On sunday evening we faced our re fixed game vs Monaleen in the second round of this years championship in Clarina. After the heavy rains over the last few weeks it was great to see some sunshine in the sky and the matters on field were pretty hot also. Monaleen having played three days earlier showed no ill effects and raced into an early lead. In fact their hard running on and off the ball were causing our backs much trouble with a real taste of what senior action is all about. Monaleen carved open our defense and we unlucky not to rattle the net with a well worked move with the ball being placed over the senans bar. We began to gt ourselves in the game and with Anthony Mulvihill to the fore we began to create chance for Ollie wallace Seamus Mcsweeney and Richard Hayes. Our forwards were not afforded the space they craved so with most attacks breaking down. We managed to hold on to the coat tails of Monaleen and ensure that they city side did not leave us for dead with captain James Naughton and vice captain Stephen O O’Connell working extremely hard. we began to run at pace and cause trouble to the city side with Seamus McSweeney unlucky not to get his hands on a through ball to him with suspicisons that the corner back was in fact holding him back but the ref was having none of it. As the the half time whistle came we in behind by four points. Having played up hill and against a breeze neither of which would count for much. In the second half we started brightly with Richard Hayes leading by example from placed balls however Monaleen were not going to let us catch them that easy and from a high ball in managed to secure it and off load to the in rushing forwards who had the simple of finishes. This was truely a massive test but again we stepped up to mark with maurice Fitzgerald and Adam Kearnslooking to turn the tide and that we nearly did with the game in the melting pot and only three point between the sides we managed to break quickly with Steven O Conell only the keeper to beat he managed to leather the ball but couldn’t clear the cross bar or the net and Monaleen survived. Conor Mullane was introduced and he made a impact straight away however our final ball at times was poor and not helping our cause. A high ball of our own was floated into the square with Richard Hayes flicking it over the keepers head only for the corner back to whip it from the line. We were not getting a goal today. to their credit monaleen despite being under pressure battled hard and kept us at bay. They showed their experience by not giving the ball away cheaply and in the end ran out winners and were deserving of the victory. A tough lesson to learn for our men however if we were able to convert the chances left behind perhaps this would have being a different story however as always much will be learned form this experience as we strive to ensure we improve for the next round.
Team: C walsh D Finnerty J Bridgeman D Conroy D Woulfe I Ryan R O Flaherty A kearns S O Connell O Wallace J Naughton M Fitzgerald A Mulvhill R Hayes S McSweeney D Kearns A Russell C Mullane N Guiney K O Connor M Gallagher D Fitzgerald T Keane T Dalton M Sillery