It was round 6 of the all county League 8 at Glenaulin Park, Palmerston this afternoon for our game against St Patricks. We had 15 aside with 1 sub for a 3.30pm start. Conditions were good & we had wind advantage first half.
St Pats opened the scoring with a goal inside the first minute after some poor marking by our defence. Jamie had our first score a nice point from play on 4 minutes. Peter added another on 6min soon after Michael tapped over a free to level the scores. Pats went back in front by a point on 14min. Jamie after a nice give & go with Cormac kicked a great goal to put us back in front on 17min. Michael had the net shaking again on 21min to extend our lead. Peter landed a great point from far out on the right wing on 22min. Pats kicked another point on 27min soon after Jamie had the last score of the half a point from a free to leave the H.T. Score St Pats 1.02 Gers 2.05
Pats opened the scoring again with a point on 31min. They got in for a goal soon after to leave them just 2 points behind. It was game on now for our under strength team playing against the wind & a full strength St Pats A team. It was the Jamie & Michael show after this as they kicked all our scores in the 2nd half to keep Pats at bay. On 50min leading by 2 points Michael kicked a free from distance that went all the way to the net to put us 5 in front. Pats came again with 3 points from play & went forward near the end for the goal to win the game. It was hard to watch now as Captain Zach took one for the team blocking a goal bound shot with his body. In the last play Michael our Man of the Match playing in only his 3rd game for our team got through on goal it was up for grabs now & he made no mistake kicking a great low hard shot to the cornor of the net to seal the win!! F.T.Score St Pats 4.10 Gers 6.09
In goals Donal made many great saves his positioning on the goal line & reading of the game was top. Donals kickouts were a great help to our team too. Ronan & Zach tackled hard getting some great blocks in. Jack had a ding dong battle on a man of similar size for a change coming out on top in the end. Shane O Sullivan & Alex at centre back did great man marking jobs. Shane Power had one of his best days in the black & amber breaking up/setting up attacks at every chance.
Jamie ( 2:04) & Peter (0:02) came out on top at mid with some great scores. Cormac, Michael (4:03) & Omar all put in big shifts of non stop running/supporting. Upfront Eoin & Liam more than held their own against bigger stronger players while Robert was unlucky not to get on the end of a few long foot passes. Sam subbed on & off playing his part in what was a great win.
Unavailable today were Cian, Alex H, Thomas, Mathew, Paul, Mark, Padraig, Charlie & Morgan who we all look forward to having back for upcoming games & Feile. Over the next two weeks we will look to play challange matches on Tuesday evenings with a back league game on Thursday 26th of April against Scoil UI Chonaill probably our last match before Feile on Saturday 5th May. Marc will let you know the times & venues for these important games!! Lastly a big thanks to Darren Magee & Paul O Connor who have come in & helped with the training/coaching of our team. ” Geraldines Abu ”