Naomh Fionnbarra 1-11(14) Hunterstown Rovers 2-10(16)
Naomh Fionnbarra suffered their first defeat in Division 2 as they caught napping in the last minute in Pairc Baile Fiach, Hunterstown on Saturday evening in conditions excellent for football. Rovers drew first blood with a point from Glen Matthews after William Woods had kicked a couple of early wides. Rovers hit a couple of wides of their own but the Barrs got of the mark on 6 minutes. A high ball across the square by Bernard Osborne was fisted to the net powerfully by Woods to give the Togher men the lead. The game ebbed and flowed as both sides fought for the upper hand. Brendan Lennon had a goal chance for Hunterstown, however a great block by corner back Hugh McGrane saved the day for the Togher men. Rovers got the next score with a point from Padraig Matthews, however the Finbarrs responded immediately with a well taken point by Wood. He followed this up a minute later with another point from play. Hunterstowns tactic of playing a sweeper wasn’t working with against the wind as long balls by the Togher men into the full back line were reaping dividends.
Alan Landy had a shot that came back of the post and the Barrs broke up the field. William Woods laid off to Chris McGlynn whop burst through for a lovely point with the left boot. Shortly afterwards the Hunterstown goalkeeper saved from William Woods as the ball seemed to get stuck under his feet, hampering his shot. Padraig Matthews struck for a well taken point tio reduce the deficit back to 3 on 19 minutes. A good battle was taking place in the middle of the field for possession and on 23 minutes Hugh Osborne burst through the middle for a nice point. A minute later Hunterstown recieved a penalty after one of their players was fouled. Up stepped Ryan Ward and his low shot bet Finbarrs keeper Daithi Woods. A point from Brendan Lennon levelled matters on 25 minutes and the momentum was with the Hunterstown men. The Barrs had other ideas and Bernard Osborne sent over 2 well taken points from play before half time. Half time score: Naomh Fionnbarra 1-6(9) Hunterstown Rovers 1-4(7)
Rovers made the better start to the second half and almost took the lead after wing back Richie Taffe saw his shot hit the crossbar. Padraig Matthews then knocked over a point to reduce the lead to 1. Daithi Woods made a good save from Glen Matthews on 5 minutes which gave the Togher men a lift and Bernard Osborne sent the ball over the bar at the other end straight away in reply. Robbie McNiece scored a point for Rovers to keep them in touch. William Woods sent 3 excellent frees over the bar against the wind over the next 7 minutes to slowly increase the lead to four points after 43 minutes. Paddy Taffe was lucky in this period not to receive a red card after a heavy challenge on Bernard Osborne.
Both sides were battling hard in the middle of the field for the next few minutes as the game was still in the melting pot. An Alan Landy point on 49 minutes reduced the lead to 3. A good move from the Barrs ended with a shot from Oisin McGee which was saved by Niall Carrie, while Woods missed the resulting 45m kick. Rovers were beginning to put the pressure on around midfield and slowly ekked their way back into the game, firstly with a pointed free from Paul Carrie on 52 minutes. He scored a point from play 3 minutes later to reduce the lead to 1. A pointed free from William Woods on 29 minutes earned the Barrs some breathing space leaving 2 points in it. Brendan lennon reduced the lead back to the minimum when he blasted over from close range when it seemed easier to score a goal. However the men from Hunterstown weren’t finished there as a minute later a long ball into the finbarrs defence caused consternation. The dropping ball floated to Paul Carrie who fisted the ball over the head of the onrushing goalkeeper Daithi Woods into the net. The Togher men won the next kick out but failed to create a scoring chance to equalise. Final score: Naomh Fionnbarra 1-11(14) Hunterstown Rovers 2-10(16)