SFC: Free-scoring Ramor thump Mullahoran

August 14, 2016

Adrian Cole - Ramor Utd

Ramor United 2-15

Mullahoran 0-7

Ramor United made it two emphatic wins from two tonight in the senior championship as they cruised past Mullahoran with 14 points to spare at Kingspan Breffni Park.

The Virginia men's full-forward line struck for 2-8 (from play) over the hour, which including a goal in each half from young attacker James Brady, who left the Dreadnoughts with a real uphill battle once his first major hit the net in the 19th minute.

In truth, Micheál McDermott's charges were out of sight by the halfway stage of this lop-sided contest, taking in a nine-point lead at the break before going on to outscore their opponents by 1-5 to 0-3 in the second-half.

The winners, who trashed Denn in round one, started this second round clash in a scorching manner, with lively centre-forward Conor Bradley grabbing four points for them in the opening eight minutes.

Mullahoran couldn't come up with an accurate response and it allowed Ramor to send them five adrift once Adrian Cole swung over from the left corner-forward position.

Paul Brady eventually got the Dreadnoughts up and running in the 12th minute and Paddy Brady - stationed at full-forward - doubled their tally ahead of Cole sending over his second from a tight angle to maintain the margin at four.

McDermott's men kept their foot on the accelerator, dominating around the centre, and exposing Mullahoran's loose marking at the back which was severely punished when Kevin Mulvany was sent through in acres of space and dished off to an onrushing James Brady, who supplied the cool finish beyond 'keeper Dominic Crudden.

Matthew Hynes and Enda O'Reilly (free) pulled back sorely needed scores for the trailers but even they were cancelled out before the break, as Bradley and Mulvany raised white flags and Adrian Cole struck over another to make it 1-10 to 0-4 prior to Paul Brady hitting the post down the far end right on the eve of half-time.

Brothers James and Jack Brady increased the lead to 11 inside four minutes of the resumption, and while the Dreadnoughts had the majority share of the possession over the next 10 minutes they failed to make it count, reaping a single free from their marksman O'Reilly just shy of the final quarter mark.

The early stages of the second-half saw the Longford border men send on Philip Brady and position him at the edge of the square in the hope of gaining something from their newly adopted 'launch it in' tactic.

However, Ramor full-back Damien Barkey was well able to handle the Mullahoran veteran and the goals that the former champions required in the latter stages simply never came their way.

Instead O'Reilly registered their last score with nine minutes remaining, which Cathal Maguire cancelled-out, before James Brady put some gloss on the victory for Ramor after accepting lay-off from sub Simon Cadden from five metres out and tucking home his second goal for the night.

That afforded McDermott the luxury of emptying his bench in the final minutes and the scores kept coming, as Mulvanny and James Brady rounded off the 14-point win - all but assuring the Virginia lads of a place in the last eight.

Ramor United: Aaron Farrelly; Micheál Smart, Damien Barkey, James McEnroe; Mark Magee, Brian O'Connell, Eoin Sommerville; Stephen Monaghan, Shane Gaffney; Cathal Maguire (0-1), Conor Bradley (0-5, 2f), Jack Brady (0-1); James Brady (2-2), Adrian Cole (0-3), Kevin Mulvany (0-3). Subs: Simon Cadden for C Maguire (54mins), Killian Maguire for S Monaghan (54), Shane Cole for James Brady (57), Gary McNamee for C Bradley (60), Stefan Connolly for M Magee (60).

Mullahoran: Dominic Crudden; Seanie Smith, Killian Brady, Daniel O'Reilly; Matthew Hynes (0-1), Chris Prior, Michael Brady; Kevin Fitzsimons, Paddy Brady (0-1); Shane Shields, Enda O'Reilly (0-4, 3f), Sean McKeogh; Raymond Lynch, Paul Brady (0-1), Fionnan O'Reilly. Subs: Tomas Nannery for S Shields (27mins), Tadgh McGahern for S McKeogh (HT), Philip Brady for F O'Reilly (37), Daniel Smith for Paddy Brady (51), Damien McArdle for K Fitzsimons (56), Callum Mussi for M Brady (58).

Ref: Kieran McCarville (Cootehill Celtic)

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