Arravale Rovers beat Clonmel Óg by 1-9 to 0-5 in New Inn last Wednesday evening in the County Senior Football Championship to make it three wins from three games.
This win keeps Rovers on top of the table and with a great chance of emerging as group winners. They meet Cahir in the next round.
Jim O’Meara’s charges had wind advantage in the first half, which proved a dour battle, but found it difficult to get scores against a well-marshalled Rovers defence, where Robbie Kiely was outstanding. Brian Lowry opened with a pointed free for Rovers and Dara Kearney replied with a fine solo effort but this was his side’s only score from play.
James Hogan from a free and Dwayne Burns, from a forty five, had the sides level again after eighteen minutes. Robbie Kiely then pointed following good work by Conor McManus.
When Clonmel Og goalie Keith Madigan was adjudged to have fouled the ball in the small square, Rovers’ Bryan Lowry failed from the penalty.
Despite the fact that Clonmel Óg hit the post three times in this first half, Rovers should have been much further ahead at the break.
Clonmel Óg started the second half in determined mood and stormed back to draw level with two Dwayne Burns points. Then Rovers responded with three unanswered points, two frees from James Hogan and a Mikie O’Dwyer point from play. A Dwayne Burns free reduced the deficit.
Mikie O’Dwyer then pointed for Rovers and the score of the match arrived courtesy of Robbie Kiely. Darren Lowry started the move in his own half back line,linked up with Kiely and Mikie O’Dwyer and Robbie continued his run to finish the ball to the net. A Conor McManus free, in injury time, brought the match to and end, as Rovers ran out deserving winners.
Clonmel Óg fought to the end and their defence, especially Graham Quinn, Conor Morrissey and Noel Walsh were prominent. John Cagney and Dara Kearney did well around the middle third. However up front they depended too heavily on Dwayne Burns for scores, while Matthew Norris and Shane Kearney also had their moments.
Arravale Rovers made heavy work of winning. Apart from the county players, John Hayes, Ciarán Lowry and especially Pearse Richardson caught the eye in defence. Damien Kiely was prominent at midfield while Mikie O’Dwyer, James Hogan and Darren Lowry worked hard up front.
Arravale Rovers - Brian Glasheen, Peter Mulhair, John Hayes, Pearse Richardson; Ger Mulhair (0-1), Robbie Kiely, Ciarán Lowry; John Bourke, Damien Kiely (1-1); Darren Lowry, Conor McManus (0-1), Michael O’Dwyer (0-2); Bryan Lowry (0-1 free), Pakie Bourke, James Hogan (0-3 frees).
Subs - Steven Quinn for John Bourke, Tony Byrnes for Pakie Bourke, Niall Donovan for Steve Quinn.
Clonmel Óg - Keith Madigan; Colin O’Mahony, Graham Quinn, Kevin McGrath; Michael Condon, Conor Morrissey, Noel Walsh; John Cagney, Dara Kearney (0-1); Michael Lynch, Matthew Norris, Karl Kearney; Terry Kearns, Shane Kearney, Dwayne Burns (0-4, including 3 frees and 1 ‘65)
Subs - Eoin Fallon for Michael Lynch.
Referee - David Grogan.