ACFL Div 2 – Naomh Seosamh 3-9 Davitts 3-10

The senior footballers trailed by seven points midway through the 2nd half of this away game, at Glenavy, but produced a performance of true grit and determination to overturn the deficit and come away with a one point victory.

Playing with the advantage of the breeze Naomh Seosamh opened the scoring with a pointed free. Padraig McParland then levelled the match following good work from Decky Smyth and James Lindsay. Then in a sweeping move Padraig McParland took possession of the ball and lashed it to the back of the net to put us ahead. Naomh Seosamh kicked their second point before Padraig McParland got another point to restore our goal advantage. Another point for the Glenavy men was then followed by a goal; we were on an attack, the ball was turned over and the Naomh Seosamh forward was left with a run on goal and he slotted it low below the keeper. Both teams traded further points (James Lindsay) with Naomh Seosamh finishing the half strongly with their second goal and a further point to give them a commanding 5 point lead at the break.

We picked off the first point of the 2nd half, Anthony Rowntree claimed possession from the throw-in, passed to Conor Toner who played a one –two with Ryan Park before kicking over the bar. We then turned the ball over which allowed Padraig McParland in for another point and it appeared that the momentum was swinging our way. However, Naomh Seosamh responded with 2 points (1f) to restore their 5 point lead. Ceavy Slane kicked a nice point over his shoulder, but when we conceded another goal to fall 7 behind it looked as if there was only going to be one winner – Naomh Seosamh.

At this stage we showed great determination, attitude and willingness to get back into the game. Points from Padraig McParland and Decky Smyth reduced the arrears. Decky Smyth then went on a mazy solo run down the right side of the pitch, cut in towards the Naomh Seosamh goal and fired a rasping shot with the outside of his boot to the corner of the net – unstoppable – 2 in it. A pointed free gave Naomh Seosamh a goal cushion and when they pointed again it looked as if our comeback would fall short. However, we were back in it again when Sean O’Neill stormed through the centre, shot goal wards, the ball was blocked but rebounded back up and he duly thumped it to the net – 1 in. We pressed from the kick out and a pointed free from Aaron Slane from 45yds, levelled the game. With time running out and light running out we pushed for the winner and it came from a well taken point from Padraig McParland to give us the win 3-10 to 3-9.

This was a performance which showcased an outstanding will and determination to get a result through hard work, high intensity and a never say die attitude – well done.

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