The following match report is an extract from Na Gaeil GAA Notes
NA Gaeil seniors bounced back from their Junior Premier Final defeat a couple of weeks ago to win the Division 4 title yesterday by beating Fossa in Milltown.
Played in perfect footballing conditions, full forward Mike Griffin opened the scoring for Na Gaeil with a well taken point in the 1st minute. Fossa quickly followed up with a point from a free and a point from play.
Darragh Carmody pointed a 40 metre free for Na Gaeil on 7 minutes. Ian McCarthy hit a sweet shot for the corner of the Fossa net but it was saved on the line at the last minute by the Fossa back, Anthony Wharton.
They broke down the field and hit a rasper of a shot towards the corner of the Na Gaeil net but goalkeeper Timmy Culloty brought off a magnificent save.
Na Gaeil’s Dan O’Connor scored a point in the 10th minute followed by a point from Fossa. Then Ian McCarthy stepped up to the plate and scored two great points for Na Gaeil. Darragh Carmody and Diarmaid Herlihy chipped in with one each and now Na Gaeil was really in the driving seat and on top in all sectors. Na Gaeil 0-7; Fossa 0-3 after 21 minutes of play.
But for the remainder of the half, Na Gaeil lost its shape and allowed Fossa back into the game. They scored 1-02 without reply and were leading by four points at the interval. Half time score: Na Gaeil 0-07; Fossa 2-05.
Na Gaeil came out a different team in the 2nd half and began to eat into Fossa’s lead. Na Gaeil’s no. 12 Kieran Donovan and wing back Eoin Doody scored a point each on the re-start followed by two more from corner forward Diarmaid Herlihy.
Midfielder Jack Barry scored a great point after surging forward and now Na Gaeil were ahead by one. Fossa had a pointed free in the 12th minute but then Na Gaeil introduced Dylan Seymour.
He scored two wonderful points minutes after coming on to put Na Gaeil two in front. Ian McCarthy put over the insurance point for Na Gaeil on 29 minutes. Fossa had a pointed free just before the final whistle. Final Score Na Gaeil 0-15; Fossa 2-07.
Team: Timmy Culloty, darragh Sheehy, Kieran Dineen, Dylan Brazil, Eoin Walsh, Andrew Barry, Eoin Doody(0-1), Jack Barry(0-1), Dan O’Connor(0-1),Seamie O’Neill, Ian McCarthy(0-3),Kieran O’Donovan(0-1),Diarmuid Herlihy(0-3), Mike Griffin(0-1), Darragh Carmody(0-2). Subs: Colm Lyons for Eoin Walsh; Jamie Lowham for Seamie O’Neill; Dylan Seymour(0-2) for Kieran Donovan; Paul Daly for Diarmaid Herlihy.
Fossa: Colin Myers, Colm Walsh, Paddy Sheehan, Anthony Wharton, Kevin McCarthy, Mark Dennehy, Daniel O’Keeffe, Fintan Coffey, Colin Davidson, Mikey O’Shea, Lorcan Daly, Paudie Clifford, Tadhg O’Shea, Donald O’ Sullivan, Daniel O’Connell.
Subs: Michael O’Keeffe, Killian Bellew.