Cloughbawn make up for sloppy start
Cloughbawn bounced back from a surprise loss to St. Patrick's on the previous weekend when they had six points to spare over Marshalstown-Castledockrell in Group B of the Joyces Expert Intermediate 'A' football championship in St. Patrick's Park, Enniscorthy, on Saturday.
Cloughbawn 2-8 M'town-C'dockrell 1-5
They were determined to atone for that setback in the early stages as they utilised the wind to forge a commanding 2-4 to nil lead after 20 minutes. County Senior Colm Kehoe was in fine form and picked off three points while Martin Connick chipped in with a brace of goals.
The full-forward rattled the net for the first time at the end of the opening quarter after a Marshalstown-Castledockrell kick-out was intercepted. And later he was on the end of a move featuring Barry Carton, Barry Kehoe and Willie Murphy to leave the Farmleigh crew in serious bother.
Marshalstown-Castledockrell settled down and should have been closer than 2-5 to 0-2 in arrears at the break. Their hopes rose when they added 1-2 on the bounce on the re-start, with Frank Kelly grabbing the goal in the 33rd minute after 'Mitch' Jordan struck the woodwork.
Cloughbawn had a bit of work to do at that stage, but the beaten finalists of 2013 and last year's semi-finalists steadied the ship to collect their first set of championship points.
Cloughbawn: Kevin Doyle; T.J. Murphy, Tomás Furlong, Thomas Keating; Davin Murphy, David Doyle-Murphy, Thomas Foley; Barry Kehoe, Paudie Cullen (0-1); Barry Carton (0-2), Colm Kehoe (0-3), Willie Murphy; Richard Murphy, Martin Connick (2-2, 0-1 free), Lee Keeley. Subs. - Leslie Monahan for R. Murphy, Andrew O'Donoghue for B. Kehoe, inj.
Marshalstown-Castledockrell: Eoin Bennett; Jack Quigley, Johnny Frayne, Tom Bennett; John Ormonde, Patrick Kinsella, Michael Kelly; Michael Morris, James Finn; Michael Bennett, Michael Kinsella, John Cullen; Micheál Jordan (0-2), James Byrne (0-1), Frank Kelly (1-2, 0-2 frees). Subs. - Joe Kelly for Quigley (temp.), Eoin Ryan for Finn, inj.
Referee: Eddie O'Sullivan (Kilanerin).