Crokes promoted with win over Johns - Dublin GAA AFL2 match report

September 07, 2012

Ballinteer Saint Johns welcomed Kilmacud Crokes to Marlay Park for this crucial Dublin football league division 2 clash with the result having a heavy bearing on the promotion prospects of the home side. Crokes were sitting comfortably at the top of the table and a victory against Johns would confirm them as league winners. Johns on the other hand badly needed a win to stay in the fight for a position in the play-offs. The match was played in perfect conditions with no breeze to cause any problems bar the abundance of the Marlay midges.

Following a wide ball by Crokes, an opening score by Padraig O’Connor got the Ballinteer side off to the perfect start. Crokes took a while to get a rhythm with another shot going wide before a Paul Mannion free levelled things up. The two sides exchanged further points, through a Ballinteer free and another Mannion effort from play, before a defensive error from a high ball into the Ballinteer box created the crucial moment of the match. Mannion was again central to this effort and appeared to get a fist to the ball to send it into the back of the net. Both sides would trade wides before Crokes won a free which was dispatched by Adrian Morrissey to stretch the advantage to 4 points. Crokes had now settled, particularly in the middle third where Patrick Duggan was dominating in fielding from kickouts.

With plenty of supply coming into their forwards Crokes began to notch up the scores. Further points from Morrissey, Ray Cosgrove, and Declan Kelleher, in addition to another pointed free from the boot of Morrissey, left Ballinteer with a mountain to climb moving towards the end of the first half. Feargal Duffy was standing out for Ballinteer and, despite being well marshalled by the Crokes defenders, his supply ball set up Cormac O’Brien who hit a ball over the bar for Johns.  Crokes responded immediately with a pointed free following a foul on front of the Johns goals to leave 11 points between the sides at half time. Half Time: Ballinteer St Johns 0-3 Kilmacud Crokes 1-11

The game petered out in the second half with the visitors opening up with a flurry of points before Ballinteer responded with a late scoring spell following a number of positional and tactical changes. The stand out player of the match was Mannion, who tagged on several more decent second half points. Full Time: Ballinteer St Johns 0-10 Kilmacud Crokes 1-20

Ballinteer St Johns starting team

1. Colm O'Donnell

2. Ciaran McCabe

3. Nick Devereux

4. Aaron Tuite

5. David Devereux

6. Keith Nolan

7. Cormac O'Brien

8. Peter O'Curry

9. Mark Kavanagh

10. Glen Whelan

11. Shane McCann

12. Fergal Duffy

13. Sam Tully

14. Aodhan Clabby

15. Padraig O' Connor

Kilmacud Crokes starting team

1. David Nestor

2. Ronan O'Riain

3. Nick McGrath

4. Eoin Culligan

5. Brian McGrath

6. Ross O'Carroll

7. Paul Griffin

8. Darrenn Magee

9. Patrick Duggan

10. Declan Kelleher

11. Ray Cosgrove

12. Adrian Morrissey

13. Paul Mannion

14. Johnny Magee

15. Pat Burke


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