St Patrick’s Park, bathed in warm sunshine and a large crowd to boot hoped for an hour of entertaining football last Friday evening.
Opponents Teconnaught just coming off the back of a narrow defeat to joint league leaders Clan na Banna arrived with the comfort of knowledge of a thirteen point win over us last year. The boys in blue & gold however, had different thoughts and motivation. That defeat last year, added to the necessity for two points in the league, meant there was a steely determination during the warm up, that became evident in their play as the evening wore on.
It was the visitors who started most brightly. Winning the early exchanges, they scored first with a well worked point sent over with barely fifty seconds on the watch. Sometimes, it takes a jolt like that to get going and the rest of the half belonged to the home side. A fine point from Cathal Arnold got them off the mark and was then followed by a well worked point from Danny Curran. It was now that the lads really got going and further points from Lorcan Harney and three from Arnold put them in the driving seat. Teconnaught to their credit came back with a fine save being forced from Brown in the Saul goals and a couple of points. This reawakened the Saul attack and a fine move down the left hand side ended with a foul on Lorcan
Harney as he bore down on goal. The resultant penalty from captain Mullen was firmly dispatched to the net and from their next attack, Harney the younger made up for his previous effort and sent Saul into a ten point lead that was carried through until the break after an exchange of points from Teconnaught and the impressive Callum Mahoney. HT 2-09, 0-05.
The second half never came close to the excitement of the first as the boys got the first five scores of the half from Harney the elder, Harney Mk2, Arnold and Magee (2). This effectively put the game to bed and allowed the introduction of the bench for some very valuable game time. Some sloppy play in front of goal may be a worry moving forward, but certainly the willingness to take men on was good to see. FT 2-16, 0-09.
Solid performances from Brown in goals, Mullen and Laverty in the middle and L Harney and Arnold up front ensured there would be no repeat of last season’s result.
Next up is a very tricky away trip to Attical on Friday evening.