St. Fergal’s College played Mullingar C.C on Tuesday, 21st of January in Clara. The senior men’s football team went into their semi-final with high hopes that they would come out on top but knowing they would have a long way to get there.
The match started off strong with both Mullingar and Fergal’s getting great scores. Showers of rain fell on the pitch, making it harder for the lads to play, but they managed to get control of the ball and started to pass between the team. The first ended with tension between the teams almost spilling over into physical confrontation. Mullingar was ahead starting the second half with a score line of 2-5 to 1-3.
St. Fergal’s dominated in the second half with Aidan Corby, Stephen Bergin, Eoin Fitzpatrick and Jack Kelly leading the way on the scoreboard. The game continued to heat up with Finbar Conway being shown a black card and Mullingar players receiving two yellow cards. Fergal’s slowly inched their way back into contention and with 2 minutes to go, had edged in front. However a late free gave Mullingar the chance to equalize. It finished Mullingar 2-6 Fergal’s 1-9. The extra time started off excellently with for Fergal’s with 4 unanswered first half scores. A series of second half goals from Gavin Dunne, Aidan Corby, Jack Kelly and Stephen Bergin reflected the gap between the teams in fitness and skill. Pat Phelan also exited the match early in the second half of extra time with a black card making it the second one for Fergal’s. The game ended with another score for both teams, finishing the score off at 5-13 to 3-6 in favour of Fergal’s. They are now in Senior Mens Football final. Best of luck lads!!
By Chloe Keane.