ON a beautiful sunny morning, a large crowd turned out in Oldtown for this league semi-final. Both teams were evenly matched and only a point had separated them in their previous encounter, with Na Fianna nicking it at the end.
The visitors started in storming fashion bringing a great save out of Andy Bell within seconds of the throw in. Their next effort thundered off the crossbar before being cleared to safety and that seemed to awaken the home side who opened their account with a long range effort from Conor Creaby. Then some sustained Wild Geese pressure saw them win two, which Sean Dunphy pointed. By now the Geese where steaming ahead with Dara O Brien at center back breaking up many of the Na Fianna attack.
Points from play from Mattie King and two from Dunphy saw the home side enter the second quarter as the dominant force although both sides were guilty of some poor finishing. By half time the Geese led 0-7 to 0-0 with a Dunphy 65' putting further light between the two shortly after the break. A further free from the Dublin underage star and an additional score from Creaby brought Wild Geese's lead into double figures before Na Fianna upped their game.
They were to be the dominant team for the remainder of the game and following back to back scores they had a goalbound effort diverted onto the wood work by the vigilant Andy Bell.
They finally found the back of the net after a goal mouth scramble, but Wild Geese outscored their opponents by two points to one in the final minutes to prevail.