Composed Madden dump Bawn out
Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Madden 1-10 Mullaghbawn 1-05
IN a game which engaged rather than excited, Madden deservedly secured an Intermediate final place after a composed rather than sparkling victory over a Mullaghbawn team who threatened but never delivered.
What good football was played, Madden were the better at delivering it, long or short, while Mullaghbawn's only co-ordinated move of consequence brought an excellent goal from Eugene McVerry.
It was thus individual performances rather than team play which caught the eye on the night.
Madden's full-forward line were feverish in their work rate, creative in their play, sublime in their movement and superb in their potency and opportunism (they hit 1-7 between them) to make them the best Raparees line of the game. Niall Grimley, closely followed by Aaron McKenna had outstanding games with Kyle Morgan to be commended for his unselfish willingness to spray telling passes.
Mullaghbawn probably didn't do themselves justice as, for most of the game, they were too defence minded. They began with a sweeper which descended into pulling 10 to 13 players back behind the ball rendering it almost impossible to mount any meaningful or potentially scoring attacks. This fact is endorsed by their lack of scoring for 32 minutes, the duration of the second and third quarter, in which they were scoreless and Madden posted 1-3.
When they did cut loose for a short period they did threaten positively and here we saw the best of Eugene McVerry. Before that he was expected to win ball, run with ball, make effective passes, be a significant target man and scorer. He tried to be all this but to his own detriment with only Ciaran Grant, Eddie English, Kieran and Barry McKinley and Gareth Smyth giving him the support that he and his team deserved in an otherwise laboured performance by Mullaghbawn.
The game opened with Eugene McVerry bearing down on goal from the throw-in but with a goal on he blazed over the bar. Shortly after, Ciaran Rafferty equalised from an angled, long range point.
Two Eugene McVerry wides had Mullaghbawn sink into defence as Madden assumed control. Three points in a row via Niall Grimley (long range free), Patrick Woods (excellent long range) and Nial Grimley after a clever 'one-two' with Aaron McKenna gave Madden a comfort lead.
Mullaghbawn reacted patiently and in recycled attacks worked good points for Declan McGeeney and Eddie English (free) inside two minutes. Madden stayed cool and persistent with Pat McKenna feeding Kyle Morgan for a 5-3 lead. It stayed that way until the interval even though Mullaghbawn kicked themselves out of contention by wides, poor passes or dropped short efforts. Their own packed defence was causing panic and haste in their own attacks.
Three bad wides on the restart suggested an ominous future ahead for Madden. Five minutes in and after an excellent crisp passing (all kicks) right wing move, the composed Niall Grimley broke loose on an angled 30m run to goals before coolly slotting his calculated volley low to the net. Six minutes later, Niall Grimley, playing deep, eluded his marker to surge forward to receive a switch pass from Kyle Morgan and his point put Madden six up.
That was extended to a likely game-winning seven as Kyle Morgan pointed after a Pat McKenna probing solo. It was then Mullaghbawn realised that having 13 back defending makes it difficult to produce scores. They cut loose to play their best football for some 12 minutes as the game at last became an open, flowing contest. Mullaghbawn in a flurry of attacks saw a brace of Ciaran Grant points (one free) reduce the lead to a catchable amount.
Madden, by sheer persistence again, answered with an Aaron McKenna point. The game was thrown really wide open with just two minutes left. A great sweeping move through Karl Quinn and Eddie English finished with Eugene McVerry magnificently rifling to the roof of the net from 20 metres.
Mullaghbawn's comeback had taken its toll and Madden's patient and composed persistence allowed themselves to seize the initiative. In injury time Ger Grimley fed Aaron McKenna for a superbly hit insurance point and from the kick-out Ciaran Rafferty fired over the point which nailed a final place.
A most welcome and encouraging win for Madden who have been building and developing for days like this for a number of years.
Madden: S O'Reilly, N Smith, C Monaghan, P Woods (0-1), E Grimley, E Mallon, P McKenna, P Lappin, R Grimley, G Grimley, C Rafferty (0-2), R Morgan, K Morgan (0-2), N Grimley (1-3), A McKenna (0-2). Subs K McElvanna, C Mallon.
Mullaghbawn: M McKinley, G Smyth, K McKinley, G McCreesh, G Doherty, C O'Brien, B McKinley, K Quinn, A McVerry, D McGeeney (0-1), C Grant (0-2), S Harte, E English (0-1), M McKinley, E McVerry (1-1).
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