The strangest thing about this Connacht Gold Senior Championship second round clash in Ballinamore last Saturday was that Mohill did not score in the first 13 minutes and still managed to crush Cloone with some considerable ease to book their place in the Quarter-Finals.
By John Connolly
Cloone tore into the game, harried and hassled, working their socks off and making life hard for their neighbours but once Mohill bagged their first goal, there was only ever going to be one winner as their all round power and spread of scoring told its inevitable tale.
The fact that Mohill could afford to take off both Ronan Kennedy and Colm Beirne gives some indication of their strength in depth as they dominated in virtually every position of the field, robbing this tie of any excitement or interest long before the final whistle.
Mohill obviously benefitted from having a game behind them the previous week as they looked sharper, moved with far more cohesion and had a far better idea of what they were trying to achieve, never afraid to throw the ball around or bring other players into it.
Dominance was again based on a rock solid back-line with the half-backs providing oodles of possession for their forwards and with the movement of Kennedy, Shane Quinn, John Mulligan and Padraig Tighe, Cloone’s hard working defence were simply over-loaded by the constant pressure they were under.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.