Match report, Sept 5th

Junior C Football Championship Semi Final – Sat. 5th September 2009

Clontarf 2-6 V Ballyboden St. Endas 2-4  [ Half Time: 2-1, 1-4 ]

“B-Specials Blitz Boden”

Clontarf's Junior B Footballers overcame the challenge of Ballyboden Saint Endas (2-6,2-4) to finally reach the county final after almost a decade of unsuccessful attempts. Mickey McGlincheys men battled for the entire hour and fully deserved their victory. Oliver Plunketts will now provide the opposition on October 4th.
Clontarf got off to the perfect start when Big James Durkin served up another memorable moment. With just 2 mins gone he gathered the ball inside the 40m line and from there the Roscommon express was on a non stop course for the Boden goal. Durkin cleared all in his path before unleashing a low pile driver to the corner of the net. To the credit of the Boden defence Durkin was to be well marshaled for the remainder of the game. Boden were soon out of the blocks, scoring 1-4 in the 1st half. Each of those scores were quality and it was clear Clontarf had a real battle on their hands in this semi-final. Up front Denis Gallagher and Paddy Mohan were getting on the ball but good defending from Boden kept the scoring opportunities low. Denis Gallagher converted a free after Durkin was hauled to the ground. Just as Boden looked to be gaining the upper hand up stepped Teddy Cronin with a superb individual goal. It all started with the sale of a great dummy wide on the right and from there Cronin headed straight for goal at top speed. His finish to the roof of the net was top drawer and just the tonic Tarf needed. HT, Clontarf 2-1, Ballyboden 1-4
The 2nd half started with the same intensity but with both defences very dominant. It took almost 20 mins for the 1st score to come, a controversial one from Denis Gallagher as he blasted over from a tight angle. The neutral umpire signalled for a score and it edged Tarf back into a lead they were never to relinquish. The introduction of Morgan O'Halloran in defence and Shane Doyle up front were significant changes. Both players gathered a lot of ball in those hectic remaining 10 mins as Clontarf surged ahead thanks to several well taken frees from Gallagher. At the back Paul Murphy was unbeatable as he delivered an outstanding performance. Beside him Anto Eames was never going to be on a losing side as he dominated the edge of the square with great authority. In the other corner Fergus Clifford showed just why he has jumped from the Junior C's to being a key defender on this squad.

Around the center of the park the old heads of Kelly, Keane and Colly really took command in the closing stages as Boden rallied. Clontarf's final score from play was a brilliant long range effort from Conor Kelly. Just as the celebrations on the line were beginning and with time up, Boden struck for a late goal to cut the margin to 2. There followed several nervous minutes of mysterious injury time, but in those closing stages the Clontarf defence stood strong to complete a great 2nd half in which they only yielded a single score from play.

October 4th is a day everyone should keep free in their diary.

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

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