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Monday, March 31, 2003

Match Report - Senior Game v Cloone

Cloone misses injury time winner

Glenfarne/Kilty 1-6 Cloone 0-9

An injury time free-kick miss by Cloone cost them two opening Masonite Senior League points as they shared the spoils with Glenfarne/Kilty in a scrappy encounter played in St.Mary's park, Glenfarne on Sunday afternoon last.

On the balance of play, a draw was the fairest result and thus it was almost poetic justice that Cloone's Damian O'Donnell missed an injury time free that would have guaranteed a late victory. Typical of opening league games, both sides were guilty of some wayward shooting, misplaced passes and uneconomical possession and hence a point apiece is the fairest outcome from such a scrappy encounter.

Glenfarne/Kilty were explosive in the opening minutes of play with a Michael Maguire 35m free and a Barry McDermott point, however their challenge quickly faded as Cloone, once settled, maintained their opponents in their own half, exerting severe pressure however unfruitful they were with such possession, missing three consecutive chances.

It was the ninth minute before Cloone converted this possession into scores with a Mickey Lohan point from play and a Damian O'Donnell 30m free and indeed Cloone missed a chance to gain parity in this deadlocked tie on the 13th minute with a Seamus Maguire shot awkwardly rebounding of the upper body of keeper Conor O'Rourke.

Cloone continued their period of dominance with a Michael Brennan point from play before both sides engaged in a ten minute spell of play that was dictated by a comic of errors and a litany of missed scoreable chances and it was just at the interval that a Damian O'Donnell point gave Cloone a slender two point advantage.

Fortunately, the second half was a more productive display with its increased tempo and attacking movements. This time it was Cloone that ignited following the resumption with a Damian O'Donnell point stretching their lead, however, this was subsequently matched with a 14m Michael Maguire free.

Two Cloone points in the following five minutes from James Lohan and a Damian O'Donnell 30m free gave them a four point advantage, however unfortunately play was forced to cease for six minutes as Gerard Moran suffered from suspected broken ribs.

Once restarted, it was Glenfarne/Kilty who took advantage of a disorganized Cloone set up as Enda Gallagher literally tore their defence asunder in a superb solo run only for his goal attempt to be scraped of the line in a goal mouth scramble and somehow three consecutive attempts were also subsequently saved before the ball blasted past the upright.

That was all the ammunition that Glenfarne/Kilty required to crawl their way back into contention, which was marked with a Michael Maguire 30m free however Cloone were not going to relinquish their lead so easily, and Seamus Maguire replied with an accurate point from the right wing.

Glenfarne/Kilty continued to exert pressure however and their efforts were rewarded when a directed Michael Maguire pass from the wing found the hands of Darragh Keaney however he was fouled in the square and Joe Keany made no mistake in slotting the resulting penalty to the corner netting leaving the score level at 1-5 to 0-8.

James Lohan edged Cloone ahead on the 28th minute but a Darragh Keaney point leveled matters once again and as the games came into its closing minutes Cloone were awarded an injury time free however from 21m Damian O'Donnell failed to convert with both sides deservedly taking a point apiece from this lackluster affair.

Glenfarne/Kilty: Conor O'Rourke, Padraig Dillon, Kevin Keany, Donnacha Keaney, Seamus Dillon, John McManus, Darragh Keaney (0-1), Barry McDermott (0-1), Enda Gallagher, Michael Maguire (0-4), Eddie Mitchell, Justin McMorrow, Diarmaid Keaney, Joe Keaney (1-0), JJ McDermott.
Subs; David McDermott for Eddie Mitchell, Sean McLoughlin for David Mc Derrmott.

Cloone: Dermot McCrann, Seamus Tiernan, Dermot Tiernan, Aidan Donohue, Gavin Reynolds, Niall Beirne, Francis McHugh, Mark Beirne, Alan Cannon, Seamus Maguire(0-1), Mickey Lohan(0-1), Damian O'Donnell(0-4), Michael Brennan(0-1), Gerard Moran, James Lohan(0-2).
Subs; Brian Mulvey for Gerard Moran, Enda McHugh for Mark Beirne.

Referee: Padraig Flynn

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