Clontarf 2-8 Ballyfermot DLS 2-6
"Precious points procured"
The great hunger for Division 6 league points ended on Sunday with a hard fought and well earned victory over Ballyfermot in St. Annes. Pre-match rain lifted before the throw in to give ideal conditions for football. Clontarf opened well with mid-field pair Ro Kenny and Fergal Lynch winning good possession and adding a point each. Against the run of play Ballyfermot opened their scoring with a goal. The goal stemmed from a Clontarf attack where a misplaced pass was intercepted and quickly transferred to the Ballyfermot right half back who after covering forty metres launched a high ball towards the Clontarf goal which in the confusion in the square caught Ian Sunderland off his line and ended in the net. Two further Ballyfermot points were added one from play and the other from a free with the Clontarf backline looking a little vulnerable with self inflicted fumbles and spills happening too often. The Clontarf forward line was still posing questions of Ballyfermot and after Alan Costello, Stephen McGinn and Brian Keenan linked up well David Shaw was on hand to send a rebound to the net. Fergal Lynch added a point to leave Clontarf one to the good at half time.
Steve McGinn sets up another score, Ro Kenny spots the paparazzi and Paul Moore prepares to deliver a trademark 3rd man tackle
The second half was a seesaw affair with Clontarf twice opening up a four-point lead only to be pegged back to the minimum on each occasion by Ballyfermot. Points from Kenny, Fergal Lynch and McGinn were cancelled out by a Ballyfermot goal that came from another intercepted pass this time as Alan Lynch tried to work the ball to Paul Moore out of defence. In previous weeks this might have lead to a Clontarf collapse but not on Sunday. McGinn, who was a constant threat to the Ballyfermot goal, linked up well with Kenny and Costello and was put through on goal only to see his drive parried by the keeper diving to his right. However Shaw was again on hand to volley to the net to restore the four point lead. The game was not over and Ballyfermot rallied with a point from a line ball being followed by two from frees. McGinn then added his second point from play to restore the lead to two. In a frantic finish which saw Sunderland save well at the expense of a “45” both sides added points, Ballyfermot from a free and Clontarf from McMorrow who was a half time substitute for Declan Mulligan.
Closing minutes - With the Clontarf lead down to just 2 points, the backs take no chances
Best for Clontarf were full back Robert Stokes who fielded with increased authority as the game went on and was supported by a reliable corner back pairing of Neil Arthur and Alan Lynch. In the forwards Keenan, McGinn, Costello (substituted towards the end by Redmond O’Leary) and Shaw were prominent with McGinn getting the players’ nomination for man of the match.
Clontarf ScorersDavid Shaw 2-0, Fergal Lynch 0-3, Ro Kenny 0-2, Stephen McGinn 0-2 and Stephen McMorrow 0-1
John O'Halloran launches another Clontarf raid