Rower Inistioge 2-18, Mooncoin 5-6
You score five goals in a Junior League game, and you would be well entitled to think that you would be baggin’ the points. However you score eighteen points in the same game, stitch a couple of goals to it, and you would be sure that you would get over the line in front. And that is how it panned out in Mooncoin on Saturday evening when the locals grabbed goals for sport, and didn’t get into the winners enclosure, while the visitors kept on slipping the ball over the Mooncoin bar, stuck on a brace of goals when the opportunity arose, and ‘twas they who took the League points, for the simple reason that they were better at doing the ordinary things well.
With an aggregate score of 7-24 the patrons were certainly not deprived of conversational items.
Take a squint at the number of goals fired home by Mooncoin.
No matter what way one analyses the game, it still needed more than a modicum of skill to register the number of points scored by the winners. From Sean Lyster at number eight to Luke Tennyson at corner forward, every one of the Rower Inistioge players got their names on the scoreboard. You can even add the sub, Niall Walsh to the scorers too, as he wasn’t on the pitch a fraction of a second when he posted a score.
Mooncoin’s first goal was a goal by Mark O’Neill in the 4th minute. Mooncoin’s first point was scored by Gerry Kirwan in the 24th minute.
Surely that damning indictment on the abilities of the Mooncoin forwards to put ball over bar.
“Shorty” Walsh grabbed two of the Mooncoin goals, but it needed the introduction of substitutes to inject a greater urgency into their outfield resolve. Conor Brophy and Robbie Walsh also grabbed goals when introduced, but failure at grabbing points was the Mooncoin Achilles heel that proved very costly in the long run.
In the opposite corner, the Rower full forward line, so well marshalled by Conor Lyng grabbed the two goals they needed, but the difference was that they also added half of their points take.
At half time the Rower Inistioge led by 2-11 to Mooncoin’s 3-1, and it looked ominous for the homesters.
The second half was embraced with plenty of fire, passion, and pride. The Rower looked winners for long stages, but Mooncoin were not for surrender --- well not just yet.
Sub Robbie Walsh slammed home a great goal in the 54th minute to leave but a single point between the sides. But that was as good as it got for the gallant Mooncoin, for whom Shane Walsh, Richie Doyle, Conor Brophy, and of course “Shorty” Walsh were great battlers.
The Rower were delighted to have survived, but they were very clever tacticians, and knew where the posts were when the necessity arose. They had better forwards overall as the scores will suggest, and while paper does not refuse ink, it seldom lies either.
Rower Inistioge: Luke Tennyson (1-3); John Grace (1-3, two pointed frees); Pauric Ryan (0-3, one free); Conor Lyng (0-3); Sean Lyster (0-2); Michael Meaney, Michael McDonald, John James Kenny, Niall Walsh (0-1 each).
Mooncoin: Liam “Shorty” Walsh (2-2); Conor Brophy (1-1); Mark O’Neill, Robbie Walsh (1-0) each)Gerry Kirwan (0-2); Richie Doyle (0-1).
Rower Inistioge: Michael Doyle, Diarmuid Aspel, Nicky Kenny, Eugene Murphy, Tony Whelan, James Roche, Paul Grace, Sean Lyster, Michael Meaney, Michael Mc.Donald, John James Kenny, Pauric Ryan, John Grace, Conor Lyng, Luke Tennyson.
Subs (used): Niall Walsh, Darren Walsh, Michael Cassin.
Mooncoin: Billy Ryan, Joe O’Hanlon, Eoin Crowley, Ian Walsh, Brian Meade, Shane Walsh, Ian Dunphy, Richie Doyle, Trevor Dunphy, Niall Downing, Michael Jones, Mark O’Neill, Liam “Shorty” Walsh, Gerry Kirwan, Maurice Flynn.
Subs (used):Eoin Doyle, John Healy, Conor Brophy, Robbie Walsh.
Ref: Paschal Connolly (Shamrocks)