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Seniors: Brosna v Churchill

The opening blast of referee Dermot Hughes whistle signalled both the start of this Division 3 encounter and a severe hailstone shower that disrupted both teams efforts to settle into the match.

Dee McAuliffe opened the scoring for Brosna followed quickly by a point from Churchill’s Gary Rolls, but they were to be the only scores of the first 20 minutes as both teams slugged it out around the middle of the park.

Then, as suddenly as it had started, the elements eased and a game of football broke out.  A Michael O’Brien free for the visitors was cancelled by a point from Adam Barry, who impressed throughout, and the sides traded points again through Brosna’s Conor Lane and another free from Churchill’s O’Brien.

Churchill then looked to have seized the initiative when Eoin O’Brien’s long range free dropped short in the box and was finished to the net by Thomas Lenihan.  Brosna’s response took mere seconds, as in the next attack Adam Barry’s pass found McAuliffe, who finished sweetly to the back of the net.

Churchill’s Jack Dolan was giving a fine display of fielding in the middle of the park, picking up four marks, and his corner forward Jason Mortimer was showing well and winning great ball in tough conditions.  The sides exchanged points again before the break through Barry and Churchill’s Chris Hurley to leave the score 1-04 apiece at half time.

Chris Hurley, who impressed throughout at midfield for Churchill, pointed again at the restart to give the visitors the lead, but two points within a minute from Brosna’s full forward Mike Finnegan saw his side take the lead again.  Matt Finnerty won a crucial interception in midfield and fed Jason Mortimer who put the visitors back on terms again with a sweetly taken point.  Brosna then had a purple patch of sorts and three points from Barry (2) and Conor Lane, interrupted by an O’Brien free opened up a 2 point lead.

However, Churchill responded with two more scores from O’Brien and Mortimer and even retook the lead with a long range free from ‘keeper Eoghan O’Brien.  A Conor Lane free left the sides level for the tenth time in the game with 3 minutes remaining, but then, in injury time, Churchill substitute Joseph Lenihan scored a beauty with the outside of the boot from a side-line ball. Brosna had time for one last attack and when Finnegan was fouled up stepped Adam Barry to fire over the final score of the game to leave honours even at 1-11 to 1-11, which was a fair reflection of an entertaining contest.  Next weekend sees Churchill host Milltown/Castlemaine at 2pm Sunday 15th March in Churchill.

Minors: Churchill defeated Ballyduff in the opening round of the minor football league by 1-09 to 1-06, in Ballyduff.  Next Saturday, 14th March, we travel to Caherciveen to fave Renard/St Mary’s with a 4pm throw in.

Cul Camps: Registration is now open for the Churchill GAA Cul Camp, which takes place from July 27th to 31st. For more details and to register visit  HYPERLINK “”

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