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Juniors Defeated by Dunmore

posted 3 Jun 2013, 14:33 by Unknown user   [ updated 3 Jun 2013, 14:36 ]

The Junior team were somewhat unlucky to lose to Dunmore in the League on Friday evening in Brownsgrove. They got off to a terrible start as a long ball into the full-back line seemed to be lost in the low evening sun and the corner-forward nipped in to flick it past the advancing Cortoon keeper, Darragh Glynn. The Shamrocks responded immediately and Gary Geoghegan received the ball in the corner and sent over a delightful point from a tight angle. The resulting kick-out was won by Daniel Heverin and the ball was moved swiftly up the middle through Thomas Lee, Fergal Heverin, and Kieran Kelly, who was halted illegally as he bore down on goal. Jim Gilmore stepped up and tapped over the free to reduce the gap to one. In the sixth minute, Dunmore broke forward and a ball into the full-forward was brilliantly read and intercepted by full-back, Enda Ansbro, who burst forward up to half-way before playing it up to Gilmore. He quickly hand-passed it off to the on-rushing Geoghegan, who rifled in an unstoppable shot to the corner of the net. Dunmore barely had time to comprehend what had just happened when Cortoon struck again. From the right wing, Darragh Browne dropped a high ball in on top of the full-forward line. Patrick Kenny challenged in the air and was quickest to react to his own break and he drilled the ball home. Dunmore replied with a point and the resulting kick-out was fielded brilliantly in midfield by Fergal Heverin who played a quick ball into the corner. Gilmore did very well to keep it from running out over the end-line and he turned and played a great cross-field ball to find Daniel Heverin unmarked in the centre to tap over. Dunmore rallied though, and scored five unanswered points to level the match. In the 23rd minute, Kelly received the ball in the corner and worked it out through Gary Clarke and Daniel Heverin to Gilmore who hit a high, looping shot over the bar. A pointed free from Dunmore followed before Glynn was called into action to tip over a fierce goal-bound effort. Next, it was the turn of the Dunmore keeper to save his side as he turned a Clarke effort round the post. A point for Dunmore in stoppage-time rounded out the half with Cortoon trailing by two at 2-4 to 1-9.

Dunmore started the second half brightly and tapped over a point in the first attack. The referee awarded a throw-in following a scuffle for the ball which was well claimed by Fergal Heverin, who shrugged off his man to shoot from 35 yards. His effort came back off the top of the post and almost fell to Lee on the edge of the square but the defender was able to nip in and clear the danger. A Dunmore point was followed by a dubious goal in which the corner-forward appeared to throw the ball to his teammate and the shot looped over Glynn into the net to extend their lead to seven. The Cortoon management made a switch in the forward-line, bringing Gilmore out to the 45 and Kenny going into the corner and it reaped immediate dividends after Kelly won the ball in midfield and fed it to Kenny who popped over the point. Kenny followed that with another after being found by Gilmore to reduce the gap to five. Geoghegan then received the ball on the 45 and he powered through the defence and unleashed a fierce drive and the Dunmore keeper could only stand and watch as the ball crashed back off the crossbar. Dunmore pointed before Geoghegan drove over the final score of the game on 53 mins and, try as they might, Cortoon just couldn’t peg them back.

Full-time score: Cortoon Shamrocks 2-7 Dunmore McHales 2-12.

Team: Darragh Glynn; Niall Keane, Enda Ansbro, Cathal Joyce; Darragh Browne, Ollie Hannon, Andrew McWalter; Daniel Heverin (0-1), Thomas Lee; Garry Clarke, Kieran Kelly, Patrick Kenny (1-2); Gary Geoghegan (1-2), Fergal Heverin, Jim Gilmore (0-2, 1f). Subs used: Paul Bradley for Clarke (36), Sean Keane (43).