Windgap 2-12, Mooncoin 1-12
It is oft times said that what is rare is beautiful, and wins up Windgap way are not as plentiful as they would like. But when they come down the track, they embrace them. They have won a few titles up there, so winning is not a stranger either to them. They continue to box above their weight, and they do as much as your premier club relatively speaking. Their labourers are little in numbers but bursting in size.
They went down to wet Mooncoin on Saturday evening, even though they had their annual Golf Classic going on at the time in the Callan Golf Club, and the faced the home side more in hope than expectation.
They came home winners, and much credit must go to their mentors, Walter Purcell, and Paddy Walsh – to name but a few- for their continuous enthusiasm, in what at times are fraught with frustration.
Taking on Mooncoin in their own patch is a somewhat daunting experience, or at least it would be for a club like Windgap, with their limited resources. But the Windgap heart more than compensates for other deficiencies.
Mooncoin will say that missed opportunities cost them the spoils. They will point to a rather simple-soft even- goal midway through the second half as the unhitching bolt that denied them victory. Certainly their free taking or at least the failure of the conversion of some run-of-the-mill efforts cost them. They were never out of earshot of the Windgap effort. Their effort, and determination, especially from players like Trevor Dunphy, and Cormac Fleming (second half), Mark Fitzpatrick and Jamie McGrath very nearly got them over the line in front. But it was not to be.
The introduction of Tom Murphy in the second half contributed enormously too. The home side will regret that he was not sprung earlier, and maybe should have been asked to take a couple of close in frees as well.
He can surely hit them!
Windgap worked very hard for what they achieved. Peter Landy was solid at full back all through. Gerry Purcell hammered home a tremendous goal from a 20-metre free midway through the first half, and played well throughout. Richard Landy and Tommy Fleming were the pick of their forwards, while substitute, William Phelan made a big contribution when introduced. Fleming was in the right place to avail of a defensive slip-up just five minutes before the break. The inside line of attackers, Pauric Walsh, Eamonn Hawe, and Peter Hennessy never shirked their responsibilities, working like beavers for the full sixty plus minutes.
At half time, Windgap led by 2-3 to Mooncoin’s 0-8.
There was still a game there for the winning.
Mooncoin could have won it, but Windgap did win it, and on balance, whilst they may have been somewhat fortuitous to get the points, they will not mind how it was achieved as long as they returned to the hills with the spoils.
Windgap: Cian Ryan (0-6, frees); Tommy Fleming (1-2); Gerry Purcell (1-0); Eamonn Hawe (0-2); Peter Hennessy, Pauric Walsh (0-1 each).
Mooncoin: Cormac Fleming (1-3, three frees); Michael Jones, Mark Fitzpatrick (0-2 each); Trevor Dunphy, Aidan Treacy, Gerry Kirwan, Jamie McGrath (0-1 each).
Windgap: Michael Walsh, Pa Moore, Peter Landy, Darren Walsh, Paudie Bacon, Gerry Purcell, Adrian Landy, Cian Ryan, Walter Landy, Vinny Long, Richie Landy, Tommy Fleming, Pauric Walsh, Eamonn Hawe, Peter Hennessy.
Subs (used): P.J. Barron, William Phelan, Paul McKenna.
Mooncoin: Billy Ryan, Ian Walsh, Shane Walsh, Michael O’Hanlon, Karol Phelan, Jamie McGrath, Liam Henebery, Conor Brophy, Mark Fitzpatrick, Cormac Fleming, Trevor Dunphy, Michael Jones, gerry Kirwan, Niall Dowling, Mark O’Neill.
Subs (used): Liam Walsh, Adrian O’Keeffe, Brian Meade, Tom Murphy, Aidan Treacy.
Ref: Raymond Byrne (Glenmore)