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Too much to do in the second half

posted 19 Dec 2010, 03:35 by Unknown user

Milford’s Junior B footballers played the second round of the city championship against holders Ballinacurra Gaels at Roselawn last Thursday.

After a heavy opening round defeat to neighbours Monaleen, the home side faced another difficult task, with Ballinacurra having won their both of their previous matches in the group.

Showing a number of changes from the Monaleen game, Milford took some time to settle and Ballinacurra had the better of the opening exchanges. However, wayward shooting meant the visitors had to settle for a 0-3 to 0-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Milford’s best chance in this period ended with a Liam O’Meara goal being chalked off for a square ball infringement.

Ballincurra’s forward line looked lively throughout and, as the half wore on, they started to find their range. Milford responded with a point by Liam O’Meara after a neat pass from Barry Fitzgerald, but Ballinacurra finished the half with a string of points to lead by ten at the interval.

HT Milford 0-1 Ballinacurra 0-11

Milford produced a vastly improved performance in the second half, winning more possession at midfield and in the half-back line and providing the forward line with more opportunities. Points by Jack O’Sullivan and Liam O’Meara (free) reduced the deficit, before sub Jack Dolan pounced on a ball broken by Ian Crilly to fire to the net, leaving 6 points between the sides (1-3 to 0-12). But the home side couldn’t narrow the gap any further, and Ballinacurra recovered their composure to add 3 more points and, with minutes remaining, a fortuitous goal from a mishit shot that looped over the head of goalkeeper Tony Moore. Milford continued to battle hard and were awarded a penalty after a foul on Jack Dolan. However, Nathan McGinty’s effort was beaten away by the Ballinacurra goalkeeper and the resultant ‘45’ was cleared. Shortly before full time, the evergreen Joe Redington closed the scoring with a point.

FT Milford 1-4 Ballinacurra 1-15

Team and scorers:

Tony Moore; Brian Hayes, Colm Cunneen, Jim O'Doherty; Ronan O’Sullivan, David Hawe, Mike Doyle; Ian Crilly, Jack O’Sullivan (0-1); Barry Fitzgerald, Liam O’Meara (0-2, 1f), Nathan McGinty; Rob Lynch, Joe Redington (0-1) Ian Hartnett(Jack Dolan(1-0)).

Although defeated, Milford can take much encouragement from this performance against one of the favourites for the city championship. In particular, the involvement of more of the younger brigade in the Junior ranks for the first time bodes well for the future, with a number of minors taking the field for this game.