Intermediate Football Championship Round 1 2011.
Played @ Henessey Memorial Park Miltown Malbay
O'Curry's 3:09 Ballyvaughan 1:03
Match Official :- Barry Kelly ( St Jpseph's Miltown Malbay )
Report Supplied :- Eoin Brennan ( Clare People )
A clash of the last two relegated sides from senior level but it appears that O'Curry's are in the best position to regain that status in the coming year after an impressive trebile scores victory on sunday. 2-6 to 0-1 ahead at the break and a whopping 16 points clear by the three quarter mark, the gap in quality at times appeared as contrasting as their north south divide on the county map and it meant the O'Curry's could easy up and empty the bench in the process.
From the line-ups alone it was clear that Ballyvaughan came off worst in the emigration losses and so it proved as OCurry's kicked 2-4 with out reply in the opening quarter with Eoin Troy in particular revelling in his role at full forward. Indeed, he was involved in all but one of those scores, scoring 1-1 himself while also crucially teeing up Damien Clohessy for the opening goal in the sixth minute.
O'Curry's slicker passing was eye catching, emitomised by Eoin Troy's 13th minute goal that was moved through Sean Haugh, Ger Quinlan and Michael Carmody before ending up with Eoin Troy who roofed his effort from close range on their way to an eleven point interval lead.
Any hopes of a Ballyvaughan recovery were irrefutably put to bed as early as the third minute of the new half when Eoin Troy's pinpoint pass over the top to Sean Haugh saw him hauled to the ground by Kieran Casey and Eoin Troy placed the resultant penalty to the right corner of the net, O'Curry's should have raised a fourth green flag soon afterwards but Damien Clohessy somwhow conspired to miss from point blank range.
That miss hardly registered in such a one sided contested as Derek and Eoin Troy added to Ballyvaughan's woes to open up a 16 point gap by the 42nd minute. As O'Curry's emptied the bench though, Ballyvaughan availed of the opportunity to restore some pride with Jack Queally grabbing a goal in the 47th minute when supplied by the north clare side's best performer James Hynes inbetween points from John McCormack and Hynes. They could have cut the deficit further when Hynes and Queally again combined late on but goalkeeper P.J Greene was equal to the substitute's efforts while a second yellow for Ray Casey rounded off a thoroughly forgettable afternoon for Ballyvaughan while possibly a memorable one for O'Curry's.
Jack Queally (1:00P) Adrian Nilan (0:01F) James Hynes (0:01P) John McCormack (0:01P).
Eoin Troy (2:03) (1:03 1 play, 1:00 Penalty) Damien Clohessy (1:00) play. Brian Troy (0:01) 1 play. Derek Troy (0:01) 1 play. Damien Carmody (0:02) 2 play. Michael Carmody (0:01) 1 play.
PJ Greene, Paul Roche, Michael O'Shea, Gearoid Lynch, Brian Troy, Ollie Quinlan, Tom Downes, Derek Troy, Ger Quinlan, Damien Carmody, Sean Haugh, Michael Foran, Michael Carmody, Eoin Troy, Damien Clohessy.
Damien McNamara. Mark Walsh, Sean Namara, Mark O’Loughlin Cian Walsh, Kieran Casey, John Linnane. Raymond Casey & John McCormack. Phelim Kyne, Kevin Carrucan, Killian Mahon. Adrian Nilan, Donnacha Mahon, James Hynes.
Jack Queally for Kyne (H/T) Paul Darcy for Carrucan (H/T ) Tomas Francis for D Mahon (41 mins) John Mooney Hynes for Cian Walsh (51 mins)