Cloughjordan 'A' 2 - Rearcross 'A' 1
All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood - George Patton
Rearcross stood up like men to the task ahead of them on Sunday last and came off the field feeling deflated after putting up a strong showing against league high fliers Cloughjordan in the first round of the Ricky Fogarty Cup. The home side were the first to create a few chances before Robert Harrington’s long range shot was saved in the 15th minute. Davy O’ Toole then saw his strike pull wide in the 20th minute before Clough took the lead in the 28th when Rearcross lost possession in the middle of the field to let Michael Costello race through the Rearcross rearguard to strike to the roof of the net. The visitors weren’t fazed by this however and found themselves on level pegging five minutes later when Simon Kennedy broke the offside trap and squared to Diarmuid Sheehy whose cross/shot was met with a backward diving Greg Kennedy header which flew in off the post. Jim Caplis then pulled off a fingertip save in the dying minutes of the game to keep the scoreline intact. Rearcross came out and played well for the opening few minutes of the second half with some good defending on show and Caplis again coming to the rescue with three more fine saves. Rearcross then had a number of attacks themselves with a Diarmuid Sheehy free kick and a Kieran Devitt effort standing out. Once more it was when Rearcross were attacking that Clough scored when the visitors lost possession on the wing and the ball was played up the pitch, drawing a foul by the onrushing Rearcross defence with the resulting free kick finding the net thanks to the head of Diarmuid Kennedy. The home side kicked on after this and were unlucky not to have extended their lead after a number of efforts and side nettings somehow stayed out of the Rearcross net. Simon Kennedy’s 25 yard volleyed effort with seven minutes remaining and another volley by his brother Greg in the last minute were the only chances the visitors could muster in the closing stages, alas it was not to be. Rea can take a lot of positives from this game however and hopefully translate them into points next weekend when they face rivals Lough Derg in a massive game for both clubs.
Rearcross 'A': Jim Caplis, Matthew Ryan (L), Eamon Devitt, Eamon Wade, Greg Kennedy (Capt), Liam O’ Toole, Robert Harrington, Diarmuid Sheehy, Simon Kennedy, Davy O’ Toole, Kieran Devitt
Subs: Aidan Long for Liam O’ Toole (76 mins)
Referee: Alec McCormack
Report compiled by Simon Kennedy