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Churchill 2-9 Knocknagoshel 0-11

They say goals win games and this was never more true than last Saturday night in Knocknagoshel, where a weakened Churchill team put up a resilient performance in defeating the home team.

Short a number of regulars, the Churchill team showed great spirit in grinding out a victory. Churchill played with the aid of a strong wind in the first half and Benny Dillon opened the scoring with a free.

Knockagashel took control of the game after this and went ahead with a couple of frees of their own and a point from play. After 15 minutes, Churchill managed to put a good move together and this was finished in fine style with a point by Cillian Fitzgerald, just recently returned from the U.S.

On 21 minutes, Ciaran Crowley was put through on goal and he blasted over the bar, when a goal was on. Four minutes later, Mark O’Connor, who worked tirelessly all night, scored a great point from play from the right wing, after forcing a Knocknagoshel turnover as they broke out of defence.

During this time Knocknagoshel were guilty of some wayward shooting and racked up a number of bad wides. After 27 minutes, Cillian Fitzgerald drilled the ball low to the keeper’s right to get Churchill’s first goal of the night.

This was as the result of another intercept by Mark O’Connor and a great foot pass by Dara O’Shea. However, Churchill were guilty of giving away a needless penalty within 2 minutes.

Knocknagoshel’s midfielder Edmund Walsh stepped up but blasted the ball over the crossbar. Churchill got the final score of the half with a point by Fitzgerald, after more good build-up play. HT: Churchill 1-6 Knocknagashel 0-4.

Knocknagoshel, now playing with the aid of a strengthening wind, started the second half brightly and had the first point after 2 minutes. Churchill responded with a good long range free by Benny Dillon after 8 minutes.

Dillon was on the scoreboard again 4 minutes later with another free. Churchill won the resulting kickout and Mikey Brennan found Cillian Fitzgerald with a great ball and Fitzgerald again found the net for Churchill’s second goal.

This gave Churchill a comfortable 9 point lead which should have been sufficient to ensure victory. However, Knocknagashel never gave up and mainly through the efforts of Walsh, kept the scoreboard ticking over.

They got a point from play after 14 minutes and then after 21 minutes, they scythed their way through the Churchill defence, only for Paul O’Sullivan, returning from a long lay-off, to pull off a flying save from a flick by the Knock corner forward. Had Knock scored at that stage, the result might have been very different.

As it was, Walsh, who except for the penalty, was accurate from placed balls all night, knocked over the resultant 45, and followed it up with four more long-range points, 2 from play and 2 frees.

All Churchill had in reply was a solitary Dillon point from a free. Churchill were guilty of overplaying the ball throughout the match, often choosing a short passing game rather than delivering a long ball in to Fitzgerald, who was causing the home side all sorts of problems. Thankfully, the goals in each half ensured that Churchill had a few points to spare at the final whistle. Full time: Churchill 2-9 Knocknagashel 0-11.

Churchill: Paul O’Sullivan, PJ O’Mahony, Shane Crowley, Shane Kenny, Matt Finnerty, Garrett Walsh, Donncha McGarry, Mikey Brennan, Ciaran Crowley (0-1), Dara O’Shea, Mark O’Connor (0-1), Kevin Dillane, Benny Dillon (0-5), Cillian Fitzgerald (2-2), Noel Dillon
Subs: Brian Hill, Kieran Moynihan

Nell Ní Mhuircheartaigh, Tamhlacht, Ellen agus Pádraig Ó Suilleabháin,  Bearrúin agus Lucy Ní Fhlatharta, An Spá who enjoyed a fantastic week of  activities and a trip to the Gaeltacht as part of the ÓGRAS Summer Camp at  Ballyheigue Community Centre.

Nell Ní Mhuircheartaigh, Tamhlacht, Ellen agus Pádraig Ó Suilleabháin, Bearrúin agus Lucy Ní Fhlatharta, An Spá who enjoyed a fantastic week of activities and a trip to the Gaeltacht as part of the ÓGRAS Summer Camp at Ballyheigue Community Centre.

The Fenit Crew at the All-Irelands in Waterville.

The Fenit Crew at the All-Irelands in Waterville.

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