Rampant Corduff show no mercy
We have seen a lot good performances and we have seen some pretty average performances this year from our senior team and today’s performance was well let’s just say it wasn’t our best performance because we had a disappointing defeat against Corduff. I am sure you have all heard the saying “revenge is a dish best served cold” but on this occasion Corduff certainly produced a red-hot performance particularly during the first half of this Monaghan Electrical intermediate league clash to secure the spoils on a final score-line Rockcorry 0-11 Corduff 2-11. In truth, Corduff were the better team today, they showed the greater hunger and a never-say-die attitude which we were unable to live with because for long periods we lacked cohesion, appeared dysfunctional and quite simply failed to match the intensity levels that Corduff brought to the game.
With no wind of any great consequence our loyal bunch of supporters were treated to a haunting first half as Corduff started the livelier and opened the scoring with a neat point on the 2nd minute and doubled their advantage shortly afterwards when they pointed from a free-kick. Fergal McGeough had a great goal opportunity on the 5th minute but the Corduff goal-keeper pulled off a tremendous save to push the ball around the upright for a forty-five, which unfortunately led to nothing. We registered our first score on the 9th minute when Stephen McGuirk converted a free-kick after Martin Carroll was brought down but Corduff’s response was instant with a well-taken point to leave the score 0-1 to 0-3 after ten minutes. Mark Daly closed the gap when he split the uprights with a terrific point following good approach play by Fergal McGeough and Paul McKeown then on the 13th minute a wonderful effort by Anthony Tate drew the sides level with 0-3 points apiece.
At this stage it appeared we had weathered the storm well after a rocky opening period but nothing could have prepared us for what we were about to witness because the final ten minutes of the first half belonged to Corduff. Ten minutes of my life I wish I could forget because it will haunt me and I imagine many others for the rest of our lives! The team simply disintegrated, we struggled to curtail Corduff’s movement, we were flat footed and basically were led on a merry dance by a rampant Corduff side that punished us for every little mistake (and there were quite a few!!!). They controlled the game, completely dominated possession and notched up a very impressive 2-6 without reply to take a commanding 0-3 to 2-9 lead at the interval.
I don’t know how the players felt during the break but I guess they were both shocked and stunned! What just happened? Nine points adrift and playing poorly we knew in our heads that the game was probably out of reach but were hoping and praying that the players would be able to restore some pride by showing more grit and determination and make the scoreboard more respectable looking. Thankfully, we began the second half brightly and opened the scoring on the 7th minute when Mark Daly converted a free-kick and Fergal McGeough pulled another point back with a fine effort moments later but Corduff resumed normal service on the 10th minute when they tapped over from close range. Anthony Tate tried to rouse his team mates from their torpor with a well-taken point on the 14th minute but this was quickly cancelled out when Corduff pointed from a free-kick to leave the score 0-6 to 2-11 after fifteen minutes played. However, in a lethargic closing ten minutes five points from Barry Patterson, Stephen McGuirk, Mark Daly, Fergal McGeough and Dwayne Rooney were greeted with virtual silence as it was all too little too late and the final score ended Rockcorry 0-11 Corduff 2-11.
On reflection, there is no doubting that we were beaten by a better side on the day and it is a real lesson to everybody, both management and players, that for future games we must not only match our opponents appetite, we need to better it. While we were missing a number of regular players namely, Damien Matthews, Noel Carroll, Johnny Reilly, Lorcan Smyth and Garry Calvert it was still fifteen players versus fifteen players and one thing became very clear today – hunger is the greatest sauce a team can possess and we need to be bloody starving for next week’s important encounter against Doohamlet. Yes, today was a depressing result but we need to get our heads right and focus for next week’s clash NOW because a repeat performance like today will not be sufficient if we have desires to progress through the front door.
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Team & Scorers: Jamie Smith, Conor McGeough, Niall McKeown, Keith Daly, Colin Quinn, Stephen Lynch, Stephen McGuirk 0-2f, Mark Daly 0-3, Martin Carroll, Keelan Clerkin, Fergal McGeough 0-2, Barry Patterson 0-1, Paul McKeown, Mark McGuirk and Anthony Tate 0-2. Subs: Dwayne Rooney 0-1 for Keelan Clerkin and John Greenan for Stephen Lynch.