O'Loughlin Gaels 2-20 to 1-8 St. Martins GAA
Venue: Canon's Kearns Park, Erins Own GAA - April 23rd at 1.30pm
Referee: Peter Burke
The scores certainly did come and from early on the writing was on the wall even though at ten minutes the scores stood at a point each. But O'loughlins had hit three wides by then and were causing St.Martins real problems in thier defensive zone. In the 13th minute David Burke found the net from a rebounded save from a Robbie Buckley strike, all coming about from a sublime clearance by Jay Leahy back in the Gaels half back line, the half back line of Leahy, Kearns and Deegan working well together. It was just rewards for the early exchanges and the Gaels were ahead 1-2 to 0-1.
St. Martins got one back soon after though as Tom Breen pounced on a loose ball in the O'Loughlin's square and whipped it to the net. The St.Martin's crowd feeling ok now. The sides exchanged points through Paddy Deegan and John Maher (Free) before Mark Kelly found O'Loughlin Gaels second goal on the 22nd minute putting a little distance between the sides and laying the platform for the city team to build a decent lead by half time at 2-9 to 1-3.
It was a satisfcatory afternoon for the Gaels and a promising start to this years league/championship. There were five new starters from last years County Final outing and all fitted in well. It's early days yet of course and there's a lot of work to do. But they'll look forward to it...and so do we!
S. Murphy, A Forristal, A Kearns, E Kearns, P Deegan, B. Hogan, J Leahy, S. Mahony, H. Lawlor, S. Johnston, M. Kelly, R. Buckley, M. Bergin, D. Burke, G. Kelly.
Substitutions: S. Bolger for D. Burke (30"), J. Nolan for S. Mahony (38"), G. Bryan for A Forristal (41"), J. Doyle for S. Johnston (43"), D. Lenihan for G. Kelly (50")
B. Maher, P. Butler, R. Butler, P. Byrne, P. Cantwell.
Scorers: M. Kelly 1-3, M Bergin 0-5, (3F), P. Deegan 0-5, D. Burke 1-0, S. Bolger 0-3, R. Buckley (0-2), J. Nolan, D. Lenihan - 0-1 each.