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Loughrea March Onwards

posted 6 May 2013, 03:50 by Unknown user   [ updated 7 May 2013, 04:29 ]
By Gearóid Loughnane



Loughrea        0:18

Craughwell     0:14

Loughrea recorded their second victory in the space of eight days with a fine win over local rivals Craughwell in Kenny Park Athenry today. The final score flattered Craughwell who at no stage looked like winning this Round 1 game and as a result must play Athenry to avoid the relegation dogfight and stay in the race for the Tom Callanan cup. Loughrea on the other hand are now through to the group stages of the championship with two fine wins under their belt and on the evidence so far could be in for another long championship campaign.  The Town were again slow starting even though lively corner forward Jamie Ryan did open the scoring after only a minute of play. However they would not register another score until the fourteenth minute by which stage Craughwell had got two Kealan Cullinane frees as well as  a point from play from midfielder Michael Coughlan to leave the 5/2 outsiders with a two point lead after eight minutes. However that was the most Craughwell would lead by and slowly but surely Loughrea began to turn the screw on their opponents. Johnny Maher, who started at wing forward but spent the majority of the game at full forward, scored a free, and a 65 in the 14th and 15th minutes respectively to tie up the game. The ‘Well’ were next to score with Cullinane drilling over a free after good play from Craughwell’s Jamie Ryan to put his team ahead for the final time in the game. Johnny Maher was responsible for the next three scores, all coming from the placed ball, after Ryan and Seán Sweeney(twice) won frees with Craughwell’s sole retort another free from Cullinane. Loughrea finished the half with a fine point from Neil Keary after a great catch and pass from Maher, before the same two players switched roles with Keary providing the final pass to Maher for his sixth point of the half leaving  the half time score at 0:08 to 0:05 in favour of last year’s county finalists.

The start of the second half was packed with scores - five points in as many minutes, four for Loughrea and another free for Cullinane. Loughrea’s point scorers were Neil Keary, Johnny Coen (2) and Jamie Ryan with three of these being set up by the industrious Paul Hoban who had a super second half. Cullinane struck another free to keep Craughwell in touch after seven minutes before Hoban got his own name on the score sheet with a great point. Loughrea would not score again for all of sixteen minutes during which time Craughwell registered three pointed frees, two from the clinical Cullinane and another from Fergal Healy. Indeed Healy’s effort came after a crazy sequence of play with goal chances at both ends of the field in the space of two minutes. Craughwell were first to be denied with Nigel Murray producing a fine save before the ball was worked up the field, breaking to Jamie Ryan, but his effort was wonderfully saved by the former London goalie Aidan Ryan. Before the crowd could draw breath however, the ball was very nearly in the Loughrea net but Craughwell could not produce the much needed goal and only came away with Healy’s pointed free. Loughrea, as if awoken by this scare, forged further ahead with a free from Maher, after Hoban was fouled before the aforementioned Hoban set up both Neil Keary and midfielder Alan Cormican for scores. Craughwell responded with a point from Jamie Ryan in the 28th minute after wonderful interplay between Adrian Cullinane and Fergal Healy. Johnny Maher then scored what turned out to be his final point before being sent off for a second yellow card offence in the 61st minute. Neil Keary then scored his fourth of the afternoon after a mix up in the Craughwell defence before Kealan Cullinane wrapped up the scoring with a point from the sideline. Loughrea will be satisfied with this display but will be concerned by the long spells in both halves they went without scoring. However they are now through to the group stages, where few teams will want to meet them, especially with the likes of Johnny O’ Loughlin, John Dooley, Emmett Mahony and Brian Mahony to return to the fold. For Craughwell, they have another chance against local rivals Athenry next weekend to preserve their championship prospects.

Loughrea were best served on the day by Eoin Mahony, Peter Quinn, Seán Sweeney, the outstanding Gavin Keary who seemed to control the game from midfield, Alan Cormican, Hoban, Coen, Keary and Ryan with Craughwell’s main performers being Mark Monaghan, John Greaney, Fergal Healy, Kealan Cullinane and Jamie Ryan.

Loughrea scorers: Johnny Maher 0:08 ( 5 frees, 1 ‘65’), Neil Keary 0:04, Jamie Ryan 0:02, Johnny Coen 0:02, Paul Hoban 0:01 and Alan Cormican 0:01.

Craughwell scorers: Kealan Cullinane 0:10 (8 frees, 1 ‘65’), Michael Coughlan 0:01 Fergal Healy 0:01 (1free), Jamie Ryan 0:01 and Kealan Greene 0:01.

Loughrea: Nigel Murray, Tom Regan, Damien McClearn, Eoin Mahony, Peter Quinn, Seán Sweeney, Stephen McCormack (Brian Mahony), Gavin Keary (captain), Alan Cormican, Johnny Maher, Johnny Coen, Neil Keary, Jamie Ryan, Paul Hoban, Kenneth Colleran (Stephen Creaven).

Craughwell: Aidan Ryan, John Ryan, Ian Daniels, Mark Monaghan, Mark Horan, Adrian Cullinane, John Greaney, Michael Coughlan (Kealan Greene), Cathal Greaney, Shane Dolan, Fergal Healy, Dermot Ryan, Kealan Cullinane, Jamie Ryan, Ger O’ Halloran.

Referee: S Moran



Match Pictures:

Sean Ryan Photography

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Loughrea v Craughwell 05-05-13


  


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