A spirited second half comeback from Rosenallis saw them claim this JFC ‘C’ title in Mountmellick last Wednesday night against local rivals Clonaslee St Manman’s.
The winners trailed by two points at half time, but knuckled down in the second half to overhaul the deficit, and they eventually ran out five point winners.
Rosenallis had opened the scoring early on thanks to a nice point from Ciaran White, but the rest of the half would be dominated by Clonaslee. They rattled off four points without replay after Rosenallis’ opening score to take control of the game, as Sean Larkin got them up and running. Martin Fallon added a brace and Michael O’Brien also got in on the act as Rosenallis struggled to come to terms with the game, although they were thrown a lifeline in spectacular fashion.
Niall Doolan spotted an opportunity for goal, and duly chipped Clonaslee goalkeeper Robert Daly to draw the sides level. Donal Lalor then tapped over a free to put Rosenallis in front, but they couldn’t hold the lead to half time as Clonaslee hit back.
James McRedmond was played through on goal, and he duly slotted the ball to the back of the net to give his team a 1-4 to 1-2 lead at the interval.
While Clonaslee had shaded the first half, it was Rosenallis who took control of the game on the restart, and their dominance was kickstarted by another point from Donal Lalor.
The same player then gave them the lead, as Niall Doolan set him up and Lalor applied the finish for a fine goal, and Rosenallis were on their way.
With their confidence up, Rosenallis made it count on the scoreboard as points from Doolan, Stephen Kelly and Michael McEvoy saw them go five clear, as Clonaslee were left in their wake.
The men in red were never going to give up without a fight though, and they battled back to register points through Sean Larkin and Martin Fallon, but they still couldn’t make sufficient inroads into the Rosenallis lead.
Really, Clonaslee needed a goal to make the closing stages interesting, and it almost arrive late on when Sean Larkin found himself one-on-one with Paul Friel. Unfortunately for Camross, however, the Rosenallis ‘keeper pulled off a brilliant save, and so their hopes of glory slipped away.
Both teams managed one more point apiece before the final whistle sounded, as Rosenallis ran out deserving winners.