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Match Report: minor football away v. Gusserane April 1st 2014

posted 4 Apr 2014, 02:17 by Cian OLionain   [ updated 4 Apr 2014, 02:17 ]
Gusserane 0-6 St. Martin's 2-14

In a must-win group game, St. Martin’s started aggressively and pressed the opposition high up the field. This resulted in turnovers and frees in favour of the Martin’s which Darren Codd and Jake Firman duly despatched. Gusserane were a physically imposing team but surprisingly elected to go short with their kickouts and work the ball out of defence. Due to the excellent pressing and tackling of Peter Barry, Rory O’Connor and Darragh Kenny, the Gusserane full back line was forced to kick the ball out of defence and Joe O’ Connor, Darren Codd and Jake Firman largely mopped up this breaking ball. Dylan Byrne deputised in goal and did well while his full back line was always in control. The Martin’s half back line, anchored by the formidable Aaron Maddock, provided an excellent counter attacking platform with Tony Kelly and Harry O’Connor bombing up the field on every occasion. The free taking of Jake Firman was a particular highlight of the first half with the dual county minor converting an exquisite 45. Peter Barry however was the standout performer for the Martin’s throughout and his work-rate and economy of possession were especially noteworthy. Indeed he ended the first half with 1-1. At half time the Martin’s, despite playing against a swirling breeze and slight hill, led by 1-8 to 4pts.


The second half continued largely like the first as the anticipated Gusserane fightback never materialised. Martin Whelan was introduced for the always impressive and reliable Conor Firman and Martin got through a sizable amount of work. Maurice Walsh was also introduced and he continued the policy of bombing forward from the half back line which had served the Martin’s so well. Ryan Bates continues to improve with every game and played some nice passes also. Darragh Kenny scored an opportunistic goal which sealed an important win for the Martin’s. After three football games, the Martin’s go into the break with one win and two losses and still have a considerable task ahead if they are to emerge from a highly competitive group. The next minor game is pencilled in for the 30/4/14; however this is largely dependent on the fortunes of both the county minor football and hurling teams. Following this, there will be a break before the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert exams.