Junior B Sheriden Cup – Sun. 4th March 2007
Clann Mhuire 0-9 V Clontarf 1-3 [ Half Time: 0-5, 0-1 ]
“Killer B's late comeback not enough”
With few pitches playable on a dreadful day for football, Clontarf conceeded home advantage and travelled north to the Naul to take on Clann Mhuire in Round 2 of the Sheriden cup. With just one win in the past 6 months, the Killer B's should have at least taken comfort from the fact that their last win was at the expense of Clann Mhuire back in late November '06. But manager O'Connor was scathing in his criticism of the teams performance in Round 1 V Plunketts and only 2 players (Brady and Nutley) retained their starting positions. 10 new comers were drafted in - George Gaskin, Paul Ryan,Oran Darcy,Graham Johnson,Steve Moore,Conor Kelly, John Keegan, Mickey McGlinchey, Paudie Kelleher and Willie himself.Clontarf started brightly and it was Paul Ryan who opened the scoring on 5 mins with a well taken point from 40m out and directly in front of the posts. Unbelievably that was to be Clontarf's only score of the half as several good chances were spurned. John O'Toole went close with a number of chances after several raids down the right wing. On 20 mins Graham Johnson failed to convert a great goal chance after he did well to beat at least 8 defenders. George Gaskin distributed well in midfield early on, before Clann Mhuire took total control of the centre. For their part Clann Mhuire kicked some fine wind assisted scores. The Clontarf full back line had a decent 1st half, in particular full back Conor Kelly, who prevented several goals. Steve Moore also contributed with some excellent saves. Half time score Clann Mhuire 0-5, Clontarf 0-1
The second half didn't start much better as Clann Mhuire nailed on 2 early scores. A Mickey McGlinchey free after 15mins and another fine point from Graham Johnson left 5 between the sides with 10 mins to go. At this stage Clontarf owned the ball and a determined Graham Johnson gathered in midfield, bore down on goal. His shot was magnificantly blocked but he still managed to cross to the unmarked full forward Oran Darcy. Darcy had the simply task of blasting to the net and Clontarf were now within 2pts. The Clann Mhuire response was quick as they worked upfield to tag on another point. Clontarf tried hard in the remaining mins for another goal that never materialised.