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Joe Johnson

Mixed results for Division 3 Footballers   04/05/2017

Buttevant 1-13 Doneraile 2-10

Buttevant 0-7 Clyda Rovers 2-16

A mixed bag of results for Buttevant Division 3 footballers on Sunday and Tuesday last, as we drew with Doneraile at Buttevant GAA on Sunday morning, and suffered a heavy defeat away to Clyda Rovers on Tuesday evening.

Against Doneraile, Buttevant had a terrific first half. Aided by the breeze, it's fair to say the lads dominated the contest, running the ball directly at the defence, with some great passages of play, fielding, tackling, passing and shooting all on display. At half-time, the score was Buttevant 0-10 Doneraile 0-3.

The changearound with the breeze made a huge difference, and Doneraile's long ball tactic proved difficult to counter. Doneraile were awarded two penalties, which both resulted in goals, and to be brutally honest, Buttevant just came out of half time completely asleep, allowing Doneraile to score 1-7 without reply. After finally waking up, the lads put together some hard-worked scores, David Walsh with a well taken goal, and David Broe with a crucial free to level the match. The Doneraile goalkeeper pulled off some vital saves, but in truth, for the manner in which they fought back, Doneraile deserved the draw. 

On Tuesday, we travelled to Clyda Rovers for the next league match. Missing three of our starting team from Sunday morning through injuries and exams, we struggled to get a foothold in the game from the get-go. Handling errors, poor decision making, and some very disappointing passing meant that on too many possessions we got caught in attack turning over the ball and failed to defend appropriately. I don't think Clyda would disagree if we were to say that the scoreline flattered them, but credit where credit's due, they are a strong team, with some well taken scores. Going on league results, if Buttevant can overcome Kilshannig in the final league game, it looks apparent that we will meet this Clyda team once more. Hopefully, injuries will be healed and exams will be finished, and we can do ourselves some justice.

There was some strong positives to be taken on Tuesday. The full back line worked tirelessly under immense pressure, David Broe took some incredible scores, there was a debut for Seán O' Connor, and Darren Healy made his return to the team. Great to have players coming into the set-up all the time, and there is undoubtedly a very talented side here. 

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