Never say die attitude edges senior team over the line
Our senior team continued their winning ways in the Monaghan Electrical intermediate football league when they edged out Tyholland on a final scoreline 0-11 to 1-13. Unfortunately, the saying on everyone lips was the well-known advertisement “they should have gone to Specsavers”! Because the main talking points during the game and leaving the grounds was two disputed scores that Tyholland were awarded. In my mind, football is a simple game, we’re not there to solve any quadratic equations or debate the theory of the origin of the universe. We are there to play football. When the ball goes over the bar and between the uprights it’s a point. When it goes the other side it’s wide! What is complicated with that? It’s simple, so let’s please start to get the basics right in our game.
On a beautiful evening for a match we lined out without the services of Fergal McGeough and our influential defender Damien Matthews who were both carrying niggling injuries. During the opening twenty minutes we were undoubtedly the better team. Our display was full of energy and movement that Tyholland couldn’t deal with as we played some lovely free-flowing football that was a delight to watch. The game was barely on twenty seconds when Paul McKeown registered our first score following a good move involving Mark Daly and Noel Carroll. When Mark McGuirk was fouled, on the 5th minute, Mark Daly’s free-kick effort found the target with a bit to spare but shortly afterwards Tyholland opened their account with a neat score from play.
Tyholland kicked wide on the 7th and 8th minutes before Mark McGuirk skipped past his marker and curled over a sweet point to stretch our lead. Good approach play by Johnny Reilly on the 10th minute teed up Mark McGuirk and this time the young lad didn’t have a point on his mind and blasted the ball past the Tyholland goal-keeper to give us an impressive 0-1 to 1-3 lead. Both teams missed scoring opportunities during the next passage of play, Tyholland on the 11th and 12th minutes, while Johnny Reilly kicked wide on the 13th minute. However, we extended our lead on the 16th minute when Lorcan Smyth sailed between the uprights after Stephen McGuirk and Colin Quinn did all the hard work, down the right wing. Mark McGuirk added another terrific point on the 17th minute when he ran onto a pin-point accurate pass from Martin Carroll to leave the score 0-1 to 1-5.
Tyholland responded with a fine point on the 18th minute but this was quickly cancelled out when Niall McKeown, who was wearing the number three jersey, made a super run up the field and finished in style for a wonderful individual score. Our good form continued when Colin Quinn pointed on the 19th minute and the sound of “******* lovely” echoing around the field was very evident to hear! At this stage of the match it appeared we were cruising but suddenly we hit the self-destruct button and struggled to get any fluency to our game as Tyholland gained the upper hand and dominated the remaining ten minutes of the half and notched over four unanswered points and were desperately unlucky not to have a goal, on the 28th minute, when their effort hit the woodwork to leave the score at the interval Tyholland 0-6 Rockcorry 1-7.
When the second half resumed Tyholland got the better start and reduced the gap when they pointed after three minutes and moments afterwards they closed the gap further when they were awarded a point that in many people’s opinion, especially Rockcorry supporters, was well wide! However, we accepted it gracefully and got on with the game and Mark Daly maintained our three point advantage when he pointed on the 7th minute following good work by Colin Quinn. However, Tyholland were not giving in easily and came back strongly and kicked three points in a row, on the 8th, 10th and 15th minutes, to level proceedings Tyholland 0-11 Rockcorry 1-8.
In the past when games are tight and the pressure gets too much we sometimes have a tendency to wilt away or fold but I have to say the lads showed a lot of fighting character, the same fighting spirit and belief we saw against Aughnamullen, and finished the match with a convincing and sturdy performance. Our defence became almost impregnable with ALL players working extremely hard for each other to deny Tyholland any simple scoring opportunities.
Tyholland’s equalising score seemed to reignite us because we rattled over five points without reply. Mark Daly lobbed over a free-kick, on the 17th minute, following a foul on Colin Quinn and when Johnny Reilly was brought down moments later a quick free-kick resulted in Mark McGuirk firing over the bar to restore a two point lead, 0-11 to 1-10. Stephen Lynch found himself in foreign territory, on the 25th minute, and when he collected a pass from Martin Carroll he pointed with aplomb. Anthony Tate, who was introduced into the game, scored shortly afterwards and while we kicked three bad wides towards the very end of the game Mark Daly ensured the two league points will be coming are way when he pointed from play after good approach play by Damien Matthews to leave the final score Tyholland 0-11 Rockcorry 1-13.
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Team & Scorers: Jamie Smith, Conor McGeough, Niall McKeown 0-1, Keith Daly, Stephen McGuirk, Stephen Lynch 0-1, Johnny Reilly, Mark Daly 0-4 (0-2/0-2f), Martin Carroll, Noel Carroll, Colin Quinn 0-1, Keelan Clerkin, Mark McGuirk 1-3, Paul McKeown 0-1, Lorcan Smyth 0-1. Subs: Garry Calvert for Keelan Clerkin, Anthony Tate 0-1 for Lorcan Smyth, Dwayne Rooney for Colin Quinn, Damien Matthews for Keith Daly.