Defeat to Clondegad sees Corofin enter Senior Football relegation dogfight

posted 14 Aug 2016, 16:37 by Corofin GAA   [ updated 14 Aug 2016, 17:06 ]

Senior Football Championship, 2nd Round

Clondegad 1-17  Corofin 2-5

August 14th, 2016

Corofin's senior footballers have been dragged into a relegation scrap following defeat to Clondegad in the second round of the 2016 Senior Football Championship, which was played in Miltown Malbay on Sunday, August 14th.

Corofin had their best spell of the game in the opening 10 minutes, when despite conceding the opening score to Clondegad, Corofin hit 1-2 without reply - the goal coming from inter-county star Jamie Malone with Gearóid Kelly and Damien Ryan (free) supplying the points. However Clondegad then took a stronghold on the game, kicking 5 unanswered points, before Damien Ryan stopped the rot with a pointed free for Corofin. However, Clondegad would push on to kick a further 4 points without reply to see them lead by 4 points at the break. Half-Time score: Clondegad 0-10 Corofin 1-3. 

Clondegad also registered the opening score of the second half, before Corofin had a great goal chance thwarted when Eoin Davoren's shot was blocked by the Clondegad defence. Clondegad kicked 4 of the next 5 points to stretch their lead even further. A superb Jamie Malone goal cut the margin by 3, but Clondegad were always in control of the game, and a brace of points from Podge McMahon followed by a goal from a Gary Brennan penalty saw them hold a comfortable lead. The final score of the game fell to Corofin's John Keane when he pointed in the final minute, but the result was never in any serious doubt in the final quarter of the game. Full-Time score: Clondegad 1-17 Corofin 2-5.  

Corofin will now have to regroup as they prepare to enter into a relegation battle along with Éire Óg, Doora-Barefield and Kilrush. Victory for Corofin in their next game against one of these sides will ensure Corofin retain their Senior status for 2017, while defeat will leave just one final chance to avoid the drop to Intermediate.

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

1. Kieran Carkill

2. Donnchadh Kelleher

3. Manus Malone

4. Colm Rice

5. Diarmaid Cleary

6. Brendan Keane

7. Shay Malone

8. Damien Ryan 0-3 (0-3 frees) 

9. John Keane 0-1

10. Stephen Heagney   

11. Jamie Malone 2-0  

12. Fionn Clancy  

13. Jason Tierney

14. Gearóid Kelly 0-1    

15. Eoin Davoren   

David Corbett       for   Diarmaid Cleary
Fergal Neylon       for   Eoin Davoren
Jason McCarthy   for   Stephen Heagney