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Gaels overcome Round Towers in lively encounter

posted 27 Aug 2012, 13:29 by Unknown user   [ updated 27 Aug 2012, 15:01 by Andy W ]
Under 13 Bord na nOg League,  Cúchulainn Gaels  v Round Towers,  Kildangan 26th August 2012
Cúchulainn Gaels under 13’s were on the early shift Sunday morning with a 10.30am start against Round Towers. With a full squad available, the Gaels fielded a strong team and still had plenty of firepower on the sideline.
After a bright opening the Gaels went two points up with Eoin O’Loughlin and Tomas Scully on target, however several chances were also squandered during this period. The visitors broke forward, launching a long ball into the square which was finished to the net to put Round Towers a point in front, despite the best efforts of Daniel Cawley in the Gaels goal. The home side showed great spirit and Conor Lindy, Fergal O’Mahoney and Callum Sourke defended valiantly to regain control for the Gaels.
A long range equaliser from Robert McGrath was soon followed by a second from the same player to regain the lead. Points were swapped and Towers then hit two in a row to go a point ahead, again, as the pendulum swung in the other direction. 
As the half-time whistle sounded, Robert McGrath got on the end of a good move involving Michael John Prendergast, Kevin Martin and Stephen Keogh to score the final point of the half to leave it deadlocked at 0:6 to 1:3 at the break.
On the restart, the visitors took an early lead, however a fortunate goal from the hard working Kevin Martin put the Gaels ahead again. Towers replied quickly to score a superb equalising goal, the Gaels fought back and twice in the space of a minute Devan Guing flicked the ball over the head of the Towers goalkeeper to put the home side 3.8 to 2.5 ahead. As the glorious morning sunshine was sapping the energy from the player’s legs, Joey O’Sullivan, James Galvin, Pat Martin and Bill Kavanagh came off the bench and gave the team a new lease of life.
From here on there was only one team in the game as Tomas Scully, Eoin O’Loughlin, Stephen Keogh and Ryan Powell pointed while Kevin Martin and Eoin O’Loughlin added goals  the Gaels ran out winners on a scoreline of 5:12 to 2:06.