After a very entertaining encounter in Pairc Naomh Mhuire, Carrick-on-Shannon on Friday afternoon last it was Carrick-on-Shannon Community School who claimed the Corn Breffni title and although they were very much deserving of their victory St Clare’s made them work very hard for their success, particularly in the second half.
By Philip Rooney
Carrick-on-Shannon Community School 2-16
St Clare’s Comprehensive School 1-11
Some fine performances from the likes of Michael Murtagh, John Gannon, Francis McNabola and in particular Jack DeLacy built the platform for Carrick-on-Shannon CS’ success and although they were under quite a bit of pressure the full-back line of Luke O’Dowd, Mattie Mulvey and Stephen McKeon let very little past them.
Manorhamilton on the other hand started the game particularly slowly and the game looked like it woul dbe over as a contest before the 15 minute mark but to their credit they got better as the game progressed. Ronan Flynn gave another fine shooting display, James Rooney was solid at the back while corner-back Brendan Byrne made numerous lung bursting runs into excellent positions. The problem was that on too many occasions Byrne’s runs were not spotted in time and more often than not attacks broke down with the defender caught in an advanced position.
Carrick-on-Shannon were much the better during the opening exchanges and deservedly took the lead with early points coming from Colm Moreton, Daragh Feehily and Michael Murtagh. Although these were all well taken scores they would not have been appreciated by the St Clare’s management as it was the loose marking from quick frees that led to those opportunities.
St Clare’s struck for their opening score in the eight minute and it proved to be well worth the wait. Cian Clinton did very well in midfield to create an oportunity for Ronan Flynn who pointed in style.
However, that did not prove to be the beginning of a St Clare’s comebackas Carrick CS were still dominant. Niall Conlan and Colm Moreton were in control in midfield while the runs of centre-back Jack DeLacy from deep positions were something the St Clare’s players were finding very difficult to deal with.
Michael Murtagh showed great persistence to point while under considerable pressure and midway through the half it was to get even better for Carrick CS when John Gannon struck for the game’s opening goal. Darragh Feehily played an excellent ball into the path of Gannon who then showed a great turn of pace to beat two defenders along the endline. A point seemed to be the best Gannon could hope for but from an extremely acute poisiton Gannon somehow managed to lob Christopher Woulfe and the ball nestled in the St Clare’s goal.
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