Claregalway 5-11 Mountbellew 1-7
at Mountbellew 2nd of March 2013
Claregalway U21s won their Qtr. Final clash away to Moylough / Mountbellew with a powerful and dominant performance to secure their place in the Semi Finals on a convincing score-line of 5-11 to 1-7. The weather was ideal for the game and the Mountbellew pitch was in good condition.
Mark Rohan opened the scoring for the visitors with a point after only 30 seconds. It was quickly followed by a well taken score from Sean Moran. Claregalway were in control in the early stages. They added to the score-line with well taken goals from Mark Rohan and Bryan O’Connell before the home team opened their account with a point from Michael Daly. James Collevy added 2 more points for the home team to close the gap. Towards the end of the 1st half, Claregalway again took control, scoring 1-03; a 45 from Sean Moran, a converted penalty from Eoin Commins and points Mark Rohan and Ciaran Harte. Michael Daly closed the scoring in the 1st half leaving the half-time score-line 3-06 to 0-04 in favour of Claregalway.
In the 2nd half Claregalway again opened strongly but were wasteful in front of goal. Moylough / Mountbellew took the initiative and scored 1-02 without reply, Michael Daly getting in for the goal. At this stage the home team were rising to the challenge but the Claregalway lads reacted superbly. They upped their work rate and quickly re-established control with goals from Kenneth Hansberry and John Evans. Benny Creaven finished the scoring with a point to leave the final score-line 5-11 to 1-07.
The Claregalway lads were well worth their victory. The produced a display of high quality football, played at speed and worked hard for each other. All lines on the field played their part and 8 players contributed to the scoring.
Team panel: Eoin Clarke, Ryan Harrington, Eoghan Commins, Brendan Joyce, Ciaran Harte, Colm O’Hagan, Emmett Feeney, Kenneth Hansberry, Eamon Loughlin, John Evans, Mark Goldrick, Paul Fahy, Sean Moran, Tom O’Reilly, Bryan O’Connell, Dara Moylan, Edwin Carey, Mark Shaughnessy, Richard Commins, Shane McHugh, Harry Connelly, Ben Creaven, Damien Culkin, Paul Fahey, Andrew Dolan, Mark Rohan, Peter O’COnnor.
Claregalway are due to play Kilkerrin / Clonbern in the North Board semi-final, venue and date tbc.