It was a game that will leave the Gaels scratching their heads wondering where it went wrong. A spectacular first half performance was followed by a flat second, and Christopher's netted 4 times, twice in each half, to earn a valuable point. Chris Brady had a hat trick of goals, and a fourth from Shane Power propelled a Christopher's comeback.
|Damien Comer tries to shake Chris Lordan.|
The Gaels were in flying form in the first half. The forward line were clicking on all cylinders. There were goal chances at either end in a fast start to the game, but once the Gaels settled the westerners played some effortlessly smooth flowing football. Ian Burke, Kevin McGrath, Cathal Mulryan, and Noel Graham all contributed to the scoreline. McGrath scored an opportunist goal just after Christopher's had netted through Chris Brady. With a finish that Luis Suarez, or any premier league striker for that matter, would have been proud of, McGrath turned on a rebound with his left foot and hit the roof of the net. The Gaels then turned it on and popped 5 points in a row over the bar as Christopher's searched for a spark to get them going. Late in the half Christopher's were awarded a penalty and Brady netted only their second score of the half. Christopher's were still very much in it however, and at the break the Gaels led 1-9 to 2 goals.
|High Ball for Ian Burke and David Culhane|
Gaels: E. Conneeley, L. Cullen, C. Cullen, S. Conneeley (0-1), C. O'Donnell, E. Gorman, R. Hyde, D. Comer (0-1), D. Hogan (0-2), N. Graham (0-3), C. Mulryan (0-3), K. McGrath (1-1), I. Burke (0-3). Christopher's: P. Kenneally, C. Lordan, C. Davies, D. Culhane, M. Delaney, E. O'Neill, P. Lucey, D. O'Sullivan, G. O'Leary, P. Quirke, J. Kenneally, M. Quinlivan (0-1), C. Brady (3-3). Sub: J. Lonergan (0-1), K. McAllister (1-0).
By Rory O'Donnell