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A League Vs Dunshaughlin Mar 6 2011

posted 6 Mar 2011, 13:53 by DuleekBellewstownGAA   [ updated 6 Mar 2011, 14:23 ]

Late Late Dunshaughlin point spoils comeback

A late point in the last 30 seconds of the game spoiled what would have been a well earned two point in our home encounter with Dunshaughlin in the A League.

Duleek Bellewstown opened brightly and playing against the breeze opened the scoring after 3 mins with a point by Mark Collins. However Dunshaughlin began winning breaking ball around mid field  and were putting the  defense under pressure. It was this pressure that yielded a number of points from frees.  In the first half Mark Collins kept the home team in touch with the visitors with 4 points, scores both from frees and play. In that first half Duleek Bellewstown had 3 good goal chances but were unable to convert any of them. 
At half time Dunshaughlin were 3 points to the good at 0-7 to 0-4

In the second half the visitors were first off the mark with a point from the throw in but after that the home team began to exert a grip from the half back line and for the next 20 minutues did not allow Dunshaughlin any presence inside the 50 yd line. Apart from a single Mark Collins point which was matched by one from Dunshaughlin the Duleek Bellewstown scoring sights were wide of the mark until a long ball from Chris Carney was broken  down by Peter Curran  into the path of the inrushing Daniel Martin who calmly slotted the ball to the right of the goalkeeper and into the back of the net putting just the minimum between the teams. The visitors then responded with 2 quick points  and with the game heading into the last few minutes Mark Collins went on a run through the middle and was unceremoniously taken down just inside the large square and from the resultant penalty slotted the ball in the corner of the net. 
From the resultant kickout centre half MIck Dowling broke down field and slotted a massive point from over 40 yards to leave us a point in front with over a a minute of injury time gone . Dunshaughlin  however did not give up and work the ball into the home goal area and  from a breaking ball just outside the 14 they nabbed a point with the last kick of the game .
Overall this was game which we could have won, could have lost and we came away with a valuable draw.

Best for the home team were Joey Martin and Kevin Smith in defense, our 2 midfielders who along with Tony Cunningham  worked tirelessly during the game and Man of the match Mark Collins who ended up with a personal tally of 1-6 

Team:
P Callaghan, K Smith, B Moore, J Martin, P Howard, M Dowling (0-1), G Hynes, D Gaffney, K McCann,  T Cuunningham,  M Collins (1-6), D Mills, J Flood, E Byrne, P Curran, 
Subs: D Martin(1-0) for D Mills, C Carney for E Byrne, C Mcginley for J Flood
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