Junior Championship 1st RoundLaragh United -v- Kildallon
Drumlane was the venue for Laragh and Kildallans first round clash on Saturday evening last with both teams up for the game lead to some good football and the game was let flow freely by referee John Cassidy. Both teams exchanged attacks which lead to no rewards until the fourth minute where a high ball from a Laragh kick out caught well by the Laragh midfielder Colin Oats laid off to Adrian Cooney who found Paddy Rudden ended with Laragh half forward Colin Mc Kenna powering through to kick a text book goal into the back of the Kildallon net. The Laragh side now knowing where the goals were continued with scores with the next coming again from the half forward line again Mc Kenna showing great leadership carried from the midfield line and laid of the Paddy Rudden 25metres out to kick high over the bar. Kildallon fought back with midfielder Fergal Mc Guire kicking in an early ball right in front of the half forward line, however the Laragh backs through great co-ordination and disciplined tackling kept the pressure on and kept the ball out of the danger zone, Barry Cullivan and Liam Brady gave great performances in their defensive positions and overturned the ball for Laraghs next attack which saw Laraghs powerhouse Adrian Cooney whom had to be given man of the match, get his first score of the game a point from 35 metres out. Kildallon again responded but ended with corner forward Daragh Mc Govern who also gave an outstanding performance kick wide of the post. The next play saw Laraghs Colin Oats win the ball from the kick out link with Paddy Rudden, who found Colin Mc Kenna running of his shoulder who flicked it into full forward Gerry Murray whom confidently finished putting it over the bar. Kildallon got their foot of the mark in the next attack which saw full forward Nial Cassidy fouled and the point was easily converted by corner forward Daragh Mc Govern. Laraghs Declan King got up the field to put his name on the score board working extremely hard and showing great determination in kicking over Laraghs next score. Again Kildallans Daragh Mc Govern who made a great move took his next score from a ball played in well by midfielder Stephen Wayne whom had to work extremely hard to win the ball at midfield, this good work was undone when Laraghs Adrian Cooney was fouled on the 45metre line and the free was kicked over comfortably by Laraghs marksman Paddy Rudden. The game flowed with some great spells of football and hard battles especially at midfield which saw Laraghs Colin Oats and Kildallans Fergal Mc Guire show all their experience and strength one complementing the other in great displays of football. The next score came again for the Laragh side with Laraghs full back Shane O Rourke breaking down a Kildallon attack on the 15metre line and working the ball up the field to Colin Mc Kenna who kicked into Conal Donohoe whom in one seamless move kicked over for his first score of the game. Donohoe not content there also took Laraghs next score in which a Kildallon attack broken down by Laraghs Declan Brady linked with Adrian Cooney who kicked a great ball into Donohoe who took another good score on the run. The half time whistle came after a free taken by Paddy Rudden from 50 metres out was unlucky to hit the crossbar and go wide of the post. Half time score Laragh 1-07 Kildallon 0-02.
The first play of the second half saw a foul in the Laragh half forward line taken quickly by Laraghs Paddy Rudden who again was unlucky to hit the post, however the quick hands of Colin Mc Kenna recycled the ball back out to Rudden who shot high and accurately through the black spot for Laraghs first of the half. Laraghs next three attacks saw three consecutive wides. Laraghs corner forward Enda Cullivan finally raised the white flag for a score which saw him work hard and really earn it clawing a way through the Kildallon defence with big pressure placed on him by corner back Dale Bannon. The Laragh side at this point seemed to take their foot of the gas and the Kildallon side never knowing when they are beat really used this to their advantage bringing themselves back into the game. Corner forward Daragh Mc Govern took three scores on the trot, two point’s came from well taken frees around the 25metre line while the third was a well taken score, a shot taken on the run from the right corner. This display of leadership really lifted the Kildallon side and lead to Kildallans centre half back Shane Mc Parkland win a breaking ball from the kick out link with half forward Wayne O Grady take the ball back on the run and hit a fantastic shot into the top corner of the Laragh net, this along with two more points added by the brilliant accuracy of Daragh Mc Govern who took two well taken frees one taken from outside the 45metre line brought Kildallon back to within two points of the Laragh side. However the Laragh side came back into the game and half forward Adrian Cooney showing great determination was fouled outside the 45metre line breaking through the Kildallon defence; Paddy Rudden again stepped up and confidently kicked over the bar to really lift his side. The next play again saw Cooney fouled this time 30 metres out and Rudden again punished the Kildallon side. The game now nearing the final whistle saw Colin Mc Kenna win a breaking ball at midfield and carry into the full forward line straight through the centre laying off to Conal Donohoe who let fly for another good score. The game ended with the energetic Adrian Cooney who was showing great form kick high over the Kildallan bar to end with the final whistle. With this being Laraghs first win in the championship in a number of years the team and management will be extremely happy with their performance and a few weeks of hard training now will hopefully see this side reap championship rewards in 2012.
Laragh Utd: M Smith, P smith, S O Rourke, B Cullivan, D King, S Cooney, L Brady, D Brady, C Oats, A Cooney, P Rudden, C Mc Kenna, E Cullivan, G Murray, C Donohoe. Subs: C O Rourke.
Kildallon: R Fitzpatrick, D Bannon, N Crowe, F Donohoe, C Shierdian, S Mc Parkland, D Fee, F Mc Guire, S Wynne, D Neary, C Crowe, W O Grady, D Mc Govern, N Cassidy, J O Neill. Subs S Crowe, B Reilly
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