CONGRATULATIONS to the Coachford AFC Premier team who won the Cork AUL Premier league title for the first time in the club's history.
The team managed and coached by Michael Walsh and Donal Moynihan created club history tonight by beating AOH Cup winners Killumney United by a single goal.
This last game of the season turned out to be the title decider as both teams were level on points. In the first half Coachford were under severe pressure as the physically stronger Killumney side had the wind advantage and piled long balls on top of the Coachford defence for long periods of the first half.
On 15 minutes Coachford lost the influential player, Pa Finnegan to a hamstring injury. Coachford weathered the storm with some brilliant defending and had a few chances themselves at breaking the deadlock but really the first 45 minutes belonged to Killumney.
The second half began well for Coachford and with renewed confidence and the wind at their backs they began playing some beautiful football which has been their trademark all season. Killumney were now the team having to defend and face an ever increasing quick paced and determined Coachford side.
Coachford lost captain Keith Linzell to a foot injury but then on 22 minutes Goalkeeper Peter O'Riordan collected a high ball and sent it quickly sown the field where it was collected, passed and rammed to the back of the Killumney goal to give the boys in green the lead.
A frantic 28 minutes followed with many disputes, close shaves on both sides and a penalty miss for Coachford in the dying minutes of normal time. The referee added 5 minutes injury time but even that was not going to deny Coachford their first Premier league title since the club was founded in 1969. At the final whistle, players, coaching staff, substitutes, backroom staff, club members and many many supporters celebrated wildly
Club Chairman Thady Delaney said: "What a victory, this is huge for the club! They are a great bunch of players, every one of them. Welshie (Mick Walsh) and moyny (Donal Moynihan) had them well prepared and although the first half was tough going they always seemed to have enough to win this.
"We've had some tough times in our club and we've also enjoyed many good days but this has to be one of the best of them all. We've had a great year with the under-12s and 13s winning their leagues and the under 15s gaining promotion and now this. But all this success is on the back of huge amount of work right throughout the club and everyone can be proud of playing their part in tonight's and all the other victories we've enjoyed this season".
Corpus Christi Procession
THE annual Corpus Christi Procession takes place this Sunday after 11.30am mass in Coachford.
The procession is one of the village's most treasured traditions and is a wonderful event to take part in or to attend as an onlooker. The residents and business's along the route go to great efforts to decorate their houses and to make sure their premises look their best as the blessed Sacrament is carried through the village to the Grotto.
The children from the parish, who recently received their first Holy Communion, dress up again and shower the route with flowers ahead of the procession. Everyone is welcome to attend and take part.
Coachford Pubs gear up for Bank Holiday Weekend
Breathnach's bar will host Aghinagh Comhaltas for a lively traditional music session on Friday while O' Riordan's Bar will host their 8th annual SNOTTFEST on Sunday.
This event is always looked forward to by locals and visitors, as organiser Pat O'Riordan said: "We have a great line up again this year for our Snottfest and we are looking forward to some good weather to make it an even better event than last year. The excellent band, Parallel always perform well here in Coachford and they have a huge following every time they play here."
Snottfest guarantees craic along with an open mic session to feature upcoming stars, bouncy castles, live music, DJ, Human Gyroscope, Food and lots more activities to keep the revelers happy throughout the day.
The Killanardrish/Coachford Under 12 soccer team lifted the League title for the second year in a row. This bunch of players had a very successful year remaining unbeaten in the league and scored 84 goals. The boys have two games left to play and would love to extend their points tally and amount of goals scored.
Team manager Liam Casey said: "We are thrilled for the lads to have won the title. This season was particularly tough for them as a lot of the boys were also playing in the under-13 team and they also enjoyed a good run in the cup competitions.
"They are a great bunch and they give 100 per cent every time. They fully deserve the title and they are already looking forward to playing at a higher level next season as U-13s."
Casey's goals helps Cork win All Ireland.
Congratulations to Killanardrish/Coachford player Luke Casey on scoring two goals for the Cork Under 12 schoolboys soccer team in the All-Ireland final last Saturday. Cork were crowned All-Ireland champions after defeating Limerick side Limerick Desmond by 4-1.
Casey opened the scoring for Cork after 5 minutes. Limerick Desmond rallied well and equalised after 13 minutes. A superb shot from Luke Casey on 25 minutes crashed off the underside of the crossbar but bounced out, leaving the score 1-1 at half time. Cork took the lead again after 38 minutes when Casey cut in from the left and slotted a great shot into the far corner for his, and Cork's, second goal. This was a superb performance by Casey and Cork to lift the All Ireland Schoolboys trophy.
Disappointment for u15s
Kilanardrish Coachford lost 5-1 to Carrigtwohill in the Division 4 play off. The lads who were understrength played well and were hugely unlucky not to score three or four goals in the first half.
Carrrigtwohill went ahead after 13 minutes against the run of play and doubled their lead on 27 minutes from a corner kick.
Four minutes later Carrigtwohill pounced on a mistake by the local boys to make it 3-0 before the break. The Coachford based team refused to give up and started the second half strong however the East Cork side went 4-0 up after seven minutes but Coachford pulled one back and piled the pressure on for the remainder of the game but could not score another one and with only ten minutes left, Carrigtwohill made it 5 and were crowned champions.
The score does not reflect how well Killanardrish/Coachford played and this game could have ended differently if some of those early misses had been converted and if there was a full side available to the management. A great season all the same for the boys who have gained promotion in a very competitive league.
The under 12 and 13 teams are the only ones left in competition at this stage of the year. The under 13s play Tramore Athletic away tonight (Thursday) at 7.00pm in the quarter final of the Con Elliot Cup. The under 12s play their second last league game on Sunday in Riverstown at 10.30am and play Ringmahon Rangers at home in Coachford in the Albert Conboye Cup on next Tuesday at 7.00pm.
Still no winner of this week's jackpot and it rises steadily to €7,400. The numbers drawn were 1, 17, and 19.
The lucky dip winners were Eugene O Riordan (€40), Tommy Looney, Sheila Dineen, Kevin Daly and Hillary Walsh.(€20each).
Next week's draw takes place in Breathnach's Bar on Tuesday night.
Hurling championship looms
The Aghabullogue Intermediate hurlers play the first round of the Championship this weekend when they meet Barryroe in Brinny on Saturday at 6pm.
The hurlers who have a new management team in place will be anxious to perform well in the intermediate grade this year. The players have performed well in the league in recent weeks and go into the game with a mix of youth and experience on the pitch. We wish the boys in green and white the very best of luck.
Schools out for summer
Students from Coachford College who are not doing exams will finish school this Friday for their long summer break. Those sitting exams must endure another few weeks before they can break free.