17 June 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

SEANS 1-07

arrickmacross who were relegated from senior ranks last year got their intermediate championship campaign off to a winning start but they were pushed all the way by a resolute Sean McDermotts in this highly charged and at times robust opening round game in Clontibret on Sunday evening last.
Playing conditions were very difficult due to the strong breeze and the heavy rain and this did lead to problems for both sets of players but they compensated with a full blooded performance that produced probably the best game in the championships last weekend.
Overall Carrickmacross shaded the exchanges and were the more adept at manufacturing and taking their scoring chances but they were never able to put any real daylight between themselves and the opposition and a late rally by Sean McDermotts that yielded a goal in the final minute of normal time from substitute Damien Larkin left them clinging on desperately for the sound of the final whistle.
Carrickmacross had excellent performances from James Conlon and James McGeown in midfield, Conlon in particular underpinning their performance with a very high work rate, Paddy Lonergan on the right side of the attack was always busy while the accuracy of the ever reliable Andy Callan and Mark Downey was their main source form scores. Sean McDermotts were forced to field without regular keeper Mark Keogh, Damien Connolly and full forward Damien Larkin on the latter pair came on as substitutes to good effect but their re-jigged line out took some time to settle with a number of players struggling to get into the game.
The result of that was that barring a bright opening seven or eight minutes during which they took the lead twice Sean McDermotts were chasing the match. Emelyn Clerkin in defence worked hard throughout as did Martin Kieran with Pauric McGuirk in midfield putting in a great performance both helping out in defence and driving his side forward but up front they struggled a little in the absence of Damien Larkin with Danny McNally and James Treanor accounting for the bulk of their scores.
Full report in The Northern Standard

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