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18 th April 2017 - Division 1 Co. League Rd 5

Na Gaeil
1-08
Firies
2-06

Venue: away

Throw In: 6.30pm

Na Gaeil played round 4 in their County league away to Firies on Tuesday evening last. With the division 1 points table being so tight between 4 teams Na Gaeil knew a win here would qualify them for a semi final placing. On a nice day, Na Gaeil played uphill on this farranfore pitch in the first half and Firies exploited us early on with their strong and dangerous full forward. We conceded a goal but then with some defensive adjustments got on top and brought a hard working game to the opposition and got back in this tight game. While we created chances and played good football erratic point kicking and missed goal chances kept the game tightly balanced. Half time score Firies 1-03 Na Gaeil 0-4.

Playing down hill on a calm evening Na Gaeil started the second half brilliantly scoring a goal and 2 points early on, with Niall O’Mahony, showing a return to form, got a great goal and giving us a 2 point lead. After some pressurised play on the Firies backline resulting in a turnover and another point to move us three points up indicating that we were in ascendency in this 3rd quarter. Our defence were holding well and limiting Firies to very few attacks and scoring chances. However with our midfield on top and with us driving forward and creating numerous scoring opportunities we somehow managed to kick wide after wide in an uncharacteristic manner. Incorrect shot selection and rushed kicking left the door open for Firies to come back in to the game and with 3 minutes to go and with a two point lead we conceded a goal in a rare second half Firies attack. Against the run of play we now found ourselves down by a point in a game that should have been closed off that that stage. Two attempts upfield and a last kick of the game free to get an equaliser failed and we lost on a scoreline of Firies 2-06 Na Gaeil 1-08.

Bitterly disappointed afterwards in a game we should have won but for some wayward kicking Management expressed the many positives of playing at this level and proud of the players performances and hard work shown in their games. Looking to the last round game at home on Friday 21st against Dr Crokes players are aware a huge performance and improved kicking is required but that a win will keep them in contention for a semi final draw which would be a deserved outcome for the displays in this county league.

Panel on the night was Team: Jack Rogers, , Ruairi O’Sullivan, Fergal Barry, Damien Bourke, Rory Murphy, Ryan O’Neill , Enda O’Connor, Niall O’Mahony, Diarmuid O’Connor, Patrick Roche, Tadgh Lynch, Aaron Dewey, , Darragh Reen, Darragh Devine, Dan Goggins. Subs: Shaun Duggan ( injured ), James O’Connor, Seamus Harty for Darragh Reen ( HT ) , Lee Bryne, Basit Oyebanji for PRoche (50) , Arran Ward.

 

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