Match Report July 11th 2007

Senior League (AFL 2) – Wed. 11th July 2007

Clontarf 1-14  V St. Judes 0-4 

“Seniors make it 4 league wins in a row”

For the second week running Clontarf conceded home advantage but collected the points. Clontarf dominated this game from the throw in, even if in the first few minutes they looked at little lethargic in front of goal.

Clontarf won the majority of the clean possession around the middle and more significantly also managed to win most of the breaking ball. St Judes were possibly short a few of their stronger players and did not present a much opposition to Clontarf attacks. That said the ball has to be won and converted into scores and Clontarf did exactly that registering 9 points in the first half with each of the forwards scoring. St Judes worked hard to score 2 points , both of which came in the dying moments of the first half when undoubtedly Clontarf lost concentration for two St Judes attacks, the later of which could easily have been a goal if they picked out the free man coming through.

St Judes threatened to get back into the game scoring the first point of the second half and earning a penalty soon after. Rossa made an excellent save to a low well struck shot and this gave Clontarf the opportunity to gather their thoughts and extend the lead. On another day we may not have had the luxury of a sizable lead to gather our thoughts following a lapse in concentration. St Judes made some valiant efforts to keep in touch with
Clontarf but realistically there was a gulf of a difference between the two teams on the day as Clontarf "romped" home winning 1-14 to 0-4. Clontarf forwards were infront for the ball on every occasion and the quality of ball in was excellent. Equally the backs coped very well with the best of the St Judes efforts, standing up strong in the tackle and forcing the errors and distributing the ball sensibly.

It is very reassuring to know that we are capable of notching up a decent score and we have been aiming to improve on this aspect of our game. St Judes may have lost most of their matches this season but they have managed to score minimum 10 points in each of their defeats and only lost by small margins. Clontarf certainly inflicted a comprehensive defeat upon St Judes tonight and didnt allow them to score freely. We have been improving with every game and by our own admission there is still more to improve upon including scoring accuracy, and concentration levels.A stiffer test may have been preferred before the Raheny game on Saturday but we only have to look back to the Parnells game to see that we must be on our guard when we visit our near neighbours for what should be an excellent game. Both teams are going well and Clontarf have somthing to prove after leaving it behind them last year against Raheny.

CLG Chluain Tarbh - Clontarf GAA Club,
Seafield Road West,
Clontarf, Dublin 3.
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