Match Reports - 11 May 2015
Tír Chonaill Gaels 4-11 Parnells 0-12
The good start to the season continued on Saturday afternoon at Ruislip with the Gaels overcoming the Parnells with a comprehensive victory. It wasn't all plain sailing though; playing against a strong breeze in the first half saw the teams coming at half time with the scoreline reading 2-2 to 0-8.
However better conditions in the second half allowed for better scoring with many fine performances throughout the team. Debutant Adrian Hanlon returned with a personal haul of 3-02 whilst Liam Gavigan scored a great goal and had yet another exceptional game. Ashley Carr continued his good form scoring 0-4. The only London player available, "Stookie" Traynor put a good shift in goals supported by a solid back line. Good performances from Darren Hughes and Thomas Gribben, who filled in well on the wing, saw the Gaels run out comfortable winners in the end.
Tír Chonaill Gaels 0-12 St. Anthony's 0-4
Played in breezy but fine and sunny conditions in Ruislip, TCG Juniors took control of this game early on and raced to a 0-8 to 0-0 lead in the first half, capped off by an excellent score in the 25th min following some fine interplay between Clive Mills & Killian Butler. Both players contributed in the first-half scoring stakes to add to two neatly taken free kicks from Donal Geraghty and a point from play from the returning Tommy Moriarty, now in his tenth season of Senior grade football in London. A knee injury to midfielder Patrick Flynn forced an early substitution but a gutsy performance from Gavin McEvoy, who was switched to the middle of the park, contributed to a white-wash result to the half.
The second half however saw St Anthony's with the wind advantage and they immediately began to open up the Gaels defence, scoring 1-1 in the first five minutes of the half. With TCG reeling, the introduction of the mobile Conor McCarthy around the middle third of the pitch along with some positional changes tightened things up again; a great point from roving wing-back Kieran Clark in the sixth minute of the second half helped steady the nerves. A further three points from the excellent Clive Mills were added to match St Anthony's remaining scores, bringing his personal tally to 0-7, all from play. Final score 0-12 to 1-04.
Overall a good result for the Young Guns, making it two out of two in the preliminary rounds. Plenty of positives can be drawn from the performance, yet leaving plenty to work on for the Championship proper. Best on the day were Ryan Kearney, Gerard Geraghty, Kieran Clark and Clive Mills.
Starting Team: E. Higgins, J. Elliott, G. McEvoy, D. Kennedy, K. Clark, G. Geraghty, R. Kearney, L. Cunningham, P. Flynn, D. Mullen, T. Moriarty, K. Cunningham, C. Mills, D. Geraghty, K. Butler.
Subs: L. O'Regan for P. Flynn, C. Crowley for D. Mullen, C. McCarthy for T. Moriarty, J. Flynn (unused)