Friday 18 October 2019

Gaels storm to victory over Mullinabreena

Coolaney/Mullinabreena 0-07 Shamrock Gaels  0-16

Brian Marren

With this round 4 clash in the Furey's Coaches Division 1 Senior League being Shamrock Gaels' and Coolaney/Mullinabreena second meeting in consecutive days, with a minor match the day before, club stalwarts were well acquainted with one another as referee Barry Judge blew his whistle to start the match.

Shamrock Gaels came storming out of the gates in the first quarter of action, jumping to a 0-05 0-01 lead in the opening exchanges. Points from full forward tandem Jonathan Quinn and Darragh Hailstones extended Gaels' lead to eight before the hosts had a chance to reply.

It is fair to say that somewhat of Midas effect had taken hold of Shamrock Gaels, as everything they touched turned to gold. With outstanding efficiency on their shooting compounded by their lightening fast pace of play, encapsulated by the incendiary Sean Carroll, leading to their commanding hold on the contest.

Coolaney/Mullinabreena woke from their slumber through a free kick from substitute Kieran Finan with 10 minutes left in the first half, their first since Sean Gorman's 3rd minute strike, but it did little to stymy the Shamrock Gaels attack, who went into to half time with an 0-11 to 0-03 lead, a comfortable cushion to rest upon in the second half.

The second half was a great deal more competitive, as Coolaney/Mullinabreena clawed their way back to a 6-point deficit, in large part thanks to Centre Forward Gavin Gorman, whose impressive fieldingwas the rock on which Coolaney/Mullinabreena's attack was built.

However, the men from the South were just not clinical to bring Shamrock Gaels to heel, and were unable to close the gap any further, with midfielder James Carroll, industrious all day, providing a considerable scoring contribution form to put the result beyond any doubt as the game neared its conclusion.

Late Points from Coolaney/Mullinabreena substitute Paul Connolly and the excellent Hailstones were merely window dressing on a game that, despite its frenetic pace and physical play, lacked both the scoring output and the competitive edge to make it truly memorable fare.

The score finished up Shamrock Gaels 0-16 to Coolaney/Mullinabreena's 0-07.

As for Coolaney/Mullinabreena, they can prepare for a showdown with Aidan Rooney's St.Mary's after a bye for Round 5, in what promises to be an intriguing affair.

Teams: Coolaney/Mullinabreena: Lorcan Callaghan, Kevin 'O' Kennedy, Stephan Barrett, Eamonn Gorman, Conor McCormack, Cian 'O' Dowd, Aidan Coleman, Sean Gorman, Declan McCormack, Niall Connolly, Gavin Gorman (0-2), Stephan Connolly, Conor Feely, Shane 'O' Brien, Niall 'O' Dowd, Kieran Finan (0-02), Darren Coleman, Anthony Walsh, Paul Connolly.

Shamrock Gaels: Daniel Lyons, Evan Lyons, Paul Higgins, Keith McMorrow, Sean Carroll, Frank Quinn, Andrew Flynn (0-01), James Carroll (0-03), Dillon McDermott, Ciaran 'O' Connor, Liam 'O' Connell, Declan Willis (0-01), Darragh Hailstones (0-05), Johnathan Quinn (0-03), Shane Deignan (0-02).

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