Clonmore Championship Centerary Celebrations

October 17, 2016

Junior Championship – St. Patrick’s, Cullyhanna  0-10   Clonmore 1-10

Clonmore celebrated their centenary by capturing the Armagh Junior Championship with a hard earned 1-10 to 0-10 replay win over St Patrick’s, Cullyhanna. Last week’s late drama was replayed as drawn goalscoring hero Kyle Reid faced up to another late free needing to find the net to force extra-time, but his effort this time was wide of the mark.

Wind assisted Clonmore had only a 2-point advantage 0-6 to 0-4 at half-time despite holding their opponents St Pat’s scoreless for the opening 21 minutes. By the time drawn goal hero Kyle Reid opened the Pat’s scoring account Raymond McBennett and 3 points in a row from Cathal Cunningham had Clonmore 4 points to the good. Pat’s had also suffered the loss of the influential Peter McKeever through injury replaced by Kevin Toner. Brendan Nugent halved the deficit before Grimley put a green flag between them on 27 minutes. Shane McKeever, the all -time top scorer for his club clipped over a free but was cancelled by a like score from Brendan Donaghy. Cathal McGlade completed the first half scoring with a good point from play

Within 5 minutes of the re-start Pat’s had taken the lead following 3 unanswered points from Paul Donnelly, Shane McKeever, free, and another placed effort from Reid. Clonmore were looking shaky but County star Brendan Donaghy and James Grimley both came to the fore when the chips were down. Donaghy levelled from a free which saw influential Pat’s defender Cathal Donnelly black carded. In the 43rd minute the game took a dramatic change when Clonmore were awarded what a lot including myself thoughtwas a soft penalty with the referee even consulting with his umpires after making the decision. James Grimly calmly slotted the spot-kick past Fergal Murphy to undo all of Pat’s second half good work, but the Cullyhanna boys responded to the goal in style as points from a Shane McKeever free and one from play from Reid reduced the deficit to the minimum. The best team move of the game saw Grimley double the lead with 10 minutes’ left on the clock. Donaghy added a brace of points inside the next 5 minutes to leave it a 4-point game. Clonmore smothered 3 goal attempts on the trot as a Cathal McGlade pointed free paved the way for Reid’s last gasp effort but Clonmore were not going to be denied their glory in this their Centenary year. Clonmore will take on Monaghan champions Blackhill on Sunday Oct 30 @ 2-30pm in Clones in the Ulster club quarter final.

Scorers-Clonmore: Brendan Donaghy 0-5, James Grimley 1-1, Cathal Cunningham 0-3, Raymond McBennett 0-1 St. Patrick’s: Shane McKeever 0-3, Kyle Reid 0-3, Cathal McGlade 0-2 Brendan Nugent 0-1, Paul Donnelly 0-1.