Rossa out despite strong finish to their campaign

Northern Switchgear Antrim SFC Group One

St Ergnat’s, Moneyglass 0-8 O’Donovan Rossa 2-15

Rossa travelled to Moneyglass yesterday with a place in the Senior Hurling final already secured and knowing that they would need to win by a big margin if they were to keep their Senior Football dream alive. Even then they were dependent on Cargin defeating St. John’s in their final group game and while they were successful in Moneyglass it was all for nothing.

IN the end, Rossa’s 13-point victory in Moneyglass was not enough as St John’s beat them to second place with their victory at Cargin. Never the less the Jerimiah’s will look back at their football campaign with a degree of satisfaction.

Prior to throw-in, Rossa were hoping for a Cargin win over the Johnnies that would give them a chance to edge into the quart-finals should they overturn an eight-point scoring difference and they fulfilled that part in a game in which they were always comfortable, but it all came to nothing as the other result didn’t go in their favour.

Rossa took the game to St. Ergnat’s right from the start with Cormac McGettigan leading the way and the powerful mid-fielder hit five points from midfield, while the polished Dominic McEnhill contributed handsomely with 1-3 over the hour as Rossa set about fulfilling their part of the equation.

Colm Fleming chipped in with an identical tally and he was first on the board with a good score from Rossa’s opening attack with Conal McDonald doubling their advantage.

Moneyglass had set up with a defensive formation but they broke well on a couple of occasions as they drew level with good scores from Colum and Seanchann Duffin, but they would prove to be the only Moneyglass points of the opening half.

The visitors made the perfect response as they moved the ball quickly to create space for McGettigan to close in on goal before squaring for McEnhill to rise and fist to the net to leave it 1-2 to 0-2 entering the second quarter.

Rossa looked to have secured a second goal when Fleming climbed to apply the finish but the score didn’t stand as the officials decided the ball hadn’t crossed the line with play continuing and McGettigan kicking a point.

The midfielder added another two points before the break with McDonald sending over a free as the sides changed ends with Rossa leading 1-6 to 0-2.

It was important that Rossa kept their eye on the ball as news leaked through that the Johnnies were leading in Toome and they made a great start with Fleming knocking over a free and then drilling home a penalty after he had been taken down as he broke through on goal.

Moneyglass finally added to their tally after 31 scoreless minutes with Colum Duffin and Niall Boyd on target although McEnhill hit back before the water break with a point to leave them 10 in front as Rossa supporters kept in touch with the game on the Shore Road through their phones.

The final quarter of the game saw the visitors extend their lead with Thomas Morgan and Sean Pat Donnelly adding point and McEnhill, McGettigan and Fleming all on target while Moneyglass replied with a couple of consolation scores despite the game being well out of reach.

The final whistle sounded with Rossa winners by 13 points but the news coming through from Toome put a dampener on their celebrations and their focus now turns to next weekend’s hurling final against Dunloy at Corrigan Park.

MONEYGLASS: D McErlean; Peter McCormick, M Neeson, C O’Kane; F Duffin, C Boyd (0-1 free), J Weir; C Prenter, C Duffin (0-4, 1 free); Patrick McCormick, J McMeel, N Boyd (0-1); L O’Donnell, S Duffin (0-1), T Cassidy. Subs: J McCoy for L O’Donnell (HT), S Kelly (0-1) for T Cassidy (40), T Duffin for M Neeson (47).

ROSSA: M Byrne; C Orchin, C McGuinness, C McGowan; G McGrath, R Gowdy, N Crossan; C McGettigan (0-5), G Walsh; D McEnhill (1-3), E McMenamin, C McDonald (0-2, 1 free); M Mallon, C Fleming (1-3, 1-0 pen, 0-1 free), SP Donnelly (0-1). Subs: T Morgan (0-1) for G Walsh (37), P Moyes for C McGuinness (45), D Grego for C Orchin (48), A Devlin for C McDonald (53).

REFEREE: Eamonn McAuley (Cargin)

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