Masonite Leitrim Senior Football Championship - Quarter Final
Carrigallen v Annaduff
Venue: Cloone Date: 22.08.09 Throw-in: 7:00pm
Final Score: 0-13 / 0-12
Lyons completes great escape for Carrigallen
by John Connolly, Leitrim Observer
Enda Lyons proved to be the match winner for Carrigallen last Saturday in Cloone as he converted a late 45 to secure what, for much of the game, had seemed an unlikely Masonite Senior Championship Quarter-Final victory over Annaduff. Trailing by five points at half-time and seemingly on their way out of the championship, the Division two champions staged a dramatic comeback despite being down to 14 men to upset a wasteful Annaduff. Annaduff were fully deserving of their five point half-time lead and had they converted even a fraction of the chances they created in the second half they would have emerged victorious. Ten second half wides tells its own story as Annaduff missed enough chances to win several games.
Annaduff's problems in front of goal were ruthlessly punished by Carrigallen who were forced to play the final 10 minutes of the game with 14 men following the dismissal of David Flynn. It looked as if the red card would signal the end of Carrigallen's challenge. However, if anything, it galvanised Carrigallen as they held their opponents scoreless for the remainder of the game. The self belief evident among the Carrigallen players in the closing stages was much stronger than it had been for much of the game as Annaduff dictated matters in the opening half.
Fergal Carroll & Brendan Guckian were dominant at midfield while Ray Cox was seemingly scoring for fun in the opening half. Carrigallen were struggling to get to grips with the movement of the Annaduff forwards while their own front men were having difficulty imposing themselves on the game. Ray Cox opened the scoring less than a minute later through Enda McHugh after an incisive passing move. Full-forward Padraig Carroll proved to be a real handful and he also proved to be very accurate with a deadball as he converted a free to extend Annaduff's early lead. Gary Reynolds & Cliff Richardson registered wides for Carrigallen but it was Annaduff who deservedly extended their lead when Alan Cox pointed.
Ciaran Flynn registered his side's opening score when he converted a ninth minute free although this was soon cancelled out by another Carroll free. Although Andrew McManus had threatened on occasion, the game was 14 minutes old before Carrigallen registered their first score from play. Ciaran Flynn & Gary Reynolds were heavily involved in the build-up before JP McManus surged forward to apply a cool finish. Having endured a tough opening 20 minutes and only facing a two point deficit, Carrigallen would have been reasonably happy but Ray Cox and Annaduff seemed to raise their game several notches for the rest of the half.
Two points in as many minutes from Cox opened up a four point lead while, at the other end, Ciaran Flynn missed a very kickable free. Annaduff extended their lead when Matty Cox's ball out of defence was fielded by Enda McHugh who in turn picked out Ray Cox. Cox did very well to create enough room for himself to shoot and his effort sailed between the uprights. Carrigallen struck back when Ciaran Flynn pointed from a free although this was soon cancelled out by yet another Ray Cox point, set up after Joe Cox outmuscled his opponents.
As the game approached half time, Andrew McManus supplied the pass for David Flynn to reduce the deficit to four points. Two further Ray Cox points, one a free, helped Annaduff open up a six point lead and although Ciaran Flynn replied with a pointed free two minutes into injury time at the end of the first half to leave the score 0-10 to 0-5, Annaduff were surely the happier as the sides left at the interval. Annaduff were presented with two chances in the opening stages of the second half to extend their lead but Padraig Carroll and Brendan Guckian were both off target.
Carrigallen responded to that let-off in the best possible way as they struck for three unanswered points. Andrew McManus pointed from a tight angle before Ciaran Flynn struck for two points, the second set up by Cliff Richardson, who expertly in the middle of the field and quickly fed the full-froward. Flynn still had some work to do but he effortlessly pointed to reduce the deficit to two points. Despite the fact that Carrigallen were playing with renewed belief, Annaduff were still creating chances but were struggling to convert those chances and this was typified as three successive attacks yielded only three wides.
Those missed chances served only to strengthen Carrigallen’s belief that they were still in contention and they levelled matters when Martin Dolan from a free and Eoin Ward pointed in quick succession. Two further Annaduff wides typified their day but Annaduff’s perseverance paid off as Fergal Carroll and Ray Cox struck to open up a two point lead. With 15 minutes of the game remaining, the game was very delicately poised but it was Carrigallen who proceeded to dominate.
Eoin Ward’s strong run reduced the deficit to a solitary point although Carrigallen were dealt what appeared to be a cruel blow when David Flynn was given a straight red card 10 minutes from the end. Flynn had won a free kick and, as he attempted to take it, appeared to be held back by an Annaduff player. Flynn swung an arm back in what appeared to be an attempt to shake of the unwanted attention but the blow he struck was deemed by Brendan Sammon to be deliberate and he was given his marching orders. Noel Doonan was introduced to shore up the gap left in defence by Flynn’s dismissal but for the remainder of the game, as is often the case, the 14 men lifted the intensity and battled even harder for one another.
Four minutes from time, Killian Ward levelled matters when Noel Doonan’s sideline ball fell nicely for him and then, in the final minute, Carrigallen were presented with an opportunity to take the lead for the first time. Goalkeeper Enda Lyons ventured forward to strike a free which was just inside the 45 meter line. His effort was going wide before being knocked back towards the Carrigallen and eventually cleared for a 45. Lyons had been returning to his goal when the 45 was awarded and he duly turned on his heels to have another attempt. Having had one effort, the brave money would have been on Lyons converting his second attempt and he didn’t disappoint as his effort sailed over the bar. With only one minute of additional time, Annaduff were unable to hit back and were left wondering what might have been. Annaduff had the chances to win the game, the difference between the sides at the end was that Carrigallen took their chances.
Enda Lyons (0-1), Barry Reilly, David Flynn (0-1), Karl Ward, JP McManus, Terence Reynolds (0-1), Ciaran Reilly, Gary Reynolds, Cliff Richardson, Martin Dolan (0-1), Owen Ward (0-2), Andrew McManus (0-1), Benny O’Rourke, Ciaran Flynn (0-5), Killian Ward (0-1). Subs: Eamon Dolan for O’Rourke, Noel Doonan for Dolan (54 mins)
Kevin Ludlow, Matty Cox, John Faughnan, Jimmy Cox, David Duignan, Dermot Reynolds, David McHugh, Fergal Carroll (0-1), Brendan Guckian, Ray Cox (0-7), Enda McHugh (0-1), Alan Cox (0-1), Kenny Bosquette, Padraig Carroll (0-2), Joe Cox. Subs: Barry Daly for Duignan (28 mins), Ronan McCormack for Bosquette (36 mins), Chris Farrell for Faughnan (40 mins), Sean McNabola for J Cox (55 mins).
Referee: Brendan Sammon
Last Updated: March 27, 2012