TRUAGH CLIMB FAMOUS CUSACK STAND STEPS AFTER CROKER CLASSIC

14 February 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

BY COLM SHALVEY

Sunday’s AIB All-Ireland Club Intermediate Football Championship Final will live long in the memory of all who were in Croke Park to see Truagh reach the Promised Land at the end of an eight-month championship campaign.

An incredible game produced thrills and spills throughout, with some score-taking out of the top drawer. 3-30 of the total of 4-34 came from open play, with Truagh hitting a very impressive 2-19 from play, but the numbers don’t even tell half the story of a thriller which saw both teams create a succession of chances.

Both teams last week signalled their intentions to continue playing attacking football and they stuck to their guns, making for a great spectacle. After scoring the first two points, Truagh conceded quick-fire goals to Darragh Carey from a penalty and Mikey Sweeney, but there was no hint of panic from Brian Rafferty’s side.

Well-taken goals by Daniel McKenna and Mark Counihan helped Truagh hit an unanswered 2-3 in the space of ten minutes to turn the game on its head and send them on their way to a four-point half-time lead.

After extending that to five after the restart, the Gaels found themselves pinned inside their own half for a spell, with Kiltane pushing for goals, only to somehow see a string of efforts either saved, blocked or deflected over the bar.

The Mayo and Connacht champions did manage to cut their deficit to a point twice inside the final quarter, but Truagh found another gear, picking off seven without reply in just five minutes to kill the game off.

Despite conceding 2-13, Truagh also had some good performances at the back, not least from goalkeeper Ian Treanor, who made two excellent saves in the second half (his stop from Tommy Conroy in the 37th minute would have graced any stage). John ….

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