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Cortown hold out

28 April 2008

Cortown’s John Casserly
Cortown got their 2008 campaign off to a winning start and extracted some revenge on St. Michael’s for the late, late defeat of 2007 in this high quality I.F.C. game played in Kilberry on Sunday.

Cortown 0-16
St Michaels 1-11

The game was a good advertisement for the grade featuring many quality scores (28 in all) and some great individual performances. Glen Loughran gave a man of the match display but was challenged for this accolade by Micheal Reilly and by Colm Kerrigan for Cortown. The game commenced at a furious speed and there were 11 scores in the first 15 minutes, 8 from play, when Cortown led by 2 points.

Cortown went ahead by 6 points midway through the second half but the Michaels pulled it back to two with time running out and the game finished in a welter of excitement. Peter Clinton just back from injury in the second half seemed to be everywhere for St. Michael’s, along with JB and Felim Reilly they controlled the centre of the field for the last 15 minutes. However Cortown held firm and there was not a repeat of last year’s late goal.

Best for Cortown were John Casserly, John McGearty, Glen Loughran, Richie Flanagan, Micheal Reilly and Colm Kerrigan.

Cortown - J. McFadden; D. Coyne, D. O’Halloran, I. O’Halloran; J. Casserly, J. Fagan, J. McGearty; G. Loughran (0-1), R. Flanagan; S. Fitzmaurice, G. Coyne (0-2), M. Reilly (0-4); C. Kerrigan (0-3), C. Cleary (0-1), G. Codd (0-5). Subs - I. Coyne for G. Coyne; P. Kerrigan for I. O’Halloran; B. Smith for S. Fitzmaurice.

St Michaels - Darren O Connell, Michael Rogers, Derek Flood, Daithi Reilly, Sean Gaffney, Peter Clinton (0-1), Phillip Rogers, JB Reilly (0-1), Brendan Ryan, Ronan Farrell, Felim Reilly, Mark Reilly, Ciaran Lynch (1-3), Daithi Regan (0-5), Ben Farrell (0-1). Subs - Tommy Moriarity for Michael Rogers

Referee - J. Farrelly Syddan.

J F C ’B’
Cortown 1-9
Dunderry 0-11

Cortown completed the double in Kilberry on Sunday when they scored this 1 point win over Dunderry in the J.F.C. ’B’. They took the lead for the only time of the game when Martin Henry scored a goal in the dying minutes and held on for victory. Cortown were guilty of many missed scores, particularly 3 close in frees in the first half when against the stiff breeze. They did not utilise the wind sufficiently in the second half anmd were lucky to be close enough to win it with the late goal.

Best for Cortown were G. Casserly, P. Waters, B. Casserly, M. Henry, A. O’Brien and J. Reilly.

Cortown - J Costello; G. Casserly, P. Waters, M. O’Brien; D. Clarke, B. Casserly, D. Flanagan; D. Coyne, M. Henry (1-5); C. McGrath ,A. O’Brien, J. Reilly (0-1); T. Coyne (0-1), C. McGearty (0-1), D. Casserly (0-1). Subs - P. Clarke for C. McGearty; G. Flanagan for M. O’Brien; T. O’Brien for A. O’Brien.

Ref -P. McDonagh Clan na Gael