Ramor United Vs. Mullaghoran Wednesday
Referee; Joe McQuillan
Ramor; Aodhgan Cahill, Barry Fitzimons, Stefan Connolly, Gary McNamee, Colum Murphy, Damien Barkey, Adam O Connell, Shane Cole, Steven Monaghan, Philip Fitzimons, Jack Brady (0-4, 2f), Simon Cadden (0-1), James Bradley, Adrian Cole (0-1), Kevin Mulvaney (1-1)
Subs Used; Michael O’Reilly,Steven Monaghan, Emmet Daly, Ronan Keating.
Mullaghoran; Eamon Brady, Seanie Smith, Killian Brady, James Reilly, Fergal Brady, Patrick Brady, Michael Brady (0-1), Christopher Shiels, Michael Donoghue, Peter Paul Galligan (0-1), Thomas Nannery (0-1), Daniel Smith (0-2), Enda O’Reilly (0-8,5f), Eddie O’Reilly (0-1), Anthony Sherdian.
Subs Used; Dermot Sherdian, Kevin Fitzimons.
Two precious points were up for grabs in Ramor Park on Wednesday night. The pressure was on both sides, but it was a storming second half performance by the visitors which sent Mullaghoran ahead of the home side in the closing stages of the senior football league.
Mullaghoran made the most of the initial possession and an early point from Thomas Nannery followed by two in quick succession from the boot of corner forward Enda O’Reilly put the visitors three up in the opening five minutes. A score from Simon Cadden settled the home side somewhat and a well worked ball out of the Ramor defence ended up in the back of Eamon Bradys net after a sublime interchange of passes found the waiting Kevin Mulvaney.
Mullaghoran equalised shortly after with a point courtesy of Daniel Smith, entertaining stuff all round. Ramor were unlucky however not to register another goal when a quick free from Adrian Cole found his brother Shane in space with only the keeper to beat. Having no desire to be beaten a second time Brady reacted quickly and pulled off an excellent save with the deflection being sent wide. This was to be the first of eight wasted opportunities by the Virginia men in the first half alone.
Wayward shooting aside, the game continued in a competitive free flowing fashion as the crowd bore witness to some excellent tackling from both sides. The Ramor half backline were notably efficient clearing up a lot of loose ball and away to safety.
Points from Adrian Cole and Jack Brady in the 22nd and 25th minute respectively and a converted free by Mullaghorans’ Enda O’Reilly in the final minute saw Ramor ahead by the minimum. Half time Ramor 1-3 Mullaghoran 0-5.
Both teams were obviously well aware of the importance of a win at this stage in the competition and this was evidenced by the fact that pre half huddles were formed at each end prior to the second throw up. The effectiveness of these ‘huddles’ can be debated, but what couldn’t be argued with, was the dominance of the visitors in the third quarter.
An early point from Kevin Mulvaney was as good as it got for Ramor who subsequently had to wait 17 minutes to score again. In the meantime Mullaghoran took a firm hold at mid field and started delivering quality ball into an increasingly effective forward line.
Points from Enda and Eddie O’Reilly, Daniel Smith, P P Galligan and half back Michael Brady saw the visitors go six in front with 15 minutes on the clock. Indeed they may well have been out of sight but for the efforts of Ramors Aodghan Cahill who foiled an attack from the ever threatening Eddie O’Reilly bearing down on goal.
Three points in five minutes from Jack Brady brought the home side back in to contention but an excellent long range kick for Enda O’Reilly (his 8th of the evening) maintained a four point cushion. Mullaghoran were resolute in holding this lead and the final seven minutes saw no score from either side. Full time Ramor 1-7 Mullaghoran 0-14