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Strong Showing As A's Win

Sunday, 19 May 2013 16:41
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Our Junior A's clocked up a solid win in Droum on Sunday. Urhan 3-09 St. Mary's 1-06.
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After a lengthy break in fixtures Urhan's first team were back in league action last Sunday. Their

encounter with St Mary's in Droum was much anticipated.

Management took the opportunity to shuffle the deck somewhat and spirits were good in the build-up to the

game.


Playing towards the Town, Mary's took the lead from the throw-in with a point from experienced campaigner

Chris Daly but Urhan responded immediately from the kickout, forging a smart move and finding

centrefielder Martin McCarthy free twenty-five yards out and dead centre, who finished unerringly.

Urhan looked well settled, and when Brian Healy fed a nice ball into space in the right corner Finbarr

Dwyer recycled to Vinny Lehane who shook his marker and made a beeline for goal. A smart finish ensued

and Urhan were a goal up after only four minutes.

 

St. Mary's would respond immediately with a point but Urhan's backs were working very hard and working

well together. Chances would be hard-won.


On nine minutes Vinnie Lehane was pulled down inside the square when clean through and, with regular

penalty-taker James Healy having just picked up a small knock, was elected to take the spot-kick himself.

No mistake made, and Urhan were six clear.


A good burst from the back by Aidan O' Neill and a contribution from centre-back Dan Dwyer put Vinnie

Leahane through for another point on ten minutes. Mary's struck back three minutes later on the quarter-

hour mark.


As the Urhan attacks continued, frees accrued. Urhan missed a couple before Sean O' Sullivan converted

Urhan's first set-piece score on seventeen minutes, a right-footer from twenty yards out and twenty to

the left.


When Mary's cut the lead to five in the twenty-first minute, Vinny Leahane was on hand with a further

point from the resulting kick-out. Mary's would add a point from a free before the break.


Half-time score - Urhan 2-04 St. Mary's 0-05.


A fine move down the left from the restart throw-in worked Conor Lowney into space and he steered a

thirty-yarder over with his right. Urhan would be less clinical in the next ten minutes before Vinnie

Lehane's left foot would strike again for a cool point. St. Mary's would find a way back into the game,

though, when Urhan's rearguard was penalised for an illegal pick-up in the small box, and Mary's

converted the resulting penalty. Urhan 2-06 St. Mary's 1-05 and Urhan, despite their superiority were

only four up with seventeen to play.


The response was impressive. Urhan's right side of defence linking with Brian Healy who continued his run

into space, was fed well, and pointed with the right. Mary's would press hard for the next ten minutes as

Urhan fought hard to retain their shape. This they succeeded in accomplishing, and Mary's only reward was

a pointed free with seven minutes left on the clock.


The fightback had been repelled and when Vinnie Lehane struck yet again to score his fourth point, Urhan

looked well set. The icing on the cake came on the stroke of the hour when David McCarthy put a lovely

long ball into Vinnie's path, who handled superbly, escaped his man and raced clear to finish with

aplomb. A free a minute later gave Lehane 3-05 on the night.


More importantly Urhan had won 3-09 to 1-06 against a strong team, albeit somewhat understrength. An

impressive team performance with some outstanding displays all over the pitch. Plenty to work on for the

Junior A's but a good day at the office, gan dabhat.


Team: Sean Daly; Aidan O' Neill, Mikey Shea, Cormac O' Shea; Davy McCarthy, Dan Dwyer (c), John Dwyer;

Martin McCarthy, James Healy; Brian Healy, Iain O' Sullivan, Sean O' Sullivan; Vinnie Lehane, Finbarr

Dwyer, Martin O' Neill.


Subs: Kevin Hartnett (for Martin O' Neill), Declan Healy (for Sean O' Sullivan), Conor Lowney (for

Finbarr Dwyer inj.), Declan O' Neill (for Iain O' Sullivan), Florrie Harrington, Diarmuid O' Sullivan.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:53