B League Division 1 – Round 3. Skryne 2-11 Gaeil Colmcille 4-08

Kells too strong for Skryne

Skryne 2-11 Gaeil Colmcille 4-08

B League Division 1 – Round 3

‘Goals win games’ has been said so often that most people now are convinced it’s true. So it proved once again in this match and when you add in the fact that Skryne kicked too many wides they were lucky to get to within three points of the visitors at the finish.

On a bitterly cold but dry evening in McManus Park the concession of three goals in the first half put ‘paid’ to Skryne’s chances of winning this B League Division 1 clash. It took a goal from Felim O’Rourke late in the half to give Skryne some sort of chance to peg back the Kells men’s half time lead of 7 points – 3-4 to 1-3. The Gaels forwards had the Skryne defence in trouble right from the start and they had the ball in the net for the opening score of the game in the first minute. Skryne struggled in front of goal and a number of bad wides added to the problems at the other end of the field.

Kells began the second half as they had the first and they scored an early forty five to increase their lead to eight points. To be fair to the Skryne men they never gave up and gradually clawed their way back into the match despite the fact that they conceded another goal midway through this period. The Blues outscored the Gaels by 1-8 to 1-4 in this half but unfortunately their goal from substitute Sean Cassidy came with only a few minutes to go. They did have two more chances to level up the match but Kells had packed their defence and deservedly held out for a three point win.

In a difficult match for Skryne most players put in an enormous effort and no blame can be attached for the defeat to Des McAvinney in goals, or Mark Jordan, David Lynch and Michael Doherty further out the field.

They did score 13 times to the oppositions 12 but as said already ‘goals win games’.

Skryne – Des McAvinney. Barry Clarke, Michael Doherty, David Carroll. Paddy Carpenter, Declan Morley (0-1), Mark Jordan. David Lynch, Paddy Doherty. Frank Carty, Jason Fox (0-3), Andrew Moore. Felim O’Rourke (1-1), Allan Carty (0-3), Niall Morley (0-1).

Subs used – Kevin O’Reilly (0-2), Dermot Brennan, Sean Cassidy (1-0), John Quinn, Jack Conroy and Paul Bannon.

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