Clonguish were considered to be in a vulnerable state after losing to Granard in the opening round and without the Barden brothers Paul and David for the Senior Football Championship Round 2 clash against Mostrim but they showed a lot of character to get back on track.
Paul Barden is sidelined for a lengthy spell after he sustained a broken jaw and fractured cheekbone in the match against St Mary’s, a serious injury that required surgery in a Dublin hospital last week, while in the same game David Barden received a straight red card.
David was subsequently suspended for the showdown against Edgeworthstown at Pairc na nGael, Dromard on Saturday evening last and after serving the one match ban he will be back for the crucial Round 3 championship clash against Carrickedmond in a couple of weeks.
Clonguish were also minus the services of Enda Williams (currently in New York) and Darren Quinn (injured) but were still too strong for a very poor Mostrim side who ended up losing by the wide margin of 15 points.
After missing a great chance of a goal in the early stages of the game when a point-blank shot from Shane Kiernan was well saved by opposing keeper Mikie McGuinness, it was a struggle thereafter for Edgeworthstown who trailed by 0-8 to 0-4 at the break.
Brian Farrell converted a ‘45 for the opening score of the game in the 5th minute and he also got another two points (free and play) with Alan O’Hara shooting over the bar in first half stoppage time.
Seven different players got on the scoresheet for Clonguish in the first half, a brace from Joe O’Brien (free and play) with Shane O’Brien, Paddy Dowd, prominent attacking defender Brendan Devine (a fine strike from a tight angle), Stephen Norton, David Faughnan (when a goal was on) and Kevin Burke getting the other points.
While Mostrim made a bright start to the second half when Gerard Smith landed a point, their hopes were dashed after Ciaran Williams pounced for two goals in the space of a minute to wrap up the vital victory for Clonguish.
Both were well worked (the second coming in the 39th minute) and Mickey Graham’s side were really rampant on the changeover as they added another seven points to their emphatic tally - four from the sharp Joe O’Brien (two frees) with Williams, Stephen Norton and the clever playmaker Paddy Dowd also on target.
Brian Farrell (free) fired over a late consolation point for Mostrim, who collapsed completely in the second half in what was a truly dreadful display.
CLONGUISH: Mikie McGuinness; Brendan Burke, Ronan Sweeney, Brendan Devine (0-1); Darragh McLoughlin, Anthony Watters, Conor Shields; Peter Hanley, Paddy Dowd (0-2); Stephen Norton (0-2), Ciaran Williams (2-1), Kevin Burke (0-1); Shane O’Brien (0-1), David Faughnan (0-1), Joe O’Brien (0-6, three frees).
Subs:- Christopher Gordon for S O’Brien (40 mins); Alan Gregg for C Williams (53 mins); Ronan Duffy for B Burke (54 mins); Colin Clarke for S Norton (58 mins).
MOSTRIM: Ciaran Garvey; Cathal Smith, Sean Monaghan, Sean Noone; Aaron Gallagher, Martin Coyle, Damien Moran; Seamus Hannon, Gerard Smith (0-1); Luke Kelly, Cillian Lynn, Alan O’Hara (0-1); Michael Hussey, Brian Farrell (0-4, two frees, one ‘45), Shane Kiernan.
Subs:- Michael Kenny for M Hussey (half-time); Ciaran Gallagher for L Kelly (48 mins); Darren Bloomer for C Lynn (56 mins); Michael O’Hara for A O’Hara (56 mins).
Referee: John Hughes (Killoe Emmet Og).