Tuesday, June 21, 2011

June 19 - Senior Football: Cork v Armagh-Notre Dame

Cork 1-7 Armagh-Notre Dame 2-7

The final game of the day featured Cork and Armagh-Notre Dame. After a lackluster first half, Armagh-Notre Dame put some good passing football together in the second period while Cork struggled to string anything together. The Brighton side won control of the game with two second-half goals, one from a penalty, and got some great performances from Owen Costello, Kevin Campion, Paudie Finnegan and Kieran Lynch who entered as a substitute.

Armagh-Notre Dame got it together in the second half to defeat Cork.
The first half was evenly contested. Cork tried to get the ball into tall corner forward Stephen Coughlin at every opportunity. The strategy worked in the early going with David Mannix putting one over the bar. Armagh-Notre Dame tried to work the ball into Seamie O’Hare in the corner, but short passing did not always meet with success. After Gavin Hall got the northerners on the board, Paudie Finnegan followed with another. Mike Moynihan and Patrick Leddy put Cork one to the good and the rebels began to gain control over affairs. Cork imposed themselves on the game and continued to employ the long ball into the full forward line. A goal resulted from a high ball dropping onto the corner of the square. Stephen Coughlin got a first to it and Cathal Brady was made the save, but Trevor Kelly was first to the rebound off the post to fist into the back of the net. Coughlan pointed to end the half and Cork led by five points at the half.

Armagh-Notre Dame were right back in the game within 10 minutes of the restart. Kieran Lynch entered the fray and made a huge difference to the fortunes of Armagh-ND. Paudie Finnegan pointed shortly after the restart and was involved in almost every good thing for his side in front of the Cork goal. The northerners passing game came together and on several occasions the Brighton based team cut through Cork’s defences. Frank Meehan was brought down in the penalty area on one such occasion and Seamie O’Hare hit the shot hard and low and the leather hit the net. After Finnegan added another point a second goal came for Armagh-Notre Dame courtesy of wing back, Kevin Campion. With the game tied Campion began a run down the right wing and after two interchanges found himself in front of goal and buried the ball from close range. Finnegan again pointed to follow the goal and control of the game was in the hands of the Orchard County men. Cork continued to battle and had a few good chances in the run-in. Trevor Kelly and Moynihan pointed, but whether it was for goal or point, most chances were missed. The northerners continued to play the passing game to good effect. Frank Meehan and John Comiskey rounded out the scoring and Armagh-Notre Dame win their first points of the championship.

Cork: J. O’Toole, E. Barry, J. Leonard, C. Caffrey, M. O’Leary, S. Caulfield, P. Leddy (0-1), E. Walsh, T. Kelly (1-1), M. Moynihan (0-4), J. Crowley, D. Mannix (0-1), S. Coughlin. Armagh-ND: C. Brady, G. Kearns, F. Meehan (0-1), M. McAuley, A. Murnin, J. Lavery, G. Hall (0-1), J. Comiskey (0-1), M. Tiffany, S. O’Hare (1-0), P. Finnegan (0-4).

By Rory O'Donnell

No comments: