First Team Star
Dec 11, 2016, 6:31 PM
Post #459 of 462
All Ireland Club Senior Football Championship quarter final
St Kiernan's (London) 0-05 2-11 Robert Emmets, Slaughtneil (Derry)
In the end it was a comfortable 12 point victory for the Derry and Ulster champions who go on to play Dublin's St Vincents, winners over beat Rhode of Offaly in today's Leinster decider.
The home side were clearly up for the game and started brightly, taking the game to their illustrious visitors. Indeed they scored the first point of the game. It took Slaughtneil about 10 minutes to equalise and they were making heavy weather of their passing game, and being wasteful up front shooting a number of wides. Just after the equalising point, the St Kiernan's keeper made a great block to save a certain goal. Shortly after this the hosts had their best chance of a goal but the ball just wouldn't fall fast enough twice, and was eventually cleared.
The game turned around the 20 minute mark, when a good fast move was neatly finished past the keeper for a goal, to move Slaughtneil 1-3 to 0-1 ahead. Then, within three minutes, the home keeper made about his only bad mistake of the day, misjudging a deflected shot, allowing a forward to nip in and fist the ball into the net. By this time Slaughtneil were playing well, passes were sticking, and tackles & interceptions being made. By the break, it was 2-05 to 0-01.
The second half started with a couple of home points, but it was no comeback and the visitors were happy to keep the score board ticking over regularly without having to do anything spectacular. St Kiernan's didn't help themselves by first conceding a black card for a late charge, and then a red card for a second booking leaving them down to 14 for the last dozen minutes.
So St Kiernan's were beaten but not embarrassed, and Slaughtneil have teams in three All Ireland Club semi finals early next year. Vincents will be a different kettle of fish, with a bench that would walk into most first teams, but not invincible. Should be an intriguing match.
The next action in London will be the All Ireland Club Intermediate Hurling Championship quarter final between the London champions Robert Emmets and Cloughmills of Antrim. This has been fixed for 1pm on Saturday 14 Janaury, again at Greenford.