Yellas fail to take win

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Yellas fail to take win thumbnail A tackle from Clonduff on the advancing Burren during their clash last Friday night (16 June).

BURREN held firm in the closing stages to record a hard-fought win over rivals Clonduff.


Played in Clonduff on a sunny Friday night (16 June), a big crowd turned out to watch the neighbours battle and they were in for a treat - initially anyway.

Both sides were without their county men and while, as expected, the game lacked the intensity of championship football, it started off in blistering pace with scores going end-to-end.

In fact, all but one point of the firsthalf scores were registered in a thrilling opening quarter.

With six minutes gone it was Paddy O'Ro u rke 's men who led by three points, following scores from Ryan Treanor, Jamie McGovern and a fine strike from David McEntee.

Clonduff opened their account a minute later when good link-up play between the lively Rian Brannagan and Liam McGreevy set up Gary McDonald to chip between the posts.

Veteran Dan McCartan replaced Piaras Murdock on nine minutes after the Burren full-back received a black card, but more importantly referee Brendan Rice awarded Clonduff a penalty, which Conor Og O'Hagan confidently converted to level the scores.

Burren's response was immediate with young Ryan Treanor finding the target after David McEntee won the ball in midfield.

Burren ruled the roost in midfield with David McEntee, Declan Rooney and Mark McKay making several high catches, which resulted in marks.

Clonduff 's young midfield partnership of Ryan McPolin and Charlie Carr made better headway of the kick-outs in the second period, but Burren were more efficient in their use of the mark.

It was a simple and effective tactic, win the mark and quickly kick long into the forwards, whereas Clonduff failed to maximise any value from the mark.

Clonduff 's Stephen McConville and Treanor exchanged converted frees and Cathal Foy put Burren back into the lead with a great point after Treanor's pinpoint cross-field pass.

However, with 19 minutes gone the sides were level (1-03 to 0-06) again with Stephen McConville converting a free after Rian Brannagan was fouled.

And the score didn't change until the second half, as both sides seemed to lose their proverbial shooting boots.

But credit should also go to both defences, as McCartan helped shore up the Burren defence and Clonduff's Niall O'Hagan made several telling tackles and interceptions.

Clonduff 's Patrick O'Hagan made a few excellent catches towards the end of the half as they tried to break Burren's monopoly on winning kick-outs and breaking-ball.

However, Burren should have been in front as they kicked five wides to Clonduff 's two in the last 10 minutes of the half

Gary McDonald's fisted point three minutes into the second half was the start Clonduff wanted, but that was immediately cancelled out by Treanor's converted free.

Rian Brannagan's stroked effort edged the Yellow bellies back in front and lifted the confidence of the team.

Charlie Carr was making more of an impression and he worked hard, while substitute Shane Ward also seemed to steady the ship.

Brannagan should have extended Clonduff 's lead but he was brilliantly dispossessed by the evergreen McCartan and Treanor finished a sweeping Burren move with a point, to level the score for the fourth time.

Cathal Foy and substitute Ronan Fegan edged Burren ahead but McConville's tight angled point kept the Hilltown side in touch with 10 minutes remaining.

Patrick O'Hagan came close to bagging a goal but his shot crashed off the crossbar after making a bursting 30- metre run. Clonduff's wide tally started to mount which frustrated the home support and a point from Burren substitute Ronan McGrath gave his side a three-point lead.

Clonduff attempted to conjure up a goal but Burren defended in numbers, sometimes desperately as Ciaran McGovern received a second yellow, thus a red card, from referee Brendan Rice.

McConville tagged on another free but it wasn't enough for Ross Carr's men as Burren had done just about enough to secure victory.

Clonduff: Niall Trainor, Niall O'Hagan, Ruairi Lively, Gary Mc-Donald, Jayme Gribben, Shane Mc-Greevy, John McPolin, Ryan McPolin, Charlie Carr, Conor Murray, Patrick O'Hagan, Stephen McConville, Conor Og O'Hagan, Rian Brannagan, Liam Mc-Greevy.

Burren: Cathal Murdock, Conor Cox, Piaras Murdock, Jamie McGovern, Stevie Fegan, Ciaran McGovern, David McEntee, Declan Rooney, Mark McKay, Cathal Foy, Sean Murdock, Conor Toner, Declan Murdock, Ryan Treanor, Ryan McGovern.


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