Aughawillan march into quarter-final with ease

As widely expected Aughawillan secured their place in the quarter-final of the Connacht Gold Championship on Saturday evening last in Ballinamore when they proved too strong for Cloone.

As widely expected Aughawillan secured their place in the quarter-final of the Connacht Gold Championship on Saturday evening last in Ballinamore when they proved too strong for Cloone.

By Philip Rooney

Aughawillan 0-12

Cloone 0-7

With Gary Deane, Michael Quinn and Barry Prior all having fine games for Aughawillan it was evident from an early stage Cloone would have to produce an outstanding performance if they were to have any hopes of keeping their championship camaign alive.

Having been comprehensively beaten by Mohill in their opening game the pressure was on Cloone coming in to last Saturday’s game to bounce back strongly and to their credit they started the game very positively.

Damien O’Donnell opened the scoring for Cloone in the 6th minute after excellent play from Michael Lohan who was involved several times in the build-up and although Aughawillan replied with a Ciaran Gilheaney point it was Cloone who looked the more dangerous in what was a tense and nervy opening quarter to the game.

The fact that both sides knew a win would secure their place in the quarter final made for a full-blooded encounter in which the effort of neither side could be questioned but the fact that there was so much at stake meant mistakes were inevitable and the opening half proved to be quite scrappy.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.