SENIORS NARROWLY DEFEATED BY MAGHERY!!

On a wet and blustery sunday afternoon the whites league campaign kicked off against the defending champions Maghery. The Whites started the match playing with the wind knowing that a lead would need to be built in order to have an advantage to try and hold onto in the second half. In the early stages the whites quickly established a dominance in midfield thanks to the presence of Aaron Findon and Ryan Kelly, with the forwards taking advantage of that superiority by slotting over some fine scores from the dead ball and from play. Maghery struggled to get into a rhythm and relied on frees to keep them in touch at 5-3 after just 20mins. However, Maghery came into the game as the half wore on and started disrupting the whites play only for 3 great scores from the forwards. It left 5 in it with 5 minutes of the first half left. Maghery went up the field to tag on a couple of scores before the break to leave the score at half time : 0-08 to 0-05 to St. Peters.

The second half started with the whites knowing that it would take an almighty effort from all in order to keep Maghery at bay. The wind played a huge part in the first 10 minutes with Maghery playing the ball in quicker than the first half. This led to a couple of scores for the Maghery men to put the minimum between it with just over 20 minutes left. The whites defence kept Maghery at bay for the large part and meant that when we went up the field, we needed to take advantage. However, with the wind being so great, attacking was non-existent. The whites did manage to knock over a point to get the lead again. The game was then entering the final 10 minutes and Maghery knew that they had to pull out all the stops to win this one. The did just that scoring some superb scores from distance. Going into injury time Maghery led by 3 and only a goal would give the whites a chance of either a draw or victory. This was not coming as they could only manage a point. Maghery saw the game out and won the game 0-12 to 0-10.

It is a platform for the rest of the team to build on and hopefully respond next sunday away to St. Patrick's Cullyhanna.

Team: James Magill;Tomas Byrne;Sean O'Neill;Robbie Geary;Keith Totten;Emmet Haughian;Sam Marshall;Aaron Findon;Ryan Kelly;Michael Gogarty;Daire Toman;Niall Creaney;Shane McCaughley;Conleth McAlinden;Danny McNally.