Moorefield vs. Round Towers

Written by Kelly. Posted in Reports 2011 Category

Moorefield vs. Round Towers

Published on September 04, 2011 with

By Brendan Coffey



THEY’RE not guaranteed to make the quarter-finals just yet and on the evidence of another unconvincing display, Moorefield aren’t guaranteed anything come the business end of this year’s championship.

A stuttering first half performance ended with six wides and a one point deficit as Towers smothered them while pinching some good scores on the break. The Moores were out of sorts, coughing up possession too easily and looking a little ragged when Towers decided to run the wings. It wasn’t a game for the purists but it played into the hands of the men in black and amber shirts.

With Glenn Ryan playing as a sweeper in front of the full-back line and the defence regularly filling up with 13 bodies inside the 45, Towers were happy to pinch points on the counter-attack. Moorefield relied on David Whyte frees for scores and struggled to create any clear-cut chances from play.

Even though they improved in the second half, there was just a point between the sides with two minutes to go. Three successive frees from Whyte afforded Jack Sheedy’s side some badly needed breathing space but this was a struggle for the Moores.

In total they had 16 wides and although Towers didn’t take anything from the game, they showed up plenty of flaws in their opponents.

Their inaccuracy was evident in the number of missed chances and had the Towers defence been a little more disciplined they could well have taken a scalp. Instead they were left to rue seven costly points conceded from frees. Moorefield looked secure at the back, as always, and there was no doubting that they were kings around the middle. Towers were happy to sit back and absorb Moorefield pressure, with Glenn Ryan working well in front of the full-back line while Barry Waters was impressive coming forward from wing back. Damian Broughall and Neil Scanlon were posted in a twoman full-forward line though the little and large combination didn’t reap much success, particularly when the ball was played high into Broughall. Lively wing-forward Jason O’Brien scored a peach in the second minute and he added another deft score just before the half-time whistle to open up a 0-6 to 0-5 lead.

Earlier Neil Scanlon had brilliantly converted from the left corner while Barry Waters struck a sweet score from the right corner in the 17th minute.

Moorefield weren’t being overwhelmed but they could only manage a steady trickle of scores that didn’t reflect the amount of possession they had. They registered just two points from play in the opening half and it was clear that they were getting frustrated as Jason Phillips picked up a needless yellow card in the 21st minute.

The teams departed for the dressing rooms just in time to avoid a ferocious shower of hail and rain at half-time but the football didn’t improve much as the sunshine appeared in the second half.Just two points were scored in the third quarter – both going Moorefield’s way.

Another close range free from Whyte pushed the Moores two clear by the 49th minute but frees from Richie Scahill and Neil Scanlon kept Towers within one – James Lonergan sallied forward from wing back to show the Moorefield forwards how to do it in the 53rd minute.

The game was heading for a tense finale but Towers faded just as Moorefield found an extra gear. Whyte landed a point from the 45 which lifted the Moores and the forwards started to draw fouls from a tiring Towers’ defence.

Whyte converted twice and defender Lee Murphy landed the final score to ensure Moorefield’s campaign is just about back on the rails.

MOOREFIELD: Tom Corley; Liam Callaghan, Kevin O’Neill, Padraigh O’Flynn; Lee Murphy .-., Ger Naughton, James Lonergan . Daryl Flynn, David Whyte .-. (.fs); Keith Duane, Paddy Murray .-. (.f), Kevin Murnaghan; Philly Wolfe .-., Jason Phillips .-., Niall Hurley-Lynch. Subs: Ciaran Kelly for Duane, h/t; Aaron Mullins for Hurley-Lynch, ..; Brian McGrogan for Wolfe, …

ROUND TOWERS: James Robinson; Mikey Kelly, Mark Whelan, Tom Behan; Paul Cornish, Mark Scanlon, Barry Waters .-.; Dean Houlihan, Padraig Mullarkey; Jason O’Brien .-., Ken Whelan, Stuart Murphy; Glenn Ryan, Damian Broughall, Neil Scanlon .-. (.fs). Subs: Richie Scahill .f for Broughall, ..; TJ Waters for Whelan, …

REF: Niall Colgan