CARRICK ON SHANNON MATCH GIVES ROCKCORRY REASON TO DREAM

21 January 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By JOHN GRAHAM

2015 was an historic year for the Rockcorry club, first of all in winning the Monaghan Junior football championship and promotion back to Intermediate ranks for 2016 at the first time of asking, and then going on to add the Ulster Club Junior Football Championship title on the first occasion that they competed at that level. When they travel to Carrick on Shannon this Sunday to take on the Mayo and Connaught champions Ardnaree, in Pairc Sean, they will be writing another chapter in their evolving history as they attempt to book a February date in Croke Park for the All Ireland Club Junior Championship Final.

Ardnaree got back among the honours in Mayo last year for the first time in some 40 odd years when they stormed to victory in the County Junior Championship Final, having experienced the bitter taste of defeat four times in the previous five years. They used that disappointment well to fuel their hunger and their determination and the manner of their victory in Mayo and subsequently in the Connacht Junior final marks them down as very serious contenders and a team that has the capacity to cause Rockcorry trouble if not completely thwart their ambition of an All Ireland final appearance.

While they were out of the honours in Mayo for quite some time Ardnaree nevertheless is one of the most highly regarded clubs in the County and were a dominant force in senior football in Mayo back in the 50s, 60s and 70s when the famous Jinking Joe Corcoran, a legendary Mayo forward of the 60s and 70s was ….

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