Moate All Whites: 1-10
Moate All Whites remain unbeaten in this year’s Junior Football Championship, following their three-point victory over a determined Multyfarnham side, in an exciting clash at Cusack Park last Sunday.
By Damien Maher
The outcome appeared done and dusted when Moate led by eight points with 10 minutes remaining, but an opportunist goal by substitute, Leroy Casserly gave Multyfarnham a serious confidence boost and they battled gallantly to the bitter end. Alas, a positive result proved elusive but they lacked nothing in terms of spirit.
Moate All Whites, who scored just a solitary point in the second half, will be concerned at their failure to see this game out more emphatically and some of their kicking in the second half, when they were firmly in control, was poor. Luckily for them their early groundwork gave them a solid platform and while they remain the team with arguably the most potential at this level, they will need to learn from their two recent visits to Cusack Park.
Corner forward John Corbally provided the clinical finish as the All Whites stormed nine points clear by the 19th minute and at half-time they were leading by 1-9 to 0-3. At that stage Moate’s lead looked unassailable, but the scoreline did not give a true reflection of Multyfarnham’s contribution and the first half was not without its talking points.
Multy’ corner forward, Mark Fallon had strong claims for a penalty in the first minute when he appeared to be fouled as he bore down on goal. Fallon’s evening got even worse when he shipped a heavy tackle after six minutes and was subsequently forced off injured; Moate’s Daniel Bracken picked up a yellow card for the challenge.
Multyfarnham manager, John Gordon was incensed at the marginal calls that went against his team and could be seen gesturing to referee, Patrick McGauran at half-time. He also had some words for the Coralstown/Kinnegad official at the end of the game.
The result means Multyfarnham lie fifth in the table (St Paul’s, Kilbeggan Shamrocks and Milltown are all ahead of them) while Moate are in pole position and remain leading contenders for the junior title.
Multyfarnham raced out of the blocks and were on the offensive in the first minute, but Mark Fallon’s run ended when he was challenged in the square. Play continued and it was Moate All Whites who took the lead when Nigel Adamson shot over a good score and the same player doubled his side’s lead. It went from bad to worse for Multy’ and in particular Fallon, who shipped a tough tackle and was forced off with a shoulder injury.
Cian Bradley put the All Whites three clear on nine minutes with a neat point and Alan Claffey shipped a lot of tackles before pointing. Paul Conway’s charges were controlling things and Corbally’s free made it 0-5 to nil at the end of the first quarter, before David Adamson shot over.
The Multyfarnham defence, which was battling to cope with a pacy Moate attack, was finally stretched to breaking point in the 19th minute when Keith O’Brien’s fist pass sent Corbally clear and the corner forward finished emphatically to the net. There was no sign of Multy’ capitulating, though and a well engineered score gave them their opening point in the 24th minute.
But Bradley added another Moate point, punishing Multy for coughing up possession at the other end. Corbally notched his side’s eighth point and Bradley (free) ensured they would have a commanding lead at half-time leaving Multy’ (who managed further points from Christopher Cannon, after a good break, and Noel Kieran, who converted a free) facing a huge task at the interval.
Moate almost got through for an early goal chance on the restart, but Ronan Wallace’s vital tackle rescued Multyfarnham, who fell eight points adrift when Corbally converted a free. Amazingly it was Moate’s only score in the second half as Multy’ dominated for large parts. Ultimately their lack of scoring forwards cost them, but their heroic bid gathered momentum as Kiernan converted a free and Gerard Feerick soloed through to point.
When Kiernan’s miss-hit free landed in the danger area in the 55th minute, Casserly won possession, turned and finished low to the net. In truth, it was the goal this contest needed about five minutes earlier and despite Multyfarnham’s heroics, it ended in defeat. There were other opportunities but they chose the wrong option and a vital challenge by a Moate defender brought the game’s final attack to an end when Multy’ should have ensured the pass went to hand.
These are aspects to work on for their next game while for Moate All Whites, they will surely examine why they looked so unconvincing in the second half during which all they mustered was a point from a Corbally free. They were dominated in most sectors and their defence was caught napping for the kind of goal they will be unable to concede come September.
Moate All Whites: J Corbally 1-3 (0-2f), C Bradley 0-3 (1f), N Adamson 0-2, A Claffey and D Adamson 0-1 each. Multyfarnham: L Casserly 1-0, E Feerick 0-3, N Kiernan 0-2 (2f), G Feerick and C Cannon 0-1 each.
MOATE ALL WHITES – Alex Ryan; Colm Bracken, Daniel Buckley, Alan Claffey; Daniel Bracken, Ciaran Kelly, Gavin Murray; Robert Gorman, Jamie Madden; David Adamson, Eoghan Dalton, Nigel Adamson; Keith O’Brien, Cian Bradley, John Corbally. Subs: Billy Berry for O’Brien (55), Brendan Arigho for D Bracken (55).
MULTYFARNHAM – Ciaran McCabe; Damien Grifferty, Leon Blake, Ronan Wallace; Ian McGovern, Noel Kiernan, Rory Boyce; Jason Tighe, Daniel Loughrey; David Wallace, Enda Carter, Gerard Feerick; Mark Fallon, Christopher Cannon, Emmet Feerick. Subs: Leroy Casserly for Fallon (inj, 10), Brian McLoughlin for Boyce (inj, 10), Johnny Orme for Cannon (55), David Nolan for Carter (55).
REFEREE – Patrick McGauran (Coralstown/Kinnegad).