Annanough closed out the group stages of the Championship with a surprise victory over a highly-rated Spink side in Stradbally on Friday evening, to see both sides progress to the quarter-final stage.
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As expected, Spink were first out of the blocks with Daithi Brennan converting an early free before Cha Dwyer did well to shake off the challenge of the Annanough defence before calmly splitting the posts to send his side two points in front.
Looking to upset the odds in this fixture, Annanough went on to claim five successive points through Simon Miller (2), Danny Carroll, John Scully and Shane Stapleton to storm into the lead.
Dan Bergin’s big effort sailed between the posts in an attempt to halt the relentless Annanough attacks, but Annanough replied with the only goal of the game.
With twenty-six minutes on the clock, Donal Miller claimed the ball from the kick-out before marching through the opposition defence and rattling the Spink net to put five between the teams.
Annanough continued to keep pressure on the Spink defence in the dying minutes of the half as Danny Carroll, Donal Miller and James Miller all lifted the white flag before the whistle, while Dan Bergin narrowed the Spink deficit to seven points at the interval.
Annanough continued the dictate the play in the second half as Danny Carroll, James Miller and Simon Miller extended the Annanough lead to ten points as Spink began to drift further away.
Scores were hard to come by in the second half for Spink as they added just three points - Paul Simms with two points, while Dan Bergin brought his tally to three points for the day. Annanough closed out the game with James Miller splitting the posts to seal an eight point victory for his side as both teams now progress to the quarter-final stage, with Annanough facing Portlaoise and Spink meeting Ballyfin.
Scorers: Donal Miller 1-1; Simon Miller (0-1f) and Danny Carroll 0-3 each; James Miller 0-2; Martin Stapleton, John Scully and Shane Stapleton 0-1 each
Team: Declan Fenlon; David Kelly, Rory Stapleton, Marcus Shortall; Martin Stapleton, John Scully, Ciaran Hennessey; Donal Miller, Eddie Styles; Seamus Stapleton, Gerry Nerney, Danny Carroll; James Miller, Shane Stapleton, Simon Miller. SUBS: Robert Kinsella for Seamus Stapleton; Tomás Whelehan for Ciaran Hennessey; Cyril Darcy for Gerry Nerney; David Booth for Simon Miller.
Scorers: Dan Bergin 0-3; Paul Simms 0-2, 0-1f; Daithi Brennan (f) and Cha Dwyer 0-1 each.
Team: John Dunphy; David Phelan, Paddy Gorman, Tony O’Shaughnessy; Eamon Jackman, Podge Lawlor, Micheal Downey; Seamus Dwyer, Dan Bergin; Cha Dwyer, Brian O’Meara, Sean Downey; Paul Simms, Daithi Brennan, Declan Foyle. SUBS: Rob Miller for Declan Foyle; Willie Barry for Brian O’Meara; Kieran Bowe for Tony O’Shaughnessy; Jimmy Keegan for Micheal Downey; Seamus Miller for Sean Downey.
REFEREE: Eamon Strong