Kevin Burke goal gives Clonguish
the edge over Abbeylara

Kevin Burke goal gives Clonguish 
the edge over Abbeylara
A second half goal from Kevin Burke was the decisive score as Clonguish got back to winning ways in Division 1 of the All County League against a luckless Abbeylara side at Allen Park on Thursday night last.

A second half goal from Kevin Burke was the decisive score as Clonguish got back to winning ways in Division 1 of the All County League against a luckless Abbeylara side at Allen Park on Thursday night last.

Just like in their previous setback against Dromard, Abbeylara deserved something out of the game but wayward shooting in the second half proved to be costly as they fell to their third defeat in a row. For Clonguish, it was a good win after their surprising slip up against Ballymahon.

Clonguish opened the scoring with early points from Paul Barden and Joe O’Brien (free) before Abbeylara got their first score in the 6th minute when Sean Berry shot over the bar.

Another Joe O’Brien free and a good point from Kevin Burke put Clonguish ahead by three by the 8th minute but two good points from Jason Kelly and an excellent effort from William Crawford levelled matters by the 13th minute.

Joe O’Brien hit over another free in the 16th minute before finding range with a great point two minutes later but three minutes before the break Abbeylara cut the advantage to just one point when defender Colm P Smyth fired over a point.

Leading by 0-6 to 0-5, Clonguish made changes at half-time with Padraig Cooney coming on for keeper Mikey McGuinness and Stephen Watters moving into goals. Paddy Dowd was also introduced and he played an important part in the win; getting the winning point from a fantastic long range free in the 57th minute.

Both sides had chances to add to their tally in the early exchanges of the second half but failed to do so; Abbeylara hit some wides while Clonguish attacker Paul Barden brought a good save out of opposing keeper Damien O’Connor in the 38th minute.

After hitting three wides in a row, Abbeylara finally got the first score of the second half in the 41st minute through Robbie Smyth. Then a well worked move ended with Smyth giving the visitors the lead for the first time two minutes later.

It was all Abbeylara at this stage with Robbie Smyth landing his third point in the 45th minute and then one minute later another Jason Kelly score put three between the sides.

Clonguish though looked dangerous on the break and in the 47th minute Damien O’Connor pulled off an excellent save to deny Joe O’Brien, who was unlucky with his follow-up that came off the post.

But one minute later Clonguish found the back of the net; O’Brien played the ball into Kevin Burke who made no mistake for a crucial goal to leave the sides all square.

A Jason Kelly free in the 52nd minute regained the lead for Abbeylara but Clonguish were back on level terms one minute later when Kevin Burke got his second point.

The closing stages of the game were tense with the winning score coming three minutes from time when Paddy Dowd was deadly accurate from long range to land a well struck free.

CLONGUISH: Mikey McGuinness; Ciaran Corcoran, David Faughnan, Gerry Moore; Shane O’Brien, Darren Quinn, Conor Shields; David Barden, Stephen Watters; Stephen Norton, Joe O’Brien (0-4, 3 frees), Kevin Burke (1-2); Ciaran Williams, Paul Barden (0-1), Paddy Corcoran.

Subs:- Padraig Cooney for M McGuinness (half-time); Paddy Dowd (0-1, free) for P Corcoran (half-time).

ABBEYLARA: Damien O’Connor; Anthony McBrien, Brian Smyth, Michael McHugh; Colm Dalton, Colm P Smyth (0-1), Arthur O’Connor; Derek Smith, Jason Kelly (0-4, 1 free); Barry Smyth, Robbie Smyth (0-3), Cormac Smyth; William Crawford (0-1), Sean Berry (0-1), Sean Murphy.

Subs:- Fergal Battrim for D Smith (58 mins); Michael O’Connor for C Smyth (58 mins).

Referee: Fergal Kelly (Ballymahon).