Devastating Heraghty leads the charge for Calry/St Joseph's
Published 10/09/2013 | 05:40
Calry/St. Joseph's claimed a semi-final spot in the 2013 Kennedy's Bar Intermediate Football Championship with ease last Saturday evening as they cruised to a comfortable last 8 win over St Michaels at Connolly Park, Collooney.
Impressive throughout, the Sligo town side, widely expected to contend for honours in the Intermediate grade this year, were never in trouble as St Michaels failed to contain their powerful attack. The game itself was played in dire conditions, which hardly helped either side, but it was Calry/St Josephs who coped better. They earned the lion's share of possession and used it to good effect with the impressive inside forward line of Eoin Doherty, Conor Griffin and Paddy Heraghty performing with devastating effect.
In contrast, St Michaels struggled to assert themselves on proceedings and though they had a goal through James Mackey in the early stages, they failed to score for 32 minutes in the second half, which summed up their dismal display.
1-4 to 0-0 ahead after Paddy Heraghty's early goal, Calry/St Josephs were wholly dominant in the opening exchanges. Even though Mackey netted for St Michaels, they were struggling at the middle of the park where Barry and Damien O'Boyle were hugely impressive for the winners - Barry O'Boyle in particular excelled in the difficult conditions, and kicked three second half points to round off a wholesome individual display.
Two further goals for Calry/St Joseph's prior to half time - Eoin Doherty and Bryan McGovern both bagged three pointers, McGovern's from the penalty spot - helped the winners to an unassailable 3-5 to 1-2 lead at the break.
It only got worse for St Michaels after the re-start, with Paddy Heraghty's second goal after 34 minutes ending the game as a contest. Despite being well ahead, the winners remained ruthless in front of goal, as Eoin Doherty, Conor Griffin and Fintan Keown all pointed to extend their sides advantage.
St Michaels, Abbott Cup champions this year, failed to reach the heights of their league form, which saw them go unbeaten in the Sligo SFL Division 3 this year. Paul McTiernan kicked their one and only second half point as the game entered injury time, but it did little to take the bleak look off the scoreboard as Calry/St Josephs cruised to a deserved last 4 place.