Another windy day in RA Cooke reserve held our final game of the league campaign against St. Gabriels. It was a game which made no difference to the outcome of the league, however this did not deter our Sarsfields players as each and every one of them gave it their all in the hope to nail down a starting position for the Championship semi-final VS Perth Shamrocks.
Again Sarsfields found themselves lacking in numbers with a great deal of key players carrying injuries into this game. Selector Jerry Callinan sounded a bit like Pat Shortt as he read out the teams formation to start the game ‘’wan, tew tew, tew, tew, tew’.
Sarsfields started with a gale of wind at their back, space was enticing the Sars boys who were playing some splendid short passes. The forwards or Stephen Flannery, Seanie Dunne, Eoin Guinan and Paul Power were revelling in the extra space. The midfield duo of Eoin Ryan and Conor O’Dwyer had a lot of grass to cover but were helped massively by the fantastic communication from the back line quartet of Tom Gorman, Fergus Shortt, David Lonergan and Ciaran Flannery.
Sars got off to a flying first half, great long-range scores from all of the top 6, and a mammoth pint from Ciaran Flannery had the Sars free scoring and up 1-20 to 4 points. The second half saw the boys finding it much harder against a spirited St. Gabriels team. An inspired substitute from Sars, saw the one and only Kieran Lyons enter the fray, his experience appeared to bring a great calmness to the lads in the second hald. Sars had chances but failed to capitalise on a few occasions, something that will bound to be rectified in the next few weeks at training. A special mention with have to go to Tom ‘The Gom’ Gorman who was seen pouring petrol into his hurley before the start of the second half, which in turn lead to wild pull which will have all opposition hurlers well warned to wear shin guards in future.
Final Score 2-26 to 2-8.
Sarsfields play Perth Shamrocks in the Championship Semi Final Saturday 5th August in a do or die affair. Throw in 3.30pm @ RA Cooke Reserve, Bedford. The winner is awarded a place in the Championship Grand Final the following week where Western Swans already await. Sarsfields are calling on all support to come out and cheer on their team.