After looking in trouble at one stage of the second half when they trailed by four points, Mostrim then stepped up another gear to score a couple of crucial goals in quick succession which gave them the edge over a gallant Kenagh side in the All County Football League Division 1 clash at McGann Park on Saturday evening last.
Midfielder Fintan Coyle burst his way through to land a speculative shot in the back of the net in the 48th minute to leave the visitors on level terms and it got even better for Gerry Lynn’s charges soon after as a sweeping move created by the hard working Coyle ended up with the generally prominent Shane Kiernan firing home a second goal for Edgeworthstown in the 50th minute.
That double blow left Kenagh reeling on the ropes and while they managed to hit back with a point from a free converted by Kyle Fitzmaurice (who transferred from Ballymahon), Mostrim quickly regained the upper hand to produce a strong finish which yielded a brace of points from Brian Farrell with Michael Kenny also getting his name on the scoresheet.
Influential substitute Farrell, back in action after recovering from a bad injury sustained in the senior championship quarter-final against Clonguish last August, certainly made a considerable difference as Mostrim eventually awoke from their slumber to overcome Intermediate opponents Kenagh who gained promotion to the top flight in the league after winning the Division 2 title in 2011.
With a new manager in charge this season, John Tiernan from the St. Brigid’s club in Kiltoom, this was a promising performance by Kenagh and particularly impressive for the home side was attacking defender Sean Canavan who fired over three excellent points from play – two in the first half.
Kyle Fitzmaurice, Shane Doyle (a constant threat in the first half) and Gary Murphy (free) were also on target as Kenagh battled their way back from a very poor start to end up all square at the break (0-5 to 0-5) and were unfortunate not to add further scores to their tally as the upright denied them on no less than three occasions.
Mostrim had got off to a flying start to fire over four points in the opening five minutes, a brace from Cillian Lynn (‘45’ and play) with John Cullen and Gerard Smith also shooting over the bar, but they failed to register another score until the 23rd minute when Lynn converted a free.
Edgeworthstown were guilty of some poor finishing in the first half and lost their way completely in the early stages of the second half as Kenagh continued to enjoy dominant spells in a determined bid to spring a surprise.
Three fine points through Enda McGann, Alan Jones and Sean Canavan in quick succession put them in control and Kenagh were unlucky not to score a goal in the 41st minute when a close range shot from McGann was parried over the bar by opposing keeper Ciaran Garvey who done well to keep his net intact.
Mostrim were now 0-9 to 0-5 in arrears but the introduction of Brian Farrell improve matters considerably and he kicked the first of his three points in the 46th minute. Then came the two goals in the space of a couple of minutes to change the course of the game and that proved to be a severe setback for Kenagh who were fighting a losing battle thereafter.
KENAGH: Sean Percival; Graham Forbes, John Rowan, Stephen Gill; Sean Canavan (0-3), Davy Jones, Gary Doyle; Alan Jones (0-1), James Rowan; Enda McGann (0-2), Shane Doyle (0-1), Michael McCormack; Kyle Fitzmaurice (0-3, two frees), Padraic Connolly, Gary Murphy (0-1, free).
Subs:- Robbie Harrison for E McGann (44 mins); Aidan Carberry for P Connolly (52 mins).
MOSTRIM: Ciaran Garvey; Damien Moran, John Coyle, Aaron Gallagher; Thomas Gallagher, Martin Coyle, Ciaran Gallagher; Michael Kenny (0-1), Fintan Coyle (1-0); Niall Quinn, John Cullen (0-1), Joe Dempsey; Cillian Lynn (0-3, one free, one ‘45’), Gerard Smith (0-1), Shane Kiernan (1-0).
Subs:- Andy Kelly for C Gallagher (injured, half-time); Cathal Smith for D Moran (half-time); Brian Farrell (0-3) for J Cullen (40 mins).
Referee: John Bannon (Legan Sarsfields).