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Cortoon go goal crazy in replay victory

posted 10 Aug 2013, 13:33 by Unknown user   [ updated 13 Aug 2013, 02:54 ]
After an 8 week gap, the replay of the Senior Championship Qualifier between Cortoon and local rivals, Killererin, finally went ahead on Saturday in Tuam Stadium and it was certainly worth the wait as Cortoon served up a defensive masterclass to upset the odds and advance to the 3rd round and a meeting with Kilconly in Tuam Stadium on Sunday at 6.15pm. The Shamrocks welcomed back Galway u21 stars, Cathal Mulryan and Paul Varley, who had just returned from America and Shane Gilmore, who was flown in from Canada to add much needed strength to the middle third.
At times this season, Cortoon seemed to struggle with the new style of play introduced by manager, Tom Newell, but they persevered and are now beginning to reap the rewards as can be evident in their last two Championship outings. Donal ONeill, high on confidence following his impressive displays for Galway, carried that form into this game as he nullified the threat of Killererin captain, Nicky Joyce, limiting him to just two points from play while Adrian Varley was in scintillating form up front, scoring four wonderful points and was at the heart of most of Cortoons attacks. Cortoon defended as a unit and were able to break quickly through the pace of the half-back line of Rory Maloney, ONeill, and Paul Varley. Killererin looked to Padraic Joyce to rescue their Championship hopes but he was well shackled by Brion Gilmore and, later, Brian Roache and he was denied the service in areas where he could do damage.
Cortoon didnt waste any time getting into the game and were two points to the good after five minutes following points from Adrian Varley and Derek Savage. A minute later, Maloney found Joseph Donnellan on the edge of the square and his low shot beat the keeper but not the defender that had gotten back on the line. James Hughes pulled one back for Killererin before ONeill broke out of defence and played a ball into space for Adrian Varley who pointed from 30 yards. Killererin enjoyed a ten minute spell of dominance as they knocked over five unanswered points to lead by three, with Padraic Joyce bagging two, one from a free, and one each for Nicky Joyce and Michael Boyle, and a pointed 45. Mulryan stopped the rot in the 19th minute after Cortoon captain,David Finnegan, had broken a kick-out to Savage, who made space for himself on the 65 before finding Mulryan who cut inside onto his left and fired over. A Nicky Joyce pointed free restored Killererins three point lead but Savage cut it back to two again with a pointed free of his own following a foul on Mulryan. The game swung in Cortoons favour in the 25th minute when Martin Connell mishit his point attempt and it looped over the stranded keeper and into the back of the net to put the Shamrocks a point up. Padraic Joyce levelled the macth but the lead was restored just before the break when Roache attacked up the wing and played the ball up the line to Adrian Varley who cut inside and curled over a fine point of his left foot.
The second half started with a bang when, straight from the throw-in, Paul Varley broke forward and fed Donnellan who drove it low and hard into the corner of the net. Nicky Joyce reduced the gap to three before Shane Gilmore came out on top in an aerial battle in midfield and fed it to Adrian Varley who played a quick 1-2 with Savage and fisted over his fourth of the game. The game got a bit heated with hard tackles going in from both sides and referee, Muiris Mac Gearailt, had to step in and restore order when he booked Killererins Tom Hughes for a wild challenge. Nicky Joyce pointed a free and Killererin had a goal chance midway through the half when a high ball was launched into the Cortoon goalmouth. Goalkeeper, Darragh Glynn, came off his line to punch clear under pressure and Cortoon broke quickly and devastatingly. Savage played in Donnellan and, when he tried to release Connell, a Killererin hand deflected the ball back to him and he buried it in the back of the net to put the sky blues six points in front. Another pointed free from Nicky Joyce was cancelled out by a fine David Warde point before a Padraic Joyce point cut the gap to five. Fergal Heverin came on for Cortoon in the 50th minute for his first Senior Championship action of the year to replace two-goal hero Donnellan, who had picked up an injury, and his impact was immediate. Barely seconds on the pitch and a high ball was dropped in on the square. Heverin ran in and challenged goalkeeper, Alan Fahy, in the air. The ball fell kindly for him and he was able to punch it into an empty net and punch the air with delight as Cortoon went eight clear. Both sides saw goal chances go begging as, first, Padraic Joyce fired wide from ten yards whilst surrounded by sky blue shirts. Then, two minutes later, Paul Varley ventured forward and his shot was spilled by the keeper and, with Heverin ready to pounce, a defender got back to nick it off his toe and clear the danger. Killererin did get their goal on 57 minutes through substitute, Kevin Murphy, but it was too little, too late. In the 60th minute, Savage found Adrian Varley up the touchline and a sublime hand-pass over his shoulder found substitute, Norman Connolly, who raced forward and fisted over. A fourth pointed free for Nicky Joyce in injury-time finished out the scoring and consigned Killererin to the relegation dog-fight. The victory will come as a much needed morale booster and Cortoon will look to carry their momentum into their clash with Kilconly on Sunday. Full-time score: Cortoon 4-9 Killererin 1-13.
Team: Darragh Glynn; Alan Boyle, Brion Gilmore, Brian Roache; Rory Maloney, Donal ONeill, Paul Varley; Shane Gilmore, David Finnegan (capt.); Cathal Mulryan (0-1), David Warde (0-1), Derek Savage (0-2, 1f); Adrian Varley (0-4), Martin Connell (1-0), Joseph Donnellan (2-0). Subs used: Fergal Heverin (1-0) for Donnellan (50), Adrian McDonnell for Maloney (52), Norman Connolly (0-1) for Connell (56), Matthew Concannon for A Varley (61).