For the second week in a row Mohill’s John McGuinness scored an injury time goal but in last Saturday’s Connacht Gold Senior Championship replay, McGuinness’ efforts were not enough to deny Annaduff who had already done enough to secure their place in next Saturday’s semi-final against St Mary’s.
By Philip Rooney
For much of the game there was little to separate the sides on the scoreboard but Annaduff were fully deserving of their victory. Ray Cox was outstanding for his side as he proved to be a constant thorn in the side of the Mohill defence. Cox was equally effective when shooting himself or creating opportunities for his team mates.
Joe Cox was another who had an excellent game for Annaduff and his ninth minute goal is arguably as good as any that will be scored in this year’s championship.
It was only in the final 10 minutes of the game that Annaduff opened up a lead that suggested they would finally be able to get the better of Mohill. While their work rate throughout the pitch played a huge part in their victory, their ability to score excellent points and two fine goals were key to their success.
Mohill certainly played their part in what was a very entertaining game but they always seemed to be attempting to reply to Annaduff’s lead rather than establish a lead of their own.
Mohill began the game brightly, no doubt keen to avoid a repeat of seven days previously when they came salvaged a draw despite trailing by four points in injury time and opened the scoring in the second minute with a Colm Beirne free.
With Annaduff yet to fully settle in to the game Mohill came close to scoring the game’s opening goal but Shane Quinn’s effort, after John McGuinness’ pass, was deflected wide. Padraig Tighe did double Mohill’s advantage again after good from John McGuinness but by this stage Annaduff appeared to be getting to the pace of the game.
David McHugh and Padraig Carroll were beginning to get a foothold in midfield and Annaduff deservedly opened their account in the eight minute when Alan Cox’s break from deep left the Mohill defence looking exposed for the first time. Cox’s pass found player/manager Michael Moyles and he made no mistake with his shot.
It was to get even better for Annaduff barely a minute later when they were celebrating the game’s opening goal. Matty Cox, David Duignan and Ray Cox all combined to create what seemed at best a difficult point scoring opportunity for Joe Cox.
However, Cox showed plenty of confidence in his own ability as he struck a venomous shot from 13 meters past Mohill goalkeeper Paul McLoughlin and in to the roof of the net.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.