Our amalgamated minor team, Rock Sarsfields, travelled to play Magheracloone, in the GRM minor football league division 2 competition, last Tuesday evening (12th April). Played in perfect conditions, both sides served up a good game of football but unfortunately Magheracloone emerged winners on a score-line 3-11 to 1-7.
We opened the scoring on the 2nd minute when Mark McGuirk notched over a fine point but this was quickly cancelled out when Magheracloone converted a free-kick a minute later. Mark McGuirk added another point on the 6th minute and he had a great opportunity to extend our lead when he skipped past his opponent but his shoot at goals was well saved by their goal-keeper. Playing Magheracloone is always a tough and competitive game and when we conceded two goals on the 11th and 12th minutes respectively it made our task nearly impossible. They stretched their lead, on the 15th minute, when they slotted over a point from play to leave the score 2-2 to 0-2 midway through the first half. To the lads credit they fought back and were rewarded for their efforts with a penalty on the 18th minute after Mark McGuirk was hauled down in the large square and Christopher Kilpatrick made no mistake in finishing the ball to the back of the net to cut the deficit to 0-3 points. Both teams exchanged a number of scores during the next passage of play and at the break we trailed by 2-6 to 1-4.
On the restart we set about closing the deficit however, we were guilty of wasting too much possession especially in the final third and only managed to add three more points. Magheracloone, in comparison, were a lot more economical in front of the posts and whenever a chance presented itself they were capable of raising a white or a green flag. The final score Magheracloone 3-11 Rock Sarsfields 1-7. On reflection, the game ebbed and flowed from the start and had patches of good quality football from both sides. Conceding the two goals within a minute of each other during the first half ultimately proved the difference between the two sides and left us chasing the game. I imagine moving forward the team management will be eager to ensure that more of our quality football is reflected on the scoreboard and will look to bounce back next Tuesday evening (19th April) when they entertain Killanny at Pairc Naomh Mhuire.
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