THE Coachford Under 12s qualified for the last 16 round of the National Cup last Sunday when they defeated Clonmel Town 4-3 in a thrilling game.
The Coachford side got off to a great start when they scored early from the boot of striker, Jack Murphy. Ten minutes later they doubled their lead when a shot from Kielan O'Sullivan deflected off a defender and took an age to roll into the empty Clonmel Town net.
Almost immediately the Tipperary side pulled one back to put only one between the sides again. The second half was ten minutes old when Clonmel scored from a long way out to put the sides level. The rest of the have was a very close affair with Clonmel always looking dangerous when coming forward but the Coachford defence of Tom Long, Jack O'Connor, Alan O Sullivan and Sean O'Sullivan was superb and worked hard under the instruction of the solid goalkeeper, Tadgh O'Brien Bradley.
With less than ten minutes left on the clock Coachford were awarded a long range free kick but instead of floating the ball into the box, midfielder and man-of-the-match, Luke Casey decided to have a shot and although the Clonmel keeper stopped the shot he couldn't hold it and the ball found the back of the net to put the Mid Cork side in the lead again.
But this game wasn't over yet. With one minute into injury time and the home supporters putting pressure on the referee to put an end to this thriller Clonmel found the Coachford net to send the game into extra time and Sunday dinners on hold.
The first period of 10 minutes couldn't separate the teams and with both sides tiring the midfield of Coachford found some energy deep in their boots in the second period. Coachford's Midfielders, Josh Martin, Kelin O'Sullivan, Luke Casey and Mark Murphy worked tirelessly to provide the strikers, Jack Oldham and Jack Murphy with some excellent chances to break the deadlock.
In the end it fell to Luke Case again to find the net and with a brilliant shot two minutes from time he rocketed the ball to the top corner of the net from 12 yards out. Wild celebrations followed the final whistle and the boys can now look forward to a home tie for the quarter final.
Coachford AFC fixtures
This Saturday at 2pm Coachford take on Castleview away in the Premier league. The B team entertain Newmarket in Carrigadrohid on Sunday morning at 10.45am
The Coachford Bridge Club meets in Breathnach's Bar every Monday at 7.45pm. Bridge is an excellent card game and a great way to meet new friends and keep the grey matter ticking over as the games involves tactics and strategy. Although it is more complicated than other card games it is easily picked up.
The Coachford Bridge Club is open to new members and are eager to teach those who join how to play the most popular card game in the world.
Bingo and Poker
Bingo continues every Tuesday night in O'Riordan's Bar from 9pm. It's a great night out and the prize money is superb. For the more serious and skilful gamblers 'Texas Hold 'em Poker' takes place in Hogan's Bar every Thursday night from 9.30pm.
This is a great game and the thrill of having playing chips in front of you gives you a feeling of being in one of the top casinos in the world but with less of the risk of losing your shirt.
No winner of Coachford AFC lotto jackpot. Numbers drawn were 18, 22 and 27.
The lucky dip winners were Kate Murphy (€40), Daniel Field, Lisa Murphy, Olive& Mary O'Sullivan and David Harrington (€20 each).
Next week's jackpot is €4,200 and the draw takes place in O'Callaghan's Bar on Monday night.
The Muskerry hunt descended last Saturday and over 30 horses used the place as a base for their day's hunting. The spectacle of horses, riders and dogs was wonderful and a great hunt around the area was enjoyed. O'Callaghan's bar provided the warm stew and hot drinks for the perished hunters and a great day was enjoyed by all.
Coachford Bowling Club Open to men and women of all ages. Meets on Monday morning 10.30am and Tuesdays at 7.30pm in the GAA hall. All welcome