Summerhill 3rd team traveled to Bective on Tuesday evening in the 3rd round of the Reserve Cup. Numbers were tight with players been held back for a big Premier Championship game coming up on Thursday evening so fair play to the lads who played and put in a great shift.
The home side got of to a great start with a slightly controversial early goal. Referee Eamonn Barry blew his whistle for a probable penalty but as the Summerhill backs stopped play the Bective forwards continued on and sent the ball to the back of the net. Despite protests, the referee allowed the goal to stand much to the annoyance of Summerhill goalkeeper Stephen Husband who fancied himself to save the penalty! Brian Rispin put over 2 frees to get Summerhill off the mark but another goal and a point left Summerhill 5 point down after 20 minutes. Summerhill finished the half strong with 4 unanswered points, another Brian Rispin free as well as points from Conor Crowell, Donal Matthews and Riki Magno. This left the half time score Summerhill 0-6 Bective 2-1.
Bective scored the first 2 point of the 2nd half to stretch their lead but Summerhill hit another purple patch to claw their way back into the game. A great effort from distance from Rod McAuliffe as well as 2 points from Brian Rispin and a point from Conor Crowell drew the sides level. In the 20th minute following a great run from Euan McGivern, Sean Hughes shot to the back of the net to give Summerhill a 3 point lead. That was to be as good as it was to get for the Summerhill as the home side pulled away with time running out. As Summerhill pressed forward looking for scores Bective picked off some good scores on the break to run out winners on a slighty flattering score line of Summerhill 1-11 Bective 4-9.
Team: Stephen Husband, Euan McGivern, John Comey, Tommy Troy, Rod McAuliffe (0-1), Gary Rispin, Gerry O’Neill, Adam Larkin, Donal Matthews (0-1), Sean Hughes (1-0), Brian Rispin (0-6, 3f), Conor Crowell (0-2), Henrique Magno (0-1), Ray Comey, Daithi O’Brien.