St Nicholas/Wolfe Tones made it two wins from two with a hard fought 3-6 to 0-10 win over Newtown Blues last night.
On a blustery evening in Wolfe Tone Park, SN/WT played with the aid of a strong breeze in the first half. Despite this advantage, the Blues opened the scoring with the first point of the game. However, this would be the only time the home side trailed for the remainder of the game.
A goal from Caileann Gallagher Floody and a pointed free along with one from play by Tadhg Martin quickly put SN/WT in front. The Blues tacked on another 2 points to keep in touch before quick thing by Martin over a free quick made it goal number 3. A point Eoin Wynne was matched by the Blues following a goal lone save from Aaron Donohue to leave the score at half time 3-3 to 0-04 in favour of the WT/SN.
Going into the 2nd half, facing into the stiff breeze, the team in blue & yellow knew that teamwork and determination were going to be the order of the day. Like the Blues in the 1st half, SN/WT opened the scoring against the wind with a point by Cebhan Houshidari. From this point onwards the Blues attacked with great regularity but for the most part were thwarted by a back line who worked in packs to swarm around Blues attackers and prevent scoring opportunities.
At times this resulted in the concession of long range frees or 45s. From some of these the Blues free taker, Conor McGuirk, gave a fine demonstration of dead ball place kicking. However, further points from Matt Onianwa and Martin kept the Blues at arm length. A full stretch save by Donohoe in the dying minutes ensured SN/WT could breathe easier until the final whistle.
This victory was achieved by the high standard of teamwork and overall work by each player. They have now set a standard for themselves which hopefully will be replicated over the remaining 3 games.
Team: Aaron Donohoe, Adam Everitt, Caileann Gallagher Floody (1-0), Cathal Geraghty, Cebhan Houshidari (0-1), Darragh Browne, Eoin Shortt, Eoin Wynne (0-1), Ethan Kelly, Gabriels Karkle, Hayden Quinn, Liam Gaffney, Lorcan Mallon, Matt Onianwa (0-1), Rhys McGovern, Sean Molloy, Shane Kelly, Tadhg Martin (2-3)