Fine margins, superb intensity, a tricky surface and lots and lots of additional time defined the Division 1 relegation playoff in Moy this afternoon. The fact that the last score came three minutes from the end of normal time and thirteen minutes from the actual full time whistle might give you some idea of just how hard it was to convert chances into scores. That extended period of injury time saw one player from each team sent off. Clonoe had their chance to send the game into extra time but the width of the post denied the Rahillys. In the end Moy hung on to drop Clonoe into Intermediate football for the first time since the late 1990’s.
Moy made an excellent start to the game and led 0-3 to 0-1 after 18 minutes. Paddy Lavery opened the scoring for Moy in the 3rd minute and an Adam Donaghy pointing the 5th doubled their advantage. Connor McAliskey hit Clonoe’s first point of the half from a free in the 8th minute and we had to wait ten more minutes until Ryan Coleman stoked over his opening score of the contest from a free. Clonoe might well have been five points down at that point were it not for an excellent Mickey O’Neill reaction save to turn the ball away from danger.
Fintan McClure went close to directing the ball to the Moy net in the 21st minute and that miss seemed to energise Moy. First Declan Conroy scored from play in the 25th minute and Ryan Colman added another from a free six minutes later. A second Connor McAliskey free in the 33rd minute completed the first half scoring. Clonoe having failed to register a point from play during that period trailed Moy 0-5 to 0-2 at the short whistle.
Whatever was said to Clonoe at the break paid off early in the second half. By the 34th minute the game was level thanks to their first point from play through Stephen McNulty, a lovely point from Fintan McClure from a narrow angle and a Paul Coney point from play. Moy were on the Blackfoot but they weathered the storm and kicked the next point thanks to Ryan Coleman. A Fintan McClure mark in the 37th minutes tied the contest again before a brilliant Stephen McNulty score put Clonoe in front for the first time. Another brilliant Mickey O’Neill save from a Jamie Coleman shot kept Clonoe in front but that lead was to be short lived.
Moy fired over the next three points. Michael Conroy from a free, Jamie Coleman and Ryan Lavery from play. Clonoe refused to go away and a Fintan McClure point in the 46th minute followed by another Connor McAliskey free in the 49th minute levelled the contest at 0-9 each. What followed afterwards was a war of attrition. Both sides smashing into tackles and leaving every ounce of blood, sweat and some more blood out on the field. Michael Conroy landed another free in the 59th minute to edge Moy into a lead that they never lost again. Connor McAliskey had an opportunity to level the game in the ninth minute of injury time but his free clipped off the right post and into some very grateful Moy hands.
Final Score – Moy 0-10 Clonoe 0-9
Moy Scorers – Ryan Coleman 0-3 (3F), Michael Conroy 0-2 (2F), Paddy Lavery 0-1, Adam Donaghy 0-1, Declan Conroy 0-1, Jamie Coleman 0-1, Ryan Lavery 0-1
Clonoe Scorers – Connor McAliskey 0-3 (3F), Fintan McClure 0-3 (1M), Stephen McNulty 0-2, Paul Coney 0-1