Gusserane draw first blood in Under-21
A goal in each half from Mark Rossiter and John Roche helped Gusserane to a seven-point victory over Adamstown in the Greenstar Under-21 football Premier championship preliminary round in Gusserane on Saturday.
Gusserane 2-9 Adamstown 0-8
However, the game might have been a lot closer as Adamstown wasted a lot of opportunities in the second-half. Seán Ryan opened the scoring for the home side after two minutes with a nice turn and point before Adamstown corner-forward Peter Finn kicked an excellent curling point from a tight angle to level the scores, with both sides guilty of giving away possession in the opening stages.
Rossiter and Paudie Barden exchanged frees and Barden slotted over from close range to leave Adamstown 0-3 to 0-2 ahead after ten minutes. Mark Rossiter pointed on his left and Darragh Doyle pointed after good link-up play with Seán O'Connor.
Gusserane struck for goal when Seán Ryan, who was dangerous in attack, raced in on goal and squared for the onrushing Rossiter who tapped home from five yards, leaving the home side ahead by 1-4 to 0-3 after the first quarter.
Adamstown suffered a blow when centre-back Seán Barden had to leave the field of play due to injury, and Gusserane took advantage even more when Ryan again pointed after a fine turn.
Adamstown did reduce the arrears when Peter Finn kicked another wonderful score similar to his first one earlier in the game. Midfielder Liam Stafford also added a fine point, albeit aided by the post, to leave Gusserane ahead by 1-6 to 0-5 at the break.
Early in the second-half Gusserane struck their second goal when Darragh Doyle played a defence-splitting pass from out the field and onrushing midfielder John Roche, who still had a lot to do, side-stepped not one but two defenders and shot low to the net past Paul Delaney.
Gusserane now led by eight points and, while Adamstown did create some fine attacks in the second-half, they had no end product. Paudie Barden went in full-forward and slotted over from close range but Rossiter replied with a placed ball.
With the game now in the last quarter, Adamstown went for goal and had two great chances when corner-back Jonathan Moore blasted wide and Gusserane goalkeeper Michael Ryan produced a great save from a Paudie Barden fisted attempt.
Gusserane were clinical and took their chances well, and Darragh Doyle pointed with the outside of the boot to complete the scoring. Adrian Redmond was harshly shown a red card late on for the home side for seemingly dragging down Tony French as Gusserane progress to a meeting with St. Martin's.
Interestingly though, many of Saturday's opponents will be team-mates for the Wexford People Minor football Premier final when Abban O'Rahilly's take on the same opponents.
Gusserane: Michael Ryan; Donal Kiely, Ciarán Conway, Jack O'Connor; Adrian Redmond, Liam Dillon, James Kinsella; Darragh Doyle (0-2), John Roche (1-0); Martin Fitzharris, Evan O'Neill, Seán O'Connor; Eoin Foran, Mark Rossiter (1-5, 0-4 frees), Seán Ryan (0-2). Sub. - Ronan Waters for Foran (HT).
Adamstown: Paul Delaney; Jonathan Moore, Johnny Connors, Jack Curtis; Tomás French, Seán Barden, Stephen English; Liam Stafford (0-1), Tony French (0-1); James O'Shea, Paudie Barden (0-4, 1 free), Daniel Thorpe; Harry Cosgrave, Peter Finn (0-2), Pádraig Kavanagh. Subs. - James Furlong for S. Barden, inj. (20), Rory Browne for Kavanagh (45).
Referee: John Diskin (Bannow-Ballymitty).