Larries in control as Clane flounder

Clane travelled to Old Grange on Sunday afternoon to take on St Laurence’s in division 1 of the Senior Football League. A damp and overcast day saw the Larries collect both points from this round 13 encounter.

Clane travelled to Old Grange on Sunday afternoon to take on St Laurence’s in division 1 of the Senior Football League. A damp and overcast day saw the Larries collect both points from this round 13 encounter.

Senior Football League Division 1

St Laurence’s: 1-12

Clane 0-5

The game played in a sporting yet competitive fashion saw St Laurence come out of the blocks quickly with a goal after 45 seconds from John Fogarty, who was operating at the edge of the square.

In the second minute Clane opened their account with a point from play from Mark Behan, and he followed up with Clane’s second in the fourth minute of the half.

Soon after it was Sean O’Driscoll who kicked a fine score from play for St Laurence’s. John Fogarty added another two minutes later. And it was Fogarty again on nine minutes who add his second point to leave the score 1-3 to 0-2 in favour of St Laurence’s.

After a good move by the Larries it was wing back Sean O’Driscoll who got his second of the day to stretch the Old Grange club further in front.

Clane who had not scored for over 20 minutes got their third from full forward Karl Martins in the 26th minute, this was quickly followed by Peter Conroy’s effort two minutes later.

As the game entered injury time of the first half, Clane were awarded a free, which Robbie Dunne converted to leave the half-time score; St Laurence’s 1-4 to Clane’s 0-5.

The second half was only two minutes old when St Laurence’s centre forward JP Byrne got his first of the game. A couple of minutes later Cathal Geoghegan got his second yellow card and Clane were down to 14 men.

St Laurence’s kicked on with further scores from Ronnie Lawlor in the eleventh minute and John Fogarty adding another from a 45, two minutes later.

In the 17th minute Mark Finnegan added a point from play before Ronnie Lawlor got his second of the game. Dessie Lawlor then increased the South Kildare club’s lead with a fine effort a minute later.

Clane broke through the St Laurence’s defence in the 29th minute but where denied a goal opportunity by goalkeeper Stephen Hickey, who made a fine save.

Adrian Dunne and Barry Mackey finished off the scoring for St Laurence’s with two fine efforts from play.

When the final whistle was sounded by referee Dave Coady, the scoreboard read St Laurence’s 1-12 to Clane’s 0-5, with Clane failing to add a score in the second half.