Timahoe stormed to a comprehensive thirteen point victory over The Rock with Padraig Clancy rolling back the years to rack up a personal tally of 1-8 in Stradbally on Tuesday.
Football IFC Round 1
The Rock 1-11
The Rock opened the game well with Conor Flynn and Stephen Conlon giving The Rock an early lead. Timahoe replied in the best fashion possible with Martin Bergin getting on the end of Padraig Clancy’s high ball into the square to push Timahoe into the lead.
Almost immediately, Timahoe grabbed their second goal of the game. Clancy fed the ball to the oncoming Ruairi O’Connor who side-stepped through the The Rock defence before hitting the back of the net send Timahoe into a deserved lead.
Robbie Foyle and a Padraig Clancy free pushed Timahoe’s lead out further, before Ruairi O’Connor was dismissed for a black card. The Rock went on to take full advantage as they fired 1-2, with Thomas McDonald firing a brace. Paul Dunne was on hand to provide the finish for the goal to leave just two points separating the sides.
Timahoe went on to fire seven unanswered points with Padraig Clancy (3), Ciaran Lennon, Martin Bergin, Sean Ramsbottom and Robbie Foyle all splitting the posts to see Timahoe go seven points clear approaching the break.
Stephen Conlon replied with a free before the interval, while Padraig Clancy notched another 1-1 before Eddie Kinsella could call time on the half to leave the scoreline standing at 3-10 to 1-5 at the interval.
The second half proved to be a much more even affair with Timahoe outscoring The Rock by eight points to six. Stephen Conlon contributed three points, Paul Dunne (2) and Brian raised the white flag to complete their scoring. Padraig Clancy went on to notch a further three points to his tally, while points from Joe Foyle, Joe O’Connor, Martin Bergin and Robbie Foyle eased Timahoe into the next round.
SCORERS - Timahoe: Padraig Clancy 1-8 (0-4 frees), Martin Bergin 1-2, Ruairi O’Connor 1-1, Robbie Foyle 0-3, Sean Ramsbottom, Ciaran Lennon, Joe Connor and Joe Foyle 0-1 each. The Rock: Paul Dunne 1-2, Stephen Conlon 0-5 (0-3 frees), Thomas McDonald 0-2, Conor Flynn and Brian Conlon 0-1 each
TIMAHOE: Eoin Culleton; Seán Daly, Martin O’Connor, James Whelehan; John Lowry, Damien O’Connor, Ciarán Lennon; Micheál Kerr, Seán Ramsbottom; Richie Oxley, Pádraig Clancy, Joe O’Connor; Robbie Foyle, Ruairi O’Connor, Martin Bergin. SUBS: Joe Foyle for Ruairi O’Connor (BC).
THE ROCK: Brendan Dalton; Bryan Croke, Ciarán Conroy, Ben Storey; Anavil Storey, Mick McDonald, Conor Flynn; Diarmuid Dooley, Brian Conlon; Ciarán Carroll, Paul Dunne, Shane Dowling; Stephen Conlon, Thomas McDonald, Shane O’Connell. SUBS: Philip Peake for Shane Dowling; Fergus Dunne for Mick McDonald; Keith Storey for Anavil Storey.
REFEREE: Eddie Kinsella (Courtwood)