Aughavas went a long way towards securing their place in the quarter final of the GWP Intermediate Championship when they recorded a narrow victory over Fenagh St Cailins on Saturday evening last in Cloone.
By Philip Rooney
Fenagh St Caillin’s 1-10
Fenagh will be left ruing the numerous opportunities they spurned while Aughavas were very clinical in front of goal with veteran Fintan McBrien and current Leitrim panelist Colm Maguire scoring 10 points between them.
Fenagh were stronger in the midfield sector with the majority of kickouts either won cleanly by a Fenagh player or secured as a breaking ball. Donal Wrynn was Fenagh’s stand out player but there was arguably too much asked of the County Minor as he was winning possession in midfield while also leading the attack for his side.
As Fenagh were to illustrate over the course of the game, having plenty of possession is of little benefit if you spurn so many chances as they registered 10 wides to Aughavas’ one.
That was the manner in which the game started as Fenagh looked dangerous when moving the ball forward but it was Aughavas who were to open up an early lead as Fintan McBrien, Kieran Moran (45), Barry McKiernan and Colm Maguire all pointed. The deficit was reduced when Martin Doonan converted a free and Donal Wrynn struck for an outstanding individual score to half the deficit.
Points from Gavin Farelly and another individual effort from Colm Maguire helped extend the Aughavas lead. Although Fenagh’s Brendan Flynn reduced the deficit with his 24th minute point, a minute later the gap was back to four when Fintan McKiernan pointed after receiving a low ball from Niall Maguire and he duly slotted the ball over the crossbar.
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