What an end to Match Day 5 as all 6 teams gave it their all. Indeed all 3 games were tight affairs with only a puck of a ball the difference in all the score lines. In fact it was the first time that all 3 losing teams gained a bonus point.
Game 1 pitched The Davitts (1-04) against Cúchulainn (1-00). The Davitts scored two early points and scored a 3rd point just before halftime to lead 3 points to nil. A feature of this game was the hooking and blocking by both sides. Cúchulainn scored a goal in 2nd half and that put the cat among the pigeons but The Davitts had the last say when a goal in the last 2 minutes sealed the win.
Game 2 featured The Crokes (1-00) and Setanta (1-01). A tense affair with scores at a premium kept supporters of both sides on a knife edge until the end. Setanta actually hit the post twice in a minute as they went for goal and at the other end The Setanta full back stopped a certain Crokes goal. Setanta laid siege on the Crokes goal late on in the game and the winning goal came with 2 minutes remaining with a crashing drive to the net by the Setanta forward.
Game 3 had Na Fianna (2-00) and The Gaels (1-00) locking horns. Another close game as both sets of players really displayed great grit and determination throughout. Na Fianna struck first with a great strike to the net while The Gaels hit the post at the end of the first half. The second half was even closer, Na Fianna got their second goal and The Gaels looked down and out but they rallied again and scored their first goal with 5 minutes remaining. As hard as they tried, the equalising goal remained elusive and right at the end a great shot by the Gaels forward just went wide of the goals. Na Fianna held out to win.
The Bonus points proved crucial in the end as 2nd and 3rd places and 4th and 5th places
A special word of thanks to all parents who brought their kids and stayed around to create a wonderful atmosphere for the 3 games and also to John Grace and Tommy Tucker O'Connell who refereed the games with a minimum of fuss.