Coolaney/ Mul­linabreena de­feat Cool­era

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them into long ball down the side­lines.

Wing back An­thony Walsh was busy in the first half with sev­eral balls com­ing down his side, which he dealt with ac­cord­ingly.

Their first half was not with­out fault how­ever, with their fair share of turnovers in the fi­nal theirs.

The turn­ing point of the match hap­pened at the mid point of the first half with Gavin Gor­man fir­ing the ball into the net af­ter a well worked team move.

There was no look­ing back af­ter that, with Coolaney/Mul­linabreena kick­ing on, with a bal­anced scor­ing load, Sean Gor­man, Niall Con­nolly and Nathan Mullen all get­ting on the score sheet.

As ref­eree Bill Carty blew for half time, you could be for­given for think­ing that Coolaney/Mul­linabreena side were home and dry.

In the sec­ond half how­ever, Cool­era/Strand­hill came out fight­ing, with In­ter-County star Niall Mur­phy com­ing alive in the sec­ond half and scor­ing a few points in quick suc­ces­sion.

When ex­pe­ri­enced for­ward Barry O’ Ma­hony scored a goal, it seemed that Cool­era/Strand­hill could mount an im­prob­a­ble come­back.

Alas, the dam­age was done in the first half, and a nice point from sub­sti­tute Dar­ren Cole­man merely un­der­lined that fact.

In the end the match fin­ished 2-11 to 1-09, with Coolaney/Mul­linabreena run­ning out com­fort­able win­ners.

Up next for Coolaney/ Mul­linabreena are lo­cal ri­vals Tub­ber­curry, a match with im­pli­ca­tions for the cham­pi­onship.

As for Cool­era/Strand­hill, the are to look ahead to a meet­ing with Sham­rock Gaels.

COOLANEY/MUL­LINABREENA: Eoin McDon­agh, Kevin ‘O’ Ken­nady, Ai­dan Cole­man, Stephen Bar­rett, An­thony Walsh, Nathan Mullen, Gavin Feely, De­clan McCor­mack, Stephan Con­nolly, Sean Gor­man, Shane ‘O’ Brien, Kieran Fi­nan, Niall Con­nolly, Crios­toir Davey and Gavin Gor­man.

COOL­ERA/STRAND­HILL: Oisín Con­way, Conor McDon­agh, Peter Laf­fey, Kil­lian McCa­hey, Sean Mur­phy, Gary Caw­ley, Aaron O’Boyle, Kevin Banks, Barry Doyle, Colin Parke, Karol O’ Neill, Kevin Harte, Gary Cad­den, Barry O’ Ma­hony and Niall Mur­phy.

Niall Murp[hy of Cool­era/Strand­hill gets past Coolaney/Mul­linabreena’s Ai­dan Cole­man at Nace O’Dowd Park. Pics: Tom Cal­lanan.

Sean Mur­phy of Cool­era/Strand­hill in ac­tion with Coolaney/Mul­linabreena’s Kieran Fi­nan in Nace O’Dowd Park.

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