AIB Leinster Club Intermediate Football Championship q/f
Fr Manning Gaels 1-6
By Denis J. Croke
ROSENALLIS footballers continued the fabulous year when they sent Fr Manning Gaels crashing out to the Leinster Club Intermediate Football Championship in Killoe on Saturday.
The prize for the Laois champions is a place in the provincial final but it did not look all that bright early on. The Longford counterparts failed to build on a brilliant start which yielded a goal from Darren Farrelly in the first minute but a few bad wides followed in a very dominant early period for the home team.
This was hardly surprising as many of these players have had a lot of game time in both codes and must be feeling the pressure. Add to that the fact that the footballers have not seen action if over a month and would have been that bit ring rusty.
When the Gaels Pauric Gill added a point in the 10th minute they were four to the good.
But Rosenallis were right back in the game two minutes later when they won a penalty and Ronan Murray converted the spot kick. And the game’s momentum swung the Laois champions’ way when Cillian Callaly got a crucial second goal in the 24th minute.
Points from Eoin Dunne and Cillian Callaly ensured Rosenallis went into the half time break leading by double scores, 2-4 to 1-2.
With the wind in their backs the Gaels made a strong start to the second half with two excellent points from Martin Cassidy and looked they might just close the gap. But their wastefulness in front of target would cost them dearly in the end, shooting an astonishing 17 wides before the final whistle sounded.
A cracking Cillian Callally point and another from a Ronan Murray free left Rosenallis still leading by five points entering the final quarter.
The wides continued to mount up for Fr Manning Gaels resulting in the dismal fact that they would score just two more points before the final whistle from Pauric Gill and substitute Anthony Keane.
Rosenallis kept the scoreboard ticking over with three more points from Ronan Murray (free), Mark Dunne and Cillian Callaly and book a place in the Leinster semi-final where they will come up against the Kilkenny champions Mullinavat who caused a major shock when defeating the Dublin side Ballyboughal on Saturday. The semi-final will e played at a Kilkenny venue.
ROSENALLIS: Tommy Shelly; John Maher, Ruairi C Fennell, A McDermott; M Redmond, Cathal C Fennell, Fiachra C Fennell; Eoin Dunne (0-3, 0-1f), Mark Dunne (0-1); Joey Shelly, Cillian Callaly (1-3), John Lennon; Donnagh Callaly, Ronan Murray (1-2, 1-0 pen, 0-2fs), Brian Fitzpatrick.
Subs: Jack Friel for Lennon (20m, inj), Donal Lalor for J Shelly (44m)
FR MANNING GAELS: Paddy Collum; Darren Reilly, Cian Brady, Derek McCormack; Emmet Noonan, Gary Connell, Mark Hughes; Aaron Quinn, Liam Lynch; Dean Cosgrove (0-1), Darren Farrelly (1-0), Conor Keenan; Pauric Gill (0-2), Martin Cassidy (0-2), Cian Cassidy.
Subs: Anthony Keane (0-1) for Keenan (30m, inj), Sean Whelan for C Cassidy (47m)
Referee: Stephen Murphy (Louth)