1st home League Match, Wed April 12th, 7pm
Clontarf 0-8 (0-5) V St. Oliver Plunketts/ER 2-3 (0-0)
Clontarf's opening league game ended in bitter disappointed with Plunketts securing the win in the 8th min of injury time. Clontarf deserved at least a draw from a game in which they worked hard throughout, picked off some fine scores from distance and had the majority of possession.The game opened with Plunketts looking the sharper and piling on the pressure on a Clontarf rearguard that held firm. Clontarf's opening score was against the run of play and was a magnificant drive from over 40m by captain Brian Keenan. Steve McGinn followed up with 2 fine scores, one from a free. A blood injury to Paul Moore moved Redmond O'Leary into midfield and he immediately took charge, fielding a Plunketts kickout and racing 30 yards before firing over a sweet left foot to put the home side 4 up. The final action of the 1st half saw Steve McGinn fire over another free.Plunketts made several changes at the break and didn't take too long to raise their first white flag on 5 mins. For the next 20 mins Plunketts would only score twice, but both strikes were for goal and what been a comfortable half time lead for Clontarf had suddenly melted. Clontarf's best chance of a goal saw a powerful Donal Redmond shot hit the post before being cleared. Trailing by 2 points as the game entered the closing stages, Clontarf owned the ball and two more fine long range efforts from Feargal Lynch and Paul Moore tied the game.As the game entered injury time Plunketts edged ahead with a point from play, which sparked a desperate flurry of attacks as Clontarf sought to save the day. With 5 mins of injury time played it fell to John Traenor to covert a 45m free and that he did with a superb effort while judging the strong cross wind. That score looked to have shared the spoils but the referee insisted on continuing the game (it wouldn't happen in Croker!). The final action of the game saw the Plunketts no. 13 fouled just outside the 21 half way between the goal and sideline. Kicking into the strong cross wind the ball was sent over and Clontarf were left to wonder how this one got away. Next up a home tie V St. Margarets in a rescheduled league game on Apr 23th.