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Annaclone shape up for last eight

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Annaclone shape up for last eight thumbnail Synchronised running from cousins Gary and Brendan McArdle adds a point.

ANNACLONE and Carryduff played the undercard to the Mayobridge vs Clonduff header at Pairc Esler on Sunday evening (27 August) and gave the more exciting footballing fare.

Annaclone...2-11
Carryduff...2-08

Carryduff settled first and led 0-04 to a Kevin Anderson free before netting to lead by six points with 15 minutes gone.

Annaclone replied with frees from Rory Simpson with Sean O'Hare adding following a powerful burst from Aidan McIlroy.

Rory Simpson struck the base of the post having earlier not been awarded a mark, which Carryduff pointed.

Brendan McArdle pointed from a Kevin Anderson pass to leave it 1-06 to 0-06 for Carryduff at the break.

Annaclone landed shots into the 'kee per's arms either side of the break before Brian McGivern made a stunning penalty stop as Carryduff threatened to break clear.

They were seven points up on 40 minutes after adding a goal and point from play.

Annaclone needed to close the gap quickly and a sublime pass from Rory Simpson set Ciaran Greenan flying down the left right flank to unleash a rasping thunderbolt, giving the 'keeper no chance.

Annaclone's tails were up and the introduction of John Haughey added power, direct running and a rasping goal and a further point from play, with Kevin Anderson and Gary McArdle instrumental.

A free from Carryduff between Haughey's scores was their last on 50 minutes.

Meanwhile Ciaran Shields (2) and Brendan McArdle pointed with the solid defending by John McIlroy flanked by Gerald Farrell and Conor McConville denied Carryduff earlier.

Annaclone ran out three-point winners and were worthy of their victory.

Final score: Annaclone 2-11 Carryduff 2-08.

The Shamrocks defeat in the previous round exposed the over-reliance on sweeper systems and lack of attacking prowess.

Niall Higgins' loss at full back has seen various attack-minded players installed, but the recent addition of the impressive John McIlroy in the role has seen Colm Farrell and Ciaran Greenan freed up to deliver upfield.

This gives Annaclone better distribution, more attacking options and more threat.

Their bench and use of substitutions may be somewhat predictable at times, but will be crucial too as they close in on staying in Division Two, as well as remaining in the Championship.

It is a case of one game at a time for the Clone.

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