Thursday, 2 April 2015

Fuerty earn four-point win

George Bannon IFC

Group D

Fuerty ............................... 2-7

Shannon Gaels ................ 1-6

Fuerty joined their opponents in the IFC quarter finals when they scored a well merited four point win over Shannon Gaels on Sunday last at Mulhern Park. Fuerty’s win means that Éire Óg, who were one of the favourites for the IFC are now out and now join the relegation battle in a few weeks’ time.

Two goals in the opening 18 minutes were the key to the Fuerty success and the display of county minor player Niall Kilroy was also a major factor as he terrorised the Shannon Gaels defence all through. Tom Hickey converted an excellent goal after five minutes and Kilroy grabbed another goal after 18 minutes as Fuerty raced into a 2-3 to 0-1 lead.

But Shannon Gaels played well for the last few minutes before half time and the scored three unanswered points to leave the score at the break Fuerty 2-3 Shannon Gaels 0-4.

Fuerty won the game in the opening five minutes of the second half when they scored three points in a row from Tom Hickey, Eamonn Bannon and Niall Kilroy to leave them leading by 2-6 to 0-4. Shannon Gaels did give themselves some hope with a 41st minute goal from Gerry Feely. However Fuerty had done enough. The four-point margin meant that Shannon Gaels and not Fuerty had topped the group. Still both teams were happy that they were in the quarter finals by the time the final whistle blew.

Fuerty: R Kilcommons; D Mullen, J Blighe, M Keaveney; D Delaney, T Bannon, S Melia; M Connaughton, T Reddington; E Bannon (0-3), N Connolly, T Hickey (1-2); N Kilroy (1-2), G Fallon, N Keenan. Subs: A Leahy for Fallon, B Cunniffe for Melia, P Keleghan for Mullen A Quigley for Keenan.

Shannon Gaels: C Kelly; C Hanly, F Finnerty, R Hanly; D Horan, M Hanly, D Dowd; D Jordan, N McDermott; K Lynch (0-1), C Lynch (0-1), O Flanagan; D Dowd, C Leyden (0-2), G Feely (1-2). Sub: S Creighton for Horan.

Referee: F Keane