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Narrow Win for Highmoss Under 21's

posted 3 Oct 2011, 14:41 by Sarsfields PRO   [ updated 9 Oct 2011, 15:54 ]

St. Paul's 1-14 Sarsfields 2-12

Sarsfields were trying to resume some sense of normality at the end of a difficult week and in entertainment value, this match raised the spirits a bit.

Sarsfields pushed into a five point lead, hitting five points in the first ten minutes. Paul McGeown hit two frees and one from play, whilst Eimeid Murray and Stefan Green hit two nice points. The Highmoss could have been further ahead with Niall McAlinden and Thomas McAlinden having goal chances, but three points on the trot saw St. Paul's come into the game. St. Paul’s could have edged ahead but were denied by a superb save by Darren McShane and the ball was well cleared from the end line by Ruairi McKernan. Paul McGeown added a point after collecting a pass from Colin Stevenson. With ten minutes of the first half remaining St. Paul’s closed the gap to two points. The remainder of the half saw a single point from Colin Stevenson and Paul McGeown was denied a goal by a great save and another goal effort was hit straight at the keeper.

It was nip and tuck just after half time. St. Paul's closed the gap to two points. Paul McGeown almost immediately restored the three point lead before the home side quickly pulled it back. A goal from Niall McAlinden then looked to have put the Highmoss in the driving seat. There was some debate on the sideline as to whether Niall was going for the point, but Niall was adamant he was trying to chip the keeper. In an exciting six or seven minutes 1-06 was scored, the goal and three points coming for St. Paul's, with Thomas McAlinden hitting three over the bar. St. Pauls hit three without reply to level the game with three minutes remaining. However in an excellent move Thomas McAlinden gave the final pass to Paul McGeown who planted the ball in the net from a narrow angle. St. Paul's pulled it back to a point but Sarsfields held on. Paul McGeown hit 1-06 of Sarsfields total, Darren McShane made some great saves and a few of the non-senior players had great games. Few could argue though that St. Paul's Andrew Murnan was the stand out player with a great display of fielding and point scoring.