Saul 1-16, Bosco 1-06
A bruising encounter at St Patrick’s Park ended with a fine win for the boys in blue and gold as they continued on from a fine season opener away to Drumaness. There was no such thing as Friday the thirteenth unless you were from Newry as the boys go two for two for 2018.
Games are often won due to key moves during a game and this game certainly swung in the home team’s favour after a fortunate goal just before half time. With the opening ten minutes scoreless, it took a free kick from Ciarán Harney to get the scoreboard moving. Paul McKeown replied with a good score and Bosco slotted over two more points as they made the most of their possession. Not to be outshone by his older more handsome brother, Lorcán slotted over to reduce the deficit, but Ciaran then put three over, the third being a fine effort from wide on the right that the large home crowd had a great view of and cheered over the bar, putting Saul a point up. Bosco quickly equalized and then Caolán Magee interrupted the Harney show with a lovely left footed strike between the posts. This burst of scoring then ceased as the defences got back on top and some tough tackling from both sides was very impressive. With half time approaching it seemed that the sides would go in on level terms, but Callum Mahoney who had a great game stuck over a fine point on the run which was followed quickly buy another Ciarán free kick. Three points up was nice with 32 minutes gone, but there was more. A seemingly aimless punt over the full back was badly misjudged by the Bosco keeper who watched in horror as it went over his head and was met by the gleeful Lorcán who slid the ball home for a lovely cherry on top of the first half! His celebration nearly matched that of the volleyed goal in Drumaness!
HT Saul 1-08, Newry Bosco 0-04
The second half began well with another lovely left foot strike from Magee who was proving a handful for the Newry men. He traded a point with Bosco who now realized that they needed something special to get back into this game as the Saul defence were not in the mood to let anyone past. Tackling from the evergreen King, new kid on the block Fitzsimons and steady as you like Byrne limited them to long distance efforts that didn’t find the target. Magee and Ciarán again with a lovely point from the hardworking McGrady stretched the lead to six points and Saul looked they could just go on if the wanted to. Some robust challenges slowed the game down at this point, but it was very pleasing for the home crowd to see that this seemed to galvanise the lads and they were unlucky not to add further goals when the Bosco keeper saved twice from close range. Further points from Lorcán and Ciaran were followed by a poorly defended free kick goal from Bosco, but it was left to Lorcán to finish the scoring with a fist over right at the end.
FT: Saul 1-16, Newry Bosco 1-06
In a very solid performance the foundation for a fine win lay with the discipline of each player to play directly against his opponent. Marking was close and meant that Bosco were afforded very little space throughout. Scoring only three times in the second half, none from play was evidence of this. In defence the tackling of Fitzsimons, organization of King and Brown and the tenacity of Mahoney, Morgan, Toner and Byrne was a delight. In midfield Captain Mullen was ably assisted by the youthful Napier, who especially stepped up during the second half. Up front the busy brothers themselves (CH & LH) were lucky to get plenty of service from Laverty and Magee, while Curran and McGrady put in a serious shift during the hour. There was plenty to be pleased with, but also plenty to work on with a serious examination ahead in Drumgath next week.
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