Salthill / Knocknacarra 1-12
Tommy Devane in Moycullen
SALTHILL / Knocknacarra were crowned West GPC U19 champions following their victory over neighbors St. Michael’s in an end-to-end match in Moycullen on Saturday.
Overall, it was a well-deserved victory for the Seasiders who finished the contest strongest, hitting four late unanswered strikes in sixty energy-absorbing minutes. The supporters who braved the cold and foggy conditions would not be disappointed with the price presented, as both teams deserve great credit for having served a fully engaged and quality final.
The teams scored for the scoreline in the opening 22 minutes with Mikey Maguire and two free goals from Gary Higgins for St Michael’s canceled by Salthill / Knocknacarra via Power, McGauran and Culhane.
The county minor edged out Salthill / Knocknacarra before the winners scored for the opening goal when Power took the win after a good job from McGauran in the 26th minute.
St. Michael’s, however, responded impressively with Gavin Summerville with the half-time point, before McGuire was the first to respond when a St. Michael’s free shot from Gary Higgins struck the crossbar and that the wing striker was not mistaken in finding the net to go. everything is square in the extra time. Culhane’s third goal late in the game put Salthill / Knocknacarra ahead at the break, leading by 1-5 to 1-4.
The winners would have a slight advantage over the wind for the second half and two excellent points early in the game from corner forward Culhane widened the gap. Influential midfielder Hugh Gavin then opened his account to take his lead to four points six minutes into the second half.
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