"Stanley Shines and Dufficy Dazzles as Junior B's get off the mark"
Clontarf 1-6 (1-3) V Garristown 0-5 (0-3)
The Junior B's took to the field for the final club action before the Easter break. In the preceding 5 days the club had endured a run of 12 games without a win and the B's themselves were still waiting for their 1st points of the season. Was it to be lucky 13?
The pre-match hype surrounded the return of Willie O'Connor, last seen in 2004. If Dr. Gerry McEntee had considered him worth operating on, then it was only right the Junior B management should give him the vote of confidence and the no. 13 jersey. Mick Moylan also made a welcome return to goals while there were Adult Football debuts for minor players Paul Murphy (wing-back) and Martin Dufficy (corner-forward).
It was the lively Dufficy who setup the 1st score as he put John Keegan through on goal. A free resulted and Willie O'Connor slotted over to get Clontarf off the mark. Captain Eoghan O'Grady fired over the next score and minutes later it was Dufficy who showed his class with a well taken score. At the other end Clontarf defended tenaciously, limiting Garristown to 3 1st half scores, 2 from play. Mick Moylan produced a top drawer save as he stared down the Garristown no. 14.Willie O'Connor was causing the Garristown rearguard a few headaches as he found the range from play to put Clontarf 1 pt up. The last action of the 1st half saw the 2 of the teams 'Foreign game' aficionados combine to register the vital score of this match. Brian Farrell latched onto a Clontarf clearence and his neat pass put Willie O' Connor clean through on goal but with 25 yards left to gallop. In Willie's own words he had to "play it all the way in on the ground after that poxy pass from Farrell". The finish was class and Clontarf never looked back, Half Time Clontarf 1-4, Garristown 0-3
The 2nd half was a close affair with Garristown claiming the greater possession. But the Clontarf backs were in superb form, in particular Eoghan Stanley who won every ball that came his way, especially in those hectic final 10 mins. David Shaw fired over a fine opening score for the seasiders, but it took a further 20mins before Clontarf were to strike again. The ever dangerous Dufficy scored a vital insurance point from play to put Clonatrf 4 pts up. Garristown to their credit never gave up and almost found the net in the final minute, but Captain O'Grady dived full lenght to avert the danger. As light faded, the final whistle was a welcome sound. This was a memorable team performace, coupled with some great individual displays, in particular for minor debutants Dufficy and Murphy.