Tuesday 20 March 2018

Trying times for Wild Geese

Wild Geese 2-18 Erin Go Bragh 0-10

Rory Kerr

Ciaran Smith maybe be absent, but he remains firmly in the hearts of Wild Geese faithful and on Sunday, his team-mates stood shoulder to shoulder before this AHL 8 game in solidarity for their missing comrade.

These are tough times for the Oldtown community as the search continues for the coast guard who has been missing for almost over a month since the Rescue 116 helicopter crashed off the coast of Mayo.

As such Wild Geese are going about their business quietly and Sunday's fourteen point win was impressive to say the least given the difficult circumstances.

These are changing times for Wild Geese and the fruits of their hard work done at under age level is borne out by the fact that that over ten of Sunday's panel are products of the nursery.

Still there is a good blend of youth and experience here and at centre forward, David Rennie, remains a pivotal figure.

Rennie's swept up an immeasurable amount of ball around the middle third while also linking up well with Mattie Lambe who in his second spell with the club is enjoying a new lease of live.

At the other end of the scale, The Geese have plenty of life in their bench with under age stars Daniel Sammon and John Rodgers having an invigorating affect on the team after the restart.

The home side had a comfortable enough six point lead at the break but their intensity levels never dropped with former Fingal hurler, Daire O Brien turning in an impressive display at midfield.

Interestingly Wild Geese were forced to play out the final quarter without full back, Philly McCarthy due to an issue with his helmet and the big man was still protesting his innocence and that of his helmet's long after the final whistle.

To the game itself where the Geese had got off to the best possible starts with Cian Fisher and Tom Kennedy netting goals in consecutive attacks for the home side.

And with Lambe over lapping well down the right, Wild Geese continued to keep the pressure up as the visitors struggled to get a foothold round the middle.

However the Clonee slowly but surely began to find their way back into the game courtesy of a series of frees from the prolific centre back.

By the quarter hour, the Clonee outfit had the deficit down to just the one score, but a fine burst through the middle by Liam Monks would life the siege for Wild Geese as he won a much needed free for the home side which Rennie converted.

By half time they led 2-7 to 0-7 and with Rodgers providing plenty of thrust down the middle, Wild Geese would dominate the second half with centre back, Nathan McCaffrey, hitting a terrific score on the run in what proved the score of the game.

Wild Geese: Mark Kealy, Brian Fitzgerald, Philly McCarthy, Paul Kealy, Luke Cullen, Nathan McCaffrey 0-2, Jamie Clarke, Dara O'Brien 0-6 (3f), Scott Ennis, Mattie Lambe 0-4, Dave Rennie 0-2 (0-1 65), Jack Roberts, Liam Monks, Tom Kennedy 1-1, Cian Fisher 1-1. Subs: Aidan Lenehan, Daniel Sammon 0-2, John Rodgers, Ben O Brien,

Fingal Independent