Anne's remain unbeaten as Barry's goal proves crucial
REDMOND BARRY'S eleventh-minute goal proved decisive as it inspired reigning champions St. Anne's to an unimpressive four-point victory over a battling Adamstown outfit in this Tom Doyle Supplies Senior football championship Group B game at Taghmon.
Once Barry stepped into the spotlight to crash home a goal, following a defensive lapse, it gave the reigning champions a cushion of a five-point lead (1-2 to nil). And it was a score that proved decisive, as Adamstown never once led in this game despite clawing themselves back to level terms six minutes before the break.
Given what was another nervy display, St. Anne's will be happy to have emerged with a four-point victory, keeping their unbeaten record intact, but for Adamstown it was their second defeat from four games which must have been something of a disappointment as they sought to secure their quarter-final spot.
It was not until the fifth minute that the opening score of the game arrived, a Redmond Barry point, while five minutes later Diarmuid O'Keeffe finished off a fine movement with a well-taken point.
One minute later the game's solitary goal arrived. A long Seán Gaul ball beat the advancing M.J. Cooper on the slippery surface, leaving Barry completely unmarked inside the defence. In these situations he does not miss, and in a one-on-one with 'keeper Alan Bradley, he took the ball on to shoot low to the net, giving his side a 1-2 to nil lead.
Adamstown opened their account in the twelfth minute with a Michael Furlong point. The score seemed to settle their challenge as they went on to kick four unanswered points by the 24th minute through Paudie Barden, Conor Hickey, Paddy Whitty and Furlong's levelling attempt, leaving the scoreline at 1-2 to 0-5.
Substitute Mark Furlong restored his side's lead with a point, while close to the break Redmond Barry beat 'keeper Alan Bradley to a lobbing Franny Simpson effort to punch a point, leaving the titleholders with a 1-4 to 0-5 interval lead.
St. Anne's opened the second-half impressively with points from Kevin Whelan and Redmond Barry to extend into a four-point lead (1-6 to 0-5), before a Paddy Whitty 35th-minute effort reduced the deficit.
Tony French with a fine point from a David McEvoy pass left just two separating the sides (1-6 to 0-7), but Seán Gaul responded with two points to restore his side's four-point cushion (1-8 to 0-7) after 47 minutes.
Adamstown were applying quite a deal of pressure in search of elusive scores but all they could manage was a Tony French point six minutes from the end. St. Anne's closed out the game with a point from substitute Liam Rochford with one minute remaining.
St. Anne's: Seamus Mythen; David Kavanagh, Tomás Cullen, Kenny Cloney; Páraic O'Keeffe, Seán Gaul (0-2), Gary Cloney; David Fogarty, Jonathan Fogarty; David O'Connor, Fergus Whelan, Diarmuid O'Keeffe (0-1); Franny Simpson, Redmond Barry (1-3), Niall Gilbane. Subs. - Mark Furlong (0-1) for D. Fogarty, inj., Kevin Whelan (0-1) for F. Whelan, Liam Rochford (0-1) for G. Cloney.
Adamstown: Alan Bradley; Lorcan French, M.J. Cooper, Tomás Harrington; Michael Curtis, James Breen, Andrew Boland; Michael Furlong (0-2), Tony French (0-2); Barry Power, Paddy Whitty (0-2), Ian White; David McEvoy, Paudie Barden (0-1), Conor Hickey (0-1). Subs. - Shane O'Gorman for French, Mervyn Moloney for White, Shane Bradley for McEvoy.
Referee: Seánie O'Shea (Blackwater).