Clonakilty v Aghada Co SFC 2014 Report

Clonakilty took on Aghada in Pairc Ui Rinn on Saturday, August 9th in the fourth round of the county senior football championship. The prize for the winners was a quarter/final clash with the winners of the eagerly awaited West Cork derby game between Carbery Rangers and Castlehaven. On a desperately wet and dark evening the lights were on before the throw-in at 8pm. The heavy rain, which eventually became a monsoon-like downpour before the end, made life very difficult for the players and scores were at a premium. Clon played into the city goal in the opening half but, with possession constantly being turned over in the wet and slippery conditions, the first score did not come until the seventh minute. Then, Aghada pointed a free but Timmy Anglin responed with a fine point from play for Clon a minute later. The game burst to life in the ninth minute when a high ball into the Clon goalmouth was fielded majestically by the Aghada full-forward who turned and finished to the net from close range. A full eight minutes elapsed before either side could raise another flag. Both teams enjoyed good periods of possession but were unable to translate it to scores. Clon were guilty of shooting from difficult angles and the wides total mounted. After seventeen minutes David O Regan expertly pointed a “45” and the same player followed up with a great point from play a minute later. In the twentieth minute Colin O Donovan pointed from play and followed with a point from a free three minutes later after the lively Jack O Mahony had been fouled as be bore down on goal. The only other score before the break was a pointed free for Aghada a minute before the short whistle. For all of their possession, Clon found themselves only level as the teams retired to the dressingroom for a deserved break from the deteriorating weather. Shortly before the break Clon had introduced Johnny Leahy for Graham Murray.

Aghada pointed a free three minutes after the resumption to take the lead and there was to be no further score until the fifteenth minute when Clon finally added to their half-time tally. Then, David O Regan pointed from play, a fine score in the dreadful conditions. This lifted the team and the same played added another point from play three minutes later as Clon started to dominate against an Aghada side that seemed to be wilting after missing a number of good chances. Clon freshened their side by introducing Ian Falvey for Colin O Donovan and Patrick O Sullivan for Tony Anglin as the conditions took their toll on the players. Jack O Mahony, becoming ever more involved and influential, pointed from play to stretch Clon's lead. Falvey was to prove an inspired substitution as he regularly beat his opponent with his strong running and, after one tremendous burst along the left wing, he pointed excellently after cutting inside his marker. Timmy Anglin, who had played very well, was then withdrawn, being replaced by Eugene Mc Carthy. Finbarr Coughlan was replaced by Timmy O Sullivan. Clon were in control at this stage and Jack O Mahony completed the scoring and sealed the win when he pointed from play with two minutes remaining. Clon now led by four points and comfortably repelled a few late attacks from the East Cork side. There was great joy when the referee sounded the final whistle and Clon supporters started to look forward to a big West Cork derby quarter-final. Though the standard of play left much to be desired at times the players deserve the highest praise for their efforts in the most awful of conditions. Much improvement is needed but the team has done well so far and there is no reason why further improvement can not be made. The win was particularly significant as it guaranteed Clon's place in Division One of the league for next year, with two league points also having been at stake on the night. Final score was 0-10 to 1-03.

Team; Pa O Regan, Mark Sheehy, Finbarr Coughlan, Cian O Donovan, Denis Murphy, Thomas Clancy, Sean White, Timmy Anglin, Sean Nagle (Capt), Gearoid Barry, David O Regan, Graham Murray, Tony Anglin, Colin O Donovan, Jack O Mahony. Subs used; Johnny Leahy, Ian Falvey, Pa O Sullivan, Timmy O Sullivan and Eugene Mc Carthy. Others on the panel were, James O Brien, Liam Lyons, Martin Scally, Colm Sheehy, Sean Quirke and Jack Cowhig. Management team was; Eoin Ryan, Padraig White and Eddie Kirwan. Team Sponsors are Clonakilty Blackpudding Company.