Rock have too much class for Sean’s
After a lapse last weekend the senior team remain on course to qualify for a semi-final spot after a 1-6 to 2-12 victory over Sean McDermott’s last Saturday afternoon. In a game that seldom reached high levels of quality or intensity the lads can take a lot of encouragement from their display as they matched Sean’s in every department and were fully focused on winning and achieved that goal with a degree of ruthlessness. But make no mistake about it we have plenty of work to do before next weekend’s encounter against Donaghmoyne.
The game was played in wet and slippery conditions and Sean McDermott’s opened the scoring after just fourteen seconds on the clock with a neat point from play. It didn’t take us long to respond as Dwayne Rooney fired over a lovely point on the 2nd minute. The following five minutes were scoreless but Stephen McGuirk squeezed us back in front on the 7th minute with a lovely strike but Sean McDermott’s evened up the scores moments afterwards when they pointed. We received a great boost midway through the first half when Martin Carroll collected a delightful cross field pass by Garry Calvert and he neatly side stepped the advances of the Sean McDermott’s goal-keeper and was left with the easy task of tapping the ball into an empty net. Both teams were guilty of missing scoring opportunities before Sean McDermott’s tagged on another point on the 16th minute to close the deficit and leave the score 0-3 to 1-2. We then enjoyed our best spell of the game as we showed our extra degree of class by scoring three points without reply to take a firm grip on proceedings. The first came from the boot of Stephen McGuirk when he converted a free-kick and Paul McKeown slotted over the second when he collected a pass from Niall McKeown and Stephen McGuirk added the third from a free-kick after Dwayne Rooney was brought down to leave the score at the interval Sean McDermott’s 0-3 Rockcorry 1-5.
At the start of the second half we continued where we left off in the first half and the game was effectively decided in the third quarter when we scored four unanswered points to open up a nine point gap, leading 0-3 to 1-9. Anthony Tate got the scoring underway with just two minutes on the clock and this was followed up with further scores from Mark Daly and two from Dwayne Rooney. Sean McDermott’s narrowed the gap when they converted a free-kick on the 18th minute but this was cancelled out when Mark Daly curled over a lovely point on the 21st minute. Sean McDermott’s responded immediately with a fine point from play but when substitute Noel Carroll found Stephen Lynch in some space he tapped over a point and this was quickly followed by a fantastic score from Paul McKeown to maintain a healthy 0-5 to 1-12 advantage.
With time running out Sean McDermott’s were applying a lot of pressure and all their hard work paid off when they managed to snatch a consolation goal on the 28th minute to narrow the deficit. However, it failed to rattle us and as injury time began we swept downfield and when, one time goal-keeper now turned goal poacher, Stephen Lynch collected the ball he turned sharply inside his opponent and then sold his opponents numerous dummy’s before racing forward and neatly firing into the top corner of the net with a screamer! (Oh dear, sorry folks that’s not the way it happened but if you were speaking to Stephen after the game it’s a pretty close account of the score!)
Truthfully, the way it actually happened a shot ricocheted off the upright and landed gratefully into the waiting arms of the dangerous Stephen Lynch whose initial shot was saved by the Sean McDermott’s goal-keeper but he seized the initiative and somehow (the emphasis on somehow!) managed to get the ball across the line, but as they say “they all count”. The final score of the game came from Sean McDermott’s when they pointed on the 32nd minute to leave the final score Sean McDermott’s 1-6 Rockcorry 2-12.
The scene is now set for an exciting finish to the league campaign because this weekend we have an opportunity claim fourth place with a win against Donaghmoyne. The game is a home game and is fixed for this Saturday 15th October and has a throw-in time of 4.00pm. Unfortunately lads I won’t be there to cheer you and I know you have worked hard throughout the year and on that note you thoroughly deserve a semi-final position. But as we all know sometimes in life what you deserve and what you get are two completely different things. Always remember lads, you have the ability and skill to achieve this goal, work hard for each other, support each other and just go out and make it happen. All the best lads.
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Team & Scorers: Jamie Smith, Keelan Clerkin, Damien Matthews, Colin Reilly, Stephen McGuirk 0-3, Keith Daly, Niall McKeown, Barry Patterson, Mark Daly 0-2, Colin Quinn, Carry Calvert, Martin Carroll 1-0, Anthony Tate 0-1, Paul McKeown 0-2, Dwayne Rooney 0-3. Subs: Mark McGuirk for Garry Calvert, Noel Carroll for Colin Quinn, Stephen Lynch for Anthony Tate, Pauric Reilly for Keelan Clerkin and Liam Connolly for Barry Patterson.