John Mitchel’s (Liverpool) 0-20, Heston Gaels (London) 1-15
By Martin Mannering.
Autumnal sunshine shone from the clear blue sky above Pairc Na hEireann on Sunday and the footballers of Liverpool John Mitchel’s and Heston Gaels brightened the day even more as they fought out an absorbing contest.
Yes, there were mistakes aplenty on the greasy surface but somehow they seemed to add to the drama. The game swung to and fro like an out of control pendulum as both refused to buckle when seemingly going under and it required the encore of extra-time to finally settle the issue. Heston finally came up agonisingly short but they never conceded and they were pressing desperately at the finish.
Mitchel’s were first to seize the initiative as they sprung from the blocks, while Heston seemed unsure of themselves in the early stages. A misplaced pass in the defence was pounced on by Michael Molloy who calmly slotted the free after he had been fouled.
A minute later Fermanagh duo John McDermott and Paddy Murphy swapped a number of passes before the latter raised the white flag with a trademark left footed effort.
Murphy doubled his tally on seven minutes after Colm Murphy and Kieran Lynam worked the opening down the left and Molloy made the gap four as he played a short free to Paul McManus and he fired over on receiving the return pass.
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