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Championship Wins For Gortin And Loughmacrory

Saturday 18.08.2012
Team Talk Mag
Club


The first round Intermediate championship games at Healy Park on Friday night produced something of an upset when Loughmacrory got the better of a fancied Pomeroy team while Gortin accounted for neighbours Clan na Gael.
Played in front of a disappointing crowd the St Patrick’s took a while to settle but when they did their forward unit blew Clan na Gael away. Kevin Mossey was superb throughout and top scored with seven points for his side while his team mates Diarmuid Mc Nulty, Gavin Treanor and Paddy Northern caused all sorts of problems for their opponents who struggled with the pace and movement of the Gortin forward line. Young Treanor looked exceptionally sharp and was on the way to a man of the match performance before injury forced him to leave the field just before half time.
Although Clan na Gael introduced Brian Dooher after the break and upped their intensity considerably throughout the second half they made little impression on the gap between the sides. Mossey continued to pull the strings and was involved in most of Gortin’s best play. His accuracy from placed balls was a joy to watch and his team were good value for their 0-15 to 0-6 win. With their championship tradition Gortin will be a side most teams will want to avoid in the quarter final draw.
The second game took a while to get going as both teams cancelled each other out for long periods of the opening half before we were treated to some fine point scoring with Ronan Ward and Kieran Mc Geary showing their colleagues how it should be done. Scores were light on the ground but high on quality and Ward’s forty seventh minute goal lit up the game and inspired his team to an unexpected but merited win.
In fairness to Pomeroy, who were playing without several key personnel they made a real go of it and came close to snatching victory only to be denied with a great goal line save and clearance by Loughmacrory full back Kevin Grimes late in the game. Luck was clearly on the winners’ side as Pomeroy corner back Brendan Burns struck the crossbar deep in injury time with a rocket of a shot that could have won the game for the Plunketts. It was an exciting end to the game and Loughmacrory just about deserved the win with substitute Kevin Collins hitting two vital points for the winners.
Ultimately Pomeroy will now turn their focus very much on the league with promotion still high on their list of possibilities while Loughmacrory know that avoiding relegation is what really matters for them. That said however they will enjoy the winning feeling that an unexpected championship victory brings.

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