Donaghmoyne 1-11 Rockcorry 1-8

Donaghmoyne Overwhelm Rock

We have all heard the statement a thousand times “winning isn’t everything, it’s the taking part that counts”, while others say “winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing” and you know what, I agree with that latter sentiment, you play sport to win. I hate the taking part attitude but right now you know I would settle for a competitive or a spirited performance from our senior team because yesterday evening (Wednesday 15th June) we proved no match (on the day) to a stronger, speedier, and a more co-ordinated Donaghmoyne team who powered their way to a comfortable 1-11 to 1-8 victory. I know what you’re thinking the score-line only reflects a three point win for Donaghmoyne but in reality the winning margin should have been a lot more because they were the better side and dominated this contest from the throw-in.

After the poor performance against Currin in the preliminary round of the intermediate championship one would have thought that this encounter was the perfect opportunity for the team to restore some pride in themselves and the green jersey and produce a grittier performance.  Unfortunately, we were treated to another uninspired, uninterested display as the team lacked the determination and confidence to make any impression on the game and basically we simply failed to compete. In fairness, we did manage to stage a mini revival during the closing period which allowed us to put some respectability on the final score-line but we never looked like winning this fixture.

There is absolutely no shame in losing a game of football provided you put in your best effort and once you have done this you can leave the field, with your head held high, knowing that you give it your best. I don’t like criticising or giving out but I know the players, I have trained and played alongside most of them and I know they have plenty of talent, ability and skill and when they lose in this manner it makes it very hard to accept because I know they are capable of producing much, much better.  I just hope that moving forward everyone, managers, trainers, selectors and players can focus on the positives and build on these for our next league encounter which takes place on Friday 1st July against Sean McDermotts.

Team & Scorers: Jamie Smith, Colin Reilly, Damien Matthews, Owen Fitzpatrick, Keith Daly, Niall McKeown, Stephen McGuirk 0-2, Mark Daly 0-1, Martin Carroll, Fergal McGeough 0-1, Garry Calvert 0-1, Noel Carroll, Colin Quinn, Paul McKeown and Mark McGuirk 1-1. Subs: Dwayne Rooney 0-2 for Garry Calvert, Pauric Reilly for Colin Quinn, Conor McGeough for Niall McKeown, Ryan Sharkey for Mark Daly.

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