Calry/St. Josephs 1 - 7 Cloonacool 1 4

11 June 2011

This was Cloonacool\'s first championship game of the season and proved a real battle. An early first half goal, perhaps fortuitous in it\'s execution, from the boot of Connacht junior medal holder Brian McGovern provided the platform for this first round victory for Calry/St. Josephs over a battling Cloonacool side in Group A of the Intermediate Championship in Bunninadden. After a number of wides from the city side in the opening minutes corner forward Eoin Doherty did open their account with a point from play to be followed three minutes later by the games defining score. County junior goalkeeper Brian McGovern playing in the half forward line for his club gained possession 25 meters out and shot goalwards. The ball seemed to be going over the bar but dipped menacingly for Cloonacool goalkeeper Art McCarrick entering the roof of the net to give Calry/St. Josephs a lead they would never relinquish. Cloonacool added two good points from the boot of Packie McIntyre and Ronan Leonard to reduce the gap. Stephen Gallagher then scored a great goal firing to the net after a long delivery which evaded the Calry/St. Josephs defence. The teams went in level to the break a goal and three a piece. The second half was a fast paced affair with a lot of turnovers on both sides. Calry/St. Josephs began to gain dominance in the midfield sector at this stage and put the Cloonacool defence under severe pressure. After sustained pressure they added points through Patrick Herrity (2), Thomas Kelly and Eoin Doherty. Another attack yielded a penalty but it was struck against the post and was cleared. Cloonacool responded with a well taken 45 from Hughie Marren. Cloonacool had one last attack but it failed to yield the goal required to get a share of the spoils.

Art McCarrick, Billy Henry, Fergus Leonard, Padraig Murtagh, James Lawrence, Neil Walsh, Paul Kilcoyne, James Armstrong, Joseph Neary, Packie McIntyre, Ronan Leonard, Michael Gallagher, Stephen Gallagher, Hughie Marren, Jason Brennan, David Leonard, Chris Cunnie, Michael Henry