Div 2 NLS V R Tower Match Report
May 12, 2013
League 2 - Rd 1: NLS v Round Towers (12.05.13)
Shamrocks first competitive league outing of the season was a Sunday afternoon home fixture vs Round Towers. After weeks of hard training and a couple of early season cup matches the panel were hungry for action.
With the sun beating down on their backs and a swift breeze helping Towers made a quick start to the game registering a goal and two points in the first 5 minutes. NLS then found their way into the game with two points in quick succession, one from distance, bouncing over the bar. Points were then shared with Lally & Healy cancelling out scores from Towers. However, Towers then finished the half the stronger registering two late goals. The first was soft from NLS' viewpoint and the second was a penalty coolly dispatched by Towers' corner forward. H-T score, 0-05 to 3-06.
Shortly into the second half the shamrocks stamped their authority on the game attacking the Towers with more purpose. They began to close the gap with points from Murphy and O'Reilly. Shamrocks then began to gain dominance at midfield and created chance after chance in the forwards, however not all were converted which was probably the overall story of the half for NLS.
Collory then managed to tack on another point for NLS closing the gap further. Then after some great fielding in the middle of the park, O'Reilly drove downfield beating two defenders before transferring the ball to Murphy who blasted home past the keeper from 13 metres. Towers were now nervously looking over their shoulders and shamrocks could see an unlikely victory in the offing. Shamrocks made a great opening scything through the Towers defence but Collory was unlucky not to finish it off, firing his shot straight at the keeper. Towers then steeled themselves in the final five minutes managing to score three points to put themselves out of sight.
Final score was 1-11 to 3-09. Management were happy with a great second half performance and some good performances from those making their season debuts. Best for NLS on the day were Vinny Murphy, Danny O'Reilly and Paddy Lynch.