Walterstown came into this match v Simonstown as big underdogs, however an impressive second half comeback by the Blacks seen both sides finish on level terms.
Simonstown opened the scoring with a point inside the first 2 minutes, Richie Barry leveled a minute later before a free from Alban Crosbie and a 45 from Paul Donnellan put Walterstown ahead with 11 minutes gone. Christopher Reynolds added a point a minute later to put 2 between the sides. Simonstown however were awarded a penalty with Alban Crosbie fouling and with Simonstown converting they now were back ahead. 2 minutes later Simonstown hit the back of the net once again to now lead by 4 points, things got worse for Walterstown with Conor O’Sullivan shown a black card and Simonstown awarded their 2nd penalty of the match and once again they converted to now lead by 7 points. Simonstown added a point a minute later before Mark O’Meara got a much needed score for Walterstown in the 25th minute, after 14 minutes with no score.
Simonstown added 2 further scores before the break to lead by 8 points at ht – Simonstown 3-04 v Walterstown 0-5.
The first 15 minutes of the second half seen both sides trade early scores and with Simonstown leading by 8 points with 15 minutes left many would have thought the Blacks would struggle to gain anything from the game. Walterstown however strengthened their team by bringing on Ruairi O’Dowd, David Donnellan and Mark McCormack who all helped change the game with Walterstown finishing the game the strongest, Richie Barry added a point before Alban Crosbie and Richie Barry both finding the back of the net and with Ruairi O’Dowd adding a point in between Walterstown now found themselves level with 4 minutes remaining. Walterstown had a great chance late on to win the match however Alban Crosbie’s shot just went left of the post and the referee blew the full time whistle to leave the Full Time score – Simonstown 3-06 v Walterstown 2-09
Walterstown Team: John Davis, Aron McLoughlin, Conor O’Sullivan, Colm Reilly,, Peter Reynolds, David Reynolds, Cathal Hennelly, Alban Crosbie, Mark Reynolds, Mark O’Meara, Ray Reynolds, Christopher Reynolds, Richie Barry, Paul Donnellan, Robbie McDonnell
Subs: C.McGrane for C O’Sullivan (bc), R.O’Dowd for R.McDonnell, D.Donnellan for R.Reynolds, M.McCormack for C.Reynolds, G.McGuinness for D.Donnellan(inj)