Intermediate Footballers get back on track in Championship race

posted 15 Aug 2015, 14:14 by Corofin GAA   [ updated 15 Aug 2015, 15:12 ]

Intermediate Football Championship, 2nd Group Game

Corofin 4-9 Liscannor 2-5

August 15th, 2015

Corofin secured their first win in the 2015 Intermediate Football Championship, following a comfortable 10 point victory over Liscannor, in their second group game which was played in windy Miltown Malbay on Saturday, August 15th. 

Playing with the aid of a strong breeze in the first half, Corofin got off to a perfect start with a goal from new centre-forward Eamonn Malone, following a pass from his cousin Jamie. Liscannor hit back soon after, with two goals of their own, the second coming from the penalty spot. The score-board now resembled a soccer scoreline, with the score standing at 2 goals to 1 in favour of Liscannor. However, that would be Liscannor's scoring quota for the entire first half, as Corofin took a firm grip on the game. They went on a mini scoring spree which was kicked off by the 'weaker' left leg of midfielder John Keane. Stephen Heagney, Jason Tierney, Jamie Malone and Damien Ryan (free) all raised white flags, while goals from Damien Ryan (penalty) and Jamie Malone gave Corofin a commanding 8 point lead going in at the break. Half-Time score: Corofin 3-5 Liscannor 2-0.

Eamonn Malone got the opening score of the second half with a point inside the first minute. Corofin and Liscannor would then go on to exchange points on 3 occasions, before 3 successive Liscannor points reduced the deficit to 6. However, any hopes of a miraculous Liscannor comeback were quickly extinguished, when an attempt at a point from substitute Darren Malone rebounded off the post and fell into the path of Stephen Heagney, who had the easy task of finishing to the net. With victory now all but secured, Corofin were now in a position to empty the bench, while Jamie Malone finished off the scoring with a pointed free. Full-Time score: Corofin 4-9 Liscannor 2-5.  

Corofin now occupy 2nd position in the group table with 3 points from 2 games. Victory over table-toppers Kilmihil in their final group game in 2 weeks time will ensure progression to the semi-final stages as group winners. Liscannor however, are now out of the race for this years Championship and now face a must win game against Naomh Eoin to avoid being dragged into a relegation final.

The following was the Corofin team line-out and scorers:

1. Kieran Carkill

2. Diarmaid Cleary

3. Manus Malone

4. Donnachadh Kelleher

5. Colm Rice 

6. Brendan Keane 

7. Shay Malone

8. John Keane 0-1

9. Luke O'Loughlin 

10. Fionn Clancy

11. Eamonn Malone 1-1

12. Stephen Heagney 1-1

13. Jason Tierney 0-1

14. Damien Ryan  1-2 (1-0 pen, 0-2 frees)

15. Jamie Malone 1-3 (0-1 free)

Eoin Davoren     for   Eamonn Malone 
Darren Malone   for   Fionn Clancy
Gearóid Kelly     for   Jason Tierney
Michael Kelly     for   Damien Ryan
David Corbett    for   Stephen Heagney