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Dunshaughlin V Wolfe Tones

Dunshaughlin 2-09

Wolfe Tones 4-10

Dunshaughlin’s poor start to the league continued with a seven point defeat at the hands of Wolfe Tones in Dunshaughlin on Thursday evening. Having trailed by 12 points at one stage, Dunshaughlin fought back to trail by one point midway through the second half. At the point, the home team were in total control and playing excellent football. However, when the video replays are being dissected, it was 5 minutes of madness in the first half that will have the Dunshaughlin management team and players tearing their hair out.

Dunshaughlin started well and Ben Duggan was instrumental in their first score, which was a well taken point from the lively Cian Gallogly. The next 15 minutes was all Wolfe Tones. The away side raced into a 3-04 to 0-02 lead in the blink of an eye and it only looked like it would get worse. Experience and cuteness might have seen a Dunshaughlin player go down for some ‘medical treatment’ and slow the game down but that didn’t happen and Wolfe Tones took advantage with some quick fire goals. The home side gave their fans some to cheer about before the break as they showed some good heart scoring 1-3. The goal was excellently taken by Keeling’s fruit packer Tommy Johnson. It should have been closer at half time but Dunshaughlin were guilty of missing some very scoreable frees. Dunshaughlin then had their second player sent off in as many games as Ben Duggan was shown the line by referee Patrick Coyle. The decision was strange from Coyle. Coyle seemed to have eyes in the back of his head at times. He also spotted numerous frees 50 yards away from the play and that seemed to be his main focus of the night.

As the second half started, and temperatures dropped Dunshaughlin began to warm to the task at hand. They dominated the next 15 minutes. Cian Gallogly tormented the Tones defence. His pace and willingness to take on players is a joy to watch. He scored some excellent points and won some valuable frees. Former West Brom star Eoin Hagarty converted a penalty to the bottom left corner of the net. Fergus Toolan then got moving too and scored a great point. The defence, in particular Niall ‘The Stag’ Murphy was having a better half. Murphy was out in front for every ball and kick started many attacks. However, this 15 minute spell maybe took too much out of the 14 man team. Tones kicked on again with another goal to extend their advantage.

Dunshaughlin will be very disappointed with their first half performance. They kicked some very poor wides and conceded terrible goals as Wolfe Tones ran through the defence too easily. This is something that will have to be fixed if Dunshaughlin are to get some badly needed points on the board in the next round.

Dunshaughlin: A.McDermott, J.Hetherington, C.King, A.Doyle, D.Dunne, N.Murphy, T.Johnson (1-0), B.Duggan, A.Kealy, R.Geraghty, F.Toolan (0-3), N.Byrne, C.Gallogly (0-4), E.Hagarty (1-1), T.Kinsella (0-1). Subs: S.Gallogly, O.Foley, C.Keena

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