Freshers Bow out at Semi-Final Stage

November 28th, 2017 | Featured Homepage News, Gaelic Football, Uncategorized

Queen’s Freshers suffered a frustrating loss in the semi-final of the All-Ireland League Division 1 at the hands of Dublin rivals UCD. Three fantastic goals lit up the occasion and proved crucial in a tight encounter at the Dub Arena. Both defences were on top throughout with the opening scores of both halves taking in excess of 10 minutes to arrive. A cagey opening period saw the home team prove wasteful in front of goal while UCD mixed up their attacks well combining a running game well with the direct ball onto the Queen’s full-back line. Midfield was an intriguing contest with UCD’s Mark Treacy battling Queen’s Cahir Goodwin.

All three goals arrived in the first half with UCD scoring the opening major at the end of a piece of fine flowing play. Queen’s soon answered when Aidan Fullerton produced a moment of personal brilliance winning a ball for which he was second best before searing through the UCD defence to power the ball home. However, Queen’s were rocked only a few minutes later when opposition full-forward Paddy Flaherty rose high above the home defence to fetch the ball and swivelled to blast the ball past Eoghan Mulholland from close range. The visitors reached the half-way stage three points to the good on a score-line of 2-4 to 1-4.

The second half mirrored the first with both defences remaining firmly in control. The introduction of Tom O’Kane for Queen’s provided them with a strong attacking weapon but UCD controlled possession well and were on top for most of the opening ten minutes. It was Queen’s who first broke the deadlock closing to within 2 points of the visitors but that was as close as they would get. A searing burst from UCD’s Luke Doran produced one of the best moments of the game and centre-back Luke Doran was excellent in setting up his defence.

Queen’s pressed on with corner back Brendan Gallen leading the charge but it was to no avail as the hosts could not close the gap. The game finished with the score Queen’s 1-8 UCD 2-9.

Queen’s Squad

Aiken, Frank – Warrenpoint

Concannon, Eoghan – Steelstown

Courtney, Niall – Dromintee

Cox, Conor – Burren

Deeney, Aaron – St Eunan’s

Fullerton, Aidan – Carrickmore

Gallen, Brendan – Bredagh

Goodwin, Cahir – Dromore

Guinness, Daniel – Carryduff

Halvey, Sean – St Eunan’s

Hamill, Matthew – Glenavy

Hamilton, Matthew – Bredagh

Kielt, Larry – Kilrea

Loughran, Matthew – Lissan

McCarron, Caolan – Dromore

McCartan, Frank – Tullylish

McCluskey, Conor – Magherafelt

McGee, Conor – Ederney

McGurn, Darragh – Belnaleck

Meehan, Padraig – Scotstown

Mulholland, Eoghan – Clan Eireann

Niall Hannighan – St Eunan’s

O’Kane, Tom – Armagh Harps

O’Neill, Conor – Killeavy

Roarty, Cathal – Steelstown

Smyth, James – Naomh Brid

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