Clonbur are through to face St Gabriel’s in this year’s Junior Football County Final after they overcame Renvyle in the West Board decider last Sunday evening. If they are to return to the Intermediate ranks at the second attempt, however, Clonbur will be well aware that they have to up their performance.
Despite Renvyle’s failure to register a score between the 17th and 56th minutes, Clonbur were still only three points ahead as the game entered injury time and had either of Tommy Walsh’s or Cathal O’Neill’s late shots on goal hit the net, Renvyle would have come out with a scarcely believable draw.
Fortunately for Clonbur, their opponents just didn’t have the spread of scorers needed to salvage a result. Once Renvyle went behind in the second half, it always looked like it would be difficult for them to create the opportunities required, especially playing into a strong breeze.
It certainly didn’t look like scoring would be an issue for Renvyle during the early stages of the contest, when they had the ball in the net after just 40 seconds. Making use of the wind at his back, Cathal O’Neill launched a long free in towards Noel Varley in front of goal. Declan Kyne looked to cut out the pass but missed it, leaving Varley through on goal and he dispatched his effort neatly into the bottom right-hand corner.
To be fair to Clonbur, they didn’t let the poor start rattle them and they were back on level terms by the 7th minute, Eoin Joyce and Oisín Canney doing much of the work.
Canney set up Joyce for two scores while Joyce returned the favour, turning provider for Canney to open his account. Canney wasn’t quite as productive a couple of minutes later, however, when he produced one of the more glaring misses seen in Pearse Stadium for a while.
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