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Cunniffe Leads by example

Result : Claregalway 1-7 Cortoon Shamrocks 1-3
Match : Claregawlway Hotel Senior Football Championship Qualifier Round
Date : Sunday, 30th May 2010
Venue : Tuam Stadium
Two championship wins made it a good week-end for results. In a low scoring game, Seniors overcame the challenge of Cortoon Shamrocks in the County championship qualifiers by 1-7 to 1-3 at Tuam Stadium on Sunday. Claregalway recovered well from an early Cortoon goal and point when Martin Kelly burst through for a fine goal in the fifth minute from a good pass by James Nallen. Stephen Cunniffe then made a run up the right wing and sent over a soaring point from way out, followed by points from Danny Cummins who collected from Paul McGuinness, a free from Martin Kelly and another point from Danny Cummins to leave Claregalway in front at the break by 1-4 to 1-1. The lead could have been greater as there were a couple of chances for goals.

After the resumption Claregalway were quickly into their stride with points by Martin Kelly and then Danny Cummins whose  fly-kick at a breaking ball sailed over the bar. Cortoon did'nt score until 10 minutes into the half, a point followed by a converted free, to leave it 1-6 to 1-3 at the three-quarter stage.  Stalemate then followed and scores were hard to come by until Danny Cummins work rate completed Claregalway's tally with a point from a difficult angle on the right. Joe Kearney did well on his championship debut. David Heaney featured at centre-half back and made a number of vital interventions when Cortoon looked like scoring. Barry Cullinane and James Nallen controlled the centre, Anthony Watson manned the full back position well and Brian O'Donoghue was as secure as ever in goal.
Team: B. O'Donoghue, J. Garrett, A. Watson,  B. O'Loughlin, J. Kearney, D. Heaney, S. Cunniffe (capt), B. Cullinane, J. Nallen, R. O'Flynn, P. McGuinness, A. Faherty, M. Kelly, C. Glynn, D. Cummins. Subs. used: F. McEvoy, E. O'Connell.


Senior article, posted by Joe O'Connell on Monday 31st May 2010, 12:39pm - Print Version
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