JUNIOR A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP REPORT (12-05-14) CLONAKILTY V ILEN ROVERS
Clonakilty Junior A footballers took on Ilen Rovers in the first round of the West Cork championship on Sunday afternoon, May 12th on a perfectly prepared Castlehaven pitch. Though the weather was dry and sunny, there was a really strong wind blowing from West to East and this threatened to make it a game of two halves. In the event, Clon proved that they were well able to play into the wind when they had to in the second half. Clon opened brightly and appeared to have secured the first score when a Jack Cowhig shot from thirty five metres out went over the bar but was inexplicably waved wide. It was not until the fifth minute that the first score was registered on the board, when an Ilen Rovers forward pointed from play. Clon responded within a minute with a fine long range effort from play by Liam Lyons, one of Clon's better players over the hour. In the eight minute Ilen had another point from play but it was all Clon for the rest of the half. Ian Falvey, the best player on view, scored three magniifcent points from play in the 9th, 10th and 11th minutes. Four minutes later it was the turn of Alan Murphy to score a really good point from play and Clon were now in control. The best score of the game arrived in the 17th minute. A high ball into the large square was fielded magnificentlt by Falvey and in the twinkle of a eye he turned and struck a bullett of a shot to the net. So hard was the shot that the ball rebounded off the back stanchion and twenty metres into play again. However, the alert umpire was quick to raise the green flag. Within a minute, Alan Murphy added a point from play as Clon threatened to run riot. However, Ilen steadied the ship and there was no score for a further seven minutes until Falvey pointed a close-in free. The beleagured Ilen side got some respite when they got a point from play after 26 minutes. The half-time score was 1-07 to 0-03. However, taking into account the strength of the wind, it was far from an impossible task for the Ilen men. In the opening ten minutes of the second half three Ilen Rovers points, two from frees and one from play, had the margin down to four points and it was very much “game on”. The next score fell to Clon sub, Eoin Ryan (Jnr) who capitalised on confusion in the Ilen square after a fine long distance free from Cian Crowley had just dropped short. Four minutes later Ryan added another point from play after good work by Cowhig to set him up.Ian Falvey got the next score, a point from play, in the 16th minute and Clon looked secure again. Three minutes later Ilen pointed from play but the outcome was settled immediately afterwards when a fine passing movement ended with Alan Murphy blasting home an unstoppable shot from around fifteen metres out. Ilen did get one more point, from play, after 22 minutes but the goal they so desperately needed would not come until it was too late. In the 27th minute they were awarded a penalty and though it was expertly converted they could not add any further scores and the game ended with Clon firmly in control, though James O Brien did have to make one fine save late on. Final score was 2-10 to 1-08. The win completed a highly satisfactory week for Clon, with the senior side having beaten old rivals, St. Nicks, the previous night to advance to the fourth round of the county championship. The management team of Joe Mc Sweeney, John O Brien, Stephen Gilbert, Pat O Meara and Jason Collins deserve great credit for getting out a strong and committed team despite an interrupted preparation. Team; James O Brien, John O Donovan, Tony Anglin, Jack Barrett, Danny Walker, Liam Lyons, Colm Sheehy,Martin Scally, Cian Crowley, Alan Murphy, Donal Lyons (C), Josh Henry, Ian Falvey, Sean Quirke and Jack Cowhig . Subs used were, Eoin Ryan (Jnr), Eoin Ryan (Snr), Stephen Fitzpatrick. Other subs not used on this occasion were, Sean Mc Evoy, Ross Mannix, Ger O Donovan, Paul O Regan, Conor O Callaghan, Richie Scally.