Junior A Challenge Match, Mar 5th 2006, Report by Keith Nutley
Civil Service 0-10 Clontarf 0-4
Starting Line Up:1. Ian Sunderland2. Neil Arthur3. Conor Glavey4. Donal Redmond5. Kieran Murray22. Neil Mullins24. Brian Cotter8. Olan Carmody9. Paul Moore (c)10. Micky McGlinchy11. Stephen McGinn12. Niall Synnott13. Chris Fanning14 Karl Spellman15. Donal McSharry
It was a scrappy start to a frustrating game for the Junior A’s, as they pitted their wits against Civil Service in Island Bridge this morning (5th March). It was a perfect day for football with conditions favouring a fast flowing game.
The game did not, however, get off to a fast start and it took six minutes for the opening score to arrive. A Civil Service forward drew a lazy foul from, the otherwise solid, Kiearán Murray, and the free was slotted over with ease from the 21 yard line. The lead lasted a mere 2 minutes as Clontarf won a free kick after good strength was shown by Karl Spellman. The free was converted by the confident Stephen McGinn.
Midway through the first half proved to be the turning point of the game. In the minutes in between the 12th and 18th the home side scored four un-answered points and added one extra in the 21st minute. Clontarf needed a quick response and they nearly got it through the lively Niall Synnott. After some brilliant short passing between David Shaw, Chris Fanning and Micky McGlinchy, Synnott’s effort zipped narrowly past the post. A minute later the visitors almost grabbed the elusive goal. Fanning set up Karl Spellman whose thunderbolt effort was bravely saved from the keeper. The end of that move brought with it the end of the first half and Clontarf went in to the break five points down.
Clontarf started off the second half a determined team and the signs of a comeback were shown after five minutes. Karl Spellman scored the first point of the second half and two minutes later Clontarf had yet another goal chance when Paul Moore’s shot was stopped by the keeper at his near post. There was another mid-half blip by Clontarf as they conceded four unanswered points in nine minutes. This proved to be the winning of the match as Clontarf only played to their potential in the final ten minutes. Stephen Mcginn started the mini comeback when he scored a fine point to make the score 10 points to 3. Four minutes later Clontarf’s most impressive forward on show, McGinn, scored the point of the game when he curled over a great point narrow the gap to six points. This was to be the last score of the game, but not the last bit of action. With two minutes left tempers began to fray as the frustration of a poor performance crept in. Neil Arthur was the first to be involved in a small incident before Niall Synnott was hit late for no reason. This had no bearing on the result and didn’t hide what was a poor performance from the Junior A’s as Civil Service were good value for their six point victory.
The most impressive for Clontarf were:Conor Glavy (Full Back)Kiearain Murray (Wing Half Back)Stephen McGinn (Centre Half Forward).