Masonite Leitrim Senior Football Championship - Round 2
Carrigallen v Bornacoola
Venue: Cloone Date: 01.08.09 Throw-in: 7:30pm
Final Score: 1-09 / 0-14
Second half surge wins topsy-turpsy game for Bors
by John Connolly, Leitrim Observer
An impressive six points without reply in the third quarter was the winning of last Saturday's Masonite Senior Championship Second Round clash for Bornacoola, as last year's County Finalists turned the tables completely on Carrigallen in Cloone.
At halftime, you'd have got long odds on a Bornacoola victory as Carrigallen produced a scintillating second quarter, transforming a three point deficit into a three-point lead in the space of five minutes. After struggling early on, Carrigallen's hard running and ferocious work-rate suddenly had them going and it was Bornacoola who looked lifeless and listless, needing a vital save from keeper Fergal McGill to deny Martin Dolan a second goal for Carrigallen.
But whatever was said at halftime, it was Bornacoola's turn to be transformed as they kicked six unanswered points and Carrigallen, despite their best efforts, just couldn't find the composure they needed in front of the posts to threaten the Bors. Bornacoola's definite height and physical strength advantage played a key role as they dominated a lot of the tight battles for possession against a game but much smaller Carrigallen side. Conor McCauley's switch to full-back was also a key move, cutting off Carrigallen's path to goal while John McGuinness and Morgan Shanley got through a tremendous amount of work.
Upfront, the line of Philip Howard, Mark McCloskey and Brian Conroy did an awful lot of damage as Carrigallen found it very hard to contain their clever movement and work-rate across the line. Ironically, the narrow loss guarantees Carrigallen a place in the Quarter-Finals as Aughnasheelin must beat Bornacoola by 13 points to advance to the knock-outs, a result that would put the Bors rather than Carrigallen out of the competition. Andrew McManus was an inspiration for Carrigallen, at the heart of everything good they did while Eoin Ward was a handful but one felt that Carrigallen would have gained more had their played the youngster further out the field where his talents on the ball would have prospered.
Just 33 seconds into the game, Bornacoola were off the mark when a David Flynn foul allowed Mark McCloskey to point but Ciaran Flynn replied with a fine point from the left corner to open Carrigallen's account. Eoin Ward intercepted and ran on to set up Martin Dolan for a ninth minute point but Bornacoola then started to find their feet, two Philip Howard points putting his team in front. Bornacoola stretched ahead - David O'Connor scored nicely on 15 minutes and McCloskey added a free before Benny O'Rourke temporarily halted the charge with a free on 21 minutes.
Niall O'Connor set up his brother David for a fine point two minutes later and Bornacoola looked very comfortable. But when Gary Reynolds's run set up O'Rourke for his second point, Carrigallen were energised. Two Ciaran Flynn points, one a brilliant 35 yard effort, were quickly followed by the game's only goal – Clifford Richardson's long ball half-broke between Eoin Ward and two defenders. Ward passed through to Flynn who broke clear, rounded Fergal McGill and easily slotted home for a dramatic goal. It was almost much better for Carrigallen as Eamon Dolan bore down on goal only for McGill to make a vital save, leaving the halftime
Most fans agreed that Carrigallen were on top but it was Bornacoola who sprung out of the traps, Philip Howard hitting a great point from the left corner after just 35 seconds. Michael Duignan belted over a 60 yard free before Niall O’Connor burst through the middle to point on four minutes., levelling up the scores in some style. The Bors went in front when Brian Conroy fisted over the bar, a lead that was extended when Philip Howard punished two Carrigallen misses by fisting over the bar.
Another Duignan free meant the gap was three points after 12 minutes but a lovely run from Eoin Ward ended with a point, starting a slow fight-back. They still needed Enda Lyons, however, to make a good save to deny David O’Connor a goal on 16 minutes. Ciaran Flynn cut the gap to a point after 17 minutes from a free but two costly wides from Ciaran & David Flynn left them vulnerable, particularly when Morgan Shanley scored a great long range point with less than seven minutes to go. Ciaran Flynn hit back straight away with a free but it was Bornacoola who finished strongest, with Mark McCloskey converting a free to seal the win just seconds into injury time.
Fergal McGill, Damien McGuinness, Seamus Mallon, Jason Conroy, John McGuinness, Morgan Shanley (0-1), Cathal McCauley, Michael Duignan (0-2), Colm Farrell, Fergal Howard, Niall O’Connor (0-1), David O’Connor (0-2), Philip Howard (0-4), Mark McCloskey (0-3), Brian Conroy (0-1). Subs: Niall McGowan for Mallon (27 mins).
Enda Lyons, Barry Reilly, David Flynn, Karl Ward, Terence Reynolds, J.P. McManus, Ciaran Reilly, Gary Reynolds, Cliff Richardson, Martin Dolan (0-1), Eoin Ward (0-1), Andrew McManus, Benny O’Rourke (0-2), Ciaran Flynn (1-5), Eamon Dolan. Sub: Mark Kerrigan for M. Dolan (40 mins).
Referee: Eamon O’Grady.
Last Updated: March 27, 2012