Fulham Irish 0-13 vs 2-05 St Gabriel’s B
Sunday, September 20 at Ruislip – London Intermediate Hurling Championship –
On All Ireland Football Day, Fulham Irish had their Round 1 match at London GAA HQ versus St Gabriel’s B.
This match was due to be played back at the start of August but unfortunately no match official arrived and was it was the second consecutive year in which Irish had to play on All Ireland Football day.
Fulham had a much depleted side, missing some key players. Gabriel’s were the much more dominant side when the sliotar was thrown in and scored two points in the first 10 minutes.
They had ample of chances but were unable to finish.
Fulham’s first score came from a free by Shane O’Donnell for a foul on Lee Darcy whose player was yellow carded. A further two scores were added by Fulham both from frees and taken by Shane O’Donnell.
On the 25th minute, St Gabriel’s were able to break free in the forward line and put the sliotar in the back of the net to record a goal. Going in at half-time, Irish were one point down 0-4 to 1-2.
The second half began with Fulham drawing level in the first two minutes and it seemed the balance had swung to the favour of Fulham but Gabriel’s again boke the Fulham back line and scored a soft goal.
A further chance came to them on 44 minutes but Casey pulled of a fantastic diving save to deny Gabriel’s. It was this save which rallied Irish who started to force the game.
Shane O’Donnell was picking up the ball from all over the pitch and made some unbelievable points from tight angles.
Shane missed a goal chance but this never fazed him as he continued to boss the game.
The other Shane – Shane Moynihan – had a one-on-one chance to score a goal after catching and turning his man but put the ball wide and even manager Mick Ruby, playing his first competitive game this season, drew a blank by missing a sitter in front of the sticks.
Irish continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over and further points from Broder and Mick Harte left Irish two points ahead.
Gabriel’s looked for the third goal to put them into a one point lead, however Tom Kennedy, James McHugh and James McSwiney held the back line and snuffed out any chance of Gabriel’s scoring.
A low scoring game with both sides missing scoring chances but it was Irish’s determination and spirit to close the game out that saw them through.
A great effort from the team, especially Donal Casey, John McHugh, captain Pat O’Mahony, Mike Broder, David Madden and inspirational play from Shane O’Donnell.
Fulham Irish: Donal Casey, John McHugh, Tom Kennedy, James McSwiney, Colm Kennedy, Pat O’Mahony (C), Derry Fitzgerald, Lee Darcy, Mike Broder, Mick Harte, David Madden, Shane O’Donnell, Shane Moynihan, Mick Ruby, David Gray
Ref: Dan Sutton