Cumann Pheadaír Naofa 9-8
It was a first half performance, particularly the opening 15 minutes that saw Cumann Pheadaír Naofa come away with the spoils on Friday night. Missing the powerful presence of Fionn Mathews around the middle third, the sturdy Lonan McDonald & Sean Greenan in defence plus Jarlath Donnelly on the edge of the square Cumann Pheadaír Naofa, after having been well beaten last week, got off to a flier. Oran Murney opened the scoring with a point from play inside the first minute, followed quickly by a deft point from Ronan McShane who proved to be a real handful all night for the visitors. By the time the game had reached the fifteen-minute mark, Murney (twice), Oisín McGivern, Mickey Keohane & Ruairí McIntyre had all goaled for the blues. Kilclief having stepped up from U12 last year found their hosts a hard task to handle, but at times gave their opponents some heart stopping moments when they broke the teak tough defensive lines of Conaire McMahon & Sean Crawford, only to find the impassable goalkeeping skills of Tommy Smith impeccable. With half time fast approaching, the blues midfield maestros Mikey Keohane and Séon McGinn were central to every Blues score and the nucleus from which Warrenpoint based their win.
When the second half resumed, one of the best goals of the day came when the diminutive Oisín McGivern, who defied the size of his marker, latched onto the sliotar when it was played into the danger zone and instinctively flashed it to the net from close range. Warrenpoint hurled well with great performances all over the field and had further scores from St Colman’s starlet Oisín Gambold when the was move up to the three-quarter line. Kilclief to their credit persisted and came back with some first-class scores of their own, a monster of a point from outside the 50m line with just ten minutes to go, followed by a well taken goal from all of 30m that finally defied young Smith on the Blues end line.
There will be no game next Friday as Saturday 27th will see these lads make the long trek to Portaferry to compete in Div2 of Féile na nGael An Dún. We wish all the team save travels and the best of luck on the day.
Team: Tommy Smith, Sean Crawford (0-1), Conaire McMahon, Oisín Gambold (1-0), Tommy Vorobjov, Séon McGinn, Mickey Keohane (3-3), Oran Murney (2-2), Ruairí McIntyre (1-3), Ronan McShane (0-1), Oisín McGivern (2-0)