AIB 1-7 Geraldine P. Morans 4-9
@ DCU St. Clares
So we returned to the scene of our greatest victory and managed to repeat the feat but without the dramatic tight finish and the necessity for extra-time. Truth be told the Gers had closer to the team from last November than AIB did but still were missing maybe 5 starters from that winter afternoon, the men that started today all stood up and battled long and hard.
The Gers played into a strong wind in the first half as AIB were first to trouble the imaginary scoreboard as they shot over 2 quick points from play, the Gers troubled the imaginary scoreboard keeper for the first time after 6 minutes when John Doyle finished a goal high over the AIB goalie into the top left hand corner picking up where he had left off from in the play-off game. A sweeping move then resulted in a Donal McEnery point from play as he settled in to life at wing back, which was soon followed by an Olof Gill goal that his early running more than merited from a sweetly struck Dick Young pass. Daniel Hussey on the frees for the day struck his first over the bar before AIB struck for a well worked goal on 25 minutes that gave them a great lift as they knocked over a few points afterwards but a Padraig Flynn ciotóg finish dinked over the advancing ‘keeper gave a half-time score of AIB 1-4 to Gers 3-2.
With the wind to our backs for the second half the early exchange of pointed frees were added to as a Gary Bridges fielded kick-out was finished tidily by Doyle over the lat before Hussey scored the Gers fourth goal on 41 mins. from more Olof Gill hard work and then another Hussey pointed free, this time from 40m out. The imaginary scoreboard keeper was being kept busy tending to his imaginary scoreboard as Doyle and Jim McGrath scored more points with the hard running AIB no.8 and no.6 taking the game to the Gers but were unable to create any clear goal chances that they needed due to the impressive display from the Gers defensive unit, indeed on being interviewed afterwards one of our follically challenged corner backs credited Neil Carlin with 25 stupendous contributions. There were telling contributions all over the pitch today from the assured Neil Costello in goal, the entire full back line who got the better of their men, the impressive half forward line that worked tirelessly to Doyle and Hussey who tormented their markers throughout but a clear MOTM was the rampaging Killian McCabe at half back.
Next up for us is a home fixture in the junior championship against the Wild Geese on May Day, a repeat of our quarter-final game which ended in defeat last summer also in Cornelscourt. We’ll turn up anyway and see what happens.
John Hynes Eóin MacMaoilir Neil Carlin
Donal McEnery (0-2,1f) Karol Guerin Killian McCabe
Dick Young © John Ahern
Gary Bridges Padraig Flynn(1-0) Olof Gill (1-0)
Daniel Hussey(1-3,3f) John Doyle(1-3) Keith Stephens
Jim McGrath(0-1) for Keith Stephens
David Lavelle for Gary Bridges
Jamie Kennedy for Daniel Hussey
Réiteoir: Ross Mills (Parnells)