Mullabrack senior men travelled to Derrynoose for the opening
match of the year on Sunday. The first 15 minutes proved a very
scrappy affair for both sides when it was clear to see that
competitive match practice was seriously lacking. The high wind
was also playing a factor with numerous misses from both sides.
Finally Derrynoose notched the first score from play before
Stephen Murray and Gerard Agnew were guilty of glaring misses
for Mullabrack. In the Mullabrack defence Gary Gorman was
fielding well, however a poor pass by Paddy Toal out of defence
gifted Derrynoose their second point.
Derrynoose then recorded 3 points on the bounce with notable
wides for Mullabrack from Phelim Sands, Dara Smith, Philip Agnew
and Benny Dougan. Before the end of the half Mullabrack recorded
their first score from the boot of Gerard Agnew, however
Derrynoose had struck out in front with a score of 7 points to
one point at half time.
The second half proved to be a more competitive affair with Dara
Smith and Martin Rice proving Mullabracks best players with the
latter scoring Mullabracks second point from play after 10
minutes of the second half. Derrynoose also kept the pressure up
and recorded three further scores from play and only the
sharpness of Danny O’Hanlon in the Mullabrack goal stopping
Derrynoose record their first goal of the campaign. Eamon Boylan
and Gerard Agnew managed consolation scores for the “brack”
however it was little to late with Derrynoose running out
comfortable winners with a score of 14 points to 4 points.
Overall it was a good first outing for Mullabrack with every
player doing their bit. Mullabracks best came from Gary Gorman
and Stephen Baxter in defence, Phelim Sands and Dara Smith at
midfield and Martin Rice in the forward line. It was also a good
day for Mullabracks keeper Danny O’Hanlon who dealt with
everything that was within his reach.
Mullabrack team: Danny O’Hanlon, Stephen Carberry, Gary Gorman,
Christopher Dougan, Stephen Baxter, Martin Rice, John Conlon,
Dara Smith, Phelim Sands, Philip Agnew, Gerard Agnew, Stephen
Murray, Eamon Boylan, Benny Dougan, Paddy Toal. Subs: Sean
Henry, Stephen Sands.