Unrecognisable from their first outing in the Connacht Gold Senior Championship, Annaduff stormed last Saturday in the Quarter-Finals.
Their destruction of neighbours Bornacoola in an eighth place playoff that never truly got going was in complete contrast to their earlier form but there was no doubting the merit of their comprehensive win last Saturday.
Annaduff were simply in a different class to a Bornacoola team who started to come apart as the game went on, a lack of team cohesion all too evident as players being taken off clashed with management and they had Michael Duignan and Kevin Shanley sent off in added time.
Along with loss of an injured David O’Connor, Bornacoola could be in real danger of relegation unless they get their act together quickly.
Annaduff won’t mind at all but even their supporters will admit that this was not a brilliant game, in fact it was poor fare for a long time and had they been a little more accurate, Annaduff could have done some real damage.
Their young line-up may be a few years from being a real force but there is potential in the ranks, typified by the form of Kenny Cox, Conor Reynolds and Cathal Cox. Ray Cox led well without hitting top form.
However, the stand-out display came from captain Matty Cox who was truly outstanding playing in a deep role in defence. His reading of the game, support play and energy was typical Annaduff but he did it so well.
Incredibly, Bornacoola got off to a bright start, hitting points from Mark McCloskey (free) and Trevor Howard in the first five minutes but it was to be their only scores of the entire game.
Annaduff struggled to get into the game, Ray Cox hitting a point but they took control on 20 minutes when Jimmy Cox scored his first ever championship goal for Annaduff after a team-mate’s shot was blocked.
Points from Ray & Kenny Cox gave Annaduff a 1-4 to 0-2 hafltime lead but the expected fireworks never materialised as an extremely wasteful Annaduff took over but without scoring the points theier dominance deserved.
Ray Cox added two frees and Sean McNabola a fifty after he was denied a goal. Cox would add two more points before Bornacoola completely lost their composure, Michael Duignan getting a second hellow card and Kevin Shanley a straight red after a wild pull, both in added time.
Annaduff: Barry Daly, Gary Bohan, Chris Farrell, Nigel Cox, James Cox (1-0), David Duignan, Dean Gill, Brendan Guckian, Cathal Cox, Conor Reynolds, Alan Rowley, Conor McLoughlin, Kenny Cox (0-2), Ray Cox (0-6), Matty Cox. Subs used : Sean McNabola (0-1) for A. Rowley (40 mins), Ronan McCormack.
Bornacoola: Gerry Gearty, Jason Conroy, John McGuinness, Kevin Shanley, David Mulligan, Morgan Shanley, Declan Shanley, Gary McCloskey, David O’Connor, Oliver Vaughan, Trevor Howard (0-1), Mark McCloskey (0-1), Brian Conroy, Michael Duignan, Damien Moran. Subs: Anthony Mulligan for Howard (29 mins), Shane Conroy & Aidan Reilly for D. Shanley & Vaughan (40 mins), Robert Moran for D. Moran (53 mins).
Referee: Seamus Mulhern.
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