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Under 21's have ten points to spare over Hoops (13/11/11)

posted 14 Nov 2011, 04:46 by Unknown user





The Under 21's progressed to the Semi-Final of the Championship with victory over Sarsfields at a windy Pairc na nGael on Sunday.


Sarsfields were quick out of the blocks and within a minute from the throw in were a point up. Despite the aid of the breeze the Nab were unable to capitalise on their possession and had to wait until the 10th minute for their first score, a point from a 45 meter kick from Gavin McParland. From this the Nab kick started into gear and two points from Jack Grugan and another from Gavin McParland soon followed. Sarsfields responded with their second point on the 20th minute but three minutes later Gavin McParland linked well with Jack Grugan, to collect his third point. On the 26th minute Sarsfields broke through the tight marking Nab rear guard and finished off with a goal. This score seemed to kick start the lads into gear once more and a pointed free from Jack Grugan restored the lead. From the resulting kick out Darran Lynch rose high to break the ball to half back Gareth Watters and he ran on to collect another score. With the Nab now camped in the oppositions half, two points each from Gavin McParland and Brendan Toner left the Nab leading 0-11 to 1-2 at the break.


At the restart, a Gavin McParland free increased the lead further. With the Nab now in control of the game in all quarters, their patience and discipline were rewarded on the 40th minute when Jack Grugan side stepped his marker and only the keepers finger tips denied a certain goal as the keeper deflected the ball onto the crossbar but Gavin McParland reacted quickest to palm the rebound to the net. Brendan Toner completed the scoring for the Round Towers late on but by this stage the lads had done more than enough to qualify for the Semi-Final were they shall face Maghery.  


This was a good team performance with everyone playing their part in the victory. In defence Ruairi Gribben, Darren Lynch and Gareth Watters were on top of their game throughout. Once again Cormac Gribben had a commanding influence at midfield and assisted by the second half performances of Ryan Kennedy and Brian McClelland. Gavin McParland lead from the front and kicked some quality scorers, as did Jack Grugan and Brendan Toner.


Team: Martin O'Hare, Darren Lynch, Ruairi Gribben, Dominic McParland, Damian Gray, Paudi Crilly, Gareth Watters (0-1), Ryan Kennedy, Cormac Gribben, Neil Gribben, Brian McClelland, Brendan Toner (0-3), Jack Grugan (0-3), Gavin McParland (1-6), Tony McKee. Niall Cosgrove for N.Gribben, Ciaran McKee for T.McKee, Ruairi Crilly for G.Watters.