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Late Late Goal Ends John Dunne Campaign

posted 30 Jun 2013, 16:59 by Unknown user

The Seniors were undone by an injury-time goal in extra-time, in their John Dunne Cup game in Kilconly on Sunday evening. The game was eventually played after being rescheduled numerous times over the last few weeks. There was very little to choose between the sides throughout the game and certainly no quarter was being given as both sides gave it everything. This was Cortoon’s first game since Cathal Mulryan and Paul Varley left for the States so it meant a bit of a reshuffle for manager, Tom Newell. Adrian McDonnell and Rory Maloney were asked to play out of position in the half-back line while Enda Ansbro was drafted into midfield and Brian Walsh in the full-forward line in place of the injured Norman Connolly and inelligible County player Donal O’Neill and all four acquitted themselves well.

Kilconly opened the scoring with a point in the fourth minute while it took until the eighth minute for Cortoon to open their account. Maloney played a ball out of defence up to Walsh who handed off to David Warde, playing at centre-forward. Warde angled a ball into Adrian Varley who cut back inside and fired over from 25 yards. Varley added another five minutes later after a Kilconly attack was well cut out by Brion Gilmore before playing an exquisite cross-field ball to Varley who lost his man and fired over off his left foot. Kilconly got the next two scores, one from a free, to retake the lead but Cortoon responded well. Alan Boyle played a ball into the corner to Varley who pointed from 35 yards and the resulting kick-out was won and Warde sent it straight back over the bar to put Cortoon back in front. A loose ball was picked up by McDonnell and he fed Warde who sent in a high ball to the full-forward line. Varley broke it to Derek Savage who popped it over from 25 yards. A quick free from Savage found Gilmore who played it into Varley and he turned and sent over his fourth point of the game. A Kilconly point rounded off the half and Cortoon went in two up at the break. Kilconly 0-4 Cortoon 0-6.

It was almost the perfect start to the second half for Cortoon as a long ball forward bounced in front of Varley and the full-back and it hopped up over the two. Varley reacted quickest and raced along the end-line but he flashed his shot across the face of goal. At the other end, Kilconly broke and looked to have the goal at their mercy but Gilmore got back to hold them up before McDonnell got back to put in a great block. Walsh then found Savage unmarked with a sideline kick and he knocked it over with his right foot from 25 yards. Kilconly pointed a minute later and the resulting kick-out was held up in the wind. Kilconly broke through the middle and found the back of the net to retake the lead. Warde equalised two minutes later when Savage and David Finnegan combined to find him 30 yards from goal and he slotted it over. Kilconly added two more before Warde claimed in midfield and fed Maloney who played it up the line to Savage. He steadied himself and, from out near the sideline, sent it over with his “weaker” right foot. Another Kilconly point followed before a move involving all of the Cortoon front eight resulted in a point for Martin Connell. Cramp and fatigue were starting to take its toll on both sides and Cortoon were forced to replace influential corner-back Brian Roache, who pulled up in the build up to Connell’s point. With the clock ticking away, Kilconly took control and sent over three points to leave them four up in injury-time. The game was up, or so they thought. In search of a goal, Cortoon sent Finnegan into the full-forward line and the move paid off. A quick free from Andrew McWalter found Maloney who launched a ball into the area. Finnegan rose highest and gathered it in. Clutching it to his chest, he burst through the tackles and buried it in the back of the net. The equalising point came a minute later, in the fourth minute of injury-time. Great work from Warde and Varley ended with Gilmore in front of the posts and he drove over. Kilconly 1-11 Cortoon 1-11.

Extra-time was probably the last thing either of the sides wanted with players dropping all over the pitch. Cortoon opened the extra-time scoring when Gilmore found Varley near the line and he sent it over off his left foot. The resulting kick-out was won by Cortoon and Warde dispatched it from 35 yards. Kilconly equalised with two points, one from a free, before Varley added his sixth of the game to leave the Shamrocks one up at the break.

Cortoon started the second half of extra-time with a bang as a free from Maloney dropped short and, in the ensuing goalmouth scramble, Barry Rooney reacted quickest to smash home from five yards and Cortoon were now four up. A minute later, Kilconly broke through the middle and goalkeeper, Darragh Glynn, was forced to throw his body on the line to block the shot from point-blank range. There was a lengthy break while Glynn received treatment but, unfortunately, he wasn’t able to continue and Adrian Ansbro came in to replace him. During the stoppage, something must have been said to the referee because he sent the Kilconly centre-back to the line. If anything though, the sending-off galvanised Kilconly as they poured forward in an attempt to cut the deficit. They scored two points to cut the gap to two before, in the third minute of injury-time, a long ball was pumped into the area. A Kilconly hand got to it first and it ended up in the back of the net. Kilconly added a pointed free shortly after and Cortoon were out. It was a gutsy performance and one they probably deserved more from. Full-time score: Kilconly 2-16 Cortoon 2-14.

Team: Darragh Glynn; Alan Boyle, Matthew Concannon, Brian Roache; Adrian McDonnell, Brion Gilmore (0-1), Rory Maloney; David Finnegan (1-0), Enda Ansbro; Derek Savage (0-3), David Warde (0-3), Martin Connell (0-1); Brian Walsh, Adrian Varley (0-6), Ryan Rooney. Subs used: Barry Rooney (1-0) for Walsh (43), Andrew McWalter for Roache (55), Patrick Kenny for Connell (60), Adrian Ansbro for Glynn (76).