At the end of last Sunday’s GWP Junior C Championship Final in Ballinaglera both Cloone and Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher were left to reflect on what might have been as both sides had late chances to secure victory but on reflection neither side could have too many complaints with the final outcome and both sides will meet again to determine the destination of the final championship title of the year.
By Philip Rooney
Cloone would have been eager to put the disappointment of relegation from the senior championship behind them while Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher would equally have been determined to finish the year on a high and banish the memories of their intermediate championship semi-final defeat at the hands of Melvin Gaels.
The difficult playing conditions were far from ideal for those hoping for a fast, open game but what may have been lacking in that regard was made up for in pure edge of the seat excitement and tension.
Perhaps the biggest difference between the sides was the fact that Cloone were much more clinical when in possession and their forwards looked more comfortable when in shooting positions. Too often the Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher players passed up shooting opportunities, often making life difficult for team mates on the receiving end of a pass as it allowed the Cloone defenders to regroup and ensure any shot at goal was taken under severe pressure.
Joe Keaney opened the scoring for Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher in the third minute when he claimed a loose clearance and after a deft drop of the shoulder struck between the Cloone uprights. The composure that Keaney displayed with that opening point was unfortunately not always evident from the Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher forwards, although the Cloone defenders deserve credit for the pressure they applied throughout the game.
Cloone were slower to get out of the blocks but with Damien O’Donnel in their ranks it was only a matter of time before they showed their strength as an attacking force. O’Donnell levelled matters when he converted a fifth minute free and two minutes later Cloone had the lead for the first time when Seamus McCaffrey pointed after good work from Gavin McGovern.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.