County Quarter-Final Report


Clonakilty took on hot favourites, Carbery Rangers, in the county senior football championship quarter-final at a packed Enniskeane venue on Sunday evening, September 21st. The Ross men were the hottest of favourites for this tie after their big win over Castlehaven the previous week. The game was played in perfect conditions and on a fine surface. Clon played into the dressingroom goal in the first half but their very cautious and defencive approach saw them concede a lot of possession and territory to the Ross men in the first quarter. Rangers opened the scoring with a point from a “45” after just a minute and added a point from a free after 5 minutes. Clon were struggling to win any ball around the middle and two points from play in the 7th and 10th minutes saw the Ross men lead by four points to nil at the end of an opening quarter during which Clon failed to raise a flag. The game lacked any real bite as the huge crowd waited for it to spring to life. David O Regan scored a fine point from a free, just over 45 metres out, after fifteen minutes to give the large but very quiet Clon support something to shout about. Thomas Clancy started to win ball after being moved to the middle of the field and the Clon forwards started to look dangerous in possession. Jack O Mahony pointed from play and Johnny Leahy added a delightful point, under pressure. Ross responded with a point from play after 23 minutes but Clon were quick to reply. Jack O Mahony pointed a free after 24 minutes When Colin O Donovan scored a great point it was all square and a real thriller looked in store. Five minutes before the break, with the sides level, came the turning point. A great move saw Leahy win possession and bear down on goal. He hit a rocket of a shot that came back off both the crossbar and post before somehow bouncing clear. Within seconds it wat the other end and Rangers had added a point. While Clon were still rueing their bad luck the Ross side added another point and as the half ticked into injury time Clon conceeded a penalty which was converted to leave the score at 1-05 to 0-05. From a promising position after 25 mintes Clon were in trouble. To their credit they started the second half in determined fashion and a long range David O Regan free from outside the 45 metre line went all the way to the net with the Ross defence in disarray. Clon were now only two points down and again looked to have a chance of causing a big uoset. However, disaster struck when Tony Anglin got a second yellow card for an awkward tackle on a Ross player who was bearing down on goal. The resultant free was converted and Ross added points from play in the 7th and 9th minutes to put five points between the sides. Clon then enjoyed a good patch as determined play saw then score three points in a row and raise hopes of a shock. Leahy scored from a 25 metre free after sub. Barry O Mahony had been fouled. The same player then kicked a magnificnt point from play two minutes later and this was followed by a wonderful point from play, right out on the left wing, by Denis Murphy. It was a two point game and Clon seemed to have every chance. However, the Ross men pointed from play after 19 mintes and quickly followed with a pointed free a minute later. The game started to become bad tempered and scrappy then and in a poor closing ten minutes Clon players allowed their frustrations to get the better of them. Leahy and Sean Nagle were both dismissed and the final five minutes fizzled out as Rangers played a possession game, wisely deciding to hold onto their five point lead. Final score at the end of a game that promised much but ended up disappointingly was 1-13 to 1-08. Clon were left to rue what might have been as a combination of genuine bad luck and poor discipline cost them dearly. Team; Pa O Regan, Mark Sheehy, Finbarr Coughlan, Cian O Donovan, Denis Murphy, Thomas Clancy, Sean White, Timmy Anglin, Sean Nagle, Tony Anglin, David O Regan, John Leahy, Gearoid Barry, Colin O Donovan and Jack O Mahony. Subs used; Pa O Sullivan for Timmy Anglin (20 mins inj), Barry O Mahony for Colin O Donovan (38), Donal Lyons for O Regan (39) and Timmy Anglin for Clancy (50 bc).