Spa 4-6 Fossa 3-10
Spa and Fossa met in Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday afternoon and after a highly entertaining game, just a point separated the sides at the end.
Oisin Walsh kicked the opening score and Fossa replied with two points from Emmett O’Shea and Killian Buckley before Connie Cremin burst forward and netted the first Spa goal. Fossa replied immediately however, Emmett O’Shea adding another point before he got a touch to a long high ball dropping in and finished it to the Spa net. Richard Wallace and Harry Kelly added more scores but Spa responded with points from Oisin Walsh (2), Cian Murphy and Ryan Kelliher to level the game at 1-5 apiece.
Two Spa goals in quick succession followed, the first from Michael Horgan getting a touch to a rebound, the second came from a high ball kicked in by Ryan Kelliher from 50 yards out that lobbed the keeper and finished in the back of the net. A Fossa point from Emmett Buckley at the end of the half made it 3-5 to 1-6 at the break.
Although it took some time for the opening score in the second half, it was certainly worth the wait as a long ball kicked in by Ryan Kelliher was finished to the back of the net by Roiri O’Connor. Fossa were right back in it though, as a 21 yard free from Emmett O’Shea at the other end was aimed straight towards goal and tipped the inside of the goal post to make it 4-5 to 2-6.
Fossa were playing better at this point and scores from Emmett O’Shea (2) and Darren Cronin followed, with Spa’s Roiri O’Connor replying with a point. Wing forward William O’Brien finished the third Fossa goal, and with five minutes remaining, the sides were level at 4-6 to 3-9.
Emmett O’Shea kicked the winner, and although Spa did have their chances and kept the Fossa defence under pressure in the final minutes, the equalizer did not appear and Fossa won out at 4-6 to 3-10.
A great game of football, well done to both sides.
Spa: Ollie Cremin, Matt McAuliffe, Liam Spillane, Conor Brosnan, Diarmuid Cahill, Connie Cremin, Keith Myers, Michael Kearney, Ryan Kelliher, Thomas Cronin, Rian O’Neill, Alan O’Sullivan, Oisin Walsh, Michael Horgan, Cian Murphy. Subs; Roiri O’Connor, Sean Hickey
Fossa:Keelan O’Brien, Joe Cahillane, Padraig Talbot, Cian Doyle, Harry Kelly, Ruairi Doyle, Rian Colleran, Richard Wallace, Colm Talbot, Jack Clifford, Killian Buckley, William O’Brien, Darren Cronin, Emmett O’Shea, Harry Buckley. Subs: Eoin Myers
Referee: Tom Moriarty (Legion)
Photos: Anne Holland