23rd August, 2015
Robert Emmetts: 5-12
Seán Treacys: 0-5
With a stiff breeze at our backs we opened our account with a goal. Rory Costello whipping a rebound to he net after Daryl Roberts's shot was blocked. The Treacys fired over a response in the fifth minute but amazingly that would be one of only two points we conceded in the first half. Our backs and midfield were completely on top. Tadhg and Mícheál picked up where they left off last week, dominating the centre-field area. Dogged but patient and disciplined defending from Kieran Fitz and his two corner-backs, Steven and Mark, snuffed out a couple of early danger moments from the Treacys pacy inside forward line. Paddy Breen cleared a long ball along the right sideline which was caught by Conor McMullan at his ankles. Still running at full pelt he spotted Tadhg Healy tearing past the 45 through the centre and supplied him with a slick shoulder-height pass. Tadhg did the needful and split the posts. We were unlucky not to be further ahead as a few long-range efforts went astray. However, we soon found out feet again with several good points through Eoin Chawke, Martin Fitz and a huge one from wing-back Andrew Nolan. The full-forward line was starting to get the type of service they needed and Daryl Roberts seemed to be in for a certain goal only to see the Treacys goalkeeper pull off a fantastic reaction save and deny him. As the half-time whistle blew we were ahead by 1-6 to 0-2.
Facing into the breeze in the second half we knew we would have to be more efficient and make our hard work evident on the scoreboard. The lads duly responded and set about hitting hard and early. Eoin Chawke drove a long range free on a low trajectory from the right hand wing. When the ball broke just outside the small square Daryl didn't have to be asked twice and whipped the sliotar into the bottom corner. That began a purple patch for our forwards, who were now adding composure and patience to their pace and aggression. Conor and Daryl held the ball up in the corners when required and struck crisp passes back toward the 21, picking out Rory Costello who flashed over a couple of points. Daryl himself soon raced through to stick his second goal. When Eoin Chawke pulled on a loose ball to rattle the net on the 40 minute mark the scoreboard read 4-7 to 0-2. Dinny O'Regan was playing selflessly, tenaciously battling for possession out on the left wing and setting up another couple of scores for Daryl and Rory. He then got in on the action himself, striking over a huge point off his left. Our backs continued to win their individual battles and completely shut down the Treacys goal threat. Meanwhile Eoin Chawke put the icing on an excellent individual display by batting a floated pass from Daryl Roberts into the net from the edge of the square. Kevin McMullan made a few changes for the last 15 minutes, with Danny Buckley, Mick O'Dwyer, Neil Clancy, Paddy Murphy and Seán Finn entering the fray. Battling performances from Mícheál, Andrew and Paddy meant there would be no late concessions, while Fergus expertly held the centre. Instead we continued to maintain concentration as we added points through Fergus McMahon, Seán Finn and a rasper from Rory Costello. The full time whistle sounded to signal our return to the SHC semi-finals after a few lean years.
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