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Narrow Defeat in League Opener

posted 15 Apr 2013, 13:38 by Unknown user   [ updated 15 Apr 2013, 13:40 ]
Cullaville 2-07 Sarsfields 1-09
Sarsfields got off to an excellent start with quick points from Johnny Reynolds and Paul McGeown. Playing into a gale the first half objective was to contain the opposition and for twenty nine first half minutes Sarsfields had succeeded on that front. Wasteful Culloville attacking kept match fairly even and it was mid-way through the half before they pulled level. Paul McGeown was unlucky to see an effort just miss out on the top corner of the net after the wind had pushed his shot into a deceiving angle for the keeper. Assisted both by the conditions and Highmoss inability to win possession, the home side edged ahead, but a three point lead as half time approached looked unlikely to be sufficient. A good Cullaville move seconds from the end of normal time led to a well taken goal.
Disappointing yes, but what was to come was calamitous. A side-line ball went through a Highmoss defenders hands in the square and was collected by a grateful Cullaville forward who blasted the ball to the net to the sound of the half time whistle. The home side led by nine points at this stage.
Sarsfields got off to a good start with a superb individual Paul McGaughey goal, however they failed to capitalise on this start. I wasn't until mid-way through the half that Sarsfields began to claw back the deficit. Four unanswered Richie Stevenson frees had pulled it back to three points. Cullaville hit over a point in reply, but Sarsfields came back with a Paul McGaughey point and a Richie Stevenson free. As time ran out Richie Stevenson dropped a ball into the square. The home keeper collected the ball then spilled it and the ball was crashed to the net, but the goal was disallowed. A further attempt on a goal was fisted over by a defender for a point, denying the chance of a much needed goal. As it was both teams could only manage two points into the wind and that statistic told the tale about the conditions.