A DAY WHEN SMALL DETAILS MATTERED….

23 November 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

BY JOHN GRAHAM
It would be easy in analysing this game to look at just the small things that influenced the overall outcome but that would be to do a disservice to two very evenly matched teams who both put in sterling performances. Overall Doohamlet will rue those late missed chances and a few earlier in the game as well as the little lapse that allowed Cookstown Fr Rocks in for that early goal, but it would be churlish to just talk about those in isolation as Doohamlet showed just what an accomplished team they are.
James Casey was only beaten once and did very well on a few other occasions and his kick outs were very effective. The full-back line of Gabie Casey, Martin Hughes and Jason McElroy worked very effectively, Hughes policing Tyrone star Owen Mulligan to the extent that he only registered one point from play but he (Hughes) will be disappointed at being dismissed with some 20 minutes played the second-half. Jason McElroy too was seen to good effect with some timely interceptions but it was the halfback line of Kevin McArdle, Colin Walshe and Darren Connolly that stood out. Colin Walsh was simply superb, his reading of the game was excellent, his distribution and positional sense causing Cookstown numerous problems and he was very unlucky that he did not register more than the single point that he hit. Kevin McArdle put in a solid hour and Darren Connolly was in the thick of the action throughout and shipped some heavy challenges but he simply revelled in the exchanges.
Ciaran McManus and Greg Duffy in midfield made a real fight of it, winning good ball, linking well between the half backs and the half forwards and definitely shading the exchanges in …

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