Ballinacourty (@1.73) vs Rathgormack (@2.5)
20-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Ballinacourty will win

Ballinacourty – Rathgormack Match Prediction | 20-10-2019 10:30

Brian Looby somehow found himself all alone on the right hand side of 21 yard line. But he spotted Prunty making a dash toward the far post and teed up a perfectly weighed handpass toward the towering midfielder who came crashing into the goalmouth to slam the ball to the bottom far corner of the net. When play was restarted super sub Eoin Kiely sealed the win with a well taken point from 30 yards, 1-12 to 0-13. He could have tapped the ball over the bar to make it a one point game with time still on the clock to potentially capture the kick-out and drive on again. St Olivers still had time but play was halted for a minute as numerous players crumbled with cramp. Such was the end-to-end nature of the game the turning point didnt arrive until the second minute of stoppage time.

Brian O Halloran, who along with Paul O Connor tormented the Nire defence all evening, opened the scoring after just 13 seconds but the champions were soon into their stride and their speed and running off the ball had Clashmore chasing shadows. They led by 0-4 to 0-1 after six minutes, courtesy of white flags from Shane Ryan(f), Conor Gleeson from a Darren Guiry pass, Craig Guiry and an excellent point by team captain Shane Walsh, who unfortunately had to retire injured in the 40th minute after an accidental bone shaking collision with Tadhg De Burca.

Questions were being asked of Clashmores intentions and they answered in style, coming to grips with the pace of the game and Edmond O Halloran heralded their comeback with a fine score from play before Cillian O Keeffe provided for a rasper of a goal by Jason Seward into the roof of the town end goal in the 21st minute, 0-9 to 1-4.

Clinton struck 1-5 while Wayne was also available for possession and composed when on it. Ardmores youngsters Daniel Power, Tom Power, James Kennedy, Tomas Conway, John Gartland, Michael Cronin and Seamus Keating all played well Gartland in particular showing good in midfield. However, it was the contribution of Wayne Hennessey and Clinton Hennessey that proved key. He put in a serious work shift through the centre. He was a key link in the supply line between Ardmores defence and attack.

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Twice this nearly caught them out. Nire persisted with their varied kick-out game that involved the occasional short kick-out to a defender. Still, Clashmore/Kinsalebegs goal followed closely as Nire worked that resultant free out the wing by the 45 and were turned over, from which the challengers scored their first goal. First in the 21st minute but after being turned over of possession from the short kick-out referee Tommy OSullivan deemed Thomas OGorman to have been fouled. 5. In the second half, quick alertness and tenacious pressure by Paul OConnor caused Nire hearts to once again skip a beat as the short kick-out put them under more pressure.

The winners defence snuffed out Nires attack after attack and their reward was that no score from play was conceded from 19 seconds into the second half up to the 57th minute of this very entertaining and sporting game. Clashmore must have had a lot of work done in preparation for this difficult opener while the word is that the Nire players were concentrating a lot on hurling at this early stage of the football championship.

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St Marys defence. The first half was tit-for-tat with Cormac Curran kick-starting Brickey Rangers drives with his aerial dominance. However, while St Marys were collecting the wides, Brickey Rangers attack wasnt even managing to get that far as intense swarming and work-rate made the St Marys defensive zone a complete bottle neck of Maroon and White and Brickey players couldnt even find the space to swing a kick. Meanwhile though, some guilt edged finishing at the other end was failing to capitalise on the strict defensive regime being installed by their teammates. There was some great hassling, hitting and block downs by St Marys defenders during these exchanges.

Very few times possession was given away from this option as the passing was pinpoint from both teams. With football getting so much bad press nationally, it was great to see the game being played at such a high speed and directness. Although their half-forward line and midfield retreated into defence they didnt wait for Nire to walk in on them. Long kick-passing dominated the game for 45 minutes with both sides playing orthodox and attacking quickly. Aiden Trihy and Sen Bourke showed great appetite for the challenge in the closing stages. They rushed out of their packed back-line to meet them head on and broke out of defence on the counter-attack at pace. 7. Even in the final 15 minutes (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg hit their last score on 44 minutes to go 2-8 to 0-10 points up) the quality of the game didnt drop as Clashmore/Kinsalebeg circled the wagons.

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Credit the champions, they tried to respond but the Clashmore defence now had the measure of their markers and the last score of the half fell to Man of the Match Brian O Halloran in the first minute of added time to send his team in leading by 2-5 to 0-9. Rather than a Nire response, it was the winners who drove on and three minutes later the green flag was disturbed again when Tadhg De Burca spotted Cillian O Keeffe loose in front of goal, resulting in Clashmore hitting the front for the first time.