GAA: Soft goals cost Clarets dear

Heston Gaels    3-08

St Clarets         1-11

By Damian Dolan

Three second half goals gave Heston Gaels victory over a St Clarets side that on this evidence could be dark horses in this year’s Intermediate Championship.

While trying to assess championship form this early in the season can be a pointless exercise, Clarets looked neat and tidy throughout, and in Aidan Donaghy, Paddy Donaghy, Eamonn Hughes and Barry Lynch have a solid spine. The main downside on Sunday, aside from the three soft goals they leaked, was a first half injury to formerLondonforward Patrick Lynott.

As for Heston, it was difficult to truly gage their title credentials on this evidence. The Intermediate Championships perennial bridesmaids were far from at their best and looked like strangers in the first half, but still managed three goals in the second and come away with the win. Not a bad habit to have.

The only certainty was the importance of Kevin Lynam to Heston’s hopes of ending their championship hoodoo. The London back was superb, dominating every high ball that came in and powering up field on one occasion in the first half to show his side’s miss-firing forwards how it should be done.

For more see this week’s edition of the Irish World

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