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5th March 2013

posted 5 Mar 2013, 15:07 by Unknown user   [ updated 5 Mar 2013, 15:10 by Mark Evans ]

Junior A Football League (3rd March 2013, Ardfield)
St Mary's 0-7 St James’ 0-6

The junior A footballers met St Mary’s on a bright Sunday morning in the third league match of the season, and although a draw just eluded them, they will be satisfied with the performance, especially in the second half. Conditions played a large part in the frequency of scores for either side with St Mary’s taking a five point lead into the break with Paul O’ Sullivan registering the St James’ only score with a lovely strike from range. Although St James’ saw their fair share of possession in the first period they did not register enough scores.

With the aid of the breeze in the second period the home side began to take control in the middle of the field, and also started picking up a lot of the breaking ball. At centre forward Mark Evans pulled the strings feeding the inside forward line while also adding 3 second half points. Inside forwards Frank Hayes and Finbarr McCarthy added further scores with only the solitary response from St Marys in the second half. Keeping an attacking St Mary’s side to such a low score in the second half was testament to the home sides defence, with Kevin O’ Leary and David Hayes particularly impressive.

St James’ pushed for an equaliser late on, and came within inches of drawing the game when Michaél McCarthy’s long range effort struck the crossbar with virtually the last kick of the game. The coaching team will be pleased with the second half performance but will rue a combination of some poor shooting and some poor decision making at crucial times.


Panel: Diarmuid O’Donovan, Mark O’ Brien, Micheál McCarthy, Kevin O’ Leary, David Hayes, Eoin Feen, Seamus McCarthy, Donnacha McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, James Hayes, Mark Evans (0-3), James O’ Sullivan, Frank Hayes (0-1), Finbarr McCarthy (0-1), Paul O’Sullivan (0-1). Subs Used: Micheál McCarthy (Brittas), Aaron Hayes, Kevin Kearns.
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