We hosted unbeaten Naomh Eargnait (Muine Glás)Moneyglass in round 4 of the IFC at Páirc MacDáibhéid last night, with a home victory needed in order for us to hold on to any slim chance of progressing from the group.
The game got off to the perfect start when in the first minute the ball was worked out to Ceavy Slane on the right and he composed himself before kicking the ball over the bar from 30 yards to give us the start we needed.
Muine Glás then enjoyed a period of possession but were held off by a dogged home defence. A free gave the visitors the chance to get their first score on the board and this was duly taken and was quickly followed up with a well worked score to give them a one point lead. The teams then traded points from frees (Aaron Slane) before Muine Glás scored another point following yet another well worked move.
A kick-out from Aaron Slane in the 15th minute was knocked forward from Seán O’Neill and it was Daniel Largey who was first to react, collecting the ball and evading a challenge before smashing the ball in to the visitors net to give us a one point lead. The lead was to last only a few minutes though as back came Muine Glás with an equalising point. A wonderful strike from Seán O’Neill restored our one point advantage but this was to be the last time we would hold the lead.
A fast counter attack from Muine Glás saw them hand pass the ball numerous times between their front six and resulted in a tap in for the goal. They added two further points to extend their lead by 4 points as the half time whistle was blown
HT Mac Dáibhéid 1-3 Moneyglass 1-7
The 2nd half started off as the first half had with Mac Dáibhéid getting the first score within a minute, a free from Aaron Slane. Muine Glás struck back immediately as they scored their second goal of the game following a blistering attack which again involved a handful of players. Stephen Tully replied with two well taken frees to give us hope of staging a comeback but yet again Muine Glás responded emphatically by registering five points (one free) in a five minute period.
The last five minutes saw us press hard to reduce the deficit but Muine Glás were able to reply to points from Gerard Burns and Stephen Tully(f)) with three points of their own. The final whistle ended any hopes of championship progress for us but confirmed Muine Glás will qualify from the group for the next stage of this year’s IFC.
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