Blackhall Gaels 1-09
Clann na Gael 0-11
Blackhall Gaels gained their second successive league win with a narrow victory over Clann na Gael in Kilcloon on Thursday 24th June.
In ideal playing conditions both teams served up an exciting game with some excellent passages of play. Clann na Gael were quickest out of the blocks with the opening point which was immediatley cancelled out by a John O’Brien 45. The teams then traded points to leave it at four points each coming up to half time, the Blackhall score’s coming from O’Brien with a pointed free, Ciaran Burke with a fine effort from play and finally an impressive left footed score from wing back Mick Snee after an incisive run through the visitors defence. Clann na Gael however pushed on and got two scores late in the period to leave the visitors two points to the good at half time 0-06 to 0-04.
The second half saw Blackhall quickly take the lead after a well worked goal which started with a short ball out of defence from goalkeeper David Ferris. Three quick passes later and Liam Eviston gave the Clann na Gael keeper no chance with an unstoppable finish to the roof of the net. Clann na Gael narrowed the gap with some excellent free taking but Blackhall done enough to hold on to all three points with the help of three points from play from half time substitute Robert Cox, and two further points from Eviston. With just the minimum between the teams there were a tense last few minutes but the Blackhall defence held firm with some vital interceptions from Cyril O’Brien and goalkeeper Ferris ensuring Blackhall Gaels took both points.
Blackhall Gaels – 1. David Ferris, 2. Cyril O’Brien, 3. Paddy Snee, 4. Liam Howlett, 5. Mick Snee (0-01), 6. Tony Regan, 7. Ulick Colgan, 8. John O’Brien (0-02), 9. Daragh Finnegan, 10. Mick Durkin, 11. Ciaran Burke (0-01), 12. Paul Whelan, 13. Paul Regan, 14. Liam Eviston (1-02), 15. John Kelly.
Subs: Gary Connolly for Tony Regan (inj), Robert Cox (0-03) for Paul Regan, Owen Creevey for Paul Whelan