Late strike earns minors a share of the spoils
After the exam break our minor team resumed their GRM minor football league campaign yesterday evening (Tuesday 5th July) against Magheracloone and were very fortunate to come away with a share of the spoils as they scored an equaliser deep into injury time to leave the final score Rock Sarsfields 1-10 Magheracloone 0-13.
The game, which ebbed and flowed from start to finish, was a cracking encounter with both sets of players giving their all. We opened the scoring after forty seconds when Mark McGuirk slotted over from a free-kick. Magheracloone hit back with three unanswered points on the 2nd, 3rd and 5th minutes but we responded moments later when Mark McGuirk added a point following good approach play by Mark Quigley and shortly afterwards Fergal McGeough glided over a lovely point, having linked up well with Keelan Clerkin and Lorcan Smith, to draw the sides level on 0-3 apiece. Magheracloone regained the lead when they broke down the field at pace and scored a neat point from play but this was quickly cancelled out when Mark Quigley bravely teed-up Mark McGuirk who showed great composure and accuracy to bisect the uprights with a superb strike. Magheracloone then hit a mini purple patch and quickly established a three point advantage when they fired over points on the 12th, 13th and 14th minutes. Unfortunately, we were guilty of hitting a couple of bad wides on the 15th and 17th minutes but we managed to draw level on the 18th minute when Adrian Reavey was in the right place at the right time to tap home a goal. We regained the lead, on the 22nd minute, when Fergal McGeough sailed over a super point and we had a glorious chance to stretch our advantage when Lorcan Smyth weaved his way through the Magheracloone defence but his attempt at goals was magnificently saved by the Magheracloone goal-keeper. Magheracloone kicked wide on the 27th minute before firing over a minute later to once again leave the sides level, 1-5 to 0-8. We finished out the half the stronger and when Fergal McGeough was brought down approximately twenty metres from goals Mark McGuirk stepped up and made no mistake converting the free-kick to leave the score at the interval 1-6 to 0-8.
When play resumed both teams exchanged wides before Magheracloone slotted over on the 4th minute and moments later our goal-keeper Adam Langan showed quick reactions and made a wonderful save to deny Magheracloone a goal scoring opportunity. Magheracloone kicked wide on the 5th and 6th minutes before we hit back, a minute later, with a sweat point from the boot of John Greenan to restore a one point lead. Magheracloone were guilty of some bad wides during the second half that could have put the game out of reach as they kicked further wides on the 8th and 9th minutes and once again we took advantage when John Greenan collected the ball and fired over another peach of a point to put us two points up, leading 1-8 to 0-9. Magheracloone kicked another wide on the 11th minute but they did manage to raise the white flag on the 13th and 15th minutes to once again draw the side level 1-8 to 0-11. At this stage of the game the momentum was with Magheracloone and they started to enjoy a lot more of the possession and they took the lead on the 18th minute when they scored a neat point from play. Both teams had scoring opportunities during the next ten minutes but neither team could register a score and with time running out we were getting anxious. However, to the lads credit they never gave up and equalised, on the 28th minute, after Lorcan Smith made a powerful solo run through the heart of the Magheracloone defence and he off-loaded to, the inspired, John Greenan who fired over another top-class point from play.
The game now in additional time was delicately poised and could have gone any way and Magheracloone took advantage and restored their slender lead when they pointed on the 31st minute. With time ticking away questions were being asked about the their mental strength and capability but they came storming back and when Mark McGuirk (who was carrying a groin injury and played through the pain barrier) collected the ball he surged forward and notched over an awesome point to draw the sides level and share the spoils. The final score-line Rock Sarsfields 1-10 Maghercloone 0-13.
Please click link below to view some photos. (apologies for the quality of some of the photos…camera settings were all over the place!!!)