Saturday evening saw a nerve ending game in PJ Duke Park were Laragh United hosted Muintirconnacht in their second encounter in the division 2 League. Muintirconnacht took the game from the start and two minutes in had already two points on the scoreboard both frees kicked accurately over by half forward Sean Nolan. It was a game in which both sides were very equally matched all around the field and this gave way to some great displays of tackling and hard work from both sides. It was the seventh minute before Laraghs Paddy Rudden kicked their first score a free taken 20 metres out. In the next play Laraghs Ruirai Power hit a high ball into the Muintirconnacht box which was deflected over the bar by goalie James Baugh. The next couple of plays saw Laraghs Sheamus Cooney and Muintirconnaghts John Mc Cabe exchange wides, after some great play through the centre of the field working the ball from end to end. It was the 14th minute again before another score came, a free from the Laragh side kicked over by the ever accurate Paddy Rudden. The next ten minutes of play saw no scores by either side with moves being broken down in either end of the field both sides exchanged a number of wides, and gave away the ball at crucial times. It was not until the 25th minute Laraghs Cian O Rourke took the ball running through the half forward line at speed and kicked high over the bar for a great score. This was to be the last score of the half with only two points from play the half time score being Muintirconnacht 0-02 Laragh 0-04.
second half opened with Muintirconnaghts half back Sean Hendrix winning
the breaking ball at the throw in carry forward in a great display of
ball control and kick just short into the goalies hands. Muintirconnacht
keeping pressure on the Laragh defence kicked the first score of the
half in the next play a free kicked accurately over by free taker Sean
Nolan. Again in the seventh minute Muintirconnacht who were still in
attack mode made a great move up field with corner forward john Mc Cabe
carrying the ball in from the left and laying off to midfielder Daniel
Nolan running through the centre at speed kicked the ball at the Laragh
goalie the ball just bounced behind the Laragh line and the umpires were
called on to award the goal which was deserved after a great effort.
The next play again saw Muintirconnacht reap the reward this time half
back Sean Hendrix was on target and kicked a good point after a lot of
hard work getting the ball up the field. At this stage Laragh came back
into the game and after kicking two consecutive wides it was half
forward Enda Cullivan who kicked over a great point from 30 metres out
on the run after great link play between Ruirai Power and Liam Mc Kenna.
The next score again in favour of the Laragh side was a ball kicked in
accurately by the hard working Declan Brady to Paddy Rudden who kicked
from near the right sideline 25metres out hitting the far post and
deflecting the ball over the bar for a great score. Muintirconnacht gave
as good as they got and tested the Laragh defence where solid displays
were on show from Ciaran Donohoe, Shane O Rourke and Phil Fitzsimons.
Laraghs last point of the game came in the 25th minute of the game when Enda Cullivan who played some great football kicked the ball hi8gh over the bar from 30metres out on the run. In the 28th minute Muintirconnacht got what would be the equaliser a well taken point from corner forward Steven Sheridan after great work by midfielder Daniel Nolan and half back Sean Hendrix. The game ended with a full time score of Muintirconnacht 1-05 Laragh United 0-08. Both teams were disappointed not to get the win but a draw was a fair result with neither deserving to lose either.
Laragh United: Mairtin Smith, Phil Fitzsimons, Shane O Rourke, Ciaran Donohoe, Owen |Donohoe, Sheamus Cooney, Liam Brady, Derek Hand, Declan Brady, Enda Cullivan, Paddy Rudden, Cian O Rourke, Ruirai Power, Liam Mc Kenna, Conal Donohoe.
Muintirconnacht: James Baugh, Paddy Shortt, Peter Cullen, Thomas Brady, Sean Hendrix, Terry Mc Cabe, Padraig O Dwyer, Daniel Nolan, Nial NcHugo, Sean Nolan, Mark Heatherton, Brendan O Shea, Darragh Carroll, John Mc Cabe, Steven Sheridan.
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