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Championship Exit for Highmoss

posted 17 Sep 2012, 10:28 by Unknown user
Sarsfields 0-12 Carrickcruppen 4-10
The cliché ‘goals win games’ certainly proved correct in this championship replay, as did the saying ‘that you can’t do anything without the ball’. Early points from Eamon McGeown and Johnny Reynolds helped settle Sarsfields. Cruppen replied with a point, but two scores from Paul McGaughey and another from Michael Stevenson saw Sarsfields lead by four. Paul’s second point may well have been a goal after a great interception in defence saw the Highmoss quickly push forward, but the three on one play resulted in a point. Cruppen though were coming into the game and it took a super Darren McAvoy save to deny them a goal. Sarsfields were wasting limited possession by over passing and losing the ball giving Cruppen opportunities to come at them. Eimeid Murray landed a super long range point, but the Camlough side were to dominate the final ten minutes of the half. After some wasteful Cruppen shooting, Sarsfields still led by three points in the final minute of the half, but two late points pulled it back to a single point for Cruppen.
At the break it was looking ominous for the Highmoss given that Cruppen were dominating midfield and they had the lion’s share of the possession. Had it not been for seven wides and a super Darren McAvoy save Cruppen would have been well ahead. That said Sarsfields had goal opportunities themselves. In the second half a couple of early points from Michael Stevenson frees had Sarsfields in a two point lead, but in the space of one minute the game was turned on its head when Cruppen with two long balls took full advantage of the new square ball rule and hit two goals. For the first it seemed that Darren had it covered, but the Cruppen forward did enough to put the ball free for Declan Carville to score. For the second Carville got the vital touch to beat Darren McAvoy. It had been apparent much earlier that Cruppen would use the long ball tactic, but it was difficult to defend, especially if losing the midfield battle. Cruppen were on top and were helped to a third goal by a disastrous pass out of defence. A fourth goal ended what was left of the contest and again it was the direct long ball that did the damage. Failure to gain primary possession and not being more direct when they had the ball were the main reasons why Sarsfields were on the back foot. Starved of possession the Highmoss forward line could only manage a further three points from Eamon McGeown, Michael Stevenson and Ciaran Kerr.