27 April 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

COLM SHALVEY reports from Scotshouse

CURRIN won a Senior Football League game for the first time in their 126-year history when they produced a strong second-half performance to edge out Magheracloone in Scotshouse.
Currin trailed by 0-6 to 0-5 at the interval but, amazingly, they scored the only two points of the second half. It wasn’t one for the purist, with 55 frees being awarded over the hour, but the manner of this historic victory will be secondary to Currin.
Currin dominated at midfield, winning over 70% of the kick-outs, with Dick Clerkin and Francis O’Callaghan getting through a lot of work, ably assisted by Ben Clerkin and Michael Quigley, while Stephen Smyth had his shooting boots on and Conor and Enda McCaffrey were excellent in the full-back line.
Magheracloone were close to full strength, fielding 11 of the team that started the SFC semi-final loss to Scotstown last September, but it was a day to forget for the south-Monaghan men, not least their big names Tommy and Damien Freeman. The former was held to just two points from frees, while the latter, who had kicked three points in the first half, saw his afternoon ended prematurely when he was sent off.

Magheracloone started brightly, as Tommy Freeman won and scored a 25-metre free and Damien Freeman kicked a point from play inside the first five minutes, but Stephen Smyth hit a settling score for Currin from a 20-metre free after he had been fouled.
Smyth was denied a goal chance by a combination of Magheracloone goalkeeper Shane Duffy and corner-back Michael Jones at the end of a well-worked move involving Dick Clerkin and Philip O’Callaghan, but the rebound fell for Kieran Kierans to tap over the bar.
Smyth linked up with Philip O’Callaghan to swing over a left-footed point and edge Currin ahead for the first time, before Tommy Freeman had a goal disallowed for a push in the back as he …

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