Na Gearaltaigh 5-11 1-15 Naomh Barróg
Goals win matches and so it proved last Sunday in Cornelscourt. 16 scores got by each side in an open free flowing game was decided by the home team’s more incisive passing and goal taking ability. Nh. Barróg got an early penalty after Cillian MacCába bundled over in the area and the resulting penalty kick rebounded out from the end of the crossbar and was kicked over for a point. A few minutes later the Barróg keeper dragged down Seán Ó hEachthairn as he rounded him before Domhnall Ó hEodhasa cooly slotted home the penalty high to the right.
Points were exchanged evenly over the first half but some super interplay instigated by Domhnall Mac Innéirghe allowed Padraig Ó Floinn to finish to the net after 16 minutes. 6 minutes later a poor Barróg kickout was caught by Mac Innéirghe as he raced towards goal he fed Ó hEodhasa who slipped the ball under the diving keeper for his second goal. The influential Seán Ó hEachthairn got his reward at the end of the half when he also finished to the net making the half-time scoreline 4-8 to 0-6 to the Gearaltaigh.
The Kilbarrack men came out strong at the start of the second half scoring 5 unanswered points as they dominated possession. A Mac Innéirghe point on 38 minutes was followed by the Naomh Barróg goal from distance as the otherwise excellent Tomás Ó Conchobhair misjudged the flight of the ball as it sailed into the net. Gearóid Mac Giolla Bhríde on 42 minutes followed by Ó Floinn 2 minutes later saw the end of the Gers point scoring with a full 16 minutes of play left. Scores were hard to come by for both teams as the game wore on, a superb one handed save by the diving Ó Conchobhair was a highlight as was Aron MacDomhnaill’s neat finish from good work by Séamus Ó Moiféid which was the final score of the match.
As the home side retired to a local hostelry for some fine food and fare there was much to contemplate – scoring only 1-3 in the second half, conceding 5 points on the run at the start of the second period. Bigger tests lie ahead but the 2 league points were got with promotion play-off still in sight.
Tomás Ó Conchobhair
Seán Ó hEidhin Eóin MacMaoilir Seoirse Mac Giolla Laoire
Daithí Ó Maolábhail Cearbhaill ag Ghearain Cillian MacCába
©Risteard de Siún Olof MacGoill
Domhnall Mac Innéirghe (0-4) Padraig Ó Floinn (1-2) Gearóid Mac Giolla Bhríde (0-2)
Céitlinn MacStiofán (0-2) Seán Ó hEachthairn (1-1) Domhnall Ó hEodhasa (2-0, 1-0P)
Eimhinn Ó Broinn (de Siún)
Seán Ó Dúill (Mac Giolla Bhríde)
Aron MacDomhnaill (1-0) (MacStiofán)
Séamus Ó Moiféid (Ó hEodhasa)
Neil Ó Cearúlláin (Ó Maolábhail)
Réiteoir: Marcus Ó Cearbhaill (Naomh Anna??)