Heroic performance sees Corofin dump St. Josephs out of Intermediate Hurling Championship

posted 22 Aug 2015, 12:40 by Corofin GAA   [ updated 22 Aug 2015, 14:20 ]

Intermediate Hurling Championship, Round 3

Corofin 4-11 St. Josephs Doora-Barefield 2-16

August 22nd, 2015

Corofin have progressed to the Quarter Finals of the Intermediate Hurling Championship after taking the scalp of St. Josephs Doora-Barefield in a game played in a wet and greasy Ruan on Saturday, August 22nd. Victory against a team who played in the Senior Championship last season was achieved after a battling team performance, coupled with some fine individual displays.

Corofin got off to a dream start when Stephen Heagney's effort at a point came off the post, only for full-forward Eamonn Malone to be on hand to finish the rebound to the net. Heagney and St. Josephs then exchanged 3 points each, before a pointed long range free from Damien Ryan stretched Corofin's lead out to 4. St. Josephs kept in touch, scoring the next 2 points from frees, before Eoin Davoren struck for Corofin's second goal. St. Josephs reduced the gap to a single point, scoring 3 points without reply. It was then Corofin's turn to take over the scoring, and they finished out the first half with great intent, scoring 4 points in a row from Fionn Clancy, Heagney (free) and a brace from wing-forward John Keane. Half-Time score: Corofin 2-8 St.Josephs 0-9.

Just as in the first half, Corofin were quick off the mark when the game resumed after the break. A Jamie Malone point was quickly followed by a goal from Stephen Heagney, and Corofin were now 3 clear goals ahead of St. Josephs. The 1999 All-Ireland Senior Club winners now felt that they had no choice but to go for broke, and they switched their towering centre-back Alan O'Neill from defence to attack with the hope of raising green flags. The switch paid dividends almost instantly, when a close range free by O'Neill was kept out by the Corofin rearguard, but they were powerless to prevent the rebound finishing up in the back of the net.  St. Josephs then put over the next 3 points of the game to reduce the gap to a goal. Corofin gained some breathing space when Damien Ryan emphatically buried a penalty to the back of the St. Josephs net, after Stephen Heagney had been fouled. Jamie Malone's second point of the game then put Corofin 7 points ahead with 10 minutes remaining. During this time St. Josephs laid siege on the Corofin goal, and they tied the game when they scored 1-4 without reply. Critically however, Corofin did not allow St. Josephs to squeeze ahead on the score-board, with the Corofin defence laying their bodies on the line as they sought to keep St. Josephs at bay. Luke O'Loughlin and veteran Paudie Barry were particularly resilient, along with goal-keeper Ronnie Meere. With extra-time now looming, Corofin had time for one last attack from which they earned a free 45 metres from goal. Stephen Heagney duly split the posts and when the final whistle sounded just moments later, Corofin were ahead on the score-board by the bare minimum of margins. Full-Time score: Corofin  4-11 St. Josephs 2-16.

Corofin are now in the draw for the Quarter-Finals, but attention quickly switches to the big ball. Games are coming thick and fast for the Corofin Intermediate panel, with the next hurdle to clear being the 3rd group game of the Intermediate Football Championship against Kilmihil, with a place in the Semi-Finals at stake. This game is due to take place next Sunday (August 30th), with the hurling Quarter-Final taking place the following weekend (September 5th/6th).

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

1. Ronnie Meere

2. Paul Carkill

3. Donnachadh Kelleher

4. Brendan Keane

5. Damien Ryan 1-1 (1-0 pen, 0-1 free)

6. Luke O'Loughlin

7. Paudie Barry 

8. Manus Malone

9. Cian O'Dea

10. John Keane 0-2

11. Fionn Clancy 0-1 

12. Eoin Davoren 1-0

13. Stephen Heagney 1-5 (0-4 frees)

14. Eamonn Malone 1-0

15. Jamie Malone 0-2

Michael Kelly       for   Fionn Clancy
Gearóid Kelly       for   Eoin Davoren 
Diarmaid Cleary   for   Manus Malone (inj)