Freshly promoted from the Junior B grade for 2017 our junior A footballers played their second championship game tonight in monageer. Due to a wedding, lads injured, lads working and other activities we were short 10 players on the team that drew with ballyhogue in the previous round. In fact none of the 6 forwards who started that day were available tonight. Despite this we managed to get a panel of 17 players together. A slow start left us two points behind until Paudi Cooney opened the scoring with a well taken point. Soon afterwards Sean McCabe scored a wonderful goal with a ground kick that Lionel Messi would be proud of straight into the top corner of the marshalstown net from over 20 yards out. Unfortunately this was as good as it got for our lads as marshalstown took control with a goal of their own along with a number of well taken points to leave the half time score 1-10 to 1-03. The second half started In a similar fashion with marshalstown on top but our defence put in some great defending to keep the scores down. Towards the last ten mins our lads began to get on top with Sean McCabe, Barry Murphy and Ray o Brien taking some lovely scores to leave the final score 1-15 to 1-08 to Marshalstown. Despite being well behind, our lads battled until the very end of the game fighting for every ball. Team: Colin Hawkins, Lee McHale, James Donohoe, Adrian O Loughlin, James Breen, Ray O Brien, Ciaran Rochford, Sean McCabe, Peter Mernagh, Denis Walsh, John Murphy, Paudi Cooney, Daire Walsh, Barry Murphy, Adam Dunne. Sub’s: Pa Walsh for Daire Walsh, Laurence Murphy for Adam Dunne, Daire Walsh for Paudi Cooney.