Atticall hold off late Saul challenge

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Atticall 0-12. Saul 0-09.

ATTICALL and Saul took part in an entertaining game for the first round of the Intermediate championship at St Johns on Saturday evening, writes Liam Sloan.
The conditions were ideal for football and both sides can be proud for making the game a good spectacle. Atticall's forwards particularly Ryan Sloan and Johnny Morgan were in great form. The game also was played fairly with a high percentage of the scores coming from play which was a welcome addition and made it a free flowing game to watch.
The match started off badly for Atticall as Rory Mullan and Ciaran Harney scored early for Saul. Atticall got themselves back into the game though when Mark Sloan made a good pass to Philip Sloan who then played through to Ryan Sloan who pointed instead of going for a goal.
At this stage Saul looked in control but Atticall gradually got themselves an even footing in the game and started to gain possession around the middle. Atticall have to be commended for this period of the game as they really dug in when Saul looked to be on top. Jamie Donnan came up from defence to score a point. Philip Sloan was playing in a more offensive role for Atticall and was playing well. Callum Mahoney was causing problems in the Atticall defence and scored three points in the first half for Saul.
As the half wore on though Atticall gained an advantage and hit points through Philip Sloan, Eddie McAlinden and Daniel Sloan to make the half time score 0-8 0-6 to Atticall. This was a highly enjoyable game of football between two evenly matched team with very attacking football.
The second half was a more cagey affair and the scoring was not as frequent. Atticall gained an advantage when Johnny Morgan hit a long range point then Martin Trainor hit another point. Approaching mid way through the half Atticall were leading 0-10 to 0-6. Saul seen the game slipping way from them and made a spirited comeback with Cathal Arnold, Ciaran Harney and Rory Mullan scoring points.
During this period Atticall's goalkeeper John Sloan made a fantastic point blank save and this was vitally important in a closely contested game like this. Ryan Sloan who was having a great game for Atticall steadied the ship for to make the game 0-11 to 0-9.
And he put the icing on the cake for Atticall when he was alert to a Martin Trainor free which dropped short to score a point to confirm victory.
Atticall: John Sloan, Jamie Donnan 0-1 , Dominic Trainor, John Murnion, Niall O'Hare, Shane Fitzpatick, Philip Sloan 0-1, Mark Sloan, Chris Sloan, Eddie McAlinden 0-1, Daniel Sloan 0-1, Paul Trainor, Martin Trainor 0-1, Johnathan Morgan 0-3 and Ryan Sloan 0-4. Sub Kieran O'Hare.

Saul: Conor Marron, Aodhan Brady, Deaghlan Arnold, Mark Magill, Leigh Cunningham, Adam King, Ryan Tumilty, Rory Mullen 0-2, Chris Mullen, Mark McGrady, Nathan Keenan 0-1, Sam Burns, Cathal Arnold 0-1, Callum Mahoney 0-3 and Ciaran Harney 0-2.

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