Cityjet Senior Football Championship Grp B Rnd 3
Fulham Irish 2-19
Neasden Gaels 0-07
By Damian Dolan
at the Scrubs
You would be forgiven for thinking that Fulham Irish’s championship hopes rested on the outcome of this one, in light of the way they set about Neasden Gaels in the first half.
Despite having already booked their semi-final place, Fulham clearly had their impending semi-final in their sights as they refused to rest of their laurels, putting Neasden ruthlessly to the sword.
While the end result may have surprised few, Fulham’s singlemindedness reinforced why they are serious contenders for the title.
Marching to Owen Mulligan’s drum, the south Londoners are certainly not playing for second this year.
Peader Friel, a championship winner with Neasden in the past, claimed the game’s opening three points, two from frees.
Marty Hughes had the ball in the back of the Neasden net, only to be called back for steps, but Fulham kept the scoreboard ticking over at a rate.
It would be a frustrating afternoon in front of goal for Hughes. Playing with pace, intensity and accuracy, Michael Murphy and David O’Connor were dominating midfield with both enjoying success driving at the heart of Neasden, while the movement of Fulham’s forward line was causing problems.
Frank Kane produced a good save to deny Liam Turley, after good play by O’- Connor, with Hughes then finding the sidenetting.
The goal was coming, though, and it finally arrived in the 19th minute when the ball broke to Rowan Turley and he coolly guided it into the far corner of Kane’s net to make it 1-8 to 0-1.
Fulham only had to wait a matter of seconds for goal number two as Murphy and Hughes combined to rip through Neasden’s defence, with Hughes putting it on a plate for Murphy to finish. Neasden’s vulnerability up the middle again ruthlessly exploited by Fulham.
Read the full match report in this week’s Irish World
FULHAM IRISH: Jonathan Tavey; Roger Morgan, Conor Hyde, Conor Murphy; John Gilfedder, Anton McArdle (0-1), Aidan Savage; Michael Murphy (1-4), David O’Connor; Liam Turley, Owen Mulligan (0-1f), Liam Staunton (0-3, 2×45); Rowan Turley (1-0), Marty Hughes (0-2), Peader Friel (0-5, 2f). Subs: Shane Mulligan for O’Connor, Daniel Eastwood (0-2) for Liam Turley, Ian Nolan for Rowan Turley, Paul McGirr for Staunton, Shay Quinn (0-1) for Friel, Des Lawlor for Mulligan.
NEASDEN GAELS: Frank Kane; Ian Flood, Keith Geraghty, Tom Connolly; Shane Boylan, Niall Byrne (0-1), Colin Flanagan; Francis McMullan, Paul Barrett (0-2f); Fiachra Landers, John Rafferty, John Ryan; Gareth Lenehan, Conor Doran (0-4, 3f), Davi Crawford. Subs: Craig Connell for Landers.