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Clonoe Claim County Senior Title

Sunday 13.10.2013
Team Talk Mag
Club


Clonoe and Carrickmore served up a highly competitive and fiercely contested Hunky Dorys senior championship final at Healy Park on Sunday. The O’Rahillys eventually prevailed but they were made fight all the way by a determined Carmen side.
Clonoe looked sharp throughout and their full forward pair of Connor Mc Aliskey and Danny Mc Nulty played huge roles in their team’s win. They each set up team mates for goals while causing the Carrickmore defence all sorts of problems throughout the game.
The O’Rahillys opened up a 1-3 to 0-2 lead twelve minutes into the first half after Mc Alsikey put one on a plate for Paul Coney. However the men in white and black failed to score for the remainder of the first half including a Colly Doris missed penalty which was well saved by big Plunkett Mc Callan in the Carrickmore goals. Carrickmore took strength from the missed opportunity and the men in green and gold banged on four points including a brace from Martin Penrose to draw level at the break.
Clonoe have looked very impressive in the second half of their recent championship games and they began this one on fire with a goal from Danny Mc Nulty just eleven seconds after the restart. Once again however they were unable to build on their lead as Carmen showed great character to hit four points unanswered and move into the lead by the tenth minute. Indeed it took a point blank save from Clonoe goalkeeper Micky O’Neill to deny Michael Donaghy a certain goal before Micky Mc Callan sent over the rebound to put Carrickmore 0-10 to 2-3 in front.
The game was very much in the balance now but Clonoe displayed admirable character drawing level through Mc Aliskey before Danny Mc Nulty set PJ Lavery up for his side’s third goal. Carrickmore looked to respond but they could not find the goal they needed to get them right back in the game and closing points from Stephen Mc Nulty (2) and Colly Doris ensured the O’Neill Cup travelled to O’Rahilly park for the second time in five years.

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