Football Senior A League Round 1

Wolfe Tones 2 10 Ratoath 1  07

Kilberry, Sunday, 28 Jan 2018

Scéal an chluiche : Leath shlí tríd an chéad leath fuair Bhulf Tón 2  04 i gceann dhá noiméad déag agus ina dhiaidh sin bhíodar 7 gcúilíní chun tosaigh. Bhí ró mhór le déanamh ag na cuaiteoirí ina dhiaidh sin.

Wolfe Tones began the defence of their A league title with a deserved win against visitors Ratoath in windy conditions in Kilberry. Ratoath led by 2 points after six minutes while Tones were finding the windy conditions difficult to master registering 4 narrow wides during the opening minutes. Eventually they got off the mark in the 13th minute courtesy of a Fiachra Ward free following a foul on Sarán Ó Fionnagáin. Ratoath added a point in reply. Shortly afterwards Fiachra Ward knocked a long ball down to brother Cian who found the net to put the Tones a point ahead after 17 minutes and this was a lead they would hold to the end. Caolán Ward added a point before Fiachra Ward Ward gathered a high ball beat his man and drove to the net to give the Tones a commanding lead. The evergreen Niall McLoughlin who was a constant threat with his driving runs saw his point effort rebound off the post minutes later. The rebound was picked up by Cian Ward who pointed and Fiachra Ward added a point just afterwards to see the Tones lead by 2  04 to 0  03 after 25 minutes. Tones had scored 2  04 in just 12 minutes but had to withstand sustained Ratoath pressure until the half time whistle but the visitors had little to show for this registering 4 wides thanks to some tigerish Tones defending  and a fine save from  Luke Condi, the Tones keeper,  to leave Tones 7 points ahead  at the interval.

Ratoath battled gamely to get back in contention and were lifted by a goal in the 53rd minute which left the score line at 2  06 to 1  04, the early Tones  points coming from Niall O Reilly and Saran O Fionnagáin. Points from Niall O Reilly and Fiachra Ward (2) steadied the ship for the home side and left Ratoath needing a goal which never came. Padraig Diamond’s injury time point closed out the scoring.

This was an enterprising performance from the Tones who handled the greasy underfoot conditions well and worked hard for each other throughout .The line out was a blend of youth and experience featuring 3 of last year’s minor winning team and five of the 2006 Keegan cup winning side. Keeper Luke Condi was reliable throughout while Eoghan Harrington had a fine game. Debutant Oisin Mac Ghinneartai caught the eye at corner back while Niall Mc Loughlin played his usual tireless running game. Stephen Corrigan did everything well in his usual mid field berth, ably supported by Padraic Diamond. Up front Cian and Fiachra Ward were dangerous throughout while Niall O Reilly, Sarán O Fionnagain and Charlie Mc Garry also played particularly well in the second half.

A minute’s silence was observed before the game in memory of Anthony Diamond (uncle of mid-fielder Padraic, and brother of club stalwart Paddy). Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Next up are county champions Simonstown.

Wolfe Tones:

Luke Condi, Oisín Mac Ghinneartaí, Eoghan Harrington, Brughach O Fionnagáin, Niall Mc Loughlin, Éanna Harrington, Caolán Ward (0  01), Stephen Corrigan, Padraic Diamond (0  01), Niall O Reilly (0  02), Stephen Sheppard, Charlie Mc Garry, Cian Ward (1  01), Fiachra Ward(1  04), Sarán O Fionnagáin (0  01). Subs: Conor Sheppard for Niall O Reilly (54), Thomas Blaney for Stephen Sheppard (57).