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Junior A Football County Semi final

posted 29 Oct 2012, 00:38 by Newcastle Gaa
The County semi final of the Junior A football championship, Newcastle versus Borrisokane, was played in Holycross on Sunday last, October 28th. Newcastle suffered a very poor start, losing Cormac O’Flynn to injury and conceding the first 3 scores, Borrisokane leading by 1-2 to no score. However, Newcastle soon got in to their stride and after a goal from Barry Hickey and a number of points, including a fine effort from Alan Sweeney on the stroke of half time, the score at the break was Newcastle 1-5, Borrisokane 1-3. On the restart Borrisokane, playing with the wind, started to dominate around the centre of the field and gradually went ahead with points from a number of frees. About half way through the second half, Newcastle were dealt a severe blow when Diarmuid Devaney was harshly shown a second yellow card. From there to the end, hard as they might, the Newcastle team could not make inroads into the Borrisokane lead and eventually went out of the championship on a scoreline of 2-9 to 1-6. Team and scorers were Darren Goonan, Niall Morrissey, Tomás O’Dwyer, Emmet Prendergast, James Fitzpatrick, Brian Sweeney (0-1, free), Cormac O’Flynn, Conor Grant, Diarmuid Devaney, Barry Hickey (1-3, 1 free), Michael Kennedy, Brian Hyland, Andrew Fitzpatrick (0-2, 1 free), James Lonergan and Daniel Kennedy. Subs were Alan Sweeney (0-1) for Cormac O’Flynn (injured), Caoimhín McGrath for Michael Kennedy, Tommy Sweeney for James Lonergan, John McCarra for Emmet Prendergast and Johnny Hallinan for Daniel Kennedy. It was unfortunate for the season to come to an end in a manner that didn’t do justice to the style of football the team has played in recent weeks. However, proceeding to a county semi final is a fine achievement and a building block for years to come. Well done to all the players and mentors on their efforts throughout the year.