April 20, 2012
ACFL Div3- Round 6
Laragh Utd 3-10 Templeport 0-9
It was goals that counted at PJ Duke Park as Laragh eased their way to a convincing ACFL Division Three win over a gutsy Templeport side.
Laragh's success in bagging a brace of majors in the opening half in particular proved pivotal in engineering the sort of cushioned lead that proved beyond the subsequent efforts of Templeport to overcome.
And when the hosts went onto consolidate their seven point interval advantage with the third of their goals on the three-quarter hour mark, the destination of the spoils was sealed.
In fairness to the visitors, Laragh were arguably four scores a better team rather than ten points the superior side as Templeport notched the same amount of scores as their hosts in the second half and won more kick-outs than Laragh after the interval.
Sadly for the west Cavan men, they hadn't the same firepower in their locker and that, to a large extent, marked the major difference between the sides over the course of what was an intriguing and always entertaining hour's football.
In specific terms, Laragh's potency in the opening quarter set the tone for a game which was played at a championship-like pace throughout.
A fine 7th minute point by Donal Maguire - after good work by Donal Maguire - got Templeport up and running but Ruairi Power's 13th minute goal was the most significant and best crafted score of the opening quarter.
Liam Brady and Adrian Cooney played influential roles in engineering the space and time for Power to do the needful and it was Laragh's collective superiority which came more and more into focus as the game gathered pace.
Just two minutes after Power's strike, the Templeport net bulged again when Paddy Rudden was efficiency personified in propelling his side into a healthy 2-4 to 0-2 lead after 16 minutes.
The second quarter saw Templeport circle the wagons with good effect while chiselling out an increased share of possession from open play.
However the visitors' reluctance to let the ball do the work proved counter-productive with target-man Lasse Morgenrath seeing his runs off the ball going unrewarded too often for his team's own good.
The Saints were unlucky when Donal Maguire's effort came back off the upright in the 24th minute, just two minutes after Paddy Rudden tested the core muscles of Templeport 'keeper Shannon.
Templeport were up for the challenge though and they finished the half on the front foot with Declan Farrell polishing off a fine move to cut their opponents' lead at half-time to seven points.
Laragh quickly regained their place in the driving seat at the start of the second half though and points from Ruairi Power and Enda Cullivan (two) cemented their supremecy five minutes into the second half.
Laragh remained in the ascendant but Templeport kept nibbling away at their ankles and a fine build-up was matched by an equally fine finish by Martin Baxter (44) to make it a ten point game.
All hopes though of Templeport re-creating a Lazarus-like scenario were extuinquished though two minutes later when a clever flick by Conal Donohoe put Gerry Murray through for a clinical goal.
With Colm McKenna a commanding presence at the heart of the Laragh defence and Dylan Maguire and Lasse Morgenrath both unlucky with goal attempts in quick succession, an air of inevitability wafted its way over the ground.
Morgenrath scraped the Laragh bar for a point that might have been a goal and that was that as Laragh stubbornly refused to release their grip on the tiller.
Laragh Utd: Martin Smith; Paddy Smith, Paddy King, Barry Cullivan; Seamus Cooney (0-1), Colm McKenna, Liam Brady; Declan Brady, Enda Cullivan (0-3); Paddy Rudden (1-2), Adrian Cooney, Declan King; Ruairi Power (1-2), Gerry Murray (1-2), Conal Donohoe.
Subs used: Cian O'Rourke; Philip Fitzsimons; Enda Tierney; Colm Smith; Noel Smith.
Templeport: Daniel Shannon; Stephen Doonan, Gareth Bannon, Conor Bannon; Niall Farrell (0-1), Martin Ball, James Rudden; Lasse Morgenrath (0-1), Danny Ball; Dylan Maguire (0-1), Donal Maguire (0-1), Kenneth Coyle; Norman Howden (0-1), Martin Baxter (0-1), Declan Farrell (0-3).
Subs used: Eoin Doonan; Oran Duffy; Darren Donohoe.
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