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St Mary's v Corofin 2015-11-14 23:58:00

St Mary's v Corofin

The wind was blowing a gale when Corofin (Clare) came to Con Keating Park on Saturday 14th November to play St Marys in the Munster Intermediate Semi-Final. Blowing across the width of the pitch, the wind wasn’t going to help either side and no-one could foresee what the outcome was going to be. Straight away spectators could gauge that the field was very wet, making for extremely slippery conditions.

Within a minute, Bryan Sheehan put the first score on the board as Pauly O’Donoghue was brought down for a free. Aidan Walsh was next to score with a lovely point from play, which was followed two minutes later with another free from Sheehan. Full forward Dan Daly made it 0-4 to 0-0 with another point from play before Corofin narrowly missed a goal which deflected off the top of Austin Constable’s crossbar. Paul O’Donoghue continued the scoring with two consecutive points before Niall O’Driscoll scored a goal making it 1-6 to no score. And this was all in the first twelve minutes.

We have to concede in this report that St Marys were the dominant side, and for the remaining 19 minutes, they notched up another 1-7, with the goal being beautifully set up by Denis Daly, passing it off to his brother Dan who punched it in. Points from Aidan Walsh, Dan Daly, Denis Daly, Pauly O’Donoghue and another free from Bryan Sheehan left the half-time score 2-13 with no answer from Corofin.

The first score of the second half came from a goal courtesy of Conor O’Shea in the 37th minute and two minutes later, Paul O’Donoghue scored another goal. 4-13 for St Marys with twenty minutes left on the clock. The scoring pace of St Marys slowed down slightly in the second half, with the first point coming from the boot of Sean Cournane in the 43rd minute and Corofin had more scoring opportunities in the second half but just couldn’t get the points over the bar. Contributions from Niall O’Driscoll, Darren Casey, Bryan Sheehan, Sean Cournane, Dan Daly with two and a final point from Niall O’Driscoll brought us into the 60th minute and just before the full time whistle, Corofin’s Stephen Heagney was brought down 25 yards out to the left where Damien Ryan converted the free to leave the final score St Marys 4-21 to Corofin 0-1.

Best for St Marys were Dan Daly, Niall O’Driscoll, Bryan Sheehan and Brian Curran.

We now wait for the outcome of Carrigaline (Cork) v Oola (Limerick) played tomorrow 15th November at 2pm , to see who we will meet in the Munster Intermediate Championship Final.

St Marys team: Austin Constable, Ian Casey, Brian Curran, Liam Sheehan, Conor Quirke, Conor O’Shea (1-0), Dan O’Sullivan, Bryan Sheehan (0-4, 3f), Denis Daly (0-1), Aidan Walsh (0-2), Niall O’Driscoll (1-2), Paul O’Donoghue (1-3), Sean Cournane (0-2), Dan Daly (1-6), Anthony Cournane.
Subs: Patrick Cournane for Liam Sheehan, Liam O’Connell for Dennis Daly, Darren Casey (0-1) for Paul O’Donoghue, Aidan O’Sullivan for Dan O’Sullivan, Adam Quirke for Aidan Walsh.