Our pre-season preparations continued last Sunday when we travelled to Belfast to play Patrick Sarsfields in the Ulster league competition. The lads got off to a dream start when Paul McKeown collected a pass from Dwayne Rooney, raced through the centre of the defence and smashed a blistering shot past the goal-keeper. Patrick Sarsfields responded well however and hit back with a pointed free-kick. A couple of minutes later Paul McKeown was again involved and when he was brought down approximately twenty metres from goals, Dwayne Rooney made no mistake and converted the free-kick to lead by three points after five minute of play. It was now Patrick Sarsfields turn to respond and they duly obliged by slotting over free-kicks on the 13th and 14th minutes and the score at the interval was Patrick Sarsfields 0-3 Rockcorry 1-1.
When play resumed we extended our advantage when Dwayne Rooney fired a spot kick to the back of the net after Anthony Tate was hauled down in the large parallelogram. Shortly afterwards Anthony Tate added a fine point to increase our lead to five points. The next passage of the game Patrick Sarsfields produced their most profitable spell and reduced the deficit back to two points when they scored three unanswered points. At this stage the momentum was firmly with the Belfast side and with ten minutes remaining they looked well positioned for a comeback but the lads had an extra gear and took control of the game and with a sweet move down the field Stephen McGuirk rifled the ball to the net leaving the Patrick Sarsfields goal-keeper with no chance and restored a five point lead. We followed this up with another fine point from Colin Quinn after he was released down the left flank and he did brilliantly to curl over a sublime point to complete the scoring and leave the final score Patrick Sarsfields 0-6 Rockcorry 3-3.