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Comeback at Culloville

posted 1 Aug 2011, 15:05 by Sarsfields PRO
Culloville 2-09 Sarsfields 3-09

Paul Magee started with Eoin Murray being out with flu, otherwise the management kept faith with the side that had defeated the Clans. Straight from the throw in the home side hit a point, followed quickly by a wide that should have been scored. Michael Stevenson got the Highmoss off the mark with a nice point coming in along the end line and he might well have gone for the goal, had he been on his stronger foot. Directly from that kick out Richie Stevenson landed a point edging Sarsfields in front. The home side pushed forward and had a goal chance come off the outside of the post and wide. Sarsfields had a couple of good chances that really were overplayed; trying for goals when they could have both been fisted over the bar. A third chance was shot wide and this wastefulness was quickly punished by the home side. Sarsfields failed to score for twenty minutes and during this time Culloville hit six points without reply. During the same period Sarsfields hit several chances wide and were fortunate that Darren McAvoy made a terrific save to deny the Blues a goal. Several decent attacks found Highmoss forwards coming in on their weaker side for shooting and defensively the Hoops were just atrocious. What was needed was a goal to keep Sarsfields in the game, however it was Culloville that got the goal and in reality it had been coming. The half time whistle was a welcome relief both for the team and the travelling support. Eight points down and playing extremely poorly, it would have seemed there was no way back.

The Highmoss though got the perfect start with an excellent first minute Richie Stevenson goal. Two minutes later Thomas McAlinden palmed a long ball in from Paul Magee to the net and it was game on. Even at this early stage the Highmoss play looked to be in complete contrast to the inept first half display. Richie Stevenson added a point and Eamon McGeown sent over a super free from fifty-five metres to level the match. Two Michael Stevenson points and a Thomas McAlinden point put Sarsfields three up. Sarsfields were dominating at midfield and half back with any Culloville chances swept up by full back Peter Stevenson who was now in superb form. Culloville chalked up their only point of the half through a free. The result was still very much in the balance, but Sarsfields held firm. Thomas McAlinden put a sideline ball over the bar and the point certainly had the effect of inspiring the Hoops and disheartening Culloville. Any remaining doubt about the result was removed by a super Eamon McGeown goal. In a move involving the three half forwards Thomas McAlinden flicked a ball to Michael Stevenson who burst forward with Eamon McGeown on his left shoulder. A quick pass left the Culloville defence stranded and Eamon easily beat the keeper to leave six points between the sides. To their credit Culloville kept up the pressure but had to go for goals. One chance blazed wide of the posts and a final injury time scramble was deemed to have crossed the line. The Highmoss umpire was adamant the ball hadn't crossed the goal line. To be fair the referee saw no need to worry unduly about the goal as he was blowing for full time on the kick out.

Sarsfields had outscored Culloville 3-06 to 1-01 in an outstanding second half comeback.