Carr awaits tougher tests ahead
Tuesday, 13 August 2013
BURREN 1-15 BALLYHOLLAND 0-06.
BURREN manager Paddy Carr insisted that his side have a lot more to do but he was pleased with their comfortable 12-point victory over Ballyholland on Thursday.
After the match a content Carr spoke exclusively to the Democrat, where he revealed that the round robin system should suit his side.
“We need to improve in certain sectors and we will work on our agility but I am pleased with where we are at and certain aspects of our game showed where we want to go," said Carr.
For much of the game, in Pairc Esler, underdogs Ballyholland tried to frustrate Burren by packing the defence and harassing in numbers. Ballyholland's work-rate was impressive, their tough and accurate tackling is obviously something they've worked on too.
But Burren had quality throughout the pitch and when Ballyholland abandoned their initial game-plan and went man-to-man, a ruthless Burren tore into them with their exciting running game.
Something, which pleased the Burren manager. Carr said: "I was happy with the way we got our game together in the second half, and it is an important asset of our game, but there will be much tougher tests ahead and we will need to continue to improve."
Burren were without the injured Dan McCartan but with Ballyholland playing so many bodies in defence Paddy Carr's men could afford to play a two-man full-back line.
Donal O'Hare (1-7, 5 frees) displayed class and composure throughout. He opened the scoring with a 35-metre free and James McGovern stroked over another to stretch the lead.
Ballyholland's Ronan McGovern showed he can compete with the best as he rose high to wrestle possession before turning and blasting over the bar to leave only a point between the sides with 10 minutes played.
Shane Mulholland's Ballyholland were playing almost mob football with herds chasing down each Burren player in possession and they produced a number of turnovers with full-back Anton Haughey making excellent tackles and Joseph Murphy covering a lot of ground.
But Ballyholland's place-kicking let them down and Burren's O'Hare showed how it is done with three conversions in a row before Shay McArdle opened his account.
Ballyholland's Ruairi White popped over a point after Murtagh broke possession down but Burren were starting to find their stride and Eoin McCartan finished of a wonderful sweeping move, by drilling between the posts.
Just before the break Ballyholland had the best opportunity to hurt Burren, when keeper Cathal Murtagh was off his line and with the net empty Niall McKevitt blazed over instead of under the bar.
And as Ballyholland were thinking what could have been, James McGovern slotted over his second point after O'Hare's 45' fell short to give Burren a half-time lead of 0-08 to Ballyholland's 0-03.
Kevin McKernan and Ballyholland's Tony Havern exchanged points after the restart. The first 15 minutes of the second half was cat and mouse with Ballyholland substitute Patrick Quinn striking over a free and Kieran Murphy a fine point. But Burren kept chipping over scores, with O'Hare and McArdle adding to their tally. And as the game progressed Burren turned the screw in with Sean Murdock, Kevin McKernan and Eamon Toner pressing forward and spreading passes for fun.
And the game was put beyond doubt when after McArdle took a quick free Eoin McCartan sped through the Ballyholland defence and closing in on goal he unselfishly passed across to O'Hare, who blasted home at the near post.
Burren's full-back Gerard McGovern, Eamon Toner and O'Hare finished the scoring and they should be confident of improving against An Riocht next week.
Ballyholland can take plenty of positives into next week's game
against Bryansford, but again it will be a surprise if they pull off a
MAN OF THE MATCH: Ballyholland's Haughey, Joseph Murphy and Murtagh had great games, while Kevin McKernan and Sean Murdock among the best for Burren, but goal scorer Donal O'Hare kept Burren in control with his sharp shooting and is my Man of the Match.
GAME-CHANGER: While McKevitt's missed opportunity to score a goal against Burren and O'Hare's goal was significant, Eoin McCartan's drilled point on 30-minutes finished a seven-man move and Burren had suddenly discovered their groove, something Ballyholland couldn't deal with.
BURREN: Cathal Murdock, Pauric O'Rourke, Gerard McCartan (0-1), Ryan McGovern, David McEntee, Gerard McCartan, Sean Murdock, Conaill McGovern, Kevin McKernan (0-1), James McGovern (0-2), Eamon Toner (0-1), Eamon McGovern, Donal O'Hare (1-7, 5 frees), Eoin McArdle (0-1) and Shay McArdle (0-2).
Yellow card: Eamon McGovern 28'.
BALLYHOLLAND: Colm Keenan, Niall McQuillan, Anton Haughey, Damian Campbell, Damien McCrink, Paddy McAnulty, Niall McKevitt (0-1), Joseph Murphy, James Patterson, Kieran Murphy (0-1), Robbie White, Tommy Kane, Ronan Murtagh (0-1), Tony Havern (0-1) and Ruairi White (0-1). Subs used: Kevin McAteer, Patrick Quinn (0-1, free) and Kealan Haughey for McKevitt, Patterson and White 35'.
Yellow card: D McCrink 28' & 60'.Red card: D McCrink 60'.
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