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Dunshaughlin V Na Fianna

After some horrible weather leading into the weekend it was a credit to the Pitch Committee’s tireless efforts that this game got to take place at all. A bitterly cold morning welcomed the men from the border as Na Fianna made their first of two visits to Dunshaughlin this week. On this occasion it was a ACFL B League Division 2 encounter that matched the team, both suffered relegation from Division 1 last term, and with a win under their belts in the opener, these two teams will fancy being at the business end of the table come the end of the season.

Dunshaughlin started brightly registering the opening score of the game with Wes Goodwin looking lively in a forward line with Danny Quin and the ever dangerous Seamus Doyle. Dunshaughlin added another point when Oisin Foley rampaged down the wing shortly before Matthew Moyles sent a rasper to the back of the net, Andrew Lenehan providing an incisive pass that was a thing of beauty on a miserable morning. However the Enfield men replied with two majors of their own shortly after to restore their lead. A couple more points from Wes Goodwin and a converted free from the returning Mark Devanney left Dunshaughlin trailing 2-06 to 1-06 at the break.
The home side started slowly in the second half and almost tem minutes passed before Wes Goodwin pointed again to rally the troops. And rally they did, Matthew Moyles scored his second goal before Andrew Lenehan raised a green flag himself and Dunshaughlin were right back in the driving seat. Paul Sheehy and his management team had to be buoyed by the efforts they were seeing now. Eric Casserly popped up with a point but that was deserved for his industrious efforts around the middle of the park. The introduction of Adam Summerville and Paul Briody added energy to the attack. The inevitable fighting effort came from Na Fianna and a strong final ten minutes in which they dominated the exchanges resulted in a string of unanswered points which inevitably tipped the balance of the tie in their favour, running out winners on a 3-12 to 3-11 score line. A brave effort by all involved including those who braved the elements to provide support.
Dunshaughlin: Mark Galvin, Paul Walsh, Kenny McTigue, Daragh Quinn, Eoin O’Connor, Dan Ormsby, Owen Herlihy, Andrew Lenehan, Eric Casserly, Oisin Foley, Mark Devanney, Matthew Moyles, Seamus Doyle, Danny Quinn, Wes Goodwin. Subs: Paul Briody, Adam Summerville.

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