Corofin outclassed by clinical St. Mary's in Munster Championship

posted 14 Nov 2015, 13:27 by Corofin GAA   [ updated 14 Nov 2015, 14:18 ]

Munster Intermediate Football Semi-Final

St. Mary's Cahersiveen (Kerry) 4-21  Corofin 0-1

November 14th, 2015

Corofin were taught a footballing lesson when they were blitzed by Kerry outfit St. Mary's from Cahersiveen in the semi-final of the Munster Intermediate Football Championship. The game, played before an official attendance of 844, was played in gale force conditions in Cahersiveen on Saturday, November 14th.

St. Mary's, managed by Kerry legend Maurice Fitzgerald, played a high tempo game from start to finish, and had 4 points on the scoreboard inside the first 10 minutes. Corofin had a great chance to raise a green flag but Damien Ryan's rasping shot cannoned off the crossbar and away to safety. St.Mary's then proceeded to tag on the scores, and they goaled through Niall O'Driscoll and Daniel Daly, while they continued to kick points at ease, with Kerry star Bryan Sheehan leading the line from placed balls. Corofin just couldnt get into the rhythm of their play, and by the end of the first half they were a whopping 19 points in arrears. Half-Time score: St. Mary's 2-13 Corofin 0-0.

If Corofin were to have any chance of clawing back St. Mary's huge lead, they needed goals in the second half, and fast. Stephen Heagney did manage to get in behind the St. Mary's full-back line but his goal bound effort was agonisingly stopped on the line. The first 2 scores of the second half were both goals, but unfortunately for Corofin, both of these goals were scored by St. Mary's - via Conor O'Shea and a bullet of an effort from Paul O'Donoghue. St. Mary's added 8 further points in the second half,as their movement on the ball and scoring prowess was clear for all to see. To their credit, Corofin kept battling right to the finish, but this was just a day that nothing went right for them. They did manage to register a score, but the fact that this came from a free with virtually the last kick of the game tells its own story. Full-Time score: St. Mary's 4-21 Corofin 0-1.

While this was a day to forget for Corofin, they can be very proud of their achievements during the 2015 season. They have achieved what they set out to achieve at the beginning of the year - which was to win the County Intermediate Football Championship and to rejoin the senior ranks of Clare football. They also clinched the Division 3 League title, while the U-21's have an opportunity to complete a hat-trick of titles when they take on Doora-Barefield in the U-21 B Final next weekend. 

The following was the Corofin team line-out v St. Mary's:

1. Kieran Carkill

2. Eamonn Malone

3. Colm Rice

4. Manus Malone

5. Eoin Clancy

6. Brendan Keane  

7. Shay Malone  

8. John Keane

9. Luke O'Loughlin

10. Fionn Clancy 

11. Darren Malone

12. Damien Ryan 0-1 (0-1 free) 

13. Stephen Heagney 

14. Jamie Malone (Capt.)    

15. Jason Tierney 

David Corbett             for   Shay Malone
Fergie Neylon             for   Fionn Clancy
Donnchadh Kelleher   for   Eoin Clancy
Eoin Davoren              for   Darren Malone