Broadford’s Declan Teefy took the first score with one over the bar from play at the end of the third minute. Further points then followed from Jack O’Brien, again from Declan Teefy, and then Paul Moloney. The match seemed to be going well for Broadford until Peter O’Brien suffered an injury whilst defending the back line and had to be helped off the field. (Here’s wishing Peter a speedy recovery). After a point for Diarmuid O’Brien, Whitegate scored their first point from a 65. (0-05 to 0-01). The next 12-minutes again saw Broadford taking command of the game but points for Sean Doyle and Paul Moloney were outnumbered by wides, including a wide from free taken after a foul between the 45 and 20m lines, that all could have lifted Broadford’s tally still higher. An opportunity for a Broadford goal from play in the square was foiled by a foul. However, the resulting penalty gave Declan Teefy a second chance and the ball was slammed to the left corner of the net. Whitegate turned themselves around and the last seven minutes of the first half seemed more evenly balanced. A point from play and another from a free extended the Broadford lead further and was only responded to by wides from Whitegate despite fighting hard for possession. Broadford tried to pile on the pressure with further goal attempts but the Whitegate goalie had the measure of them and made a number of fine saves. In the closing minute of the first half Whitegate managed to score a goal after the ball was sent far down the field from a long puck from the Whitegate end. A final free for Broadford in the last seconds of the first half, as if to prove a point, left the score as the players left the pitch at 1-11 to 1-02.
The first 12 minutes of the second half saw neither team make a significant breakthrough. Broadford were unable to take the advantage when Padraig Gunning, Willie Hayes and Jack O’Brien were each able to send the ball flying down the field. Likewise, Whitegate tried for a goal from a free but it was successfully blocked by Eoin Donnellan. In the 13th minute though, Jack Dillon made a long puck from the 65 line to send the ball to Declan Teefy who saw an opportunity and continued the ball on its journey in to the net (2-11 to 1-02). Seanie Casey closely followed the goal with another point for Broadford. Whitegate were not giving up though and took the next three points with their no.12 breaking for the border a number of times with some fine solo runs up the side of the pitch. Broadford broke their run of wides in the 21st minute of the second half with a point for Diarmuid O’Brien. The last point of the match went to Declan Teefy who made the final point for Broadford after a free out from Willie Hayes sent the ball his way. The match had been largely good tempered with nothing more than a couple of bouts of colourful language between opposing players and occasionally directed to the Broadford camp; much to the merriment of some of the spectating kids! However, sabers were rattled in the final minutes of the match and the spectators were witness to something less than a minor shemozzle that resulted in a red card for Whitegate and a yellow for Broadford. Final score 2-14 to 1-06
With the last of the qualifying matches played this weekend Doora Barefield and Ballyea were at the top of the table with The Bridge, The Mills and Broadford on seven points each. Based on points difference though, Broadford pip The Mills for a place in the semi-final which will be played against Doora Barefield – details to be announced. Well done!
Áth Leathan Abú