ROSLEA SHAMROCK V MAGUIRESBRIDGE - SAT 16th May 2015
They certainly weren’t overawed by their new surroundings as within the first minute they have shot into an early lead when David Teague kicked over their first point. They had a couple of chances to extend that lead but wasted several opportunities before Seamie Quigley opened the Shamrocks account with a pointed free, following a foul on Diarmuid McAleer on the 6th minute mark. Sean Corrigan responded with a pointed free for the ‘Bridge within a minute to regain the upper hand. Roslea were starting to find their feet after the early onslaught from the visitors but wides in the 8th, 10th and 11th minute did little to help their cause. Maguiresbridge were causing the home defence lots of problems with their running game and it took stout defending from Dermie Reilly and Peter Sherry to keep them at bay. A speculative shot from Sean Corrigan in the 12th minute ended up in the net after the low sun deceived Sean Boyle in the Roslea goals and the Bridge were buoyant. Roslea were hesitant and struggled to break though the ’Bridge rearguard as several long balls were defended well. Seamie drifted out from the square and after fielding cleanly dispatched a great kick over the bar from some 50 metres in the 15th minute to narrow the gap. Not to be outdone the visitors attacked at pace and between the 16th and the 20th minute they increased their lead by three points courtesy of a free, a ’45 and a strike from play by Sean Corrigan, Ronan Teague and Corrigan respectively to lead again this time by five points and really put the home side under pressure. The Shamrocks weren’t doing panic however and when a long ball in from Seamie again saw Niall Cosgrove and the ‘Bridge keeper Niall Cunningham contesting, it was spilled to the back of the net in the 21st minute. The visitors stuck again within a minute however when a move the length of the pitch ended with Barry Rice getting his name on the scoresheet. It was end to end stuff now in a very entertaining game and Seamie Quigley picked up Roslea’s next point with a left footed shot following fine interplay in the 24th minute. Wing Half back Mark Gavin replied with a good point from play following a fine overlapping run after breaking from the back. Roslea got their next score via a pointed free by Ruairi McGuinness after Niall Cosgrove was fouled in the 28th minute before James Boyle stuck a sweet left footed point from all of 40 metres a minute later. The ‘Bridge weren’t finished yet and with Ryan Hyde creating the chance, Daniel Teague notched up their final score of the half on the stroke of halftime. The visitors went in leading by 1-8 to 1-5 at the interval and they were well worth that advantage as they had played enterprising football throughout.
Early Maguiresbridge pressure in the second period was excellently defended by Peter Sherry and Conor Quigley. Another long ball in to the Roslea fowards was excellently fielded by Sean Quigley in the 6th minute before he beat his man and stroked the ball to the net to tie up the match. It was the start the Shamrocks needed but a swift break out of defence by the visitors, was rewarded by a point from David Teague, when in truth a goal was on, a minute later. Again play swung to the other end as James McMahon and Peter Lynch started an attack. Seamie fielded again and his shot on the turn went over the bar to leave one between them. The Bridge were carrying the game to the home team and kicked another point, this time from the boot of Daniel Teague in the 9th minute to extend their advantage. Conor Quigley was breaking the line for Roslea and giving them an outlet moving forward. His next surging run into the heart of Bridge territory saw him strike a great point after he made an opening for himself with 10 minutes gone. It was exciting stuff as both teams strove for supremacy. Sean Corrigan again pointed for the visitors in the 13th minute with a fine strike after a jinking run from the right wing to take the lead again. Two more Sean Quigley points in the 15th and 18th minutes however swung the contest back in the Shamrock’s favour. With Hyde in fine form in midfield for the ‘Bridge, Roslea’s defence were withstanding an onslaught from their opponents but the experience of Sean Boyle, Conor Quigley and Sherry who was excellent, kept their goalmouth intact . Seamie Quiglety added to his tally on 24 minutes when he kicked another free over the black spot after brother Sean was fouled. Maguiresbridge continued to attack but were thwarted by yet more solid defending over the next six or seven minutes as they fought to get something from the game. Indeed such was Roslea’s composure and work rate at the back, they ensured their opponents didn’t register a score for the final 18 minutes of the game. The final score, a Roslea one, came on the stroke of full time when for the third game in a row the Big unit scored a brilliant point from a sideline ball from all of 55 metres out from goal, to stretch the margin to three. Roslea will have been relieved to get the win because the game was hard fought and they were pushed all the way by a fine Maguiresbridge side who, on this showing will be a match for any Division 1 team. Final Score Roslea 2-11 Maguiresbridge 1-11
Roslea Team:- Sean Boyle, Dermie Reilly, Peter Sherry, Conor Quigley, Niall Beggan, Martin Renfrew, James Boyle, Diarmuid McAleer, Sean Quigley,
Shane McMahon Peter Lynch, Niall Cosgrove, James McMahon, Seamus Quigley, Ruairi McGuinness.