Clonakilty: U12 Football vs Sam Maguires
Match Type: League
Date & Time: August 13th 2020, 7:00 pm
Score: 2:03 vs 3:02
It was a proverbial game of two halves in Sam Maguire park Dunmanway on Thursday evening as Clon were dominant in the first half before Sam Maguires' took over in the second half. In the first Clon were the stronger side with Peter O’Mahony, James Costello and Cathal O’Donovan winning lots of ball in the middle third and providing lots of ammunition to the forwards.
The first score came after Mattie Lyons played a clever one two move with Alex O’Regan before lobbing the keeper to raise the green flag and Clon were off to a great start. Shortly afterwards another goal chance fell to Louis Kelleher and he brought the best out of the Sam Maguires' keeper and it was at this stage that the Clon forwards started to think more about goals when maybe a point was the better option. On the resumption after the first half water break, Harry Mulcahy curled a lovely point over the bar after a goalmouth scramble and a short time later midfielder Alex Aherne raced through to kick another fine point. The second green flag came from the strong boot of Shay O’Donovan and the scoreboard started to reflect the dominance that Clon were having. Late in the first half Sam Maguires managed a number of attacks but these were repelled by excellent man on man defending of Lennart Lindenfeld, Etaoin Mulcahy and Micheal O’Brien. When finally Sam Maguires attack pierced the defence, Clon goalie Senan O’Sullivan brought off a tremendous reflex save to deny the home side any first half score.
At half time Clon lead 2-2 to no score but the pressure started to build as tired legs from Clon lads began to tell. The Clon defence performed admirably fending off the incessant Sam Maguires attacks with Isa Khan very commanding at full back, Etaoin Mulcahy continued his good form from the first half when he caught a high dropping ball into the square and showed great composure when coming out with the ball.
Lennart Lindenfeld showed great heart and bravery to break up several attacks down his flank and race clear. At midfield, Peter O’Mahony led by example by consistently rising to challenge and winning the hard ball but the inevitable score for the home side came when a high dropping ball was spilled by a Clon defender and a Sam Maguires forward struck to poach a goal. The second goal was a carbon copy as the route one ball into square broke to a Sam Maguires forward and he evaded the defenders before shooting low and hard to reduce the Clon lead to two points.
In the final quarter, the Clon defense continued their trojan efforts and with James Deegan on for Calum McLelland winning a lot ball down the left flank, scoring opportunities presented themselves but unfortunately Clon couldn’t capitalize on it. Sam Maguires then struck for two rapid points from play and it looked like a draw and extra time was on the cards until sub Eanna Deasy collected a poor clearance in midfield and raced through beating several defenders to kick an excellent point it looked like Clon would hold out for a win by the narrowest of margins.
Unfortunately, there was a final twist to come when the Clon defence was sliced open and Dohenys struck for a killer goal. To the credit of the Clon team they raised their game to launch a couple of final attacks. A Mattie Lyons free was dropped into the square which resulted in a helter skelter goalmouth scramble with James Deegan shot being stopped on the line by a wall of defenders. The Clon team left it all out on the pitch on the day and the second half fade out could more than likely be attributed to the very enjoyable Cul Camp in Ahamilla this week.
Senan O’Sullivan, Micheal O’Brien, Isa Khan, Etaoin Mulcahy, Lennart Lindenfeld, James Costello, Cathal O’Donovan, Peter O’Mahony ©, Alex Aherne, Calum McLelland, Mattie Lyons, Harry Mulcahy, Alex O’Regan, Shay O’Donovan, Louis Kelleher. Subs: James Deegan and Eanna Deasy