On Saturday May 10th 2008 the first official cluiche on P34/35 was an AFL2 encounter between Cluain Tarbh and Templeogue Synge Street. For a #ThrowbackThursday we have the match report from the game. We can look forward to many more cluichí on these wonderful pitches in the next 10 years. The next game is scheduled to be Faoi16 buachaillí taking on neighbours Raheny in Roinn 2 Peil on Saturday at 3pm.
Ger Ryan in action against TSS
Senior Footballers drew with Templeogue SS (2-5,1-8) in the league, thanks to a last min goal. This was the first game on our new pitches and thanks to all those who turned up to support the seniors.
Report by RD: This was a gritty 60 minute performance from Clontarf against a physically stronger and taller TSS. As per last years game TSS were extremely hard hitting and while they had less possession they hunted down the ball very well and put in some very strong tackles often dispossessing Clontarf or pushing us back and forcing errors. TSS were also able to make far better use of their lesser share of possession scoring with most of their attacks in the first half.
To Clontarfs credit we enjoyed 60 % possession throughout the game with accurate passing, good handling and gathering of breaking ball. Unfortunately due to poor decision making and options in front of the posts we failed to convert this possession into scores. This was particularly apparent in the first half when shots for goal were forced at times, opportunities for points were turned down in favour of passing the responsibility to another player and ironically Clontarf failed to spot the free man at times in a better scoring position. The score at half time was 1-3 to 1-3 and realistically Clontarf should have been 3 to 4 points ahead at this point.
TSS started the better in the second half and Clontarf seemed to tire in some positions. Once again TSS were accurate and decisive and quickly knocked up 6 or 7 points to lead the game by four with ten minutes remaining. Thankfully Clontarf continued to battle and with the aid of some fresh legs (Neil Shanahan and Neil Mullins made important contributions) managed to pull back the lead leaving it to almost the last play of the game to get the deciding goal. Clontarf will be pleased to get a point from this game as it looked beyond reach at times in the second half.