Ger’s Junior team faced Good Counsel on Sunday February 24th. It was a home fixture for their first league outing of the season. Memories of this fixture last year were prevalent prior to throw in. Gers had succumbed to a plethora of early goals in last season’s outing which cost them dearly in the end as they only lost by one point.
Good Counsel looked a strong and physical side prior to throw in. The conditions were ideal for the traditional style of long ball football. Gers were advised not to bounce the ball on the damp pitch and to let the ball do the work. They employed the classic style of Galway football down through the years and it worked well.
Ger’s welcomed back their solid midfield pairing of the evergreen Dick Young and the ever-present Irial Glynn. Their innate understanding was influential in controlling the middle third. In the first half alone Glynn would break 8 balls from kick outs, 6 from the opposition keeper and 2 from Daniel Hussey’s well placed kicks. Dick Young managed to scoop up all of these breaks. His distribution then created the ideal platform for the half backs and half forwards to launch an attack from. Young fed runners like Craig Scollard and Lochlann McCabe very effectively.
This centre field dominance also alleviated the pressure on the Ger’s defence. The Ger’s rearguard were tenacious in their defence when called upon. Karl Guerin in the wing back role was in his man’s pocket all day long. Eoin Mac Maoilir had his hands full for the afternoon with a very physical full forward. He was supported well by his corner backs Hynes and Carlin. To their credit Good Counsel only scored 1 point from play and only managed to 3 points altogether convert from placed balls.
Gers lead at the break by 6 points to 1. The challenge laid down by their coach Dónall O’Flatharta was to drive on and close this contest out as quick as possible. The Gers had a tendency to let leads slip last season which cost them so so dearly. The players responded to the challenge and improved on their first half performance. Their hunger for possession was clear to see and their support running and link play penetrated Good Counsel’s rearguard time and time again. Another aspect of their game which showed a mark improvement was tackling. A total foul count of 12 for an entire match is a fantastic statistic.
The move of the match was undoubtedly their first goal in the second half. A good tackle by MacMaoilir prevented a Good Counsel goal led to a move involving Lochlann and Aaron with a glorious finish by the on form full forward Donall McEnery. This goal was the killer blow which finished the game as a contest. Gers continued to push on and closed the game out with another goal by Killian McCabe and some good scores from the returning John Doyle and the rock steady Padraig Flynn. The final score was 2-12(0-6) Good Counsel 0-4(0-1).
All in all, it was an encouraging result for The Gers and a day to forget for Good Counsel. The pre season work with Darren McGee showed in the player’s fitness. It is a good start to a long season. It is a case of a lot done and a lot more to do!
John Hynes, Eóin MacMaoilir, Neil Carlin
Evan O’Brien, Craig Scollard, Karol Guerin
Irial Glynn(0-1), Dick Young
Aaron McDonnell(0-1), Padraig Flynn(0-1), Lochlann McCabe(0-1)
Gary Bridges, Donal McEnery(1-6, 0-2/3f), Micheál Curtin(0-1)
John Doyle (0-1) for G. Bridges
Killian McCabe (1-0) for M. Curtin
George Callery for P. Flynn
Jim McGrath for E. MacMaoilir
Johnathon Lambert for L. McCabe
Gers 2-12(0-6) Good Counsel 0-4(0-1)