Division Two League
Fulham Irish 2-06 vs 2-15 Kilburn Gaels
Sunday, July 2 2017
It was only four days ago these two team last met in the McCullough Cup, with a comprehensive win for Irish and this fixture completed the league campaign for both teams. A much depleted Irish side took to the field with season debuts from Shane Moynihan and Lee Darcy.
In fact, six of the starting line-up did not feature in the previous game.
Irish had the wind behind them and, as is so often in the Scrubs, teams must take full advantage of this.
Most of the first half was played out with blocks and turnovers as both teams struggled to take any hold of the game in a low scoring first half.
Irish had gone two points ahead before Gaels recorded their first score of the game on the 18th minute.
By then, Irish had notched up nine wides and three attempts on goal.
Gaels slowly began to build momentum as they chalked up a further four points before the half time whistle went with the score 0-02 to 0-06 to Gaels.
Kilburn, with the wind behind them in the second half, began to pick off their points as they started to work with a sweeper in their half back line as Irish became increasingly frustrated with their game.
On 14 minutes, the referee showed a red card to one of the Kilburn forwards for an intentional kick on a Fulham player, much disputed by the Gaels player and the management team of Kilburn.
But Gaels made amends as they quickly took the free to record their first goal as Irish were slow to reset their back line.
Irish, now with a free man, played them in the forwards as they re-shaped their formation. Kilburn had a second attempt on the goal but goalie Mick Ruby flicked the sliotar in the air and conceded a point instead.
With Kilburn taking advantage of the wind they continued to register scores, something which Irish failed to do in the first half.
They again were presented with the opportunity with a goal from a high ball in and this time they made it count.
Irish began to find their feet and scored two goals and two points within five minutes, however it was too little too late as Gaels won.
Irish were bitterly disappointed and rued missed opportunities to control the game in the first half notching up 13 wides alone in the first period.
Well done to Kilburn Gaels for their win.
Fulham Irish: Mick Ruby, Derry Fitzgerald, Don O’Connell (captain), Steve Walsh, Eamonn Sullivan, Lee Darcy, Colm Kenndey, Stephen Martin, Luke Slyman, Keith Greene, Eoin McCarthy, George Baker, John Condon, Shane Moynihan, Niall Larkin, Mark O’Grady, Eamonn Wade, Hugh Connelly and James Marriran