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Rock Complete League and Championship Double

Sunday 12.10.2014
Team Talk Mag
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Rock completed a league and championship double on Sunday at Coalisland but were made fight all the way by a determined and well organised Derrytresk side in their replayed Junior Championship final

The winners began well with the returning Martin Mc Creesh showing some fine touches as he set about making up for lost time. He scored one and was involved in the other of Rock’s opening two scores as Niall Conway’s side started the game in dominant form. However The Men from the Hill refused to be overawed and with Joe Mc Kee and Cathal O’Neill leading from the front they were soon level.

Derrytresk were working overtime to deny the Rock forwards space and time and it took a fantastic piece of defensive work from Jay Dillon to deny James Mc Creesh a goal scoring opportunity. Exchanges remained keen throughout with neither side prepared to give an inch and it came as no surprise that they reached the break separated by only a single point with Rock leading 0-5 to 0-4.

Derrytresk started the second half well and drew level straight from the restart following a fine point from Caolan Corr. The men in blue were very much on top after the break and five minutes into the second half Derrytresk had opened up a three point lead with Joe Mc Kee once again leading from the front.

Rock’s challenge looked to be in danger as they struggled to win possession or create genuine scoring chances. However then came the incident that changed the dynamic of the game. Midfielder Ronan O’Neill received a red card and Derrytresk lost a key physical presence around the middle of the park. Caolan Corr did manage to put them three in front again but Rock were slowly gaining control around centrefield. A fast break down the right saw a high ball driven towards the square before it was flicked to the net by substitute Micky Mc Elduff.

That score brought the sides level and the large appreciative crowd turned the volume up once again as the game reached the closing ten minutes. Points from Conor Mc Creesh and Tommy Bloomer put Rock two in front but back came Derrytresk with a Joe Mc Kee free. Derrytresk knew they had to gamble if they were to take the game to extra time but one gamble too many resulted in Conor Mc Creesh intercepting an attempted clearance and tucking the ball into an empty net to conclude the scoring with Rock 2-8 to 0-10 winners.

 

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