O'Loughlin Gales steal the points in All Co JHL

posted 6 May 2013, 09:43 by Unknown user   [ updated 6 May 2013, 09:44 ]

In a game heavily influenced by the prevailing conditions the city side proved just that little sharper when running out winners by the minimum over a spirited Graignamanagh side. O' Loughlin's started the game with the advantage of a strong breeze at their backs and didn't waste any time using it notching up 0-3 without reply inside the first ten minutes and looking very sharp upfront. Graignamangh then opened up their scoring for the day with a pointed free from Eddie Walsh and slowly worked them selves into the game but shortly after were struck with a double blow first a long puck out from the O' Loughlin's  keeper  broke all the way through the Graig defense and was expertly dispatched giving the keeper no chance and then a bad injury to Lee Kinsella meant he could play no further part. However it was his replacement Jamie McGrath who's excellent goal got Graig back in the game after a storming run by Padraig Whelan set him up, further points from, Jamie McGrath and Sean O'Brien insured Graig were still in touch at the break going in 2-06 to 1-04 down.

The second half started much like the first with Graignamanagh taking a while to come to grips with the craft show by the city men who scored 0-2 without reply before the first sign of life was shown by the Graig men when a cracking 21 yard free was converted by James Meaney who quite literally tore the net which put just four between the teams. Points were then exchanged by the O'Loughlins men and Sean O'Brien who was winning a lot of ball at center forward at this stage, with the Graig men starting to get on top a speculative ball by Brendan Foley then found it's way to the back of the net after a bad mistake from the O'Loughlins keeper to put just one between the teams. O'Loughlins responded well scoring the next two points before Jamie McGrath converted his second for the day to put just two between the teams and a Padraig Whelan goal then put Graig ahead for the first time in the game. This joy was to be short lived though as the city men responded well and got the vital scores they needed to edge the game in the end by a single point. A spirited display by the Graig men in which a lot of positives can be taken heading into next weekends league championship game with Galmoy.  
Some of the action from the game:-
May 4th 2013 V O'Loughlin Gales