Sarsfields open with a victory

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Sarsfields 1-11

Madden GFC 0-10

The league opened with a welcome victory from Sarsfields on a sunny yet windy Sunday afternoon.

Sarsfields’ Paul McGeown opened the scoring early in the first minute with one point from play and Johnny Reynolds managed to put Sarsfields two ahead before Madden brought the scores back to level with points from Niall Grimley and Noel King.

Madden’s goalkeeper Stephen O’Reilly stepped up to the mark with two commendable saves from Johnny Reynolds and Thomas McAlinden. Sarsfields’ Eamon McGeown, Colin Stevenson and Johnny Reynolds shot three more points over the bar and two scores from Madden’s Niall Grimley and substitute Kyle Morgan brought both teams into half time with a score of Sarsfields 0-7 Madden 0-4.

With the sun disappearing behind clouds in the second half, it was to be Madden’s Caolan Vallely to begin the scores with an opening point from play, however even with the wind in their advantage, Madden were not to score again until the final 10 minutes.

The highlight of the game came with a well calculated pass by Sarsfields midfielder Eamon McGeown to Thomas McAlinden who scored a notable goal, driving the ball into the top left corner of the net to put Sarsfields ahead by 5 points.

Colin Stevenson soon replied with another point but was to have yet another Sarsfields goal chance denied by Madden’s goalkeeper Stephen O’Reilly.

Paul McGeown, Thomas McAlinden and Sarsfields substitute Niall Kerr added three more scores for Sarsfields and with only three minutes remaining it was up to Madden’s Kyle Morgan, substitute Ciaran Monaghan and Niall Grimley to narrow the gap to four points.

Overall, a good performance by both teams in the first league match with final score Sarsfields 1-11 Madden 0-10.

Sarsfields: D McAvoy, P Stevenson, D Breen, R McKernan, C Kerr, P Magee, M Reynolds, B Lavery, E McGeown, T McAlinden, P McGaughey, E Murray, C Stevenson, P McGeown, J Reynolds. Substitutes: N Kerr, C Creaney, M McCrory, T Crawford, M McKenna, D O’Hanlon, K McMahon, R Stevenson, G McGeown, A McGaughey and S Skelton.

Referee: K McNeice.

Lotto: The numbers for Sunday 13th April are 3, 15, 19 and 21. Three number winners are Pool Six (two lines) and Vincent Mc Alinden Snr.

Sarsfields are proud to announce Kool Technologies Ltd as their new senior team sponsors for the year 2014. Kieran Dynes, the company director of Kool Technologies Ltd is a former Armagh County minor from Clonmore.

Sarsfields is delighted to have Kieran on board and wish him every success in his business.