Creggan win crucial opener in Group 2

Andersonstown IFC Group 2

Kickham’s Creggan 3-18 Patrick Sarsfield’s 1-15

 In weather too hot for hurling, Sarsfields arrived in Creggan with a full squad and a healthy sub-bench intent on getting their Andersonstown IFC campaign off to a good start.  The homeside had a full squad available as well and the scene was set for a good game of championship hurling. 

When these two teams met last year in the Bear Pit Creggan ran out winners by the narrowest of margins.  Referee, Vincent Boyle got things underway with  Creggan pointing from a throw-in.

 Sarsfields settled quicker and boosted by a Daniel McKernan goal they led by 1-6 to 0-5 at the first water break.  Creggan got themselves back into the game and a Kevin Rice goal gave them the edge going in at half time as them led by a single point.

 HALF TIME SCORE:          CREGGAN 1.10 v PATRICK SARSFIELD 1.09

 The temperature seemed to increase and with a low sunset visibility was poor for the home-side as they played into the sunshine.  Both teams traded point for point with Creggan marginally ahead by a point with 40 minutes gone. 

The visitors’ response was to send over 2 unanswered points to give them the lead for the first time in the contest as Creggan struggled to reign them in.  For the next 5 minutes the match could have gone either way as both teams were guilty of some poor shooting but the home side kept their noses in front and led by 1-15 to 1-13 at the second half water break

It was the home-side’s 2 goals in quick succession from Kevin Rice and Morgan Nelson that made the difference and gave them the confidence and belief that they had this one in the bag, plus the fact that Sarfields were reduced to fourteen men.

Creggan took advantage of the extra man scoring the next 4 points while the visitors desperately battled in search of goals and the outcome could have been different had it not been for the ferocity of Creggan’s back line and goalkeeper repelling a barrage of low balls delivered to the edge of the square.

 Although the final outcome had the home side 10 points ahead, it would be true to say that the score didn’t truly reflect the balance of play and slightly flattered the Kickham’s.

Creggan: Emmet Long, Jake McAteer,  Aidan Maguire, Declan McCann, Diarmuid Mulholland, Thomas McCann, Sam Maguire, Kealan McCann, Ruairi McCann, Aiden McKeown, Kevin Rice, Oran McCann, Tiarnan McLarnon, Morgan Nelson, Conor McCann, Danan O’Hara. Subs: Joseph Smith, Sean Donnelly, Oliver Duffin, Owen Grant, Lee Johnston

Sarsfields:  David Ward, James Cunningham, Niall McAlea, Malachy Campbell, Caolan Mervyn, Eoghan Rogers, Jim McKernan, Kevin McKernan, David Johnston, Niall McKenna, Caillin Caldwell, Daniel McKernan, Donal McKernan, Mark Rea, Daniel McKernan. Subs:D McAllister for Donal McKernan, Ryan Carson for Daniel McKernan, Michael Johnston for James Cunningham, Kevin Ward for Malachy Campbell, Darragh McGuinness for Jim McKernan

Referee: Vincent Boyle (Dunloy)

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