Junior A League (AFL 6) – Tue. 29th May 2007
Clontarf 2-11 V Bank Of Ireland 2-8 [ Half Time: 1-5, 1-4 ]
“Late Bank raid foiled, as Clontarf lose some interest”
Midway through the 2nd half of this division 6 league clash and Clontarf were cruising along with a 7 point cushion. What followed was a near daylight robbery as the Bank hauled themselves back into this game and almost stole ahead. 5 Clontarf substitutions for 5 injured players was a contributing factor in the home sides decline, but in the end a number of those subs helped steady the ship and lift Clontarf clear for a vital 3pt win.
Clontarf dominated the 1st half in possession terms but the finishing was far from top drawer. Misplaced final passes and shots dropped short to the goalie were a common fault. The key score for Clontarf was a rather soft goal from Ro Kenny, after his long range free dropped nicely to the Bank's net. When the scores arrived they were good quality, with McGinn, Spelman and Winterson all contributing well. In midfield Robert Stokes and Fergal Lynch had the better of exchanges, while in defence Ciaran Conway debuted well at full back. In front of him Kieran Murray won a lot of ball, though he was opposed by the Banks key forward, the number 11 proving to be a handful all evening. At halt time Clontarf led 1-5,1-4.
The 2nd half started with Clontarf correcting their key fault of the 1st half. Both Karl Spelman and Neil Mullins did the early damage. Inside 2 minutes Neil Mullins had the ball deposited in the Bank's net after a fine incisive run from Michael Winterson. Spelman added 2 more points with Mullins again finding the range. At this stage Clontarf led 2-8,1-4 and the Bank had yet to deliver a score or a wide in the 2nd half.
With less than 15mins remaining, the Bank began to profit as the scores came rapidly. A goal with 7mins remaining tied the game and thankfully for the home side 2 further goal chances were averted. Clontarf will thank John Traenor for 2 vital late scores, the 1st by way of an excellent block by Winty on the Bank's goalie. The 2nd thanks to a neat one-two with Fergal Lynch. Karl Spelman completed a fine evening at full forward after he gathered well, carried and blasted over to give Clontarf a 3pt cushion. Meanwhile late sub Paul Moore positioned himself well to make 2 timely clearances in those final minutes.
In the end, 2 vital points in the bag and some satisfaction at a decent scoring rate and the fact that the Bank's momentum was halted in those dying minutes.