Its been a long time since we played the quality of hurling shown in this league encounter. High quality scores, working together as a team unit, moving the sliotar with pace and accuracy, great defending, all phrases which epitomised the effort and commitment displayed by the team, particularly in the first half.
St Teresas opened the scoring with a point from a 65 which was cancelled out when Gearoid Cosgrove’s long clearance from defense was taken by Stephen McGivern who struck it over the bar to level the game. Chris Gallagher put us in front from a free just inside the 65 line, before two points points from Sean Smyth, the first an excellent score from an acute angle out near the right hand touchline. St Teresas got their second point of the game, before Conor Matthews won possession of the sliotar from the puck out, took on the St Teresas defense and calmly dispatched the sliotar between the posts, St Teresas responded with a point but we then hit a purple patch, a point from Chris Gallagher, on his weak side, another point from Conor Matthews and a goal from Sean Smyth gave us a well deserved seven point lead. St Teresas pointed a free but a Chris Gallagher point from a 65 and two points from Canice Mooney, the second an excellent finish after a great cross field pass from Thomas Maguire. St Teresas got themselves back in the game with a goal before both teams traded points, with Chris Gallagher on the mark from a free to give us the advantage at the break 1-11 to 1-5.
The second half started with a St Teresa goal from a free, we were slow to set up and they took advantage and the sliotar ended up in the net. Another point for the Glen road outfit left two between the sides. However two points from Canice Mooney and one from Chris Gallagher extended our lead to five. St Teresas stormed back with five unanswered points, three from frees, one of which was a monstrous effort from inside their own half. Both teams traded points, with Canice Mooney on target again and when Chris Gallagher pointed a free we held the lead going into injury time. Following a St Teresas wide the referee judged that too much time was taken with the puck out and awarded a throw ball on the 21 yard line. The sliotar broke out and the St Teresas forward scoped it up and fired it over the bar for the equaliser. This proved to be last action of the game with the final score Davitts 1-16 St Teresas 2-13.
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