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John Michael McLoughlin in the greatest comeback since Lazarus

2nds v St Sylvesters 02072017 (4)Sun 02 July 2017 – In May, The St Brendan’s 2nd Team, sponsored by Kavanagh’s of Aughrim Street, went through the whole month undefeated. A remarkable achievement. Unfortunately in June, in what turned out to be their only match in the month on the 18th, the 2nds went down to Ballyfermot De La Salle 1-14 to 0-2.

With 5 matches to play this July, The Darkest Force travelled to Malahide for the first of those matches against St Sylvesters, but any hope of a Magic July was quickly forgotten about by half time was St Sylvester’s lead 2-06 to 0-01 with Malachi Doyle getting St Brendan’s sole score of the half. This writer played the full 1st half and was replaced by John Michael McLoughlin at half time.

The Malahide outfit opened the second half scoring with a point. Billy Kelly was fouled and up stepped John Michael McLoughlin for the free, making a Lazarus style comeback after a serious neck injury and subsequent operation could have ended his playing career. Lazarus may have been a good man but he couldn’t kick a point quite like John Michael McLoughlin. 2-07 to 0-02.

After Syl’s scored two more points, John Michael’s jersey was tugged, so up stepped Christopher Hand with the 30-meter free which crept over the bar. Alan Walsh had a shot that just went wide.

John Michael McLoughlin’s Lazarus style resurrection continued when he scored a goal after a long range free in by Hand bounced over several heads and into Eugene Cunningham close to the end line, he then passed to McLoughlin to side foot the ball into the net. 2-11 to 1-03.

Another long-range Hand free found John Nugent and the Tyrone man made no mistake with a point from close range. A brace of Syl’s pointed followed and Cunningham himself got on the board with a point which stared with a Padraig Pratt turnover and a final pass from John Maguire.

Like the Mayo v Derry All Ireland Qualifier yesterday both sides scored goals late in the game. St Brendan’s goal came from a long range shot by John Moore fell short into the arms of the goalkeeper who managed to lose control and the ball went into the net. St Sylvester’s goal was something out of the Conor Loftus textbook.

So another defeat, but a much more encouraging second half nonetheless, surely a victory or two this July is inevitable.

 

Final score from Malahide: St Brendan’s 2-05 to 3-14 St Sylvester’s

 

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