Football Senior A League
Wolfe Tones 0 02 Simonstown Gaels 3 11
Round 2 v Simonstown
Saturday 3rd February 2018
I ndiaidh 2 01 a fháil go luath sa dara leath a d’fhag dhá chúilín d’éag idir na fóirne bhi bua éasca ag Gaeil Bhaile Shíomóin.
Hosts Simonstown Gaels ran out easy winners after a devastating start to the second half which saw them score 2 01 in the opening minutes and finished the game as a contest. The exchanges in the opening half had been evenly contested and although Tones trailed by 0 06 to 0 01 at half time after playing in to a stiff breeze they had matched their opponents in the possession stakes so hopes were high that they could turn that deficit around. The stiff breeze had made scoring difficult at the racecourse end and Tones would rue 7 first half wides. Indeed Simonstown also found it hard to find their scoring boots and after 25 minutes had only managed 2 points while the visitors’ sole score had come from a Cian ward ’45. Simonstown found their range in the closing minutes of the half and added 4 points before the interval.
News from the Aviva stadium that Johnny Sexton had just landed his match winning drop goal to deny France came just as the Gaels began their second half scoring burst which put them in a commanding position. Although Tones played with spirit thereafter all they had to show for the second half was a fine Padraic Diamond point midway through the half. Charlie Mc Garry was unlucky to see his goal effort go narrowly wide when put through on goal in the dying minutes. Tones did create a number of scoring opportunities but the shooting radar was off on the night and a confident Simonstown outfit were full of running with the comfort of a sizeable lead and added a third goal just before the final whistle.
Tones had made a number of personnel changes during the interval which saw Eoghan Harrington, Conor and Stephen Sheppard replaced by Alan Callaghan, Alan Lynam and Thomas Blaney and also a number of positional switches. They had barely settled in to position before being “ holed below the waterline”. Overall it was a night to forget for the Tones and they will look forward to an improved performance in the next round when they host Summerhill.
Like Condi, Conor Sheppard, Eoghan Harrington, Oisín mac Ghinneartaí, Niall Mc Loughlin, Éanna Harrington, Caolán Ward, Stephen Corrigan, Padraic Diamond(0 01), Charlie Mc Garry, Stephen Sheppard, Niall O Reilly, Cian Ward (0 01,’45), Fiachra Ward Saran O Fionnagáin
Subs: Alan Callaghan, Alan Lynam, Thomas Blaney for Eoghan Harrington, Conor Sheppard, Stephen Sheppard (all at half time), David Nolan for Luke Condi (35), David Coleman for Niall O Reilly (50)