Foireann Flipeadóirí Longfoirt 2015
Flipeadóirí Longfoirt were unwilling to bend against Dromard in the quarter final on Saturday evening. A penalty awarded to Dromard in the 1st half was a body blow but with excellent fortitude and well taken points, Slashers went in at half time 1 pt down. Dromard opened the scoring from the throw in and thereafter Slashers kept battling and clipping over important scores. Paul Kelly opened the Slashers account and this was followed by two nicely taken frees from Colin Smith. The penalty scored by Dromard was a setback but the reply came quickly with a long range point from Andrew Dalton to keep the score-board ticking over. Two more points by both sides saw out the half with Colin converting another free and Trevor Clendenning popping an important point.
At the changeover a long ball into the Slashers square was missed by the backs and ended up in the net. Colm Farrell had no chance and he continued his very effective kick outs despite the goal. This was now a test for Slashers. Once again the reply came quickly with a swivel shot from Andrew Dalton ensuring an important point. Scores were exchanged and Dromard went on to find the net after some poor Slashers handling. Now it was a bigger test and Slashers responded with a perfect goal taken by an in-form Colin Smith. That goal was like an electric charge running through the team and Slashers kept pulling back the lead with points from Colin Smith, Trevor Clendenning and two game changers from Barry Gilleran who really stood up in this contest and sliced through the defence to lift the team.
Slashers played a real team game with experienced players like Garret Ghee, Dermot Brady and Peter Brady working like beavers. Mark Diffley gave it his all and ended up with a nasty injury over the eye and had to be replaced. Michael Brady won some great kick outs in the 2nd half especially and tried his heart out as usual. Seán Clarke gave the performance of a lion and certainly came of age on a night when courage and skill counted. Peter Foy was all over the field and Conor Clarke fought for every ball where nothing was given easily. Martin Tarmey tracked back for vital ball especially in the 1st half which were important turn overs on a night when every contribution counted.
Darren Flaherty came in and added his own determination and pace to the game making sure of every pass from the back line. Tom Madden, Rúairí Clarke and Stephen Philips ran on and created space in the forward line that allowed scores to come when needed.
Slashers are finding form at the right time.......ar aghaidh libh, uair amháin eile, beir bua!
: Colm Farrell, Barry Gilleran, Garret Ghee, Peter Brady, Andrew Dalton, Dermot Brady, Mark Diffley, Michael Brady, Trevor Clendenning, Martin Tarmey, Colin Smith, Paul Kelly, Peter Foy, Conor Clarke, Seán Clarke, Darren Flaherty, Andrew Kelly, Shane Rodgers, Niall Kelly, Martin Nevin, Rúairí Clarke, Tom Madden, Stephen Philips, Paddy McKeon, Niall Mulligan, Adrian Duffy, Ronan Sheahan, Cían Kavanagh, Cían Finnan, Daniel Kirby, Seán Costelloe, Danny Monks, Rory O Brien. Brian Farrell, Cíarán Farrell