Emo/Courtwood/The Rock 0-7
By Conor Lennon
AN inspired performance from the entire Rosenallis team saw them pull off something of a shock in McCann Park on Sunday, as they dispatched their highly fancied amalgamated opponents.
Playing against a gale force wind in the first half, Rosenallis still managed to build up an impressive lead which stretched to seven points at one stage.
They opened the scoring straight from the throw-in, Cathal Fennell driving through the defence and converting from close range. Nigel Murphy hit back with a magnificent score from distance only for a pair of Colm Poole frees to restore Rosenallis’s lead, one which they would not relinquish for the remainder of the game.
Poole and Ronan Murray were Emo/Courtwood/The Rock’s main tormentors, converting a variety of exceptional placed balls into a difficult wind, the pick of the bunch a long range effort from Poole just as their opponents threatened to come back into the game.
Murray wasn’t to be outdone however, and popped up for the only goal of the game after 23 minutes. A mazy solo run from Joey Shelley split the defence and left Murray one-on-one and he fired low into the net.
While Rosenallis were limited to points from frees, their opponents were all from play. With Paul Maher being utilised as sweeper to great effect, Emo/Courtwood/The Rock were restricted to long range attempts from Conor Hogan (2) and Liam Hogan to keep them ticking over.
It wasn’t enough however, as Rosenallis took a 1-7 to four points lead into the break.
With Rosenallis aided by the breeze in the second half, they never looked like letting the game slip away. Dean Mahon and Thomas Keating were dominating primary ball, Maher and Shelley were threatening consistently and Murray and Poole up front always looked capable of scoring.
Three unanswered points from Mahon, Murray and Shelley gave the victors a ten point lead early in the second period, and it could have been more as Conor Allen was forced into a string of brilliant saves to give his side a slender lifeline.
Murray and Poole cancelled out two Aaron Dowling frees before Glen Shaw finished off the score of the game. A dangerous high hanging ball into the Rosenallis square was won by Cillian Callaly, who cleared to Shelley at midfield and the halfforward’s cross field ball was expertly won under pressure by Shaw, before beating two players and splitting the posts to seal a five point victory and a semi-final place.
Emo/Courtwood/The Rock: Conor Allen; Conor Flynn, Brendan Murphy, Sean McLoughlin; Finbarr Crowley, Conor Hogan (0-2), Robert Boland; Ray Ryan, Danny Luttrell; Liam Hogan (0-1), Nigel Murphy (0-1), Chris Gleeson; Joey Molloy, Aaron Dowling (0-3, 2f), Dylan Langford.
Rosenallis: Thomas Shelley; Cormac White, Thomas Keating, Adam McDermott; Rory Fennell, Cillian Callaly, Fiachra Fennell; Dean Mahon (0-1), Cathal Fennell (0-1); Sean Dunne, Ronan Murray (1-5, 4f), Joseph Shelley (0-1); Colm Poole (0-4, 3f), Paul Maher, Glen Shaw (0-1).
Subs: Devin Creagh for Sean Dunne (46m), Dylan McEvoy for Adam McDermott (54m), Sean Doyle for Joseph Shelley (56m), Conor Maher for Colm Poole (60m),
Referee: Joe Brennan (Crettyard).