St. Brigids Blackwater 1-12 v 0-11 Adamstown
A Tomas Murphy second half goal proved to be the difference in a very dogged intermediate championship match in a very windy Hollymount against a John Mullane trained Adamstown team. This was the lads first, first round victory in 5 years, the last coming against the current county champions Gorey back in 2014.
The game was a very testing affair with a number of schemozzle’s throughout the second half but our lads had the hunger to dig deep and finally get a bit of luck on their side. The match was won by the back bone of the defence with 5 Fenians, 1 Inch Road niggler and 1 heroes player, which coughed up just 4 scores from play and played brilliantly throughout. Mossy got the first score of the game after a fine solo and Adamstown scored the next two in what was a very tight game throughout the 60 minutes. Two Dean Wright frees wedged between an Adamstown score meant the sides were level after 12 minutes before Wright again swapped points with the Adamstown free taker. They moved two in front with 8 left on the clock before Dean caught a poor puc out to drill over. He levelled the game from a free with 2 left before Adamstown won, what has to be said two very soft frees to leave them two up at the break with our lads having a strong wind in the second half.
Seanie P cut that to one when he pointed from a extremely tight angle with the second half’s first score but Adamstown werent lying down and kept the two point cushion with a free. Dean and the Adamstown free taker swapped points again before Shane scored an over the shoulder point. It was level after Richard Blake took a few heavy shots soloing through from the middle to point nicely before Topar finally put us into the lead with 11 minutes left. A Shane shot for a point was mis hit and the stand in Adamstown keeper fumbled the ball and hitting mossy’s helmet dropped to the ground and the corner forward making his first appearance tapped to the net. There was a number of stoppages as the clock counted down with off the ball incidents and Adamstown’s county man James Breen was sprung from the bench with 7 left. He was booked shortly after coming on and it was the men in black who started to finish strongly putting the defect to just three 3 points heading into injury time. It was to be the green and golds day though and Deano scored a free from a massive 75 yards to bring brilliant scenes at the final whistle. The boys will play Cloughbawn next Sunday at 3:30pm in Patricks Park.
Team. 1. Peter O’Brien. 2. Feidhlim Roche (c). 3. Eoin O’Neill. 4. Kevin O’Brien. 5. Richard Blake (0-1). 6. Darran Byrne. 7. Ben Redmond. 8. Diarmuid Murphy 9. Mick Lillis 10. Seanie Purcell (0-1). 11. Paul O’Leary. 12.Shane O’leary (0-1) 13. Conor Sutton 14. Dean Wright (0-7, 0-6 frees) 15. Tomas Murphy (1-1)
Kevin Corrigan (0-1) for Seanie Purcell, Aaron Culleton for Ben Redmond.