TRUAGH THROUGH TO FINAL

30 January 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Truagh 2-10
Geraldines 1-09
By COLM SHALVEY

Truagh qualified for their first ever All-Ireland final with a four-point win over Louth and Leinster IFC champions Geraldines after a dramatic finish to this semi-final at a wet and windy Crossmaglen last Sunday.

Truagh looked to be cruising when they led by three points after playing into a strong wind in the first half and all the more so when Mark Counihan scored the opening goal just after the restart.

An unanswered 1-5 blitz in the space of ten minutes brought Geraldines level, however, and they looked the more likely winners until a coolly-constructed move created a crucial goal for Truagh’s Daniel Finnegan. Counihan, Paudie McKenna, Niall Feely, Rory Treanor and John McCarron played key roles for Truagh, while Geraldines were led by Jim McEneaney, Gerard Hoey, Josh Arrowsmith and Nickey Mackin.

Geraldines played with the wind in the first half, but with just over 90 seconds gone, they suffered a blow when wing-forward Seán Thornton was shown a black card. A patient Truagh move saw Daniel McKenna finish well for the opening point on three minutes and Mark Counihan quickly doubled their lead when he tapped over with …

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