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Owen Gribbin's Report - 30/08/2017

Thoughts? The reserves had a tough act to follow after the brilliant performance from the seniors on Sunday. Castledawson started the brighter of the two sides, with joint managers Owen and Ciaran getting a foot hold at midfield and the returning Conor Scullion causing a mountain of trouble up to, Castledawson rushed into a 5 point lead thanks to a Cathal Hughes goal and points from Niall and Scull. Unfortunately the team was disrupted by the departure 20 minutes into the first half of lynch pin Joe O’Kane. Following Joe’s departure Newbridge got more joy from the Dawson defence scoring a goal from a brilliant long ball inside, although the second was marred with controversy all players and fans feeling the Newbridge attacker had carried the ball too long. The half time score was Newbridge 2-7, Castledawson 1-6. Newbridge started the brighter in the second half, they had a 10 minute period were they dominated and resulting in a scoring spree to put them 12 points up. Castledawson management played their trump card and released Paul and Fergal from the bench. Cathal started to come deeper to assist the midfield and a platform was established again, a few high balls into Fergal started to cause panic in the Bridge defence and Fergal got a deserved goal. Scull unluckily hit the post from 20 yards out which could have narrowed the gap further. Paudi Totten got a fine point on his debut and came the 53rd player to play for the seniors/reserves this year. Paul inadvertently picked out Scull from a 45 and Scull smashed it in off the back stanchions. With time running out Newbridge held on for a 5 point lead. Although never great to lose in the first round this was a very spirited performance that management which pleased with and unfortunately were drawn against a strong Newbridge side in the first round. Micky O’Kane, Paudi Devlin, Marty O’Kane, Niall Gribbin (0-1), Micky Hicks, Joe O’Kane, Michael McElwee, Ciaran Lavery, Owen Gribbin, Joe Craig, Cathal Hughes (1-0), Kev Hardy (0-1), Chrisy Henry (2 Frees), Conor Scullion (1-4), Seany Young Paudi Totten (0-1) for Seany Young Paul Gribbin (0-2 (1Free) for Niall Gribbin Fergal Gribbin (1-0) for Chris Henry Peter Henry for Joe Craig Jason O’Hagon for Seany Young