Friday, 23 August 2019 at 02:56 PM Galvin Early
Owen Roes U14 side got their grade two-league season underway on Saturday afternoon, and despite some bright spots for the home side, it was Fintona's forward line that made the difference after 60 minutes. It was the visitors that struck first as they led 1-2 to 0-1 with Ronan McNulty neatly pointing for the hosts. McNulty tagged another, before Michael Dooher in goal made a brave double stop. Dooher was helpless minutes later as lax Roe's defending allowed the Fintona wing back to score. Good work by Ryan McAleer allowed Cathal McShane to goal, and McShane tagged another point to leave just two in it. Indeed McAleer himself split the posts thanks to good work by Aaron Boggs. However Fintona bagged 3-1 as the half closed to lower the heads of the O'Neill lads. Nonetheless Philip Haughey fed McNulty for another white flag, and McShane punched home to leave the interval score 2-5 to 5-3. McShane and Charles O'Doherty scored early points, but Fintona again went on a goal spree to all but end the fixture. However the Leckpatrick lads kept plugging away and 1-1 from McShane, and a Ronan McNulty goal resulted in an erosion of the Fintona advantage. The Pearse’s though with the pace and power of their forward line managed to break and clip on more scores to keep Owen Roes at arm's length. Rampaging wing back Philip Haughey found space in the box to bag a goal, and Ryan McAleer also raised a Green flag. The last action was a late Fintona goal from their full forward. This was a patchy display from the home side. Sean Dooher, Stephen Harper and Philip Haughey worked hard in the half back zones, with midfielders Ryan Devine, and Charles O'Doherty competing well against a decent Fintona midfield section. However the home side knows that they have plenty to work on if they went to be involved in the business end of the season.