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Match Report: Laragh back in winning mode

posted 17 May 2011, 11:10 by Unknown user   [ updated 17 May 2011, 11:24 ]
Laragh back in winning mode

Laragh Utd  0-18
Corlough 1-2

Laragh's ACFL Division Three promotion aspirations received a major filip at last weekend when they overpowered a gallant Corlough side.

In bouncing back from their defeat last time out against Ballymachugh, United maintained their 100% record at PJ Duke Park this season.

Laragh's performance was effective, workmanlike and promising with their twin attackers Darragh Brady and Paddy Rudden starring up front in particular as they accounted for 15 points of the winner's total.

Ironically, Corlough gave as good as they got in the opening quarter and trailed by just the odd point in three after 16 minutes with Brendan McGovern's free in the 2nd minute the opening point of the game.
However the west Cavan crew only managed to add 1-1 to their tally either side of the half-time break.
In contrast, Laragh went point crazy as they proceeded to dominate most sectors of the field and provide the attack with an abundance of possession.

While Corlough did eke out a decent degree of possession, tigerish defence by the hosts limited their scoring chances although it took a smart save by Martin Smith from Paul Cassidy to keep his goal in-tact.

A much greater dividend was reaped at the other end of the pitch though as the aforementioned Brady and Rudden piled up the scores.

Trailing by 0-1 to 0-7 at the start of the second half, Corlough aped their achievement at the opening whistle by scoring the first point of the second half when Brendan McGovern converted a free.
Laragh gradually got into their stride though and a fine Enda Cullivan point followed by a Ruairi Power free and another point from Darragh Brady helped turn the screw on the green and whites.
With a vice-like grip of the exchanges in the middle third of the pitch, Laragh poured forward at every opportunity with Declan King, midfielders Brady and Cullivan and Darragh Brady and Rudden especially potent.

To their credit, Corlough refused to give up the ghost and in the 51st minute, Martin Cassidy rifled the ball to the Laragh net for what was a consolation goal.

Like any good team, Laragh kept their feet to the pedals to the death and Declan Brady, his namesake Darragh and full-forward Rudden all weighed in with points in the dregs of the game to put the icing on the cake.

Laragh Utd: Martin Smith; Shane O'Rourke, Enda Clarke, Philip Fitzsimons; Barry Cullivan, Declan King, Liam Brady; Declan Brady (0-1), Enda Cullivan (0-1); David Reilly, Darragh Brady (0-9, four frees), Derek Hand; Ruairi Power (0-1), Paddy Rudden (0-6), Seamus Cooney.
Subs: Enda Tierney for D Reilly.

Corlough: Shane McGovern; Barry Wright, Joe Power, Darren Dolan; Eoghan McGovern, Ronan Kelleher, Alan Wright; Derek Kelleher, Brendan McGovern (0-2, both frees); Michael Dolan, Martin Cassidy (1-0), Damien McGovern; Paul Cassidy, Paddy McGovern, Kevin McGovern.