All-Eastern tussle ends all square at Walsh Park

Gaultier\'s Rory Walsh is tackled by Niall Hennessey, St Brendan\'s, in their County Senior Football Championship clash at Walsh Park on Saturday. Sean Byrne Photography

Gaultier's Rory Walsh is tackled by Niall Hennessey, St Brendan's, in their County Senior Football Championship clash at Walsh Park on Saturday. Sean Byrne Photography

Gaultier . . . 1-7; Saint Brendan’s . . . 0-10

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A draw was probably the just result in this all-Eastern senior football championship tussle involving Gaultier and St Brendan’s at Walsh Park on Sunday afternoon.

The sides were level on six occasions during the course of the hour and indicated which way this game was headed, which it duly did come the final shrill of the referee’s whistle.

True the sides were level on four occasions including during the break, but the real urgency didn’t come into the exchanges until well into the second period.

Score wise it was tit for tat through the initial half hour, as Saint Brendan’s assumed the lead after four minutes.

The group team’s second white flag came four minutes later, with Michael Power on hand to put the finishing touch.

Gaultier, having hit a procession of wides for most of the opening dozen minutes, finally got it right on the quarter hour thanks to a Willie Walsh point.

Three minutes later, Rory Walsh demonstrated to his forwards how to bisect the uprights.

From a free, Ben Gallagher restored Brendan’s lead after 20 minutes.

But both sides continued to give as good as they got and were 0-4 each at the break.

Gaultier’s shooting remain free of calibration in the second half, shooting four wides in as many minutes to bring their total ‘as lathair’ to double figures.

Still level, Gaultier came up with a vital and well worked goal finished by Eddie Kirwan in the 48th minute to put the widest margin between the teams since the outset.

But back came Brendan’s, who levelled thanks to points from Anthony Kiely, Richie Walsh and Mick Ahearne. The sides were level for the seventh time.

The concluding minutes were nerve raking pace. Ahearne set up Anthony Kiely for the lead point for the maroon and white colours in the 57th minute.

Less than a minute later, Rory Walsh took on full responsibility, outpacing a couple of opponents before securing the all-important equaliser.

Teams and scorers

Gaultier: Paul Murphy, Ronan McDonagh, Gary Molloy, Tyrone Power, Robin Croke, Ray Hearne, Thomas Dunphy, Willie Walsh (0-1), Stephen Hearne, Paul Maher, Gearoid O’Connor, Eddie Kirwan (1-3), JJ Hutchinson, Wayne Hutchinson, Rory Walsh (0-3). Subs: Paul Fitzgerald for W Walsh, PJ Scollard for R Croke.

St Brendan’s: Tom Wall, Martin Scurry, Ger Hayes, Fergal Whelan, Niall Hennessy, Ger Dunphy, Patsy Casey, Mick Ahearne (0-1), Tommy Power (0-2), Nicky Power, Michael Power, Dermot Casey, Ben Gallagher (0-2), Anthony Kiely (0-3), Peter Kirwan. Subs: Anthony Power for B Gallagher, Richie Walsh (0-2) for N Power.

Referee: D O’Leary (Erin’s Own).

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