Rockcorry 0-9 Castleblayney 1-21

Faugh’s secure win with ease:

Our senior team returned to action in the Drumlin Credit Union senior football league on Sunday 11th August and were decisively beaten by a slicker Castleblayney outfit who powered their way to a comfortable victory by virtue of an impressive display. Once again, some basic mistakes in squandering possession cost us dearly as a stronger Castleblayney side penetrated our defence far too easily and were much more efficient and cohesive in using the ball and secured a comprehensive win on as score-line Rockcorry 0-9 Castleblayney 1-21.

Dark clouds overhead threatened to bring heavy rain at the beginning of the match but thankfully the weather conditions remained pleasant for the encounter. Castleblayney had the better of the early exchanges and opened the scoring on the 3rd minute and doubled their lead a minute later with another fine point from play. When Mark McGuirk was brought down a couple of minutes later Lorcan Smyth coolly converted the free-kick from an acute angle to open our account. Castleblayney tapped over a free-kick on the 7th minute after Niall McKeown was adjudged to have fouled his opponent and only moments later they stretched their advantage with another neat score from play to lead 0-1 to 0-4 after eight minutes.

Castleblayney continued to dominate proceedings and in fairness they should have increased their lead because they had an abundance of scoring opportunities during the next five minutes and truthfully should have put the game beyond doubt! However, we found our stride and notched over a couple of nice scores, the first a superb effort from Keelan Clerkin on the 16th minute and only moments later Niall McKeown broke down a promising Castleblayney attack we swiftly moved the ball up the field and when John Greenan, who was introduced for the injured Keith Daly, was fouled Lorcan Smyth did the dutiful and lobbed over the free-kick to leave the scoreboard showing Rockcorry 0-3 Castleblayney 0-4 after eighteen minutes played. At this stage we appeared to be in a good position and in contention with the mighty Faugh’s but, for some unknown reason, we unfortunately stopped playing. Castleblayney, on the other hand, hit a purple patch and with ten minutes remaining of the first half they managed to raise the white flag seven times, scoring an impressive seven unanswered points, to ease into a commanding eight point advantage going in at the interval. The scoreboard read: Rockcorry 0-3 Castleblayney 0-11.

We needed a good start to the second moiety and when play resumed we managed to reduce the deficit with two quick-fire points from Mark McGuirk after thirty-five seconds and Mark Daly on the 2nd minute following all the hard work by Martin Carroll & Keelan Clerkin. However, any hope of a comeback were quickly dashed as Castleblayney responded in true fashion and added a staggering 1-5 during an amazing seven minute frenzy to lead 0-5 to 1-16. Noel Carroll stopped the rot on the 16th minute with a fine point, under a lot of pressure, but this was quickly cancelled out as Castleblayney replied instantly with a simple tap over.  Noel Carroll was in the thick of the action again and finished in style, on the 19th minute, and it had class written all over it! He collected the ball around the midfield area and showed his opponent(s) a clean pair of heels before firing over an impressive point. Shortly afterwards, John Greenan pounced with an intuitive score when his fisted effort went between the uprights following good approach play from Anthony Tate, Paul McKeown and Noel Carroll.

However, Castleblayney who were far more clinical moved further ahead when they rattled over four points in as many minutes to lead 0-8 to 1-21 going into the final five minutes. On the 28th minute, Colin Quinn was in the right place at the right time and wrapped-up the scoring when he added a terrific point but sadly it failed to lift the spirits of any of our supporters and as the final whistle sounded a couple of minutes later it signalled the end of a disappointing performance as Castleblayney secured an easy victory on a score-line Rockcorry 0-9 to Castleblayney 1-21.

Reflecting on the game it was obviously bitterly disappointing to lose the match but if I am totally honest (and you all know how I like to be truthful!) our performance was very lethargic and while injuries to key players have certainly hampered preparations the performance today lacked any sort of conviction, passion or pride and we simply failed to show any survival fight in our game and that is the most disappointing point. I suppose, in reality we are not expected to beat any of the so called ‘big guns’ in senior football but we should be able to compete a lot better and show better character.  Sadly, what we seen today the lads played absolutely nothing like what they are capable of playing and failed to replicate the fine performance against Castleblayney earlier this year in the league campaign. The important thing now is for the team to regroup and not to let the inevitability of the outcome of the year dampen our enthusiasm both on and off the pitch. We all have to remain upbeat and focus on the next challenge and the upcoming encounter against Carrickmacross next weekend and hopefully the lads can and will respond with an improved performance.

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Team & Scorers: Jamie Smith, Damien Matthews, Niall McKeown, Colin Quinn 0-1, Paul McKeown, Keith Daly, Stephen Lynch, Mark Daly 0-1, Martin Carroll, Keelan Clerkin 0-1, Lorcan Smyth 0-2f, Dwayne Rooney, Mark McGuirk 0-1, Noel Carroll 0-2 & Anthony Tate. Subs: John Greenan 0-1 for Keith Daly (injured)