Wet cold & windy this afternoon at Cornelscourt for our first Football Grading League Eleven game. It was 13 a side today no subs for a 2 :00pm start. Robert Walsh was our Captain for the day & elected to play with the wind first half. Donal Harcourt started in goal making a couple of great saves early on his accurate kickouts were a big help to his team mates.
Our full back line was Shane O Sullivan, Zach Kenny Ward at full back & Ronan Kennedy. Half backs/sweepers were Alex Mason & Cormac McGann. At midfield we had Jamie Maguire ( 2 : 02 ) & Peter Falvey. Half forwards were Mark Maguire ( 1 : 02 ) Alex Hopkins ( 1:01 ) at centre forward & Cian Lowry. Up front we had the Thomas O Sullivan-Ackland ( 2 : 01 ) & Robert Walsh ( 2 : 01 ).
Alex H opened the scoring in the 2nd minute kicking a nice point from play. In the 4th min Jamie had the ball in the net a great shot from play. Robert opened his account with a point from a free on 8 min with Mark adding another point from play on 13 min. Jamie had the ball in the net again on 14 min a wind assisted shot from distance going in under the crossbar. Cormac was unlucky when he saw his shot cannon back off the crossbar at this point.On 19 min Thomas kicked the first of his two goals a slicer off his right boot to the top cornor of the net. Mark added another free on 25 min. On 27min Robert got through after a nice one two with Cian then kicking a powerful shot to the roof of the net. Robert again had the last score of the half a goal when he connected with a breaking ball giving the keeper no chance. H.T. Score Gers 4 : 05 T/Synge St 0 : 00.
The visitors had the 1st score of the 2nd half a point from play on 36 minutes. Peter took over in goal on 40min with Donal moving to midfield. The visitors got in for 2 goals on 41 & 44min. Alex H opened our 2nd half scoring a/c when he worked his way through a packed defence & kick a great goal from play. Jamie added a point from play on 48min. Thomas with another point & a great 2nd goal from play on 55min. Mark ran onto a ball near the end before kicking soccer style low & hard to the net. Jamie had our last score a hand passed point from play. F.T.Score Gers 8 : 07 T/Synge St 2 : 03
This was a great team effort by our ‘Team’ today with everyone standing up to be counted. Our defence was outstanding with tight marking, tackling, ball pick up, & passing holding the visitors scoreless for 36minutes & some great ball movement/score taking by our midfield & forwards. A great result!! Unavailable today were Shane Power, Shane McDonald, Joseph Villalonga Corr & Morgan Tyrrell. A big thanks to Darren Magee who had a great training session with the squad recently also to everyone who helped with & supported our team today.
We will train again on Tue 14th at Loreto at 6.45pm. Marc will let you know the time & details for our very important game away to Erin go Bragh at Littlepace a very strong one team outfit next Sat the18th.