Second half goals clinch victory for Magheracloone
We played our second game of the Drumlin Credit Union senior football league on Saturday 20th April when we made the long journey to Inniskeen to take on Magheracloone. The game was tit for tat for long periods and all players performed well on the day and produced passages of some top quality football but sadly the some scoring opportunities didn’t translate onto the scoreboard while Magheracloone on the other hand were clinical in possession and two well-taken goals in the second half was enough and ultimately the main difference as they secured the victory in this highly entertaining encounter on a score-line Mageracloone 2-9 Rockcorry 1-8.
We started the game the livelier and were first on the scoreboard when Noel Carroll glided over a sweet point after fifty seconds. We continued to impressive, playing some delightful football, and when Paul McKeown broke through the Magheracloone defence on the 3rd minute he calmly and accurately flicked the ball brilliantly past the advancing Magheracloone goal-keeper to lead 0-0 to 1-1. Magheracloone soon found their rhythm and with a combination of some high quality moves responded with three unanswered points on the 4th, 5th and 6th minutes to narrow the gap. Mark Daly converted a free-kick on the 9th minute after Noel Carroll was brought down following a clever interchange of passes between Martin Carroll and Stephen Lynch but shortly afterwards we were dealt a major blow as Niall McKeown picked up a hamstring injury and was forced to take an early shower.
Magheracloone chipped away at the scoreboard notching over some fine points on the 14th and 15th minutes to level proceedings 0-5 to 1-2. They continued to dominate proceedings and put us under immense pressure but our defence stayed strong and forced them to spurn five scoring opportunities during the next ten minutes. With half time approaching we had the last say when Noel Carroll showed his accuracy as he bisected the uprights with another splendid point to leave the scoreboard showing Magheracloone 0-5 Rockcorry 1-3 at the interval.
The second half started in great fashion and similar to the first we registered the first score and edged further ahead when Fergal McGeough sailed over a forty-five after two minutes. However it didn’t take Magheracloone long to assert their dominance and they tapped over scores on the 5th and 7th minutes to draw level at 0-7 to 1-4. The game was now very tense and highly competitive and on the 11th minute Mark Daly showed why he was voted last year’s intermediate player of the year when he charged into Magheracloone’s half, broke two tackles before hitting a blockbuster point from distance to restore our slender advantage.
It wasn’t long before Magheracloone gained the upper hand and their response was simply devastating scoring an impressive 2-2 which in the long run turned the game. They first pointed on the 13th minute and the cruel blow came moments later when a lapse in concentration allowed Magheracloone in behind our defence and when the ball was put across the small square it was smacked into the empty goals. They continued to be the dominant force and knocked over another free-kick on the 21st minute and the mountain got much steeper shortly after when they bagged their second goal to take a 2-9 to 1-5 lead going into the last five minutes of regulation time.
The lads showed remarkable character and continued to battle hard right up to the final whistle and finished the game the strongest team. Paul McKeown, who worked tirelessly during the game, went close to scoring a goal on the 27th minute when his low trajectory shot flew over the Magheracloone crossbar rather than under. Fergal McGeough converted a routine free-kick moments later and with time running out Dwayne Rooney, who was introduced for Colin Quinn, found himself through on goals but his shot shaved the crossbar to leave the final score Magheracloone 2-9 Rockcorry 1-8.
Reflecting on the encounter there are positives to be taken from the game with all players performing well and showed great determination. They worked tirelessly throughout the match putting some nice moves together and certainly took the game to Magheracloone. In fairness, to the lads they showed Great Spirit and never gave up and moving forward we must learn to turn performances into results and eradicate the mistakes that ultimately caused the defeat. The difference from our opening game against Monaghan Harps was very evident and we must continue to work hard on the training field and remain positive and if we get that the results will come. Keep up the good work lads.
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Team & Scorers: Jamie Smith, Lorcan Smyth, Niall McKeown, Conor McGeough, Johnny Reilly, Keith Daly, Stephen Lynch, Mark Daly 0-2, Damien Matthews, Keelan Clerkin, Paul McKeown 1-1, Martin Carroll, Fergal McGeough 0-2, Garry Calvert, Noel Carroll 0-2. Subs: Colin Quinn for Niall McKeown (injured) and Dwayne Rooney 0-1 for Colin Quinn.