Intermediate Football Championship (quarter-final)
St Ergnat’s Moneyglass 2-13 Patrick Sarsfield’s 1-04
St Ergnat’s Moneyglass powered their way into the semi-final of the Intermediate football championship when they proved too strong for a gallant Sarsfield’s side in the quarter-final at Corrigan Park on Saturday but it took them a while to get their bearings at the Whiterock road venue.
It took them a while to get going but when they did their pace and support play proved too much for a Sarsfield’s side who were too slow and ponderous in approach.
St. Ergnat’s opened account just a few minutes into proceedings with a 4th minute goal but it took a time before they were to add to the early major and as both sides in turn spurned clear cut opportunities a full twenty minutes were to pass before the next score.
Kevin McKernan’s point got the Paddies on the board before Moneyglass got into their stride and they had moved into a 1-04 to 0-02 lead by the end of the opening period and such improvement continued at pace in the second half. The points began to flow after the break and when Liam Brady found the net in the 43rd minute the die was cast as they had gone twelve points clear at 2-09 to 0-03.
Sarsfield’s were having great difficulty in penetrating a well marshaled Moneyglass defensive unit but were eventually rewarded for their persistence when late replacement Tomas Doherty found the net but the score deep into time added on proved only consolation and it is St. Ergnat’s who will take their place in the semi-final.
The South West side started in style with a Kevin ‘Kindo’ Marron goal in the opening minutes but although they came close on occasions they were not to be rewarded for positive approach.
Sarsfield’s were not fairing any better in front of the posts either in the opening minutes but the Stewartstown road side were to make the next mark as a 20th minute Kevin McKernan 30 metre free, after an indiscretion on the incoming Caolan Caldwell yielded a point.
McKernan looked threatening on occasions in the early stages but was well marshaled by the Moneyglass full back Tiernan Duffin but he doubled his and his sides tally in the 27th minute with another pointed free.
Moneyglass finished the half strongly however and further white flags raised in turn by Kevin Marron (2), Feargal Duffin and the lively Liam Brady ensured a 1-04 to 0-02 interval advantage for the country men.
Moneyglass had signaled intent in the latter stages of the opening half and such was to be delivered as they moved swiftly out of the start traps.
Early white flags raised by Dermot ‘Bugsy’ Mc Erlean and Feargal Duffin saw them away on the positive as their pace and power on the break began to open up the ‘Paddies’ defence.
Kevin McKernan relied for Sarsfield’s with a 35th minute point but Moneyglass were quick to respond and Colm Duffin (2), and Niall Boyd raised white flags as direct approach from Padraig Mackle and the eye catching Patrick McCormick created opportunities and saw them move 1-09 to 0-03 ahead.
Sarsfield’s frustration intensified as Kevin McKernan found the net after a cross from Kevin Floyd but the latter was adjudged to have crossed the bye line on his left sided approach and the score was ruled out.
Moneyglass punished them with a goal at the other end shortly after as a strong approach involving Patrick Mc Cormick, Niall Boyd, and Fergal Duffin opened the way for the ever available Liam Brady to finish to the net and the end was in sight.
The Paddies looked up against it and having failed to gain penetration through a strong Moneyglass rear guard they did add to their tally with another placed effort as Cormac Murray delivered a 40 metre free between the posts but it was too little too late.
Moneyglass were dominating and not about to ease off the accelerator and continued on the offensive with further points from Liam Brady, Niall Boyd, Kindo Marron, and Colm Duffin.
Sarsfield’s never gave up and were rewarded for their efforts as replacement Tomas Doherty got a fist to Declan Laverty’s injury time delivery to finish to the net.
A good score delivered by the substitute but it arrived too late to make a difference as the long blast which promptly followed saw Moneyglass cross the line and into the semi-finals on a 2-13 to 1-04 winning scoreline.
Moneyglass: Mark Carey, Miron Neeson, Tiernan Duffin, Sean Kelly, Padraig Mackle, Conor Boyd, Patrick Mc Cormick, Colm Duffin (0-03), Niall Boyd (0-02), Seanachain Duffin, Gavin Murray, Feargal Duffin (0-02), Kevin Marron (1-03), Liam Brady (1-02), Dermot Mc Erlean (0-01)
Sean Mc Glinchey for P Mackle
Jack Mc Coy for K Marron
Declan Neeson for C Duffin
Ryan Boyd for S Duffin
Sarsfield’s: Michael Brady, Niall Mc Donald, Jack Daniels, Aaron Stewart, Dara Mc Guinness, Niall Mc Alea, Declan Laverty, Cormac Murray (0-01), Caolan Caldwell, Sean Walsh, Ryan Carson, Daniel Mc Kernan, Kevin Floyd, Kevin Mc Kernan (0-03), Conor Laverty
Emmett Hughes for S Walsh
Tomas Doherty (1-00) for C Caldwell
Stephen Harbinson for K Floyd
Enda Rogers for D Mc Kernan
Referee Gerard Dougan (Kickham’s)