SENIOR FOOTBALL: CONNACHT LEAGUE ROUND 1: CBS ROSCOMMON V ST ALOYSIUS

The CBS opened there league campaign this year in early October against St Aloysius Athlone in Lisnamult. The game proved to be a highly entertaining and competitive affair.

Peter Gillooly opened the scoring for the CBS early on with a free. Aloysius responded before Darragh Walsh and Gillooly added points from play to give the CBS a two point advantage. Aloysius were proving dominant in midfield and controlled the game for the next period adding three consecutive scores to lead 0-4 to 0-3. Midfielder Patrick Fannon drew the Roscommon town side level before Aloysius edged in front again. Walsh pointed again and Gillooly added a free and a point from play to put the CBS two clear. Again Aloysius dominated the next five minute period of the game scoring twice to level matters. The game was very much a tit for tat encounter throughout the first half with the CBS ending the 30 minutes marginally the better as Walsh added a point to leave it 0-8 to 0-7 in favour of the CBS at halftime.

Despite this lead it was Aloysius who started the brighter in the second half. The Athlone side dominated possession scoring three points on the bounce to lead 0-10 to 0-8. Diarmaid Collins, playing in a more advanced position in the second half, settled things for the CBS with a well taken point. Aloysius however were still dominating the midfield stakes and were using this platform to pin the Roscommon side back, adding two points. Full forward Shane Purcell pointed for the CBS before Aloysius cancelled out this score. There was now three in it and the CBS were handed a major lifeline when after a shot from Brian O’Malley dropped into the hands of Shane Purcell. Purcell was dragged to the ground by the Aloysius keeper and the CBS were duly awarded a penalty. The Aloysius keeper was black carded for the incident before Darragh Walsh stepped up and rifled the ball to the bottom left corner to level things. The game was now all square heading into the last ten. Aloysius however coped the better in this final period taking the next three scores to restore their advantage. Walsh pointed again to leave it at two and the CBS were now pushing hard in the final few moments for a goal to win it. Despite this relentless pressure from the Roscommon men it was to no avail. With the CBS pushing hard they were exposed at the back and Aloysius had the last say scoring a breakaway goal to kill it in the final few seconds. Final score CBS 1-11 Aloysius 1-16.

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