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Division 3 match Sallins V Robertstown

posted 23 Apr 2011, 02:33 by Unknown user

Robertstown opted to play with the wind in this first round of the league which saw two former team mates pitted against one another on the sidelines as Pat Winders (Robertstown manager) and Patrick Johnson(Sallins manager) both lined out their charges to do battle for
the first two points of the league campaign.  Robertstown started stronger with 2 points Aidan Dunne and 2 points from Damien Leeson with a response of 1 point from Fergal Nugent.  Sallins were quick to replace injured John Hannigan with Eamonn McCormack (Jacko) who
quickly got on the score sheet for his first of two first half points. Robertstown kick on with the wind at their backs with a further 5 unanswered first half points leaving the half time score 9 points to 3 in favour of Robertstown.  Sallins knew they would have to regroup in
order to overcome the 6 point deficit.    On resumption, Sallins looked dominant and stronger with more focus on what was at stake. Eamonn Cully was at the end of a good move but was denied point blank from Robertstown goalkeeper. Sallins went on and scored 6 unanswered
points from Jacko 4 pts, Fergal Nugent, Justin McLoughlin. Robertstown began to retain more possession towards the final 10 minutes of the second half.  There was alot of scrapping for possession which led to a scoreable free to give Robertstown their first of the second half with less than ten minutes to go.  Sallins responded well with a great individual fisted score from Johnny McNulty.  This left Sallins one to the good with less than 5 minutes remaining.  Chances went amiss on both ends but a dubious late Robertstown free given by referee Declan Jacob (Ballyteague and Na Fianna clubman) when Sallins were in possession and were pressurised into a foul by Robertstown. this was the end of an entertaining game
with no bragging rights going to either side.  Sallins 11pts - Robertstown 11pts.  Best for Sallins were Eoin Delmer, Jacko McCormack, Luke Jordan and Gavin Moore while for Robertstown Damien Leeson , Aidan Dunne and Mark Kelly performed well.