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A satisfactory result 2018-09-10 15:24:00

Islandeady played this Mayo Intermediate Championship game in James Stephens Park, Ballina in dry, bright conditions, albeit with a stiff wind blowing against them in the first half. Manager Declan Conway and his team Tony Collins, Michael Toland, John McCormack and Gerry Feeney had their charges in good order, with morale high, although many of the players had to remain on the sideline because of injury.         

Playing against the wind in the first half, Islandeady struggled with the kick-out, which had to travel past the 21m line due to the new ruling, and Bonniconlon were not slow to capitalise on their difficulty. One of their attacks on the Islandeady goal resulted in them being awarded a penalty just 4 minutes into the game. Martin Feeney made a superb save, but the ball went over the bar for a point. Martin made two more brilliant saves during the game, much to the relief of Islandeady’s supporters.      

Johnny Walsh showed skill and composure as he scored five points from frees taken off the ground. Brendan Gibbons scored a great goal after a run on the Bonniconlon goal and Peter Gordon fisted in a high ball to score another. Tomás Gibbons, Niall McCormack and David Gordon were very effective in the full back line, defending well and driving forward.  Seamie Lally, Barry Walsh and Levi Barrett were sound in the half back line.     

Johnny Concannon and Darragh Joyce scored a point each, while Paul Ruane was part of many attacking moves. Liam Joyce, Paul Corcoran, Martin Gallagher and Dylan Gallagher were forceful and determined when they entered the field of play as substitutes.        

Peter Collins was powerful in centrefield, well aided by Ollie Feeney. This was Ollie’s last competitive game in the Islandeady jersey; he announced his retirement after the game. A loyal, hardworking, reliable team player for many years, Ollie was strong and sturdy in Islandeady’s cause and it is with great affection that we wish him well in his retirement. He was a unifying force for the eighteen years that he played for Islandeady, and was captain for fifteen of those years.         

The final score was 1-12 to Bonniconlon, 2-9 to Islandeady. 




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Martin Feeney