Rosenallis beat Clontarf to advance to the Leinster semi-finals
A strong team performance from Rosenallis saw them through to the Leinster semi-final, overcoming Clontarf who, although battling bravely, never looked like beating their Laois counterparts.
Played in conditions as good as you could hope for in mid-November it was Rosenallis that started the better of the two teams and were four points to the good with ten minutes on the clock. A free from Patrick Keating opened the scoring and that was followed by scores from play by Keating again, Joseph Keating and John Lennon. Lennon’s score was the pick of the bunch after it was well worked out of defence, Lennon out in front of his man caught a super ball into him and in the same movement tuned and struck it sweetly between the posts.
Clontarf who were by no means hurling poorly eventually started to get to grips with the Rosenallis full forward line who were doing damage early on. Eoin Cronin got them up and running with a point after a long ball caused confusion in the Rosenallis full back line and Ronan McDyer pointed a free to leave just two between the teams.
Two points however would be as close as Clontarf would get to Rosenallis on the day. Another point from Patrick Keating was followed up by a 65 from goalkeeper Stephen Kelly these were answered by Clontarf with points from wing back Conor Cronin and another free from Ronan McDyer. A point from a placed ball from Patrick Keating left the scores at 0-7 to 0-4 and led into a scrappy few minutes of play.
Both defences were now on top and approaching half time there were bad wides from both sides but the last few minutes of the half would prove to be the winning of the game for the Laois men. John Lennon moved out from the corner to wing forward and the change had immediate effect. After catching a Clontarf puckout he played a super diagonal ball straight into the hand of Patrick Keating who pointed under pressure. Lennon then followed up this with a massive score from just inside Clontarf’s half out on the left to leave five between the teams.
Rosenallis now looked like they would pull away but a long ball into their square was flicked on by John Gleeson and looked destined to find the Rosenallis net but a combination of the underside of the crossbar and lady luck meant they survived. A great catch and score from Clontarfs big man Brian Forde was answered by a Ronan Murray point and the teams went in at half time with the scores 0-10 to 0-5.
Rosenallis continued where they left off in the second half. Clontarf found it very tough to get any ball through to their full forward line with sweeper Cathal Fennell in particular breaking up any attack that came near him. Clontarf were also struggling from placed balls which didn’t help their cause and Rosenallis punished them by scoring the next three points on the trot all coming from Murray.
Murray was now becoming the main man inside for Rosenallis and alongside Patrick Keating and Lennon they wreaked havoc from start to finish. Clontarf to their credit never gave up the fight and hit back with a free from McDyer, Patrick Keating then added his third free and sixth overall.
Clontarf now needed goals but Rosenallis’s defence was stingy throughout and they could only manage a 65 from Fiachra Maher in the last few minutes.
It was fitting that a member of Rosenallis’s full forward line would wrap up the scoring for the day. They contributed 13 points with Lennon scoring his third and Rosenallis’s last.
Rosenallis will now face Meath side Ratoath and will be hoping to join their footballers in the Leinster final.
Scorers: Patrick Keating 0-6 (0-3 frees), Ronan Murray 0-4, John Lennon 0-3, Joseph Keating 0-2, Stephen Kelly 0-1 (65)
Team: Stephen Kelly; Marcus Redmond, Enda McEvoy, Jack Conroy; Cormac White, Cathal Fennell, Fiachra Fennell; Brian Fitzpatrick, Cillian Callaly; Joseph Keating, Joseph Dooley, Simon Smith; John Lennon, Ronan Murray, Patrick Keating. Subs: Walter Murphy for Smith (39 mins), Ruaidhri Fennell for J Keating (59 mins)
Scorers: Ronan McDyer 0-3 (all frees), Brian Forde, Eoin Cronin, Conor Cronin, Fiachra Maher (65) 0-1 each.
Team: Dan Patton; Kevin Mangan, Willie Comerford, Sean Giles; Conor Cronin, Aidan O’Halloran, John Wall; Fiachra Maher, Aaron Casey; Dara Bergin, Robbie Stokes, Eoin Cronin; John Gleeson, Brian Forde, Ronan McDyer. Subs: Conor McGinn for Stokes (30 mins), Neil O’ Gorman for Bergin (37 mins temp), Dara Bergin for E Cronin (46 mins), Eoin O’Grady for McDyer (48 mins), Cathal Kelly for Wall (55 mins)
Referee: Barry Redmond (Wexford)