Monday, July 11, 2011

July 10 - Senior Football: Christopher's v Shannon Blues

Shannon Blues 1-5 Christopher’s 2-10

Christopher’s secured a very important win over a disappointing Shannon Blues Sunday afternoon. A goal in each half put Christopher’s in the drivers seat while for the second week in a row the Blues could not lift their game when it mattered. Christopher’s cruised in the second half as the lead stretched beyond the reach of the Blues..

Aidan Walsh is pursued by Kieran Hurley.
The first half was evenly contested. Neither side could find an advantage, though had the Blues taken their chances they could have been looking at a tie by half time rather than a one goal deficit. Shane Cahill opened affairs with a point for the Blues, which was answered with one from John Moylan. Gary Kissane saved well from Shane Beston as the speedy corner forward broke free to shoot on goal, it was a sign of things to come however. A goal came shortly afterwards from Beston who was found by Dan Kenneally running through. Beston sidestepped the keeper and finished into the top corner. Beston was in fine form and when on the ball looked dangerous. The Blues came back with two points, both from Kieran Hurley – one free and one from play. The Blues then proceeded to waste some chances, kicking some decent scoring opportunities wide. Christopher’s finished the half with two Eric Hegarty frees to take the break a goal to the good, 1-3 to 0-3.

Shane Beston was in great form for Christopher's.
Christopher’s ran away with the game in the second half. Some sound play in the back line and some well worked passing moves was the key to victory. Many of these were capped by great finishes from Beston who kicked at least two wonderful scores. Midway through the half Christopher’s scored their second goal. This time it was Eric Hegarty who finished in similar fashion to Beston in the first. The goal seemed to knock the spirit out of the Blues and they had the look of a beaten team for the last 20 minutes. Christopher’s continued to press home their advantage. O’Driscoll at center forward, Beston at corner forward, and John Moylan put in fine performances as the game got beyond the Blues. The Blues mamaged a consolation goal in injury time by Pat Murray. Christopher’s on track for the playoff and the Blues season looks like it is slipping away.

Blues: G. Kissane, S. Kelly, S. Mann, P. Magee (0-2), B. Shanahan, C. Mullen, P. Murray (1-0), S. Cahill (0-1), D. McElligott, M. Lyons, K. O’Shea, K. Hurley (0-2), S. Carroll. Christopher’s: S. Kelly, N. Ryan, E. O’Neill, K. O’Driscoll, A. Greaney, P. Kenneally, D. Kenneally, A. Walsh, J. Moylan (0-2), C. O’Driscoll (0-1), P. Delaney, S. Beston (1-3), E. Hegarty (1-4).

By Rory O'Donnell

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