Senior League Rnd 2 – Sat. 25th March 2007
Clontarf 0-13 V Kilmacud Crokes 1-7 [ Half Time: 0-6, 1-3 ]
“Seniors bounce back for vital league win”
After defeat to Fingallians in their opening league fixture, Clontarf Seniors secured a vital league win against Kilmacud Crokes on Saturday last.
Clontarf can take many positives from the win including their approach play in the first half, in particular, when but for some wayward finishing and three excellent stops by the Crokes keeper, Clontarf might well have posted 3.10 by half time; and the extent to which they kept possession under some great pressure in the second half.
Clontarf opened brightly and ran into a three point lead within the first 12 minutes thanks to a point each, all from play, by Shane McIntyre, Paddy Curran and Shane Dunlea. However that opening period should have brought more scores, with Shane McIntyre missing a kickable free and two 45s, Paddy Curran hitting the outside of the post and the Kilmacud keeper making point blank saves from Darragh O’ Brien, Shane Dunlea and Shane McIntyre. These misses kept Kilmacud very much in the game and they responded with two points from play. Dunlea and McIntyre (a free) added a point each to restore a three point lead. But this lead was wiped out after Kilmacud scored a dubiously awarded penalty … it appeared that the foul was committed outside the small parallelogram. Rossa O ‘ Brien got down well to his left but couldn’t quite stop the ball crossing the line. Clontarf responed well with a point from play from Stephen Coen but Kilmacud got the last point of the half leaving the teams level 0.6 – 1.3 at half time.
During the half time break, Jayo Keefe emphasised the positives and sent the message that the players were doing everything bar the finishing really well … and that maintaining the level of tight marking, the measured distribution and ‘less ‘mouthing off’ at the referee should secure a win. He was right on the money. And despite the loss at the very beginning of the half of Aiden Morrisey to a hamstring pull, of Shane Dunlea half way through the half to a suspected shoulder dislocation and the sending off of substitute Damien Mullins for a ‘reflex elbow strike’, Clontarf controlled the second half adding on seven points to Kilmacud’s four points – a free each from McIntyre and Curran and points from play from Shane Barrett, O’ Brien, Coen, McIntyre and Curran – meaning all six starting forwards got on the scoreboard.
All in all an effective, and perhaps critically, a confidence-building performance by Clontarf. Difficult to single out one or two key performers given the overall display but perhaps Conor Glavey, on his competitive league debut, and Damien Fennelly for his very busy performance and accurate distribution from centre back deserve special mention.
Clontarf: Rossa O Brien, Paddy Delaney, Brian Stokes, Darren Lambert, Conor Glavey, Damien Fennelly, Mark Coffey, Aiden Morrisey, Neal Shanahan, Stephen Coen, Shane Barrett, Paddy Curran, Shane Dunlea, Darragh O’ Brien, Shane McIntyre.
Substitutions: Kevin Devine for Aiden Morrisey (injured); Ger Devine for Kevin Devine (injured); Damien Mullins for Shane Dunlea (injured).
Scorers Clontarf: Shane McIntyre 0.4 (2 frees); Paddy Curran 0.3 (1 free); Shane Dunlea 0.2; Stephen Coen 0.2; Daragh O’ Brien 0.1; Shane Barrett 0.1.