Tuesday 24 April 2018

Community news: Macroom Matters

Celebration time for Macroom B after the 2-1 win over Temple in the Presidents Cup Final
Celebration time for Macroom B after the 2-1 win over Temple in the Presidents Cup Final

Macroom B captured the President's Cup at Turner's Cross last week, following a brilliant 2-1 victory over Temple Utd. Sean Quinn was the ace marksman with two stunning goals ensuring that the cup returned to Macroom for the first time since 2007.

On a perfect night for football and on a beautiful surface, Macroom began brightly. Forward trio Jack O'Donovan, Mark Corrigan and Quinn were causing huge problems for the Temple defence. After a few close calls, Macroom went ahead on 22 minutes. Barry Kelleher won a great header which fell to Quinn. His first time volley from the edge of the box scorched into the top corner. Temple came more into the game for the remainder of the half but the Macroom defence of O'Huidir, O'Callaghan, Deasy and Cullinane dealt comfortably with anything that came their way. Macroom deservedly led 1-0 at half time.

The Northside club improved big time in the second period. And sustained pressure yielded a scrappy equaliser on 56 when Macroom failed to clear a free kick and the ball was stabbed home from close range. Temple continued to push but Macroom held firm with Willie O'Riordan and Jack Cronin putting in great midfield shifts.

The game was evenly balanced entering the final quarter but Macroom's pacey front three were continuing to do well. Corrigan in particular was causing havoc on the left flank. And it was his run and cross which was expertly met at the back post by Quinn to make it 2-1 on 75.

Andrew Boyle in the Macroom goal made a good save from a long range effort and then he combined with O'Huidir to clear off the line via the post when an equaliser looked certain. Pat Kelleher was introduced to good effect as Macroom saw out the remaining time. And wild celebrations were sparked when the final whistle went.

Kevin O'Mahony of the Cork AUL presented the cup to the captain Barry Kelleher and Sean Quinn was deservedly awarded with the man of the match. It was an outstanding effort from the whole squad and management and gives a great boost to everyone involved with Macroom FC.

Squad: Andrew Boyle, Darren Cullinane, Mark O Callaghan, Darragh Deasy, Damien O'Huidir, Willie O'Riordan, Jack Cronin, Barry Kelleher, Mark Corrigan, Sean Quinn, Jack O'Donovan, Pat Kelleher, Matt O'Leary, Ryan Creed, Darren Creed, Gordon O'Sullivan, Jack Kelleher, John Ronan, Aaron O'Callaghan, Chris Brown, Shane Creedon, Brian McMahon. The team is managed by Noel O'Riordan, Willie O'Riordan and Darragh Deasy.

Macroom GAA and Macroom Motors driving forward

On Thursday, April 6, Macroom GAA presented Macroom Motors with new training and tracksuit tops as a token of appreciation for their continued support.

Having become the main sponsor of Macroom GAA in 2014, Macroom Motors has maintained their support for the club since with the partnership going from strength to strength.

Players and club officers made the presentation to Pat Barrett and Paschal Buckley of Macroom Motors at the fabulous Toyota showrooms at the Cork end of the town.

Speaking at the presentation, Chairman of Macroom GAA John O'Mahony thanked Toyota for their support of the club and hoped that they will be rewarded with silverware before the year is out.

Pat Barrett, General Manager of Macroom Motors, complimented the club on their new training gear and stated that the sponsorship has been extremely beneficial for Macroom Motors also.

He thanked all associated with Macroom GAA for doing business with the garage and wished the club all the best for the coming year.

Meanwhile, Macroom play Naomh Aban in the first round of the Premier Intermediate Championship on Sunday, April 20.

Flower and Garden club floral demo

Macroom Flower & Garden Club's upcoming Floral Demonstration with Angela Heffron AOIFA - entitled 'April Showers' - will be held on Thursday, April 27, at 8pm in Coolcower House.

New members and visitors are most welcome.

Meanwhile, for enquires and booking for the June Members' outing please contact 087-9821708 for further information.

Officers and the everyone involved in the committee would like to wish you a very happy Easter and thank you for your continuing support.