Fethard struggle to put lowly Duffry away
THIS WAS not as convincing as the final scoreline may suggest as Fethard struggled to an eventual six-point victory over Duffry Rovers in this SFC Group B game at rain-lashed Taghmon.
Conditions were not conducive to quality football, as the rain poured down on a solid surface, leaving it quite slippery and making it almost impossible for the players to exhibit any type of control even when in possession. Still, the ability of the Fethard attack to turn the majority of their opportunities into scores led them to victory in the end.
The Duffry Rovers struggle continued, with the side being consigned to a relegation battle right now to preserve their status. Despite all of this they had enough possession, particularly in the final quarter, to have been much closer at the finish.
The attack was devoid of ideas in front of goal, and this was never more evident than in the final quarter, a period in which they applied intense pressure, but it failed to yield a single score. A remarkable statistic is that the final score of the game arrived in the 45th minute, a Chris Colfer point for the eventual winners.
Fethard started the game as if they were going to coast to victory as they had two points inside the opening minute from John Tubritt and Colfer. The scoring blitz was not to continue though, with Duffry Rovers opening their account in the eleventh minute through a Paddy Nolan point, while nine minutes later a Matthew Flynn-O'Connor effort had the sides level at 0-2 each.
Fethard finished the half with four unanswered points through Chris Colfer, Seán Foley (two) and a Kevin Rowe free to lead by 0-6 to 0-2 at the interval.
They started the second-half similar to the first as Rowe pointed two frees inside the opening four minutes to extend his side's lead to 0-8 to 0-2, but they could only manage a further point for the remainder of the game, that Chris Colfer effort at the three-quarter stage.
Duffry Rovers could only muster one second-half point, an Eamonn Doyle effort after 37 minutes, but they went the remaining 23 minutes without a score as the attack failed miserably in front of goal. They even failed to convert the simplest of chances, with Ger Coleman driving two efforts from close in wide when it seemed easier to find the net.
Fethard: William Doyle; Martin Power, Eddie Power, Seán Donohue; Garrett Foley, Graham O'Grady, Daire Barden; Mark Wallace, Mick Roche; Chris Colfer (0-3), Damien Browne, Noel Colfer; John Tubritt (0-1), Kevin Rowe (0-3 frees), Seán Foley (0-2). Sub. - Andrew Whelan for E. Power.
Duffry Rovers: Bobby Larkin; James Nolan, Aidan Byrne, James Howlin; Fergal Kenny, Donie Doyle, Craig Casey; Eamonn Doyle (0-1), John McCarthy; Paddy Nolan (0-1), Stephen Watchorn, Alan O'Neill; Robert Frayne, Matthew Flynn-O'Connor (0-1), Ger Coleman.
Referee: Frankie Morrissey (Glynn-Barntown).