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A Team Keep Moving Forward

FootballCompetition: AFLD1
Date: 08/04/17
Venue: Kilcloon
Score: BHG 1-9 St. Patricks 0-10
Blackhall Gaels: Tommy Dalton, James Kelly, Colum McEliggott, Hugh Smith, Paddy Brady, Donnacha Tobin, Paul Kelly, Patrick O’Brien, Robert McGuinness, John Kelly, Tadhg Brosnan, Graham Dillon, Alan Nestor, Sean Whelan, Kealon Dillon
Subs: Jonny Myler for TB, Tom Murphy for PK, Tomas Coyle for GD
St. Patrick’s travelled to face Blackhall in Kilcloon on Saturday evening. Blackhall have been doing well in the league, maintaining their position and were hoping to push on with another win. St. Pat’s were hoping to reap the awards after travelling down. The sun brought a large enough crowd, which enjoyed the intense performance for the full sixty minutes. The game could have boiled over into disarray but Blackhall kept their heads and held their lead until the end.
Blackhall started well with furious attacks up the field, Donnacha Tobin getting an early goal. The visitors looked to build their own momentum but intense defending meant they were kept at bay for the most part. The Dillon and Kelly brothers kept the St. Patrick’s defence on their toes, creating plenty of chances. Half-time saw Blackhall ahead, thanks to Tobin’s early goal at 1-4 to 0-4.
The second half saw the intensity upped as the Blackhall boys worked hard to create chances and move the ball up the field. The midfield pairing of O’Brien and McGuinness were causing trouble for St. Patrick’s, running the ball up the field and maintaining control in the air. Paddy Brady and Alan Nestor stepped up for the places balls and made light work of some difficult angles. Well timed subs meant Blackhall kept the ball rolling, the fresh legs making a serious impact. St. Patrick’s battled to the end and could have put themselves in front, if not for some bad wides towards the end of the game. Final whistle saw Blackhall take home the spoils on a narrow margin, finals core was 1-9 to 0-10.
Battling a tough physical side was made even more difficult with the heat at Saturday’s game. However, Blackhall dug in and got the win, thanks to the great performances of John Kelly, Robert McGuinness, Paddy Brady and Alan Nestor. An all-round good team performance these four stood out as the key players, running off the ball, getting involved in both attacking and defensive work. Blackhall are looking good on the field and things are shaping up to continue in this vein. Blackhall now play Moynalvey on the 22nd in what is sure to be another tough physical match.

Posted by Emer Keane on April 10 2017 11:28:02 - 319 Reads - Print