Senior men headed for the mountains of Mourne on Friday night and came away from Attical with the two points after a well deserved victory. After getting off to a good start and scoring the first point of the game through Caolan Magee, a series of missed chances gave the travelling support a worry as the home side got back into it and how! After two points a deflected shot looped over stand in keeper Robinson for a freak goal. It helped kick start the Saul lads and a purposeful move forward from Laverty and Ciaran Harney lead to the ball in young Mahoney’s hands. He sped towards the goals and narrowly shot wide. Despite this miss he began making amends by sticking the resultant kick out over the bar with his left foot to put the goal between the sides. An exchange of points from Attical then Ciaran Harney was followed by a seemingly well wide shot given as a point for the home team. Saul were finding it difficult to get any momentum and it was going to take some inspiration, which duly came from a point by the veteran Traynor who was certainly covering a lot of ground to get his comrades moving. A fine catch in the middle from the influential Pierce Laverty was passed onto Cathal Arnold who calmly laid the ball on a plate for the onrushing Lorcan Harney to send home for the equalising score. Arnold finished the half with a fine fisted point to give the lads the lead for the first time since the 7th minute.
HT Attical 1-04, Saul 1-05.
The second half began with a flurry of attacks and thankfully some scores to go with them. Points from Ciaran Harney (2), Pierce Laverty, Cathal Arnold (2), answered with two from Attical, effectively put the game to bed as the home team tired. Three chances for goals were not converted as the blues took poor decisions close to goal, but further points from Brendan Cunnigham and a lovely long range score from Laverty finished the game with a six point win.
FT Attical 1-07, Saul 1-13
While the management can be happy with the final score and the performances of some, the lack of a killer instinct in front of goals could be a cause for concern with many tough games to come over the next few weeks. None moreso than Tullylish this Wednesday evening.