The senior footballers went down by the minimum margin against league leaders Rossa at the Falls Park in an enthralling encounter.
A fast break from defence yielded the first point of the game. Jay Park took possession of the ball, laid it off to James Lindsay, who in turn found Decky Smyth supporting the ball and when Anthony Rowntree took possession he played a lovely kick pass to Ceavy Slane who side stepped his marker and kicked the ball between the posts. Rossa quickly responded with a well taken goal and a point, however we were quickly back on level terms when a Padraig McParland shot was saved by the Rossa keeper only for the rebound to fall to James Lindsay to hit the net – all square. We moved in front with our second goal of the game coming from Caolan Park. This time Rossa responded with 4 points to edge one in front but a Padraig McParland pointed free levelled proceedings again. We then regained the upper hand, with another Ceavy Slane point, brilliant defensive work from Nathan Maginn set up Padraig McParland for a long range point and when he converted a free we held a 2-5 to 1-5 lead at the break.
Eight minutes into the second half and Rossa had wiped out our advantage with three points (2 frees). An Aaron Slane pointed free restored our lead but another 3 point Rossa salvo moved them ahead. Nathan Maginn from corner back, kicked an excellent point following good work from Conor Toner but again Rossa replied with another 2 points. We then had the score of the game, a better point you will never see, a break out of defence at intense pace, the running of the shoulder and support play involving James Lindsay, Decky Smyth and Ryan Park and when the ball was delivered to Ceavy Slane, he calmly slotted between the posts. A Rossa pointed free gave them a goal cushion. We threw everything at Rossa in a bid to reduce the deficit. Aaron Slane pointed a free and then a goal bound shot, from James Lindsay somehow deflected of a defenders knee for a 45, rather than nestling in the back of the net. Aaron Slane converted the ensuing 45 to leave us a point in arrears but the referee called time with Rossa holding on for the win.
This was an epic encounter between two sides, playing open football with great intensity and intent. Both teams should also be commended for their toughness, yet fairness in their tackling. If truth be told this was a game we didn’t deserve to lose and while Rossa have gone away the victors, there is no doubting this was their toughest assignment to date and they will consider themselves fortunate to have taken the spoils.
Scorers: Ceavy Slane (0-3), James Lindsay (1-0), Caolan Park (1-0), Padraig McParland (0-3), Aaron Slane (0-3), Nathan Maginn (0-1)
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