Tracton 2-15, Shamrocks 0-7
Shamrocks enter the back door route in their quest for the SE football championship after being crushed by Tracton on Sunday night in Carrigaline. They simply had no answer to Tracton who at times played scintillating football that would have troubled even the best sides in the county.
The game started off at a blistering pace and the scores came thick and fast from both sides. Shamrocks played with the breeze in the first half and both teams scored some wonderful early points from distance to leave the score at 0-3 to 0-3 after 10 minutes. The Shamrocks players to score were Philip Brady, Michael Prout, and Cannice Caffrey (with Darragh O’Sulivan later on in the half). Shamrocks really needed to kick on at this juncture if they were to have enough of a cushion for the second half playing against the elements. However, from there to the half time whistle, the contrast in what both teams did in front of the posts could not have been greater. Shamrocks wasted numerous chances between wides, passes going across the goal and astary and dropped balls. Meanwhile, Tracton were extremely economical with their possession and scored with practically every attack they had, including their well worked goal midway through the half which gave them a nice cushion to drive on and grab the rest of the half by the scruff of the neck. They completely dominated the final 10 minutes of the half to open up a 6 point half time lead, 1-8 to 0-5 and only the extremely optimistic of Shamrocks supporters held out any hope of a turn about.
Well that hope lasted 5 minutes of the second half. Tracton had opened up with a point before Shamrocks gave themselves some hope with Alan McCarthys and Philip Bradys excellently worked points. (Their last score of the game). However, from the kick out, Tracton worked the ball up the pitch, played the overlap to perfection and their full forward buried the ball and the game in the back of captain Fergus O’Neills net. That had the lead at 9 points and increasing.
The final 25 minutes were just academic. Tracton did as they pleased and Shamrocks were chasing shadows. Shamrocks needed a miracle, even one goal but alas on this occasion, they were unable to create even a sniff of a goal. The game limped to its inevitable conclusion with Tracton tagging on point after point to rub it in big style.
Shamrocks play Carrigaline in the back door on May 12th.
Team: F. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, C. Brady, D. Hayes, M. Prout, R. Harrington, M. O’Neill, C. Hartigan, A. McCarthy, P. Brady, E. O’Mahony, C. Caffrey, S. Collins, B. Sweeney, D. O’Sullivan. Subs used – C. Kidney, S. Andrews, S. O’Neill. Unused – D. O’Neill, J. Browne, J. Brady, J. Wilson, S. Downey, S. Keane, B. Cusack.