Favourites Moyle Rovers came a cropper in the county intermediate football semi-final at Boherlahan on Saturday when the concession of two goals in four minutes at the start to Moycarkey-Borris, the Mid champions, proved too much of a hurdle to overcome, 3-6 to 0-13
Rovers went into the game with high expectations but the loss of four of the side that won the South championship to senior ranks a week earlier was a huge handicap. The reshaping forced on their team as a consequence, possibly caused the hesitancy which led to the early goals and left them with a mountain to climb subsequently
The strikes by Paudie Doran in the first minute, after a surging run by David Morris, and a long-range effort from Pa Carey three minutes later, which might have been stopped, gave Moycarkey-Borris a huge boost and left Moyle Rovers chasing the game thereafter.
And chase it they did as they recovered from those early lapses, but they never overtook their opponents, though twice coming within a point. Moycarkeyâ€™s ability to notch goals was again to be crucial in the second half when Ciaran Clohessy finished a great move with aplomb to give the then undersiege Mid men respite.
Moycarkey could not have hoped for a better start with those goals by Paudie Doran and Pa Carey, separated by a Kevin Morrissey point for Rovers in the 3rd minute. Rovers began to settle and were three points adrift in the 24th minute (2-1 to 0-3) when Moycarkey ought to have got a third goal but Kieran Morris put wide with only the goalie to beat.
Three Moyle Roversâ€™ points from Rian Clancy (2) and Kevin Morrissey, who was having a storming game at midfield, reflected Roversâ€™ second quarter recovery, and they almost grabbed a goal in injury time but Daniel Kirby in the Moycarkey goal saved brilliantly from Conor Cooney.
The Mid champs were happy to be ahead 2-2 to 0-6 at the break while Roversâ€™ recovery from that disastrous start gave them heart for the second half. Anthony Healy had a Moycarkey point inside a minute of resuming but points by Thomas Hill and Craig Condon had the South champs trailing by only a point after 37 minutes.
A slick Mid move a minute later ended with Ciaran Clohessy netting to again give his under-pressure side a four point cushion in the face of the Moyle onslaught.
Rovers were undeterred by the setback. Rian Clancy, and former county man, Jim Williams (2) who had come on as a sub swung over points to once more leave only a point in it in the 48th minute.
Just when it seemed Moyle Rovers would push on for victory, Moycarkey found a new lease of life. Anthony Healy twice pointed and Pa Carey added another to give them a four points advantage with only two minutes to go. Rovers needed a goal but time was against them and though Jim Williams twice pointed frees in injury time, the Mid men held on for a famous victory.