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Craobh comeback falls short as Gaels defence holds firm

Westmanstown Gaels made the short trip to Blakestown on Sunday morning, and came away with the Division 9 Féile final after a terrific performance saw them edge out Craobh Chiaráin 3-3 to 2-5.

It was a tough one for the Craobh to swallow. They were seemingly dead and buried at the break, trailing by seven points and only after registering a single score.

But they launched a major comeback in the second half and could very well have snatched the victory if it hadn't been for some outstanding defensive work from the Gaels.

Twice the Donnycarney men came to within a point of their opponents, but they just couldn't find that final push that was required to force a positive outcome. Calvin Benson and Daniel Ryan were superb in defence and the midfield duo of Christian Walton and Eoin Forbes were outstanding.


But huge credit must go to this group of Westmanstown players, who really showed their mettle and team spirit to hold out.

Goals from Aaron Vodopi and Cian Lynch in the first half gave them a 2-2 to 0-1 interval lead as they controlled the game from the off.

Eoin Farnham, operating between midfield and defence, was a lynchpin for the winners when they came under pressure while Naoise Barry and Callum Bradley were also outstanding.

Indeed, Bradley was carrying an injury into the game but showed no ill-effects in an inspirational display.

And when the momentum appeared to be going against them, full-forward Tadhg Corrigan was coolness personified as he found himself with a goal opportunity in the closing stages, which he duly dispatched for what turned out to be the all-important clinching score.