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Novice Championship vs Sneem/Derrynane

posted 5 May 2015, 07:03 by Shane O'Connell   [ updated 5 May 2015, 07:04 ]
Knocknagoshel 1-14 Sneem/Derrynane 0-12

This was a real championship affair in Knocknagoshel with both teams giving it everything from the start. From the throw in James Walsh drove forward putting the ball over the bar to open the scoring for the home side. The same player struck again a minute later with another point. It took the visitors a while longer to settle and Ian Galvin was wide with their first free attempt. Edmund Walsh pointed from play to open a three point lead for the home side. Two frees by Morgan O'Donoghue either side of an Ian Galvin free brought the visitors back on level terms by the 11th minute. Both players were troubling the Knocknagoshel full back line at this stage of the game. Edmund Walsh pointed from play for Knocknagoshel only to be cancelled out by Ian Galvin and this was quickly followed by a Niall O'Sullivan point for the visitors giving them the lead for the first time. A converted free from 45 metres by midfielder Brendan Teahan put the visitors two in front on the 21st minute. Knocknagoshel rallied before half time and a James Walsh free was followed by a point from his brother Edmund before James Walsh sent the home team ahead with a point from play. Half time score 0-7 to 0-6. 

Knocknagoshel got a dream start to the second half when James Walsh was put through on goal after good work by Shane O'Connell. He drove the ball high into the roof of the net to give the home side a four point cushion. Sneem/Derrynane showed their character in their response and pulled back the four points in as many minutes. A free by midfielder Brendan Teahan was followed by a Denis O'Sullivan point from play. Morgan O'Donoghue pointed another free followed by an Ian Galvin point from play leaving matters level at 1-7 to 10 points with 10 minutes gone in the second half. Edmund Walsh put the home sides noses in front again with a point from play closely followed by a free from the sideline kicked into a stiff breeze. Morgan O'Donoghue replied with a point from a free before Edmund Walsh scored again. Ian Galvin kicked a beauty for the visitors to cut the deficit to one point with ten minutes remaining. The home side pulled clear again kicking four unanswered points from there to the finish to leave the final score 1-14 to 0-12. 

There were some outstanding performances from players on both sides throughout. The battle between Padraig Reidy and Ian Galvin aswell as the battle between John Brosnan and Morgan O'Donoghue was worth the entrance fee alone but it was the overall contribution of James Walsh for the home side that ended up the difference between the two teams.