Minor Football Div 2 Wednesday April 16th
Clontarf 1-11 V Naomh Mearnog 1-7
Clontarf recorded their second win of the season against Naomh Mearnog in St Annes last Wednesday evening. In a highly entertaining and competitive game Clontarf never trailed and showed the greater hunger, passion and team work over the 60 minutes. From the opening throw in Clontarf took the lead through a well worked point by Ciaran Johnson and had Naomh Mearnog on the back foot for most of the opening period. Mid way through the first half a speculative shot from distance by Kevin Mc Grath was fisted to the net by corner forward Ronan O Grady and it extended the Clontarf lead to 4 pts which we maintained for the opening period. The second half began in whirlwind fashion for Naomh Mearnog with a point direct from the throw in followed up shortly after by a well worked goal which opened up the Clontarf defence and left goalkeeping debutant Conor Bates with no chance. Despite the early setback and loss of their half time lead the boys dug deep and played some wonderful football over the next 25 minutes. At midfield the Clontarf pairing began to take control, Aidan O Halloran led the way with a great display of high fielding and his partner Shane Doyle worked tireselly, winning a number of important breaking balls and disrupting the supply of ball to the Mearnog forward line. With a dominant midfield , Clontarf piled the pressure on the Mearnog defence and unable to cope with the pace of the Clontarf forwards they began to concede frees. Ian O Dwyer had an excellent night from placed balls, from all angles and distances he was unerring in his accuracy and finished the game with 7 points. However despite having the majority of possession and playing the better football Clontarf couldn’t pull away from Mearnog on the scoreboard .The Portmarnock side had lost just 1 of their previous 5 games this year and victory against Clontarf would have ensured a place in the League Final. Deep into injury time with Clontarf leading by 2 points on two occasions it looked as if Mearnog had engineered goal scoring chances, but last minute interventions by the Clontarf backs snuffed out the danger. As the clock ticked down into the 4th and 5th minute of injury time Clontarf raced up field and closed out the game as well deserved winners with four points to spare. This was an excellent all round team performance and the team is looking forward to their next game on Sunday April 27th at home to a strong Ballymun side with an 11.00 am throw in.
Team: C Bates, N O Brien, J Maguire, A O Donohue, F Dodd, E Cronin, C Cronin,
A O Halloran, S Doyle, C Walsh, I O Dwyer, C Carroll, R O Grady, K Mc Grath,
C Johnson. Subs R Forest for C Carroll, P Mohan for C Johnson
I O Dwyer 0-7, K Mc Grath 0-1, C Johnson 0-1, A O Halloran 0-1, C Walsh 0-1,R O Grady 1-0