Friday 23 March 2018

Geese shoot down Saints

WILD Geese continued their rich vein of good form and 100% record so far this season with a win over St Peregrines in Oldtown on Sunday.

An impressive point from play by Geese centre forward Tom Kennedy within a minute of the start gave a false impression what lay ahead as they were guilty of eight first-half wides when playing with wind advantage.

St Peregrines had two points on the board before the Geese were reduced to 14 men when Stephen O'Connor got a straight red for a late swing.

The visitors scored three more points before a well-taken John Rennie goal reignited the Wild Geese. Thereafter, both sides exchanged points, leaving St Peregrines leading 0-6 to 1-2 at the break.

A betting person would not have gone for a home win at that stage, given the lethargic first-half display and the a wind and numerical advantage St Peregrines now had.

But Wild Geese were to start the new half better, with some good forward work paying off with three well-taken points from two frees and one from open play by Tom Kennedy.

In addition, the introduction of Sean Dunphy, Cillian Condon and Jarlath Kingston into the team was to revitalise the home side.

Dunphy made an instant impact, grabbing two well-taken points from play, and St Peregrines than lost their numerical advantage when one of their wing forwards saw a second yellow for a late tackle on Geese wing back Dara O'Brien.

Mid-way through the second half Peregrines, after a goalmouth battle, scored a goal to leave the minimum between the teams again, but in the next Geese attack Kevin Fitzgerald, who had looked dangerous all day, raise a green flag for the Geese's second goal and an insurance point was added.

Outstanding displays for the Geese came from wing backs Nathan McCaffrey and Dara O'Brien, while Oriol Hally-Garcia patrolled midfield effectually.

Wild Geese: Sean Flatley, Paul Kealy, Mark Kealy, Declan Darcy, Nathan McCaffrey, Philly McCarthy, Dara O'Brien, Oriol Hally-Garcia, Stephen O'Connor, Aidan Lenehan, Tom Kennedy 0-6, Michael Kennedy, John Rennie 1-0, Kevin Fitzgerald 1-0. Subs: Sean Dunphy 0-2, Cillian Condon, Jarlath Kingston.

Fingal Independent