Foxrock Geraldines P. Morans 2-13 Wild Geese 1-13
August 2013: the Gers adult team after fattening over 3 tight championship victories were brought down to earth by the Wild Geese that travelled from their north Co. Dublin Oldtown home to demolish all hope of further progress in the Junior Championship. All was lost as they demolished the home team 3-19 to 0-9 after the Gers shot out of the traps 0-4 to no score after 10 minute; such was the false dawn that the locals were left reeling in Cornelscourt when the north county men took every opportunity to punish the divisional gap between the teams.
Moving forward to May Day 2014 the Geese again travelled south with the expectation of repeating their feat from the previous year in the junior championship, all seemed to be going as before when the early Gers 0-4 to 0-0 lead was cancelled out by a quick 1-1 which progressed to 1-3 after 16 minutes. The Gers then fought their way back into the game by gaining a foothold around the middle which resulted in a supply to the front men who hit the Wild things for a half-time total of 2-10 to 1-4. With the visiting midfield danger man Richie Monks exhibiting signs of frustration finally resulting in a yellow card, the referee perplexed all by gifting frees to the Geese that baffled those present and allowed the Oldtown men an opportunity to eat into the Gers half-time lead.
As the second half moved on the Geese’s overly physical approach was punished by a second yellow card to big midfielder Monks which resulted in his inevitable sending off. With frees being freely presented to the visitors the half-time lead was being whittled away but the scoring of points by Olof Gill and Padraig Flynn presented a buffer that the Gers saw out despite the best efforts of the official. A famous victory was achieved that totalled a score swing of 22 points from the last time the teams met last August. With John Hynes shining bright at the back ably assisted by Karol Guerin and Eóin MacMaoilir, Olof Gill putting in a shift and a half at midfield, a half forward line willing to fight to the bone ably assisted by goal scoring Ahern and Hussey there were stand outs all over the field. Truth be told there was not a weak link on the pitch which characterised the work rate and effort expended all over the park. Whatever happens from now on there is a great satisfaction in nullifying the darkest day of summer 2013 with today’s victory.
LIST OF HEROES:
John Hynes Eóin MacMaoilir Neil Carlin
David Lavelle Killian McCabe Karol Guerin
Dick Young© Olof Gill(0-2)
Donal McEnery(0-6,0-4f) Padraig Flynn(0-1) John Doyle(0-2)
Keith Stephens John Ahern(2-1) Daniel Hussey(0-1)
Gary Bridges for John Doyle
Evan O’Brien for Keith Stephens
Réiteoir: Derek Oman (Ballinteer St. John’s)
A thanks to our neighbours Kilmacud Crokes who gave us a lend of their jerseys for the night due to both teams playing with almost identical jersies.