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Clara celebrate O'Hara 'opening'

CLARA Town will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of their Stanley O'Hara Park ground on the June Bank Holiday Monday.

The event will bring the curtain down on a season which saw a league and cup double narrowly elude the Town B team.

After losing the Oliver Ward Division Three Cup final to Colmcille Celtic, Clara picked themselves up and clinched the Division 3B title with a 2-1 win over Horseleap and whopping victories over Frankford (7-2) and Melville Celtic (5-2).

Former Athlone Town and Willow Park striker Gary Devine proved crucial to the success of the Clara Town second team this season by weighing in regularly with important goals.

The Bank Holiday Monday event will also feature a memorial match for the late Kieran Coyne, one of the most celebrated players to don the Town jersey.

There will also be a six-a-side tournament, a women's match and the launch of a new club crest.

STRADBALLY GO OUT WITH HEADS HIGH

IT was a dead rubber match but at least Stradbally Town had the satisfaction of ending the season with a win when they defeated Rosenallis in both sides' final Premier Division outing.

Stradbally were already condemned to the drop with Mullingar Town and regardless of the outcome, Rosenallis would avoid relegation by just a point.

Paddy Bergin put Stradbally a goal up at the break in the clash at the Grove and Robbie Moore doubled the lead eight minutes into the second half.

Derek Gorman netted with a half volley in the 76th minute to confirm the three points for Stradbally. Next up for the Laois club is a golf class in the Heath on Friday, June 21.

DOYLE IS COOLRAINE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

AARON Doyle was named Coolraine player of the year at the club's AGM.

The meeting also saw outgoing chairman Chris Geoghegan step down after nearly 20 years in the job to be replaced by Michael Molyneaux, while Derik Westman retired as treasurer and will be replaced by Dermot Feery.

SAME AS YOU WERE AT CCFL 'TOP TABLE'

NO changes at the top are expected at the CCFL AGM tonight in Tullamore (Bridge House, 8.30pm). James Kelly will be returned as chairman with Chris Hand as secretary.

Meanwhile, the CCFL's eighth annual awards night will take place at the same venue on Saturday night.

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