Clonoe blown to club final glory
Clonoe 1-10 Traugh 1-4: Clonoe manager Damien Cassidy suggested the windy conditions at the Ulster U-21 Club Football Championship final at Creggan on Saturday helped his side beat Truagh Gaels comfortably.
While the Monaghan champions found it difficult to get any flow to their game, Clonoe's short passing game and strong running yielded dividends.
"To be honest that breeze allowed us to play our natural game," Cassidy said.
"We are very good at playing that natural football where we are supporting off the shoulder and lots of players have the athleticism to make those runs."
The very fact that it took Truagh until the 26th minute of the first half to register their first score, emphasises Clonoe's dominance. At half time the Tyrone champions were ahead by 0-4 to 0-2, but the scoreline flattered Truagh.
Dan McNulty's goal in the 38th minute, which was actually deflected into the net off the leg of Shea Treanor, put them ahead by 1-5 to 0-3 ahead.
For the rest of the half, the Clonoe players queued up to score, as captain Dwayne Quinn, man of the match Daryl Magee, Pauric Donnelly and Conor Hughes all put points on the board. Christopher McKenna got a late goal for the Gaels to earn him the tournament's top scorer award, but that was scant consolation on a dismal day for Truagh which went from bad to worse when substitute Jarlath Treanor was red carded.
"I know that finals are a different type of game in terms of the pressure that the players have to absorb," Cassidy said.
"It is important not being influenced by the external factors that you have no control on. It is easy saying that but that is essentially what you have to do."
Clonoe scorers: D Quinn 0-2, C Hughes 0-1, D McClure 0-1 (1f), R McCourt 0-1, D Magee 0-3 (2f), D McNulty 1-2 (1f, 1 45).
Yellow cards: C Hughes (24), R McCourt (30)
Truagh scorers: P McKenna 0-1 (1f), C McKenna 1-2, D McKenna 0-1.
Yellow cards: E Kelly (20)
Red card: J Treanor 60+1
Referee: G Corrigan (Down).