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Cullion 1-10 Southern Gaels 0-10

posted 17 Aug 2011, 01:29 by Kieran McCarthy
Junior B championship second round. Venue: Cullion
With both teams undefeated coming into this game we were hopeful that a win here would put us into a semi-final. Unfortunately this was not to be as Cullion showed a greater ability to convert their possession into scores and ran out winners by 3 points.
Southern Gaels played with the aid of the wind in the first half. In the very first minute the ball broke in the Southern Gaels square and we were relieved to see the ball narrowly go wide from a good ground shot from the Cullion corner forward.
We had a similar miss moments later when the ball bounced around the Cullion square with a few efforts blocked before a ground shot squirted just wide. After this neither team seemed to settle and a scrappy first half ended all square. Frees from Tony O'Keeffe and a good point from wide on the right by James Kilroy were the only scores we got in the first half. However we started the second half much the brighter with a good point from Adrian Dolphin and 2 from Tom McHugh had us in the lead. The Cullion full forward turned the game at this stage when loose marking allowed him the latitude to strike some good long range points and then flick the ball to the net from close range.
We needed a goal now but with Cullion dropping deep we were unable to break them down and now face into a winner takes all clash with Delvin to decide second spot in the group.
Scorers: Anthony O'Keeffe 0-5, Tom Mc Hugh 0-2, James Kilroy 0-1, Sean Carey 0-1, Adrian Dolphin 0-1