WILD Geese's championship odyssey came to an abrupt end in Oldtown on Sunday against a strong Crumlin team who had two former Dublin inter county hurlers in their ranks.
The home side lost the toss but found they had wind advantage for the first half. A point from Tom Kennedy opened the Geese account before Crumlin responded with a well taken goal that was kicked to the back of the net. They were never to lose the lead again and even threatened to run away with the game early on, as they bagged another goal and two points before Dave Rennie pointed a close-range free for the Geese. By now the home defence had taken control, with excellent displays from Ed Sweetman and captain Mark Kealy. Then a rasper from John Rennie brought a superb save out of the Crumlin keeper.
Another free from Rennie and long range effort from Kennedy left the half time score 2-2 to 0-4. Amazingly the wind died down for the second half, which saw a Wild Geese revival and a Kennedy point was followed by two excellent solo efforts from Stephen O Connor and Nathan McCaffrey to make it a one point game. Against the run of play Crumlin then bagged a somewhat fortuitous goal, to knock the fizz out of the home side's rally. Crumlin followed up with a '65' and two points from play which prompted the introductions of Ciaran Smith, Eoin Smith and Danny Monks. The trio did make a difference but the home side now needed goals fast, but a deflected effort from David Rennie was the closest Wild Geese came in the closing stages.