Our adult team’s bid for promotion stayed on course last night with an away win in Swords. A game played in windy conditions saw some superb performances from the Geraldines whose ethic for hard work and for teamwork saw them gain the edge over a good St Finians side.
Playing against a strong wind in the first half, the Geraldines started strongly and got an foothold on the game racing into a three point lead before the opposition started to press strongly and scored two.Strong running from defence by David Lavelle was causing particular problems for the opposition in the early period of the game.
Two moments in this first half were central to this win: a great save by Neal Costello, and a goal at the other end (after a strong run, Donal Mc Enery saw his effort for a point come off the post and Ado Green was first to react to finish bravely to the net). The Geraldines lost the services of midfielder and captain Evan O Brien in the fist half to an ankle injury, but the move of Dick Young to midfield to held Jonathan Roche continued the domination of the Geraldines. With five minutes left in the first half the we led 1.7 to 0.3. However the complexion of the game changed after that and the next five scores saw St Finians draw level at 1.7 each within ten minutes of the second half. At that point with the game on a knife-edge that our side showed grit and determination to grab the game back and push on to win. Every player put in an outstanding effort in the last twenty minutes as we outscored the opposition nine points to one in that period. During that last period our defence did trojan work to repel the opposition and they were helped out by Martin Jennings who, although named at full forward, was the man to bring the ball out of defence on a number of occasions. During that last twenty minutes we scored a number of excellent points from play as our strong running stretched the opposition defence, the pick of those being points by Jonathan, Ado, Donal and James Moffatt.
The final scored was St Finians 1.8 to the Geraldines 1.16.
J. Hynes E. MacMaolir C. Scollard
D. Lavelle (0-1) D. Young K. Guerin
E. O’Brien (0-1) J. Roche (0-2)
D. McEnery (0-7,0-4fs) J. Doyle P. Flynn
A. Greene (1-2,0-1f) M. Jennings J. Moffatt (0-3)
G. Callery for O’Brien (inj.)
G. Bridges for Guerin
L. O’Connor for Greene
C. O’Gorman for Moffatt
J. McGrath for MacMaoilir
Réiteoir: Philip Brady (Croí Ró Naofa)