Outstanding display sees minor team stroll to victory
Our minor team produced a skillful and spirited performance against a determined Sean McDermott’s side in the first round of the Maguire Transport division two championship. The lads dominated the game from start to finish in this encounter and in the end they had no difficulty overcoming the challenge from Sean McDermott’s to secure the victory on a scoreline 1-4 to 1-17.
We opened the scoring on the 1st minute when Fergal McGeough pointed from play. Sean McDermott’s hit back when they converted a close range free-kick on the 4th minute. Mark McGuirk got our second score, on the 8th minute, when he pointed a free-kick following a foul on Lorcan Smyth. Gerard Graham notched over points on the 10th and 12th minutes but we were guilty of some poor passing on the 17th minute and Sean McDermott’s capitalised with a neat point.
Over the next four minutes we hit four unanswered points. The first came from the boot of Mark McGuirk when he pointed a free-kick on the 20th minute. Lorcan Smyth got the second, a minute later, when he glided over a sweat point and when Keelan Clerkin broke down a Sean McDermott’s attack it instigated a lovely move down the field which was finished in style by Mark McGuirk. Mark McGuirk completed our mini purple patch when he notched over another point on the 24th minute to open up a 0-2 to 0-8 advantage.
The game was temporarily stopped to allow treatment for a Sean McDermott’s player and sadly he had to be stretchered off with a suspected knee injury and we wish him a speedy recovery. When the game resumed Sean McDermott’s responded with a point on the 36th minute to leave the half time score Sean McDermott’s 0-3 Rock Sarsfields 0-8.
We started the second half the fresher and hungrier team and stretched our lead on the 2nd minute when Mark McGuirk showed great composure and coolly rifled home a penalty kick. Sean McDermott’s pulled one back when they converted a free-kick on the 4th minute but at this stage we began to stamp our authority on the game and managed to keep them scoreless for the next twenty minutes. When Adrian Reevy was fouled on the 7th minute Mark McGuirk duly converted the free-kick and moments later Gerard Graham showed great persistence and determination when he cut along the end line and fisted over the bar for a wonderful score. Eoin McDonald was fouled shortly afterwards and Mark McGuirk had a fairly simply task tapping over a close range free-kick and when Ian McConnon surged forward, on the 18th minute, he curled over a terrific point to make it 0-4 to 1-12. Mark McGuirk added two more superbly pointed free-kicks on the 19th and 22nd minutes before Lorcan Smyth collected a good ball from Gerard Graham and pointed in style. Mark McGuirk followed this up with a well taken point on the 24th minute after he broke through the Sean McDermott’s defence and sensibly fisted the ball over the bar.
With five minutes of ordinary time remaining our dominance of possession was evident but in our eagerness to finish off the opposition our defence was caught out of position and Sean McDermott’s launched a frantic attack and they were rewarded with a goal. However, we had the final say when substitute John McGuirk fired over a fabulous point from a tight angle to leave the final score Sean McDermott’s 1-4 Rock Sarsfields 1-17.
While there were some outstanding performances, the man of the match has to go to the TEAM for their overall work rate and attitude as they once again produced some high quality, high tempo football. It was a whole-hearted effort as they left absolutely everything on the field and they thoroughly deserved the victory. Well done lads and lets see a repeat performance when you travel to play Killanny next Tuesday (26th July).
Team & Scorers: Aaron Clerkin, Ciaran Corr, Keelan Clerkin, Ian McConnon 0-1, Marcartan Kearns, Lorcan Smyth 0-2, Rory Moore, Gerard Graham 0-3, Fergal McGeough 0-1, Finian Smith, John Greenan, Mark Quigley, Adrian Reevy, Mark McGuirk (1-9), Eoin McDonald. Subs: John McGuirk 0-1 for Eoin McDonald, Conor McDonald for Adrian Reevy.
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