It was a fascinating affair as O’Loughlin Gaels defeated their city rivals, James Stephens, by 1-21 to 2-15 sealing their second win of the campaign.
Both sides though will lament their wasted chances, with O’Loughlins hitting 12 wides, allowing James Stephens to stay in the game, and then The Village not being able to do so by registering 19 wides.
Conor Kelly hit the post for O’Loughlins, it would have made life quite comfortable, going into the second half. Then Andy Comerford was left stretching his head as he was sucker punched when Village got a goal. James Stephens was now within a three-point touching distance of their old foes at the break.
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“Listen when you play a town team, it is only going to be a puck of the ball. Some good some bad, it was a league game at the end of the day, and all we can do is get the ball rolling. We were unlucky with shooting that last couple of matches, but no use for excuses.”
“Village was on the up at the half time and you never have them beat. They showed that in the end, they were coming strong. Derby matches as I said there is only a puck of the ball in it, so we are happy enough to get the two points.”
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Last year’s county finalists have started a lot slower than many anticipated however Comeford believes his side is in good stead come to the end of the league.
“Eoin Wall is back from a long-term injury and showed a bit of zip there. Some lads take time to wind up but they are coming good now.”
Listen back to the post-match with Andy Comerford speaking on O’Loughlin’s win over James Stephens