After the dramatic events of the previous week in Ballinaglera that ensured Cloone and Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher would have to meet again to determine who would claim the GWP Junior C Championship, last Saturday’s replay in Pairc Sean Ui Eislin proved to be an equally tense affair which provided plenty of excitement for both sets of supporters.
By Philip Rooney
Cloone’s defensive sharpness and efficiency in front of goal was ultimately what won them the game while Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher will point to the fact that they failed to score from play in the second half, with both of their second half points coming from frees.
Stevan McManus had proved to be Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher’s most dangerous forward in the drawn game and this was something Cloone had obviously concentrated on as he found it difficult to free himself of the attention of the Cloone defence, particularly in the second half
Seamus McCaffrey opened the scoring for goal with the game barely two minutes old when his 45 sailed over the bar but Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher came roaring back and almost struck for the game’s opening goal within a minute.
Rory McLoughlin released Jonathon Keaney who bore down on goal before shooting but his effort was well saved by Mark O’Donnell. The rebound broke back to Keaney but from a difficult angle his shot struck the side netting.
In what was a very open and exciting first half both sides continued to create plenty of scoring opportunities and Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher were presented with another goal chance in the eight minute. Michael mcGuire and Stevan McMnaus were heavily involved in the build-up and McManus showed great awareness to find the unmarked Paul Clarke in front of goal. A goal seemed a very real possibility but Clarke instead opted to ensure he registered his side’s first point of the game.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.