Seniors bounce back in style
They say ‘good teams bounce back from difficult situations’ and that’s exactly what our senior team did last Sunday afternoon when they bounced back from a run of bad form to record a good victory over Aughnamullen in the Monaghan Electrical intermediate football league on a score-line 0-9 to 3-9.
The game was played in perfect conditions and we could not have asked for a better start to the game with Garry Calvert slotting over a sublime point inside the first twenty seconds. We extended our lead on the 5th minute when Niall McKeown rifled home our first goal after his cousin Paul McKeown had done all the hard work. Aughnamullen registered their first score on the 6th minute when they pointed from play and a couple of minutes later they converted a free-kick and by the 12th minute they pulled another one back from a free-kick to leave the minimum between the sides 0-3 to 1-1. However, we quickly stretched our lead to four points when Garry Calvert slipped by his marker and coolly placed the ball past the Aughnamullen goal-keeper for our second goal following a lovely build-up involving Noel Carroll, Martin, Carroll, Paul McKeown and Dwayne Rooney. When Stephen McGuirk broke down an Aughnamullen attack on the 23rd minute he delivered a pin point pass to Martin Carroll who in turn found Garry Calvert in some space along the left wing and he teed-up Paul McKeown who cut inside two opponents and notched over a superb point to open up a five point advantage 0-3 to 2-2. Moments later, another well-engineered move involving Martin Carroll and Dwayne Rooney set-up Mark Daly who certainly tested the timber when he smashed a blistering shot off the upright which the Aughnamullen goal-keeper could only watch whistle by and rebound away to safety. Both teams exchanged wides before half time to leave the score at the interval Aughnamullen 0-3 Rockcorry 2-2.
Within ninety seconds of the resumption of play Mark Daly pointed neatly to extend our lead. It got even better for us a minute later when Mark Daly off-loaded to Niall “Lightning Bolt” McKeown who raced through on goal and unleashed an unstoppable shot to the bottom corner of the net to leave the score 0-3 to 3-3. However, a clearly rattled Aughnamullen side responded in style and fired over points on the 4th, 5th and 6th minutes. Mark Daly, scored one of the points of the game, when he pointed from a very tight angle on the 7th minute but this was quickly cancelled out when Aughnamullen pointed from play shortly afterwards. Both teams were somewhat wasteful during the next five minutes but we managed to increase our advantage on the 15th minute when Paul McKeown fired between the uprights to make it 0-7 to 3-5. A promising Aughnamullen attack on the 16th minute was snuffed out by Barry Patterson, who was very influential at centre-back and mopped up numerous attacks but moments later Aughnamullen replied with a point when they converted a free-kick. Any hopes of an Aughnamullen revival were quickly quashed as we began to stamp our authority on the game and during a five minute purple patch we registered three unanswered points. The first came on the 19th minute when Stephen McGuirk coolly converted a free-kick following a foul on Noel Carroll. This was quickly followed by a point from Paul McKeown and Mark Daly finished in style following a good move involving Noel Carroll and Niall McKeown to make the score 0-8 to 3-8. Jamie Smith proved his worth in goals, by producing a fine save on the 26th minute to deny Aughnamullen a goal opportunity and the resulting forty-five was drilled over the bar but we had the last say when Mark Daly slotted over another splendid point, on the 28th minute, to leave the final score Aughnamullen 0-9 Rockcorry 3-9.
Team: Jamie Smith, Owen Fitzpatrick, Damien Matthews, Colin Reilly, Keith Daly, Barry Patterson, Niall McKeown 2-0, Mark Daly 0-4, Noel Carroll, Keelan Clerkin, Garry Calvert 1-1, Martin Carroll, Stephen McGuirk 0-1, Paul McKeown 0-3, Dwayne Rooney. Subs: Conor McGeough for Keith Daly, Lorcan Smith for Dwayne Rooney, Colin Quinn for Keelan Clerkin, Anthony Tate for Conor McGeough.
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