Wolfe Tones 0-11 Christopher's 1-11
Christopher's pulled off a one goal victory to remain in the senior championship playoff hunt. In doing so they also keep pressure on the Tones who lie just above them in the sixth playoff spot. It was a scrappy game in which a first half Kevin McAllister goal proved to be the difference between the teams at the end.
|Darragh McVeety caused problems for Christopher's in the early going.|
The first half was a close run affair. A late goal from Christopher's handed them the advantage going into the second half. Luke Connolly made the defence splitting run to open the door for Kevin McAllister to put the finishing touches on the move. Up to that the teams swapped points. Neither side settled into any sort of rhythm. On the mark for the Tones were Darragh McVeety, David Duke, Gary Brilly and Lee Carr. Christopher's kept pace with scores from McAllister, Connolly, and Brian Shanahan. At the break it was Christopher's ahead by double scores, 1-5 to 0-4.
The second half started off with neither side able to come to grips with affairs or generate any rhythm to their play. Killian Clarke pointed from a free to inch the Tones closer, but Christopher's tallied four points in a row in response. Brian Shanahan put a free over, followed by scores from Eamon Kiely, McAllister, and Connolly opened the lead to six points. With Christopher's looking like they had the game in the bag, the Tones tried to stage a last gasp comeback. Clarke moved into a more central position in the middle of the field. Marty Farrell and Gary Brilly accounted for four points, to two for Christopher's, to bring the Tones within four and a handful of minutes left. With the game into injury time Farrell made it a one score game as the Down man came to life. A frenetic final few minutes saw Christopher's scramble clearances and names went into the book as temperatures heated up in the approach to the final whistle. Hope still alive for Christopher's, and the Tones feeling the pressure in the coming weeks.
Tones: Cathal Hynes, K. Clarke, G. Scanlon, C. Carr, S. Higgins, D. Duke, G. Brilly, L. Flynn, M. O'Brien, J R Bodkin, D. McVeety, M. Farrell, L. Carr. Christopher's: P. Kenneally, E. O'Mahoney, J. McGuire, D. Culhane, C. Murphy, E. Kiely, D. Kenneally, B. Coughlan, A. Matassa, K. McAllister, B. Shanahan, S. Leahy, L. Connolly.
By Rory O'Donnell