Match Report April 26th 2006

Junior B League Round 3 - Match Report Wed 26rd April 2006

Raheny 0-11 (0-9)   Clontarf 2-8 (1-5)

"Twin Towers re-emerge as Clontarf give Raheny a 'Minor' headache."


With all 3 adults teams fielding for league games on the night, the B's struggled hard to make the numbers. And so the opportunity presented itself for several minors to make their Adult Football debuts and what a performance the young lads put in. Clontarf's other secret weapon the 'Twin Towers' meant the visitors ruled the roost in the aerial duels - George 'The Giant' Gaskin had returned after a 4 year sabattical and Big Declan Mulligan hade his 1st league start of the season.

10 mins into this game, even the most confident Clontarf onlooker would have feared for the final result. Raheny had just posted 5 unanswered points from play and missed 2 clear goal chances. With the Clontarf ship sinking fast, it's was the hero of the last day Martin Dufficy who stepped up to fire 2 fine scores. Minutes later a George Gaskin fetch started a move that saw Ronan Hickey blast for goal and the resultant half clearance was buried to the net by the lively Johnny McDevitt. Just before the break, Damien Mullins switched gears and scored 2 magnificant long range points to reduce the margin to 1 pt, Raheny 0-9, Clontarf 1-5.

On the restart it was Dufficy who tied the game with another fantastic point from play and after 10 minutes his goalbound shot came back off the upright and trickled in off a the Raheny corner-back. In contrast to earlier, Clontarf were now sailing like a majestic tall ship. At midfield Eoghan O'Grady and Mullins were the link men supreme as they controlled the tempo. As the game enter the closing stages the teams traded scores, keeping the margin at 3 in Clontarf's favour. Wave after wave of Raheny attacks came forward in search of a golden goal, but each time Clontarf sent them packing. With time almost up, Robbie Lillis produced an incredible save that finally afforded Clontarf the chance to drop anchor. The backs had produced a much improved 2nd half performance, limiting Raheny to only 2 scores from frees. A derby win, back to back league wins, 5 more minors making debuts and an overall excellent team performance after a very shaky start.

CLG Chluain Tarbh - Clontarf GAA Club,
Seafield Road West,
Clontarf, Dublin 3.

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