last year’s junior football champions, Robertstown sent out a strong warning to one all that they are not in this year’s Joe Fox Toole & Plant Hire IFC just to make up the numbers as they put on a very impressive performance demolishing Ellistown by eight point but it could, and probably should, have been a lot more, writes Tommy Callaghan.
Joe Fox Plant and Tool Hire Intermediate Football Championship
From the throw-in Robertstown rocked Elliistown, not once but twice inside three minutes with goals similar in build up and execution as they lived up to their reputation as a team that is always good for a few goals.
On this occasion it was Aidan Dunne who got in behind the Ellistown defence to give Shane Doyle little chance after just 51 seconds. As the clock clicked to three minutes Joe Carthy took the place of Dunne but the result was the same, two goals up and Ellistown did not know what had hit them.
A great move involving Joe Kavanagh and Aidan Dunne ended with the hughly impressive Damien Leeson popping over a free before Leslie Kelly opened for Ellistown on eight minutes to leave it Robertstown 2-1 Ellistown 0-1.
Robertstown should have had the ball in the net again within a minute when Dunne and Joe Kavanagh combined but this time Shane Doyle denied him and when the ball fell to Joe Carthy his effort was cleared off the line by Andrew McLoughlin.
Joe Kavanagh then set up John O’Sullivan to stretch the lead and minutes later Joe Kavanagh, once again in on goal saw his shot rise over the crossbar to leave it Robertstown 2-3 Ellistown 0-2 .
Ellisitown replied with points from Mick Kelly and Ken Donnelly before Tom O’Loughlin got a yellow for a high challenge and was lucky a minute later when pulling down a defender to escape with a warning. Ellistown withdrew O’Loughlin a big blow as the mid fielder is a key player for their side.
Robertstown continued to find more holes in the Ellistown defence than you’d find on a back road in any boreen in the county. Joe Carthy again being denied by the brilliant Shane Doyle in the Ellistown goal.
Two Ken Donnelly points reduced the deficit but it was Robertstown who ended the half the strongest with a Damian Leeson point and a Aidan Dunne free to leave it Robertstown 2-5 Ellistown 0-6 at the break.
Damian Leeson stretched the lead on the resumtpion before Ken Donnelly, who had a fine game, and two Leslie Kelly points left four between them.
Kevin Fitzgerald stretched the lead to five as Robertstown again exercised their superiority with two points from Leeson, the second so easily could have been another goal.
Leslie Kelly hit an excellent long range point as Tom O’Loughlin was re-introduced for the struggling boys in in blue and yellow.
Brian Dowling and Adrian Dunne (2) stretched the lead further before Joe Kavanagh set up Joe Carthy for goal number three to end the scoring for the winners and while Ellistown replied with a Tom O’Loughlin point and a late consolation goal from Paddy McDermott it was too little by a long way for an Ellistown side that struggled after conceding those two early goals.
Excellent win for Robertstown and if they can repeat this type of form who knows what is possible.
Top displays from Damian Leeson, very impressive throughout as were Dunne, Kavanagh and Carthy.
Robertstown, Aidan Dune 1-3 (2 frees), Joe Carthy 2-0, Damian Leeson 0-5 (2 free), John O’Sullivan 0-1, Joe Kavanagh 0-1, Kevin Fitzgerald 0-1, Brian Dowling 0-1,
Ellistown, Leslie Kelly 0-4 (2 free), Paddy McDermott 1-1, Mick Kelly 0-1, Ken Donnelly 0-3, Tom O’Loughlin 0-1,
Dave Nolan; Adrian McNamee, Mark Byrne, Evin Dempsey; Anthony Moran, Mark Kelly, Brian Dowling; John O’Sullivan, Damian Leeson; Ger Reidy, Michael Moran, Kevin Fitzgerald; Joe Carthy, Joe Kavanagh, Aidan Dunne. Subs: David Morrin for Adrian McNamee
Shane Doyle; Gavin Delaney, Christy Kelly, Gary Kinihan; Mick Donnelly, Enda Noons, Andrew McLoughlin; Philip Hennessy, Tom O’Loughlin; Leslie Kelly, Mick Kelly, Ken Donnelly; Andy O’Neill, Andrew Dempsey, Paddy McDermott. Subs: Aidan Leonard for Tom O’Loughlin (22 minute); Murt Donnelly for Mick Kelly (40 minute); Tom O’Loughlin for Andy O’Neill (47 minute); Gavin Lyons for Andrew Dempsey (59 minute).