Clonguish booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Senior Football Championship with a comfortable win over Carrickedmond in the Round 3 game at Lynch Park, Abbeylara on Sunday last.
Carrickedmond must wonder if luck deserted them on this occasion. They wasted chances, gave away possession too easily, hit the post a number of times and Marty Mulvey had a penalty saved by Clonguish keeper Mikie McGuinness in the second half.
Once again Joe O’Brien was in terrific form for Clonguish. He has proved to be one of the best forwards in this year’s championship. And it was him that had a chance to open the scoring in the first minute; county minor Peter Hanley found O’Brien but his effort came off the post.
In the fourth minute Shane O’Brien got Clonguish’s first point and in the sixth minute Joe O’Brien opened up his account with a nice point.
Mark McDonnell hit over a free in the seventh minute to get Carrickedmond’s first score but Clonguish then took a hold of the game with Joe O’Brien in excellent form. He hit over a free in the 10th minute and then added three more points to his side’s tally – all from play.
Substitute Christopher Gordon was just minutes on the field when he hit over a point. Carrickedmond were struggling for scores; their delivery into the forwards was poor and they squandered opportunities.
Defender Brendan Devine got forward in the 23rd minute to get his side’s eighth point and then Shane O’Brien stretched Clonguish’s lead with a good point. Just before the break Mark McDonnell got Carrickedmond’s second point as they trailed by 0-9 to 0-2 at the break.
Within minutes of the second half starting, McDonnell was unfortunate to hit the post with his effort. Johnny Gerety hit over a point in the 34th minute to leave six between them. Minutes later Carrickedmond’s Barry Stewart was black carded.
After 15 minutes without a score Joe O’Brien hit over a free for Clonguish in the 41st minute. In the 49th minute Carrickedmond were awarded a penalty after Barry O’Farrell was taken down. Marty Mulvey stepped up to take the kick but it was saved by Clonguish netminder Mikie McGuinness.
Carrickedmond tried to add scores to their tally but it was all in vain. Although they didn’t play that well in the second half, Clonguish were still able to get scores when they were needed and with Joe O’Brien they had a player who could get points. As the clock ticked down O’Brien added two more scores to his side’s tally.
Carrickedmond went in search of a goal to add something to their score but could only hit over a point in stoppage time. They now face a relegation play-off against Fr Manning Gaels.
CLONGUISH: Mikie McGuinness; Brendan Burke, Ronan Sweeney, Brendan Devine (0-1); Darragh McLoughlin, Anthony Watters, Conor Shields; Paddy Dowd, Peter Hanley; Stephen Norton, David Barden, Kevin Burke; Shane O’Brien (0-2), Joe O’Brien (0-8, 3 frees), David Faughnan.
Subs:- Christopher Gordon (0-1) for P Hanley (20 mins); Ciaran Corcoran for A Watters and Alan Sorohan for P Dowd (57 mins).
CARRICKEDMOND: Garret Higgins; Rioch Farrell, Kevin Moran, Niall O’Farrell; Johnny Gerety (0-1), Padraig O’Shea, Cathal Belton; John O’Shea (0-1), Barry O’Farrell; Jonathan Keegan, Mark McDonnell (0-2, 1 free), Marty Mulvey; Patrick Farrell, Barry Stewart, Padraig McGrath.
Subs:- Oisin Farrell for R Farrell (27 mins); Enda Farrell for P McGrath (36 mins); Conor Kelly for B Stewart (black card, 40 mins); Paul McGuire for M McDonnell (43 mins).
Referee: Derek Fahy