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U-21's Defeat Portumna in 2nd Round Replay

posted 12 Mar 2013, 07:58 by Unknown user

U21's - U-21's defeated Portumna in their second round replay championship match at the weekend. Abbey dug deep against a strong Portumna side to win by six points, 3-12 to 0-15. Portumna were fastest out of the blocks and raced into to a 9-2 lead after 20 mins. Abbey management of Brian & Paddy Flaherty introduced Craig Kennedy and Colm Mannion. They proved inspired substituatons as Craig scored two points within 3mins of his introduction. Padraic MacMaighnuis was felled in the square and Paul Flaherty dually smashed the penalty to the net. Abbey went in at half time trailling by two with the wind assisting them in the second half.

The opening exchanges to the second had real championship cut and thrust. Scores were harder come by for both teams. It wasn't until the final 15mins when Abbey's sub Colm Mannion, having a good game since his introduction, was sent to the line. The men of Abbey were the team who took the game by the scruff, within 2 minutes they had managed a six point turnaround, our 'keeper Alan Devane in for the injured Dean Keary made a point blank save, the Portumna forward following up was deemed to be in the square and the resultant free for us led to Eoin Loftus burying the ball to the net. The Portumna response was snift out by the Abbey defense who marshalled their opponents well only conceding 4 points in the second half. We now look forward to a quarter-final in the coming weeks.

Padraic MacMaighnuis hit the final nail in Port's coffin to seal a fantastic win. A strong team performancehad stand out performers in Tom Blade, Paul Flaherty, Noel Garvey, Craig Kennedy Padraic MacMaighnuis and Eoin Loftus. Team: Alan Devane, Matthew Mills, Tom Blade, Cathal Mannion, Adrian McDonnell, Paul Flaherty (1-1, all frees) , Paul Cooley, Eoin Blade (0-1), Shane King, Cathal Laheen, Daniel Flaherty (0-4, all frees), Sean McCarthy (0-1), Padraig MacMaighnuis (1-2), Eoin Loftus (1-1).

Cathal Mannion

Adrian McDonnell

Noel Garvey

Daniel Flaherty
(0-4, All Frees)

Eoin Loftus
Alan Devane

Tom Blade

Paul Flaherty
(1-1, All Frees)

Cathal Laheen

Padraig MacMaighnuis

Matthew Mills

Paul Cooley

Eoin Blade

Shane King

Seán McCarthy