MAGHERACLOONE BEST IN CRACKING INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL DECIDER

17 August 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

MAGHERACLOONE 2-11
AGHABOG 1-10
By BRENDA MCANESPIE

MAGHERACLOONE had to work their socks off before securing the IFC title on a 2-11 to 1-10 scoreline after a tremendous battle with a game Aghabog crew.
This was a decider that was always going to be a close contest and one in which the destination of the spoils remained unclear right to the end of the game with both teams battling it out to return to senior championship ranks for 2013.
After only one minute of play Magheracloone recorded the first point from Niamh Kindlon, a player who was inspirational throughout the game when needed.
With some good interchange from Laura Boylan, Aisling Tierney pointed for Aghabog, another six minutes were to elapse before the next score a point from the boot of Niamh Kindlon, this in turn was cancelled out by Aisling Tierney at the other end.
Some good play by Rachel Boylan found Anita Newel on the run to point for Aghabog, a foul on Ellie McCarron resulted in Aisling Tierney pointing. Niamh Kindlon was fouled out on the wing and she pointed from the spot, some great tackles and defending by both sides had kept the scores at a minimum but in the 20th minute a bad clearance by the Aghabog defence when they failed to gather the loose ball and Niamh Kindlon was in the right place to send it low into the back of the net.
Shauna Tuite added a point to leave it 1-4 to 0-4 by the 23th minute.
However Laura Boylan, who was causing problems for the Magheracloone defence, won herself a free which she duly pointed and some minutes later Flavia O’Callaghan added another from play.
A great ball in from Aghabog’s Ellen Mc Carron was saved on the goal line by Ciara Mc Dermott another player who excelled for Magheracloone, this was indeed a let off and Ciara Mc Guinness who must have run the socks of herself all through the game collected the kickout and with a surging run forward passed to Karen Byrne who pointed to leave the half time score at 1-5 to 0-6.
Aghabog started much the better team after the break and one may have thought they were home and dry with 15 minutes of the second half gone, with a goal and two points (all from play) from co player Ellen Mc Carron, one point from Laura Boylan and a free from Aisling Tierney to leave Magheracloone 1-10 to 1-5 in arrears.
However Magheracloone’s persistence finally paid off, from none other than Christina Reilly who …

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