IFC: Goals crucial as 'Lough down Cortown
April 19, 2010
Ballinlough's Seamus Fagan with Cortown's Glen Loughran
Goals win games it is often said and this was the case in this derby game played in Carnaross on Sunday afternoon.
While Ballinlough scored two majors, one in each half, Cortown missed from a penalty, when Gary Coyne's shot struck the post and had two goal chances cleared off the line by backs when the Ballinlough goalie was beaten. The game was a tough but very sporting Championship encounter which provided good entertainment for the good attendance. The teams were on level terms 5 times during the game and 3 points was the biggest difference which made for great excitement.
Cortown opened the scoring and were two points up when a series of bad mistakes presented Ballinlough with a goal chance on four minutes which they duly took.
Ballinlough introduced Peader Byrne at the start of the second half and the county man had an immediate effect kicking a fine point.
When Cortown went in front again in the second half, a goal in the 15th minute put the Reds back in front. It was nip and tuck after that and with Ballinlough three points up Cortown were handed the lifeline of a penalty with seven minutes remaining.
Gary Coyne's well struck shot struck the inside of the post and rebounded out to one side and the defence cleared. Try as they did, Cortown could not get the all important goal and Ballinlough held on for a valuable win.
Best for Cortown were D. Clarke, J. Casserly, R. Flanagan, G. Loughran, J. Fagan and G. Coyne.
Ballinlough had good performances from Joey Byrne, Ken Rothwell, Robbie Farrell and Tommy McCullen.
Ballinlough: K Mc Guinness, R McGuinness, P Muldoon, R Farrell, T McCullen, J Byrne, B Smith, S Fagan, L. Maguire (0-2), S Byrne, Colm Mallon (0-1), K Devine, D Muldoon(1-1), K Rothwell (0-4), C Mallon(1-0). Subs: P Byrne (0-2)
Cortown - John McFadden; Ivor O'Halloran, Daragh O'Halloran, Declan Clarke; John Casserly, John McGearty, David Coyne; Glen Loughran (0-5), Richie Flanagan; Stephen Fitzmaurice, John Fagan (0-1) Colm Kerrigan; Gary Coyne (0-8) Brian Casserly, Breen Smith. Subs - Thomas Smith for S. Fitzmaurice.
Cortown were beaten for the second time on Sunday when a strong Walterstown team beat them by 5 points in this Junior 'B Championship game played in Kilberry.
Cortown only led once in this game and then for only about a minute. Walterstown scored the last 3 points of the game in added on time, caused by delay for a serious injury sustained by a Walterstown player, which gives the scoreline a false appearance.
Best for Cortown were J. Costello, P. Waters, M. O'Brien, D. Coyne, J. Reilly.
Cortown - James Costello; Davy Flanagan, Paddy Waters, Glen Flanagan; Tomás O'Brien, Mervyn O'Brien, Micheál Reilly; Declan Coyne, Martin Henry; Conor Mulroe, Declan Casserly (0-1), Justin Reilly (0-2); Ivan Coyne (1-0), Con Cleary (0-1), Trevor Coyne (0-1). Subs - Mark Casserly for G. Flanagan; Andrew O'Brien for T. O'Brien; Gordon Codd (0-2) for C. Mulroe; Darren McGranme for M.Reilly.
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