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Gers see off Whitehall

GeraldineS P Moran's ability to find the net was the story of the Féile Division 7 final at Blakestown on Sunday, as they saw off Whitehall Colmcille 'B' by 3-2 to 0-5 in a highly entertaining contest.

It was a sweet victory for the Cornelscourt men, who had tasted defeat at the hands of the same opposition in the opening group stage game on Saturday morning.

But they regrouped and played some fantastic football and were fully deserving of the silverware come Sunday afternoon.

The turning point came as early as midway through the first period. Whitehall, who saw plenty of possession throughout, were on the attack and Mark Byrne was cruelly denied a stunning goal by the width of the crossbar.

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But, crucially, seconds later the ball was in the net after a lightening fast break resulted in Karl O'Connor raising a green flag for the winners as they took a 1-2 to 0-0 interval lead after Mark O'Leary added two points.

Whitehall had the wind advantage in the second half and duly applied intense pressure. But they came up against a well organised and cohesive defensive unit. Gers' goalkeeper Cormac McCabe made some fine saves while Liam Tyrell, Thomas Ryan and William O'Riordan proved formidable barriers.

Points from Charlie Swords and Jamie Weldon helped Colmcille get back into the tie as the likes of wing-back Finn McManus and captain Oisín Logan drove them forward.

But they couldn't restore parity and the stage was set for O'Leary to grab a brace of second half goals to ensure the trophy would be heading for south county Dublin.


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