Erins Own 2-14, Mooncoin 2-12.
This Junior League clash in Canon Kearns Park on Friday evening was interesting, competitive, and entertaining. There were some classic performances given, not least of which was a tremendous display of effortless tree- taking by one of the greatest strikers of a dead ball, this County has ever known, Davy Buggy. Practically all of his four pointed frees came from long distances, some from inside his own half of the pitch. Over the years, conceding easy frees in your own defence has proved enormously unproductive. Coaches frown with derision on such foolhardiness, but Mooncoin were quite disciplined in that particular area. It was when their forwards were competing for ball that the concession of frees was close to epidemic proportion. With a guy like Buggy, and a well-honed talent that he has cultivated since the cot, the concession of frees from any distance is sacrilegious.
In addition to the talented Buggy, the other Comer forwards were workmanlike, and very effective. Donal Fenlon played well on the edge of the Mooncoin square, while Kieran Brennan led the formation with great awareness.
Mooncoin were never out of this game in essence. Not even when they went behind by 2-3 to a mere four points. At the 22nd minute stage their revival commenced with a grand point from Davy O’Brien. O’Brien got a great goal for them in the 23rd minute, and that scorched them into a new-found rigour. Between then and the half time break they scored another five points to see them leading at half time by that O’Brien goal. Mooncoin 1-9, Erins Own 2-3.
Mooncoin had the assistance of whatever breeze there was available in the first half.
An early exchange of points between O’Brien and Dermot Wallace didn’t alter the scoreboard, but three long-range points by Buggy did.
The sides were level at the 36-minute marker. Three points from Buggy, Kieran Brennan, and Donal Fenlon had the winners in front by two with fifteen minutes on the clock. Points by Buggy-again- and Fenlon sandwiched a Davy O’Brien effort, and as the clock ran down the final ten minutes, it was the home side that were looking increasingly like winners as they led by 2-14 to 1-12. Liam “Bull” Walsh smashed home a goal for the Mooncoin lads but it really was of cosmetic value only.
The better team won, but it could have been different if the Mooncoin lads had been a little bit more frugal.
Erins Own: Davy Buggy (0-7, four frees); Donal Fenlon (1-1); Michael O’Dwyer (1-0); Andrew Carron, Dermot Wallace (0-2 each); Kieran Brennan, Anthony Kavanagh (0-1 each).
Mooncoin: Davy O’Brien (1-6, three pointed frees); Liam “Bull” Walsh (1-0); Ethan Ryan (0-2, frees); JP. Purcell (0-2); Conor Brophy, Liam “Shorty” Walsh (0-1 each).
Erins Own: Jim Buggy, Noel Callinan, Eoin Brennan, Joe Maher, Sean McDermott, Declan Dunne, Liam Wallace, Kieran McDermott, Dermot Wallace, Davy Buggy, Kieran Brennan, Michael Dwyer, Andrew Carron, Donal Fenlon, Anthony Kavanagh.
Subs (used): Shane Rice, Kieran Wallace.
Mooncoin: Patrick Kinsella, Niall Madden, Alan Henebery, Eoin Crowley, Shane Walsh, Tommy Walsh, Liam Henebery, Mark Fitzpatrick, Ethan Ryan, Cormac Fleming, Davy O’Brien, Liam “Shorty” Walsh, JP. Purcell, Liam “Bull” Walsh, Conor Brophy.
Subs (used): Johnny Phelan, Michael Jones.
Ref: John Guinan (St.Lactains).