O’Loughlin Gaels GAA 4-17 to 0-10 James Stephens GAA
Venue: St. Johns Park, 26th of March 2016 at 3pm
Referee: Stephen Delaney
O’Loughlin Gaels were well deserving of this victory with a scoreline that tells it’s own story. A fitter and more focused O’Loughlins Team all looked eager to get on the ball. The Village did start better taking a two point lead before Brian Dowling pointed his first placed ball (65) after 8mins. He added three more from play soon after before Danny Lenihen finished to the net for the team’s first goal on 17 minutes. The Gaels had settled well into the game now and although James Stephens pulled back a few scores O’Loughlin kept pressing and added to their own tally heading into the break 1-7 to 0-6 in front. The second half saw O’Loughlin Gaels drive on with a combination of fitter bodies and a strong wind. A good blend of experienced players and younger players helped this side finish out the second half comfortably. Ross Butler and Alan Geoghegan laid the platform for many an attack and Niall Bergin’s and Paddy Cantwell’s workrates in the half back line was rewarded with a point each of their own. Brian Dowling finished his day with a scoreline of 2-8 (5f) and Daniel O’Connor (3pts) and Gary Kelly (1pt) were both causing problems for the James Stephen’s defence. The scores came from all round the field but it was goals that broke the resolve of the opposition to send the home support away in good spirits. First round points in this All-County league gets the adult season off to positive start. Well done everybody.
B. Leydon, J. Lawlor, R. Leydon, D. O’Driscoll, P. Cantwell, N. Bergin, R. Butler, J. Doyle, A. Geoghegan, G. Kelly, D. O’Connor, D. Lenihen, B. Dowling, B. Leydon, D. Bolger, A. Cantwell, E. Walsh, V. Wallace, J. Lenihen, J. O’Brien, S. Cummins, F. Brennan, K. O’Brien, M. Gibbons.