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Vital Win Built on a Solid Defensive Display

posted 18 May 2012, 16:00 by Unknown user   [ updated 3 Jul 2012, 04:44 by HighMoss Sarsfields ]

Sarsfields 0-09 Cullaville 0-05

Darran McAvoy made some great saves
A strong finish in both halves combined with Darran McAvoy’s superb goalkeeping skills helped Sarsfields gain vital points in this match. Early on Sarsfields had all the play but failed to convert the possession into scores and it took a Richie Stevenson free to open the scoring after a few wides and a saved goal chance. Excellent defending held the visitors scoreless for a quarter hour, but coming into the game they hit two quick scores to edge ahead. Cullaville had an excellent chance to pull further ahead with a goal but Darran pulled off a superb save to deny Cullaville a goal from a one on one chance. In clearing the ball Peter Stevenson was deemed to have lifted the ball of the ground and a penalty was awarded. Darran McAvoy, faced Kieran Hatzer who has an excellent record with penalties and pulled off a second superb save. Colin Stevenson levelled the match at two points each and had a goal chance go agonisingly wide. Late in the half Cullaville went two points up, but in a very late show, Peter and Richie Stevenson hit injury time points to pull Sarsfields level. The Highmoss might have gone a goal up but Colin Stevenson saw a second goal chance deflected wide.

Sarsfields edged ahead with an Eamon McGeown point, but were finding scores hard to come by. Eamon had earlier saw two chances drift wide and both Richie Stevenson and Paul McGaughey sent frees wide. Neill McCann caught a great ball on the edge of the small square but was quickly surrounded by blue shirts. The match was level with less than ten minutes remaining, with only a point each having been scored in the second half. There was drama though as Cullaville had a man red carded and it transpired he had been substituted but hadn’t left the field. A tricky state of affairs for the referee and Cullaville were able to finish the match with fifteen men. Sarsfields ended any arguments regarding the rights and wrongs of this situation finishing strongly and hitting four points without reply in the final five minutes. Paul McGaughey and Michael Stevenson hit points and Richie Stevenson had the final say with a free and a point from play. Darran McAvoy though prevented a nervy ending for the home support with a superb diving save when a crossing ball was plmed to what seemed a certain goal.

This was a vital win taking Sarsfields on to eight points along with Cullaville and it has to be said that the win was built on an excellent defensive display.