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U-21's Draw with Portumna in Rd. 2 of Championship

posted 28 Feb 2013, 01:11 by Unknown user   [ updated 11 Mar 2013, 15:20 ]
The U21s drew with Portumna after a highly enjoyable and pulsating 2nd round of the championship game that saw the teams enter extra time in an attempt to separate them.

The match, as expected, began at a high pace that did not diminish throughout the day, with Portumna placing a huge amount of pressure on the Abbey backs who dealt with the bombardment as a unit and with discipline. Once the initial nerves of the first few minutes subsided, Abbey soon got into their stride and were able to send the ball into the full-forward area with Padraig MacMaghnuis, Sean McCarthy and Eoin Loftus capitlising on the possession, albeit unlucky in shooting a few wides. Portumna however were far more accurate by punishing Abbey mistakes with frees and some well taken points from play thus were the happier team going in at half time Portumna 0-6 Abbey 0-4.

Abbey emerged in the second half and immediately got on top in the forwards with better ball being supplied by midfield and half back line. In addition there was a greater return than what was found in the 1st half; with Sean McCarthy and Padraig MacMaghnuis slotting a brace of scores.

The game fell into a "tit-for-tat" situation with both teams exerting the height of passion and pace into the game. Abbey went a point down with only a few seconds left only to be bailed out by a fantastic solo effort from Paul Flaherty who brought the game to extra time. The point-for-point continued into the extra time with both teams impressive in their ability to keep the games high pace with some excellent scores. A Portumna free to level the game once more was the last piece of action to be seen that day, and the two teams must meet again in what is sure to be a highly entertaining game.

It is hard to single out any individuals on the Abbey team that stood out above the rest; the team as a whole produced a strong, passionate and disciplined performance which was key to producing such a good game, and they were all a credit to the club and parish. The replay is to be announced in the coming days.








Tom Warde

Adrian McDonnell

Eoin Blade


Colm Mannion

Sean McCarthy
Dean Keary

Tom Blade

Paul Flaherty








Shane King

Padraig MacMaghnuis






Matthew Mills

Paul Cooley

Noel Garvey


Daniel Flaherty

Eoin Loftus