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Laragh minors show their class

posted 9 Sep 2011, 05:25 by Unknown user   [ updated 9 Sep 2011, 05:27 ]
Laragh Utd 8-20
Blackwater Gaels 1-4

Laragh United are this year's MFC Division Four champions after a facile and thoroughly impressive victory in the final at Kingspan/Breffni Park.

Laragh's metamorphosis from league also-rans to championship supremos this year had to be seen to be believed as they steamrolled their way to the winner's enclosure in some style.

For once, the final scoreline in a county decider fairly reflected the gulf in class between the combatants with Laragh dominating their Munterconnacht/Maghera/Mountnugent combination in every sector of the field from virtually the opening whistle 'till the close of play.

In specific terms, from the moment man-of-the-match Conal Donohoe opportunistically goaled in the 4th minute to steer United into a 1-2 to 0-2 lead, there was only going to be one winner.

For the remainder of the match, the scores came thick and fast with the umpires being brought into focus almost every 90 seconds in a whirlwind of activity.

By the end of the first quarter, Laragh led by 2-4 to 0-2 and were already seen to be playing with the kind of swagger and composure so racy of classy and competent footballers.

Blackwater tried their damndest to cling onto the shirt tails of their mobile, competitive and accurate opponents but they could only garner scraps of possession intermittently and little at the business end of the field.

In their first serious foray up the field in the 17th minute, Jack Lawless sent in a teasing delivery goalwards in the direction of Adam Reilly but Laragh 'keeper Joseph O'Donoghue was alert to intercept and clear his lines.

Less than 60 seconds later, Laragh carved out a more meaningful goal opportunity and duly cashed in with Sean Tierney, Conal Donohoe and Cian O'Rourke combining to set up the overlapping CJ McCabe for a terrific goal.

The lights remained stuck on green for the orange-clad crew as the Gaels laboured badly to add to the two points scored inside the opening six minutes by Adam O'Reilly and Adam Patterson (free).

Laragh were ahead by 4-7 to 0-2 when Blackwater Gaels enjoyed a rare foray up the field but Stephen Keogan's 'screamer' flew chest high past the Laragh post and wide.

United carried a threat everytime they poured forward with Shane O'Rourke the springboard for a lot of their attacks.

As things panned out, stand-out attacker Donohoe found the net again in the 28th minute to heap further woe on the frustrated Gaels.

To their credit, the chasing team kept on clinging to life and after good foraging by sub Hendrick, midfielder James Hetherton goaled to cut Laragh's lead at the interval to 5-12 to 1-2.

Sadly for the amalgam, it was a case of deja vu for the most part on the restart with Donohoe crashing the ball to the net moments after the throw-in.

Eleven minutes later, Cian O'Rourke and Donohoe ran in on the Gaels' 'keeper in a one-on-one situation and, on cue, the latter duly netted his side's seventh goal.

The Gaels had no luck at the other end of the field two minutes later when Eoin Donohoe effected a great block to stop Adam O'Reilly's effort from testing United 'keeper O'Donoghue in the 43rd minute.
Both goalkeepers showed their mettle in the remainder of the game as Stephen Keogan, on the double, added to the Gaels' tally.

In between times, Laragh sub. Glenn Smith netted to put further garnish on a very tasty evening for Laragh's burgeoning starlets.

Laragh Utd: Joseph O'Donoghue; Niall King, Eoin Donohoe; CJ McCabe (1-0), Patrick O'Sullivan, Philip Smith; Gene O'Rourke, Shane O'Rourke; Sean Tierney (1-2), Cian O'Rourke (0-4), Jason Walsh (0-2); Liam McKenna (0-7), Conal Donohoe (5-5, three frees).
Subs: Darren Brady for P Smith; Glenn Smith (1-0) for S Tierney; Darren Fitzpatrick for J Walsh; Ciaran Cooney for E Donohoe.

Blackwater Gaels: John McConnell; Barry O'Reilly, Sean Murtagh; James Gilsenan, Conor Somers, Thomas McCabe; James Hetherton (1-0), Frank Conaty; Jack Lawless, Adam Patterson (0-2, one free), Stephen Keogan (0-1, free); Mark Rehill, Adam O'Reilly (0-1).
Subs: Sean Hendrick for S Murtagh; Paul McCabe for A Reilly; Brian Dunne for J Gilsenan; Pauric Bough for A Patterson; Peter Gill for M Rehill.