Spa 1-7 Firies 1-14
Played in Spa on Sunday afternoon, this game was closer than the scoreline would suggest. Both sides did have more goal-scoring opportunities and there were some great passages of play during the game.
Firies opened the scoring with a point from Donnacadh O’Sullivan, but Spa quickly responded with a superb goal from David Spillane and a point from Niall McCarthy. Firies then dominated the play and kept Spa scoreless for the rest of the half, while they added six to their tally – Liam Brosnan, Trevor O’Shea, Darragh Donoghue and Donnacadh O’Sullivan (3) all on target.
At half time Firies led 0-7 to Spa’s 1-1.
Spa started the second half well and within minutes were level at 1-4 to 0-7 after points from Niall McCarthy (2) and Michael Kearney. Donnacadh O’Sullivan (4), Liam Brosnan, Shane O’Donoghue and Patrick Daly added more points for Firies while Niall McCarthy’s sharp shooting kept Spa in contention. Final score of the game was a Firies goal from Liam Brosnan and the game finished Firies 1-14 to Spa 1-7.
Spa will now go through to the B Championship semi-final and await the draw to know who their opponents will be.
Spa Team: Ollie Cremin, Thomas Fleming, Mikey Moynihan, Jordan Leahy, Gary Vaughan, Conor Stack, Liam Spillane, Eoghan Cronin, David Spillane (1-0), Thomas Cronin, Niall McCarthy (0-6), Fionan Walsh, Cian Murphy, Eoin Carroll, Ryan Kelliher. Subs Michael Kearney (0-1), Michael Horgan
Firies Team: John O’Rourke, Shane Burke, Diarmuid Brosnan, Brian O’Leary, Padraig O’Connor, Niall Donoghue, Diarmuid O’Mahony, Patrick Daly (0-1), Jake Flynn, Shane O’Donoghue (0-1), Liam Brosnan (1-2), Evan Cosgrave, Donnacadh O’Sullivan (0-8), Trevor O’Shea (0-1), Darragh Donoghue (0-1)
Referee: Brian Fleming (Currow)