to second defeat in a row
3: Dundrum 2-08 Carryduff 1-10
Marc Mac Siomoin [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Two goals from veteran Paddy Doran give
Dundrum their first victory of the season
and condemned Carryduff to their second
defeat of the campaign. Doran playing
at full forward proved too hot to handle
and Carryduff's inability to cope with
his threat cost them dearly. Carryduff
held the upper hand at the break when
they went in with a two point lead.
Their goal coming towards the end of
Dundrum did start brightly and a nicely
taken Cormac Venney effort was followed
up by Doran's first goal. The goal was
mainly a result of the persistence of
Martin Melville who hassled and harried
until he forced Phil Maguire in to a
fatal error which allowed Doran to slide
the ball in to the net. Kieran Walsh
followed up with two great scores from
play to reduce the 'Duff's lead to two
going in at halftime.
Ronan Lawlor hit the first score after
the restart to put Carryduff three clear.
However Dundrum learned from their mistakes
of last week and quickly moved to cut
the deficit. The enigmatic Johnny McMullan
at wing half forward pounced with two
great long range scores to put a solitary
point between the sides. Walsh momentarilly
levelled affairs from a set peice but
Carryduff countered with two free kicks
to put themselves in the ascendency.
It was after this point that the 'Duff
started to lose concentration. They
let Cathal Kielty in for what was possibly
the score of the game and then conceded
a goal after Doran took receipt of a
nicely placed long range ball from Walsh.
This goal served as a wake up call to
Tom Potter's men who worked hard to
earn two frees which were duly converted.
With the game finely poised at all square
it needed a spark of creative genius
from a certain someone to sway the result.
This genius came in the form of a well
executed score from the right boot of
Dundrum's Cormac Venney. Despite having
a relatively quiet game Venney showed
when it most mattered as the Duns squeezed
to a one point victory.
Best for the away side on the night
were Tom Scullion and Richard Maguire
at the back. Ryan Hanna also proved
that the transition from minor to senior
isn't as big a leap as it is believed
to be as he adapted superbly at midfield.
Eamon Blaney showed a lot of determination
at full forward but was lacking that
final touch. Ronan Lawlor and former
county panellist Chris O'Neill tried
hard but found the tough tackling Dundrum
defence too stubborn to break.
The hosts had a great performance from
stand in goalkeeper Thomas Byrne. A
superb double save midway through the
first half managed to keep his side
in touch. Philip Shields marked well
from centre half back rendering O'Neill
scoreless. Conor McKibbin played magnificently
at wing back curbing the threat of Lawlor
Walsh, Doyle and Kielty held sway at
midfield for the majority of the game
with Doyle winning some good breaking
ball. Up front the attack moved a lot
more fluidly than last weeks efforts.
Martin Coughlan was the main driving
force and he was well assisted by McMullan
T.Byrne, J.McKibben, M.Murray,
N.McComiskey, J.Hurley, P.Shields, C.McKibbin,
K.Walsh (0-03), A.Doyle, M.Melville,
M.Coughlan, J.McMullan (0-02), C.Kielty
(0-01), P.Doran (2-00), C.Venney (0-02).