Win for Walterstown in first round of the Championship

Walterstown VS St Ultans.   IFC 1st Round   Fri May 19th in Kilberry

Walterstown got their Championship campaign off to a good start with a hard fought win over St Ultans at Kilberry on Fri evening. Though Ultans opened the scoring with the first point, Walterstown’s hardworking centre half forward, Ruairi O Dowd had the sides level within a minute. Then both teams traded frees and after 10 minutes the sides were still level. From then Walterstown seemed to settle and after Davy Donnellan’s point put them 3 points to 2 ahead they stayed in front. St Ultan’s forwards found the Walterstown defence difficult to break down and only scored 2 points of their total from play. Full back Colin McGrane and Centre half back Davy Reynolds were particularly impressive. However Walterstown manager Eamon Barry will be concerned at the amount of frees conceded by his players. Near the end of the first half Walterstown widened the gap to 7 points thanks to a fisted goal from Brian O Connell from a clever Davy Donnellan pass. This was followed by an excellent point from Cormac Madden from near the sideline. St Ultans struck back with 2 pointed frees to leave the Blacks leading at the interval by 1-7 to 0-5.

In the second half Ultans scored a couple of unanswered points to narrow the gap to 3 points. Walterstown’s cause was not helped when their veteran mid-fielder Alban Crosbie was black carded 5 minutes into the half. Walterstown owe much to their keeper John Davis who had to make several crucial saves in both halves to stop Ultans quest for goals. However Walterstown stood firm and continued to work hard. Centre half back Davy Reynolds opened their second half account with a nice individual point to steady the nerves. Brian O Connell added a well stuck free a few minutes later. Ultans continued to battle but well taken points for Walterstown in the dying minutes by Aaron McLoughlin and Cormac Madden left the final score at 1-11 to 0-10

Walterstown::John Davis, Conor Cullen, Colin McGrane, Colm Reilly, Peter Reynolds, Davy Reynolds (0-1), Davy Donnellan (0-1), Conor O Sullivan, Alban Crosbie (0-1 F), Mark McCormack, Ruairi O Dowd (0-2), John Geoghegan (0-1), Cormac Madden (0-2), Joey Coogan. Brian O Connell (1-2, 2F)   Subs::Paul Donnellan for A Crosbie-Black Card, Aaron McLoughlin (0-1)  for Colm Reilly

Match Stats:

1st half start: 19:50   19-05-17 Walterstown v. St Ultans
01mins 1st half St Ultans point from play
02mins 1st half Walterstown point from play Ruari O Dowd
06mins 1st half Walterstown point from free Brian O Connell
10mins 1st half St Ultans point from free
11mins 1st half Walterstown point from play David Donnellan
13mins 1st half Walterstown point from play Ruari O Dowd
14mins 1st half Walterstown point from sideline Alban Crosbie
16mins 1st half Walterstown point from play John Geoghegan
17mins 1st half Walterstown goal from play Brian O Connell
21mins 1st half blood sub Walterstown–> off: Davy Reynolds   on: Paul Donnellan
22mins 1st half blood sub Walterstown–> off: Paul Donnellan   on: Davy Reynolds
22mins 1st half St Ultans point from free
25mins 1st half Walterstown point from play Cormac Madden
27mins 1st half Walterstown  yellow card David Donnellan
28mins 1st half St Ultans point from free
31mins 1st half St Ultans point from free
31mins 1st half Walterstown  yellow card Conor O Sullivan
Half time score: Walterstown 1-7(10)  St Ultans 0-5(5)
2nd half start: 20:32   19-05-17 Walterstown v. St Ultans
02mins 2nd half Walterstown  black card Alban Crosbie
03mins 2nd half substitution Walterstown–> off: Alban Crosbie  on: Paul Donnellan
04mins 2nd half St Ultans point from free
05mins 2nd half St Ultans point from free
06mins 2nd half St Ultans  yellow card 5
15mins 2nd half Walterstown point from play Davy Reynolds
16mins 2nd half St Ultans point from play
18mins 2nd half Walterstown point from free Brian O Connell
20mins 2nd half substitution Walterstown–> off: Colm O Reilly  on: Aaron McLoughlin
21mins 2nd half St Ultans point from free
24mins 2nd half Walterstown  yellow card Colin McGrane
25mins 2nd half St Ultans point from free
27mins 2nd half Walterstown point from play Aaron McLoughlin
27mins 2nd half St Ultans  black card 12
30mins 2nd half Walterstown point from play Cormac Madden
Full time score: Walterstown 1-11(14)  St Ultans 0-10(10)
Overheard on Sideline

As Davy Donnellan was being subbed for blood injury one witty local said

“it’s probably not his own”

 

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