Monday, June 2, 2014

Sunday June 1: Junior A Football - Cork v Armagh-Notre Dame

Cork 3-13 Armagh-Notre Dame 1-3

Cork captured two points in their first outing of the season with an impressive win over Armagh-Notre Dame.  A hat trick from West Cork's Cian Clifford put the stamp on the win, while some tidy play from corner backs Eoin Barry and Mike Carolan kept the Armagh-ND forwards from making inroads on the scoreboard. 

Cork got their season off to a good start.
Playing away from the clubhouse end, Cork built up a 10 point lead over the first 30 minutes of play.  The rebels had the kind of finishing that their opposite numbers were lacking.  Although there were a decent handful of missed chances mid way through the half, Cork availed of most of the chances that came their way.  Cian Clifford accounted for 1-3 from his corner forward berth, while his partner in the other corner, Mike Moynihan, accounted for 2 points.  At the other end, Armagh-ND generated several scoring chances, but the final effort drifted wide.  Eoin Barry played well at corner back for Cork to snuff out a number of balls into the full forward line, and it looked like the 2 points would be safe for Cork as they led by 10 points at the break.

Armagh-Notre Dame Junior A Football Team
Early in the second half Armagh-Notre Dame spirits rose after a Frank Meehan point was followed by a goal from Brian Devlin.  The Cork lead was reduced to 7, but the rebels restored the difference almost right away with a second goal from Clifford.  Mick Lyons popped over 2 more points and a third goal followed from Clifford to complete a hat trick for the Rathcormack man.  Cork continued to put their stamp on proceedings as the Brighton side struggled to gain traction.  John Moylan and Moynihan traded points to end the game with Cork looking good in their first outing.

Armagh-ND:  O. Murphy, S. McKenna, P. McDermott, B. Devlin, N. Al-Hakim, M. Murphy, D. Magill, A. Blake, J. Moylan, P. Grace, B. McGrath, D. Maguire, M. Tiffany.  Cork:  K. Reid, E. Barry, M. Carolan, D. Brogan, S. McGarr, D. Kerins, M. Lyons, D. O'Regan, M. Maye, C. Caffrey, J. Crowley, C. Clifford, M. Moynihan.

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