All too easy for Clonoe
Clonoe cut lose in the second half of this derby encounter to clinically and ruthlessly dispose of neighbours Derrylaughan in what at times was a feisty encounter at O’Rahilly Park on Friday evening, writes Seamus Donnelly.
Clonoe’s domination of the midfield area allowed them to build a strong platform in the minutes before the half time interval in order to gave them a lead that the visitors found unassailable.
Both teams were forced to field without a number of regulars but the O’Rahilly’s much greater strength in depth was very telling as they coped admirably without their absentees.
Derrylaughan opened the scoring after four minutes but it was to be the only time they led the entire night as the home side began to assert their midfield dominance.
Liam Gervin was on target for the Barry’s and was one of the few rays of light for Derrylaughan throughout the evening.
Dominic Campbell soon brought Clonoe onto terms with their neighbours after good work from Conor McAliskey had given him the opportunity.
McAliskey registered his first point moments later with a 30 metre free.
Derrylaughan were forced into making two changes as two of their half back line, Sean Robinson and Cathal Cushnahan, succumbing to injuries in the opening 20 minutes.
Ryan O’Neill extended the Clonoe lead in the 13th minute to two points before Gervin got his second point of the game an excellent individual effort that saw him beat a number of players
Clonoe, however, took command of the game from then on winning countless kick outs and breaking ball as Derrylaughan’s defence came under intense pressure.
Conor McAliskey registered a point from play before the lively Dominic Campbell rattled the Derrylaughan bar with a thunderous effort when he had only the keeper to beat.
Shane McCann, Ryan O’Neill and McAliskey registered points in the final minutes of the half to turn what was a two point lead into a healthy five point lead and gave the Barry’s a mountain to climb in the second half.
It was a mountain Derrylaughan never looked like climbing. McAliskey made the most of an error in the Barry’s defence to register his fourth point of the night and then took his fifth with a simple free.
Paul Coney then got his name on the scoreboard with a point which the Derrylaughan bench argued had come after disputed line ball decision.
Minutes later Coney found himself on the sidelines as both he and Derrylaughan’s Michael McCuskey received their marching orders after tempers had flared.
Derrylaughan grabbed a point back through Gervin again but any hope they had was soon extinguished.
County minor Daniel McNulty who had been well contained by Malachy Quinn all evening eventually managed to give the Derrylaughan fullback the slip before slotting the ball under James Kennedy and into the net.
With both teams down a man and the light almost gone, the game opened up considerably and Clonoe dealt ruthlessly with their neighbours.
Eamon Hughes got forward to nab himself a point before his half back colleague Emmett Teague registered.
Derrylaughan did get another score from Gervin but it did no more than put a better look on the scoreboard as Declan McClure, Ryan O’Neill and Colm Doris rounded off the scoring.
Derrylaughan will be glad of the break between now and their next tie with Killyclogher as they attempt to regroup and build on what has been an impressive league campaign to date.
For Clonoe, they continue their unbeaten streak in the league and as the summer months draw closer they will undoubtedly be eyeing up another championship.
Derrylaughan - James Kennedy, Mark Robinson, Malachy Quinn, Colm O’Hagan, Sean Robinson, Martin McStravog, Cathal Cushanan, Seamus Carron, Shea Coney, Conor Kennedy, Fergal McAliskey, John Taggart, Colm Robinson, Liam Gervin, Stephen McGrath. Subs - Michael McCuskey for Cushanan, Gerard Donaghy for S. Robinson, Gerard McAliskey for Coney, Mattie O’Neill for C. Robinson, Seamus McCann for C. Kennedy.
Scorer - Liam Gervin 0-4
Clonoe - Michael O’Neill, Ciaran O’Neill, Aidan Brady, Gary Coney, Emmett Teague, Shane McCann, Eamonn Hughes, Colm Doris, Packie Hughes, Patrick Doris, Ryan (R) O’Neill, Paul Coney, Dominic Campbell, Daniel McNulty, Conor McAliskey. Subs - Declan McClure for P. Doris, Niall Kilpatrick for McAliskey
Scorers- Conor McAliskey 0-5, Ryan O’Neill 0-3, Daniel McNulty 1-0, Dominic Campbell 0-1, Paul Coney 0-1, Shane McCann 0-1, Eamonn Hughes 0-1, Emmet Teague 0-1, Declan McClure 0-1, Colm Doris 0-1
Referee - Mickey McCarron, Fintona
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