Abbeylara in control against Gaels

Abbeylara . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-12 Fr.Manning Gaels . . . . . . 0-8

Abbeylara . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-12 Fr.Manning Gaels . . . . . . 0-8

Abbeylara scored a comfortable win over Fr. Manning Gaels in the All County Football League Division 1 game at Lynch Park on Saturday evening last.

The first half was comparatively even and Abbeylara’s half-time lead of two points (0-6 to 0-4) appeared inadequate after having wind advantage in that period.

But three points in the first seven minutes of the second half stretched their lead to five points and when full-forward Sean Berry set up Sean Murphy for the only goal of the game in the 41st minute there was no way back for Fr. Manning Gaels who were 1-9 to 0-5 in arrears.

The last twenty minutes were evenly contested and Abbeylara were in no way flattered by their eventual seven points winning margin.

The Gaels were always struggling at midfield against the Fergal Battrim/Jason Kelly combination who figured prominently to give Abbeylara a decisive edge in this crucial sector.

And this allied to a dominant half-back-line of CP Smyth, Shane Mahon and Michael McHugh contributed greatly to a good overall team performance by the home side.

Best for the visitors were B Collum A.Quinn, J.Noonan, Padraig Gill and Podge Gill.

ABBEYLARA: D. O’Connor, A. McBrien (0-2), B. Smyth, A. O’Connor (0-1); CP Smyth, S. Mahon, M. McHugh; F. Battrim, J. Kelly (0-6, four frees); E. Gallagher, J. McEntire, Cormac Smyth; R. Smyth (0-2), S. Berry, S. Murphy (1-1).

Sub:- D. Smith for Cormac Smyth.

FR. MANNING GAELS: P. Collum; C. Cooney, B. Collum, JP Farrelly; M. Cassidy, A. Quinn, F. Reilly; S. Whelan, J. Kane; Padraig Gill (0-1), D. Cooney, E. Noonan; J. Noonan (0-4, frees), Podge Gill (0-2), D. Farrelly (0-1).

Subs:- D. Collum for S. Whelan; M. Kane for C. Cooney; D. Cassidy for D. Cooney.