Cloughjordan 'A' 5 - Rearcross 'A' 3
A depleted but determined Rearcross 'A' made the trip to Newtown on Sunday last for a Munster Junior Cup tie with Cloughjordan whose own field is currently undergoing some work. It was tit for tat for the first 15 minutes with Cloughjordan probably shading proceedings and it was the hosts who took the lead on the 20 minute mark after a defensive mix up at the back left the attacker with an open goal to slot home. Rearcross weren't behind for long though when after some great individual play by Michael O Gorman on the left wing saw him make room and send a thunderous strike that left the Cloughjordan keeper flailing. Cloughjordan regained the upper hand after this again and restored the lead when their full back ghosted in and finished with aplomb under an outrushing Diarmaid Sheehy and this was how the half ended. Rearcross came out in the second half with renewed vigour and started the half on top. Their dominance was rewarded when a great Greg Kennedy corner was finished to the net by Mark Hogan. Rearcross sloppiness was to prove their undoing again when a free kick given for a soft free was finished to the net by the Cloughjordan attacker. Rearcross did not drop their heads though and again managed to get themselves back in the game when a Greg Kennedy free kick finished in the Cloughjordan net with the help of a deflection. Rearcross were getting on top now and went close to taking the lead when Darragh Kennedy fires over from just outside the box. As the second half pushed near a close and the game was on a knife edge Cloughjordan were awarded a penalty when their attacker was felled in the box which was duly dispatched. Rearcross threw all caution to the wind and went all out for an equaliser to take the tie to extra time but were caught on the counter with the last attack of the game and conceded an own goal through an unfortunate deflection. That's how re game finished with Cloughjordan coming out on top 5 3 in a well contested Cup tie. Rearcross can take heart from the game though as they went toe to toe with a Premier Division title challenger and will hopefully take this attitude into their next game with Borrisokane on Sunday next.
Reacross 'A': Diarmaid Sheehy, Declan O Toole, Eamonn Devitt, Tommy Ryan Luke, Greg Kennedy, Kieran Devitt, Darragh Kennedy, mark Hogan, Robert Harrington, Michael O Gotman, Darren Quigley
Sub: Brian Sheehy
Referee: Tommy Lynch
Report compiled by Eamonn Devitt