Corduff Crushed by Rock
Our senior team bounced back from their defeat against Tyholland to secure a hard fought but richly deserved one point victory over league leaders Corduff in the Monaghan Electrical Intermediate league encounter played at Pairc Naomh Mhuire last Sunday (22nd May) afternoon. While Corduff started the better team in the first half they met a Rock solid wall in the second half where the entire team worked tirelessly to block and pressurise their opponents denying them any route to goals to emerge with the spoils on a score-line Rockcorry 0-13 Corduff 1-9.
A strong breeze favoured Corduff during the first half and they began the game with all guns blazing and opened the scoring after just fifteen seconds when they converted a free-kick. Two minutes later Mark Daly was brought down and he notched over the free-kick himself but shortly afterwards Corduff regained the lead after Keelan Clerkin was harshly penalised for touching the ball on the ground. After six minutes of the contest Liam Connolly was fouled and again Mark Daly fired between the uprights to draw the sides level. Corduff continued their waves of attacks with great authority and slotted over points on the 8th, 13th and 17th minutes to open up a three point gap. Within a minute our third point arrived when midfielder Mark Daly was on the end of a great move to receive a pass from Garry Calvert and he tapped over a sweet point. On the 20th minute Noel Carroll made a blistering run through the Corduff defence and when he was dragged to the ground Mark Daly stepped up and converted the free-kick to leave one point separating the sides 0-4 to 0-5. Corduff once again began to get to grips with the game and produced another fine point on the 23rd minute and two minutes later they broke through our defence to score their goal and on the 27th minute they slotted over another point to open up a six point advantage 0-4 to 1-7. We responded immediately with a well worked move and when Garry Calvert was hauled down approximately thirty metres from goals Mark Daly once again showed his accuracy and converted the free-kick. Both teams exchanged points just before the interval to leave the half time score Rockcorry 0-6 Corduff 1-8.
Those of us that watched the rugby final over the weekend witnessed the Leinster team make a miraculous comeback to win the Heineken Cup. In a similar fashion our lads started the second half full of determination and were like players possessed as all of them worked tigerishly to deny the Corduff players time and room on the ball. As a result of this much improved work-rate we limited Corduff to just a single point in the second half which ultimately came from a pointed free-kick on the 29th minute.
When play resumed Noel Carroll registered our first score a minute after the throw-up to instigate our fight-back. As the half progressed we continued to assert our dominance and a flurry of scores then arrived from Stephen McGuirk 0-3 and Mark Daly 0-1 when they converted free-kicks during the 11th and 16th minutes to draw the sides level 0-11 to 1-8. Then two minutes later the crucial breakthrough came as Conor McGeough slipped past his opponent he was fouled and Stephen McGuirk sailed over a fabulous free-kick to take the lead for the first time of the game. We doubled our lead on the 25th minute when Colin Quinn belted over a point, from approximately thirty metres, with a lovely curling strike. That score left two points between the sides and we were in for a very tense finale as we all know how dangerous a two point lead is! With a minute of normal time remaining Corduff’s only reply was through a converted free-kick on the 29th minute which left just a point separating the sides but a couple of minutes later when the final whistle sounded, it was like the sweet sound of angels singing as, we emerged victorious on a final score-line Rockcorry 0-13 Corduff 1-9.
This win will have given our team management and players a much needed boost as it came on the back of a disappointing defeat against Tyholland but more significantly we were short a number of regulars, namely Damien Matthews, Paul McKeown, Dwayne Rooney, Jamie Smith, Mark McGuirk and Fergal McGeough. With the Intermediate championship fast approaching this should provide the momentum and motivation to attend training, work hard over the next couple of weeks and be ready to take on Currin. Well done lads.
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