12th September, 2015
Robert Emmetts: 2-9
Brothers Pearse: 0-2
Our final group match, against Brothers Pearse, eventually started just after three o'clock following a long delay. Despite conditions being very pleasant in sunny Greenford we proceeded to play out a low-scoring encounter. Playing against a stiff breeze in first half we were somehow finding it difficult to keep our shape and get a rhythm going. A Tadhg Healy point from play along with Daryl Roberts's frees were all we could muster and took a 4-2 lead in at half-time.
Kevin McMullan was clearly unhappy with what he was seeing and, during the break, let our lads know that a much greater effort would be needed if we were to have any ambitions in the this competition. A shaky start to second half saw us having to repel a couple of determined Pearses runs through the centre. However we found our feet with points from Daryl and Rory Costello, and could finally settle when Daryl broke through, having been released by Sean Finn. His initial effort was blocked but he managed to work the ball across to Eoin Chawke who buried it from close range. We had tightened up around the pitch: Tadhg and Mícheál well on top in centre-field and Paul Horkan was reading the play excellently from full-back. Meanwhile, up front, Seán Finn's energetic running was causing the Pearses plenty of problems. We were not making the most out of our possession though, despite Pearses making very little headway in attack. We finished the half strongly though - Jason Pyne came in for the injured Daryl Roberts and struck over a neat point after a quick lift and turn. Further points from Tadhg Healy, Eoin Chawke and Danny Buckley were sent over, before Danny showed his marker a clean pair of heels and buried the sliotar in the net from a tight angle to round off the scoring.
In the end it was a victory that ensured we finished third in the group but, leaving the field, we knew that plenty more hard work would be needed in training if we are to make an impact in the knock-out stages.
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