Junior B League (AFL 9) – Thur. 15th May 2007
Clontarf 1-10 V St. Marys 1-6 [ Half Time: 1-8, 0-2 ]
“Immaculate start leaves St. Marys too far behind”
The Junior B's notched their 2nd win of the league campaign with 30 minutes intensive prematch drills, 30 minutes of sparkling football and another 30 minutes of a late evening nap. St. Marys of Saggart were the opposition in this refixed match and the vistors had to endure a crazy cross city mid week trek. It was just after 8pm when the contest finally got underway and Clontarf took full advantage of a disorganised opposition.
Maybe it was the fine weather, the persuasive powers of Manager Willie or the scamble for championship places, but Clontarf had 31 players togged out for this clash. Even the absence through injury of Graham Johnson didn't take away from a very strong lineup. Former Seniors Mick Bohan and Conor Kelly were paired at midfield, while up front the presence of minors Timmy McCoy and Michael Winterson added some extra zip that was absence in previous outings.
The 1st half belonged to Clontarf and in particular Mickey McGlinchey. He had a hand in almost every score and caused havoc for the Marys rearguard from his number 14 position. It was a welcome return to top form for Mickey who has been hampered with injuries for some time. In defence Clontarf had several solid displays, particularly Colm Hickey and Ultan Kennedy.
The opening score fell to Michael Winterson who blasted over from the right after a neat pass from McGlinchey. Minutes later Gareth Johnson gathered well on the wing and drove over from distance. The next 2 chances both fell to Winterson and both by way of McGlinchey. Firstly a goal chance was blazed wide but a followup point edged the homeside ahead. The key score of the 1st half was a well finished goal from David Shaw after McGlinchey made his most incisive run of the game. Eoghan O'Grady, Mickey McGlinchey, Timmy McCoy and Hempo added further points before the break to leave Clontarf in a commanding 1-8,0-2 lead. Timmy McCoy's score was the point of the half, having collected a pass from Hempo 20m out, he played a neat one-two with Winterson before slotting confidently over the bar.
The 2nd half followed a similar pattern to a recent cup game against Garristown. Clontarf appeared to sit back and assume the points were collected. St. Marys hauled themselves back into the game, converting several frees and slotting home a well taken goal. A man down after 15mins Marys upped the tempo. 2 men down after 25mins and Marys continued the comeback charge. It took Clontarf 20 minutes to find their first score and what a cracker from Dave Shaw, who fired from distance on the left wing. David Hempinstall converted his 3rd free of the game with minutes remaining and the victory was sealed. As Willie O'Connor and Matt Whelan debate their championship plans for Sunday, the issue of delivering a 60 minute performance is sure to be top on the agenda.
Clontarf: Ian Sunderland, Colm Hickey,Ultan Kennedy,Morgan O'Halloran, Gareth Johnson, colm Cunnane, Aidan O'Halloran, Conor Kelly, Mick Bohan, Timmy McCoy,Eoghan O'Grady, David Hempinstall, David Shaw, Mickey McGlinchey, Michael Winterson.