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Junior A's Open Account in Style

posted 28 Apr 2013, 02:17 by Unknown user
The Junior A Team opened their League account in emphatic style as they cruised to a 4-13 to 0-6 victory over local rivals, Killererin, in Brownsgrove on Saturday evening. Killererin opened the scoring with a pointed free but it wouldn't be long before Cortoon began to dominate the exchanges. When Gary Geoghegan recieved the ball on the right wing there didn't to be too much on, but a quick turn of pace saw him skip by his marker and bearing down on goal. He unleashed a shot which was parried by the keeper and up into the air. Geoghegan was quick to react and punched the ball across the face of goal where it was met by the diving Fergal Heverin who fisted it into the net. Geoghegan again went close as a fierce drive just cleared the crossbar. In the 13th minute, a Killererin attack was well snuffed out by Darragh Browne who cleared to Martin Connell in midfield. Connell then played a quick ball out to the left to Jim Gilmore who handed-off to the on-rushing Heverin who cut inside and calmly slotted his shot into the corner of the net. Killererin pulled a point back and Cortoon then put four over without reply before Rory Maloney broke forward and drew the defender. He hand-passed to Gary Geoghegan whose shot came back off the upright. Jim Gilmore was quickest to react and poked it home from just outside the small rectangle. Shortly after, Martin Connell was forced to withdraw with a muscle strain and was replaced by Darragh Glynn. Killererin rounded off the first half scoring with a point in stoppage-time to leave the half-time score at 3-6 to 0-4 in favour of the Shamrocks.
Playing with the wind at their backs in the second half, most were expecting Killererin to come back into the game but Cortoon got off to the perfect start as Adrian McDonnell kicked three unanswered points. Joint managers, Pat Kenny and Martin Hogan, started to empty the bench as Cortoon now had a comfortable lead and a number of the starting 15 would, no doubt, be involved with the Senior team on Sunday afternoon, as Gary Clarke, Thomas Lee, Paul Bradley, and Brendan Walsh were introduced for Adrian McDonnell, Fergal Heverin, Kieran Kelly, and Jim Gilmore respectively. The substitutes didn't take long getting in on the action as Lee fired over a point which could easily have gone under the bar. After a Killererin point, Gary Clarke went a scoring spree of his own, kicking over two quick-fire points before Daniel Heverin hand-passed into the corner to Lee who flashed a ball across the face of goal where it was met by Clarke who drilled it into the back of the net. Lee had a goal chance of his own but his shot was blocked by the keeper with the ball comedically robounding up into the face of Lee before eventually trickling out just the wrong side of the post, but he was to tap over the final score of the game as Cortoon ran out convincing winners.
It wasn't all one-way traffic, however, as Killererin did have a few spells of possession but the Cortoon defence stood firm and resisted most of what was put before them. Enda Ansbro set the tone early-on with a couple of bone-crunching tackles while Andrew McWalter and Matthew Concannon provided the quick link between defence and attack.
Team: Adrian Ansbro; Niall Keane, Enda Ansbro, Andrew McWalter; Darragh Browne, Ollie Hannon, Matthew Concannon; Kieran Kelly (0-1), Daniel Heverin; Adrian McDonnell (0-3), Rory Maloney (0-1, 1f), Martin Connell (0-1); Gary Geoghegan (0-2), Fergal Heverin(2-0), Jim Gilmore(1-1). Subs used: Darragh Glynn, Gary Clarke (1-2), Thomas Lee (0-2), Paul Bradley, Brendan Walsh.