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SFL Div 4 Round 9 Churchill 2.7 v Scartaglin 1.10 2015-08-16 20:16:00

Churchill 2-7, Scartaglin 1-10

In a very exciting and well-contested game, Scartaglin kicked a last minute free to earn a draw and keep their promotion hopes alive.

Churchill were short a number of players. Churchill was first on the scoreboard with a brilliant goal from Ger McCarthy, which was worked all the way up the field from Eoin O'Brien in goals. A minute later, Churchill repeated the move and unlocked the Scartaglin defence, with this time Jack O'Connell at the end of the move, but his shot went narrowly wide. Churchill's half-backs were on top by this stage and Scartaglin found it very hard to create any scoring chances. After 14 minutes, Churchill found the net again, when Ger McCarthy punched to the net after another well worked move. It was to be 22 minutes before Scartaglin got on the scoreboard, with a point from their full-forward Pa Rahilly. They scored the next two points with a free from Denis Lenihan and a good point from play from Flor McCarthy. Churchill's Conor Daly kicked the final score of the half. Half Time: Churchill 2-1 Scartaglin 0-3

Churchill started the second half with dominance around the half backs and midfield. Mike O'Brien scored a point from play, Ivan Parker got on the scoresheet after 34m with a point from play. Pa Rahilly got Scartaglin's first point of the half, which Chris Hurley cancelled out with a great left-footed point. Scartaglin's midfielder Daniel Murphy got his first point from a free after 38 minutes, which he followed up with a point from play after 45 minutes. Churchill broke out of defence and corner back JJ Prior was on the end of a great move to point for the home side. Churchill were having to defend as Scartaglin hit a purple patch between the 48th and 50th minutes, scoring 3 unanswered points, a ‘45' from Denis Lenihan and points from Tom Forde and Flor McCarthy. Chris Hurley hit his second point and Ger McCarthy landed a free as Churchill extended their lead to 4 points with 5 minutes to go. However, in the 57thminute, Pa Rahilly, who was causing problems to the Churchill defence all day, went on a solo run and finished beautifully to the corner of the Churchill net to leave the minimum between the teams. Scartaglin were awarded a free, which Daniel Murphy made no mistake.
Full Time: Churchill 2-7 Scartaglin 1-10