IFC Rd2: Castleconnor 1-16 v Eastern Harps 1-9

posted 15 Jun 2012, 15:44 by Bart Barrins   [ updated 15 Jun 2012, 15:52 ]
We traveled to Clonnacool on Friday evening for this second round game hoping to continue in our quest to qualify for the quarter finals of the intermediate championship. Denied our two county minors and three other players doing leaving cert exams till 5:30pm for the fixture was a blow but the squad showed that there is plenty of talent in this group of players. 

We got off to a good start with Niall Judge showing brillantly and scoring on the turn and this was followed with a point from corner back Tom Cawley on a driving run up the field. However Harps played themselves back into the game and in the 14th minute went into the lead 0-3 v 0-2. We then hit a purple patch with us winning 7 kickouts in a row and scoring 6 points on the trot with points from play from Kevin Langan, Niall Judge and Paul Kilcullen who also chipped in with two points from frees. At this point we missed two clearcut goal chances when taking a pass too many. We had extended the lead to 0-11 v 0-3 with Harps scoring from a free on the whistle for half time with the score 0-11 v 0-4.

We started the second half like a train with two quick points from Naill Judge and Kevin Langan to extend our lead. With these scores we appeared to ease off and Eastern Harps took advantage of this/ Anthony Killcullen made an excellent double save which resulted in a point. Harps now took a stranglehold of the game and cut the score to three points after a fine goal to the corner of the net.

We responded well to this challenge and Alan Cawley drove over the bar and this was followed by a Brian Curley score from play. Stephen Kilgallon was introduced at this point and he made an impact when diverting the ball to Alan Cawley who drove through the Harps defence and to the roof of the net. Young Stevie Curley came on and made an immediate impact with a pass to Niall Judge who finished with a haul of 5 points from play.

The team played well throughout the game but like the Enniscrone game a 10 minute spell after halftime was a time for worry. The large score from play was a good sign and the effort put in by the team in the last few weeks was given its reward.

Team: Anthony Killcullen, Tom Cawley(0-1), David Fox, Ronan Keane, Martin Foody, Patrick Naughton, David Carrabine, Michael Langan, Paul Kilcullen(0-3), John McDonnell, Kevin Langan(0-5), Alan Cawley(1-1), Brian Curley(0-1), Brian Howley, Niall Judge(0-5). Subs Steven Kilgallon, Stevie Curley.