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Whitecross Heap the Misery on the Highmoss

posted 6 Jun 2011, 13:04 by Sarsfields PRO

Sarsfields 1-10 Whitecross 1-12

Sarsfields suffered yet another defeat at the hands of Whitecross. This match was played in persistent rain and consequently both sides found scores hard to come by while they adapted to the very wet conditions. Whitecross hit the target first with a handy enough free. In contrast Sarsfields’ first few attacks seemed to be a combination of both excessive passing and back passing. Several attacks were pushed out from the fourteen to the fifty. Certainly this ‘patient build up’ approach was testing the patience of the home support. Little separated the sides early on. Poor shooting combined with good defending, including a superb block by Paul Magee prevented the visitors from adding on further scores. Sarsfields' case wasn't helped when Brian Lavery went off injured, though his replacement Paul Hughes put in a good performance and his two outstanding points were definitely the pick of the Highmoss scores. Sarsfields first point came at over ten minutes in when Eamon McGeown got a fist to a Mark Reynolds effort that was just drifting wide. Both sides exchanged scores and when the visitors edged a point ahead, they were only too aware that poor shooting had prevented maybe a four or five point lead. This poor shooting also included a goal chanced directed straight at Darren McAvoy. Sarsfields punished this poor shooting when Mark Reynolds slid the ball into the net under the Whitecross keeper. The move began by a good interception from Eamon McGeown breaking down a Whitecross move. Thomas McAlinden collected and after a good run had the option of Johnny and Mark Reynolds on either side. As it was Mark was best placed for the goal. Johnny Reynolds and Paul Hughes added a point each and with half time approaching the home crowd had good reason for optimism, with the Highmoss leading by four points. Whitecross though weren’t finished and scored five points in less than five minutes to lead by a point at half time.

In the second half Whitecross quickly added a goal and two points. The goal was particularly unfortunate and one which the Highmoss keeper would not wish to see replayed. This made it 1-07 without reply and made it very much an uphill battle for the Highmoss. From six points down, Sarsfields fought their way back into the match. Eamon McGeown got his fist to a ball to take a point and Johnny Reynolds, easily the hardest working and most productive forward on the night added four points, three from the dead ball and one from play. Whitecross pulled a point back but entering the final few minutes Sarsfields had closed the gap to a single point with a super score from Paul Hughes. Sarsfields had chances to level matters but three chances from Thomas McAlinden all just missed the target. Whitecross got a final chance and eased the pressure with a point and could go home with a win. Darren McAvoy may be disappointed with the goal he conceded and Thomas McAlinden may be frustrated that he didn’t level matters or take the lead for the Highmoss in the closing stages. However the whole team can consider that the five points conceded at the end of the first half were the main factors contributing to the defeat. On a positive note the team didn’t give up. Also it was good to see Michael Stevenson back from his travels and back in the Sarsfields squad.