelly Cup Group B Round 1

Former Carlow and O’Hanrahan’s footballer Lee Walker began life as a Graiguecullen player in fine fashion as he led his new side to a nine point win tonight.

The lively centre forward kicked 2-6 and tormented Stradbally from start to finish in this Kelly Cup encounter.

Walker and Jamie Sheehan kicked Graiguecullen into an early lead but Stradbally were competitive in the first half.

Debutante Cillian Maher landed a mark while Tom Shiel levelled matters shortly after with a free.

But Walker took his tally to four points before half time with Luke Alsybury also chipping in from a tight angle.

But points from Liam Knowles, Eoin Buggie and Shiel kept the hosts in touch and left the score reading 0-6 to 0-5 in Graiguecullen’s favour at half time.

But the game was over as a contest within five minutes of the restart as Walker fired in two goals.

The first came after Jack Larkin had made a great save from James Doogue but the centre forward was alive to the rebound.

While the second was a real thing of beauty as his pinged an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the net from 20 yards.

Tom Shiel and Cillian Maher were Stradbally’s only scorers in the second half while Ciaran O’Neill came closest to a goal but his effort was cleared off the line by Eoin Alsybury.

But the visitors saw out the win well as Martin Doyle and Aaron Forbes joined the scoreboard by the end.

Graiguecullen can guarantee themselves a place in the semi finals with a win over Timahoe next Tuesday evening in their final group game.

SCORERS – Stradbally: Tom Shiel 0-4 (two frees), Cillian Maher 0-2 (one mark), Liam Knowles and Eoin Buggie (free) 0-1 each Graiguecullen: Lee Walker 2-6 (four frees), Luke Alsybury 0-2, Jamie Sheehan, Martin Doyle and Aaron Forbes 0-1 each

STRADBALLY: Jack Larkin; Richard Carolan, Liam Knowles, Noah Delaney; Damien Murphy, Eoin Buggie, Liam Clancy; Kilian Mcgannon, Colm Begley; Conor Buggie, Colm Kelly, Finn Maher; Ciaran O’Neill, Tom Shiel, Cillian Maher. Subs: Benny Lawlor for F Maher and Garry Comerford for Mcgannon (both ht), Podge Fitzpatrick for Delaney (35), Colm Clancy for C Buggie and John Clancy for C Maher (both 45)

GRAIGUECULLEN: Patrick Scully; Eoin Alsybury, Jamie Parr, Martin Doyle; Aaron Cullen, Bobby Doyle, Luke Alsybury; Shane O’Neill, Jamie Sheehan; Lee Nolan, Lee Walker, James Doogue; Danny Alsybury, Aaron Forbes, Jamie Murphy. Subs: John O’Shea for Nolan (25, inj), Lee Byrne for Scully and Oisin O’Reilly for O’Neill (both 50)

Referee: Hugh Coughlan (Portlaoise)

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.