Colmcille caused an upset to knock Clonguish out of the Senior Football Chanpionship at the quarter-final stage and Tony McKiernan’s spirited side were full value for their five-point win at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Saturday evening last.
A small attendance in the region of 400 witnessed the demise of a most disappointing Clonguish outfit who started the game without the injured Paddy Dowd but were still looking good to reach the last four when a cracking goal from Paul Barden in the 20th minute left them in what appeared to be a comfortable 1-3 to 0-1 lead.
Barden also kicked the three points while the solitary Colmcille reply was a well struck effort from Anthony Gormley in the opening minutes of the game. But the Clonguish advantage was quickly wiped out as their opponents enjoyed a great spell that yielded 1-3 on the trot. Barry McKeon got a delightful goal after doing well to field a centre from Gormley and McKeon also shot over the bar. John Paul Reilly and Declan Farrell landed a score apiece before Clonguish got back on level terms (1-4 to 1-4) just before the break with a point from Shane O’Brien.
But they failed to register another score until the last kick of the game when Paul Barden was on target in stoppage time and even the introduction of Paddy Dowd made little difference as Colmcille (minus the services of Francis Kavanagh) played exceptionally well to dominate the second half.
Operating an effective roving role, Padraig Murtagh was a source of tremendous inspiration as apart from his immense workrate he also slotted over two terrific points. The other Colmcille scores came from John Paul Reilly, a brace from Paul McKeon (free and play) with his brother Barry converting a ‘45’ to seal a wonderful win for the underdogs.
COLMCILLE: Mark Kiernan; John McGee, Noel Farrell, Ciaran Brady; Gerard Mulligan, Declan C Reilly, Martin Mulligan; Niall Brady, John Paul Reilly (0-2); Niall Farrelly, Declan Farrell (0-1), Anthony Gormley (0-1); Paul McKeon (0-2, one free), Barry McKeon (1-2, one point from ‘45), Padraig Murtagh (0-2). Subs:- Cormac Hughes for G Mulligan (50 mins); Darren Mulligan for A Gormley (60 mins).
CLONGUISH: Mikie McGuinness; Brendan Burke, Anthony Watters, Brendan Devine; Darren Quinn, Enda Williams, Padraig Cooney; David Barden, David Faughnan; Kevin Burke, Paul Barden (1-4, one point from free), Conor Shiels; Shane O’Brien (0-1), Ciaran Williams, Stephen McLoughlin.
Subs:- Paddy Dowd for C Shiels (half-time); John Dowd for S O’Brien (43 mins); C Shiels for S McLoughlin (50 mins); Ian Reilly for E Williams (52 mins); Eoin Keane for P Dowd (60 mins).
Referee: Michael Flynn