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Poor Display from Highmoss

posted 7 Aug 2011, 12:45 by Sarsfields PRO
Sarsfields 2-05 Granemore 1-14

Sarsfields can be slow starters, but in this game they took twenty minutes to register a score and the half was almost over before Eamon McGeown scored from play. That said Sarsfields had several chances that were wasted going for goals when maybe the point should have been taken. Mark Reynolds though had two goal chances that probably were the best option. With the first he was denied by the post and with the second he was denied by the keeper. Sarsfields in the main had reverted to their old habits of poor passing into the half forward line. In contrast Granemore were more clinical with their shots and it took a superb save from the feet of Darren McAvoy to deny Granemore a goal. Sarsfields finished the half two points down and could reasonably have thought that it could have been closer even though the overall performance was poor.

Granemore hit the net with their first score of the second half and from then Sarsfields were very much on the back foot. Richie Stevenson pulled back a point but the visitors hit seven points without reply. Sarsfields had two well taken goals from Richie Stevenson and Eamon McGeown late in the match that only served to put a gloss on an otherwise drab score line.

It is an understatement that the result doesn’t really reflect how this match went for Sarsfields. The manner of the defeat was much worse than the result suggests. Two late goals added a bit of respectability to the score from a Sarsfields perspective. You could use the old cliché “It was a game of two halves”. Last week Sarsfields turned on the style in the second half. This week the Highmoss were poor in the first half and simply awful in the second. To be fair Granemore put up a good display in all sectors of the park. Not a good result ahead of the championship. On a positive note if Maghery people were watching this game it might lead to them being complacent next week. The other point is that the management may well have a better idea of their best fifteen after this performance. Expect a few changes for next week.