We’re still looking for our first League points after tonight’s third round clash with Gneeveguilla played in Direen. All was looking rosy in the garden until a fortuitous Gneeveguilla goal in the last quarter bred new life into their challenge and they finished the stronger team to eventually run out 1-10 to 1-7 winners. A low scoring affair the exchanges were tense and tight but all was going to plan in the opening quarter with James O Donoghue setting up Finbarr Murphy for an easy back post finish to add to a Jamie O Sullivan free as we led by four after 13 minutes. Thomas Moriarty exchanged points with Padraig Doyle who added another to leave three points between the sides. A flashpoint in the 22 minutes saw both teams reduced to 14 men, crucially James O Donoghue seeing red for Legion and Paul O Leary for Gneeveguilla. Sam Benson popped over a lovely point and Buckley replied for Gneeveguilla to leave the half time score at 1-3 to 0-3.
The second half opened with a Jamie O Sullivan free and he added two more, one from play and a placed ball, as Gneeveguilla found two in response to leave the score at 1-6 to 0-5 with 12 minutes remaining. A stout Legion defensive performance pointed to a probable home win but the Gneeveguilla goal, scored by Corneilius Buckley gave the visitors some oxygen which they sucked in and they sprinted for home, winning eventually by three points.
Team.. Brian Kelly, Peter O Sullivan, Danny Sheahan, Cathal Sheahan, Rob Leen, Jonathan Lyne, Darragh O Doherty, Padraig Lucey, Jamie O Sullivan (0-4), Finbarr Murphy (1-0), James O Donoghue, Denis Sheahan, Luke O Donoghue, Thomas Moriarty (0-2), Sam Benson (0-1).
Subs used Evan Smyth, Sean Mc Carthy.