Saturday 24 August 2019

Ardnaree clinch first junior title

Ardnaree 1-11 Clifden 1-7 Connacht JFC final

Ardnaree clinched their first provincial junior club title
Ardnaree clinched their first provincial junior club title

THE club that gave us Mayo legend, ‘Jinking Joe’ Corcoran, clinched their first provincial junior club title at MacHale Park, Castlebar where they proved a class above Galway champions, Clifden, in testing conditions.

A late surge from Clifden only put a more respectable look to the score, an injury-time penalty from Ger Gibbons was part of the 1-3 Clifden hit in the closing stages, having trailed by 10 points.

A well-worked goal, finished by Ronan Doherty, was the crucial score of the first half as Ardnaree led at the break by 1-6 to 0-3.

Two points from play from centre-back Pat Lacken stamped Ardnaree’s authority on the half as Clifden, playing into a  strong breeze, struggled to get scores, centre-back Mike O’Toole with the pick of their three first-half points.

Scorers – Ardnaree: E McCormack 0-6 (3fs), R Doherty 1-0, P Lacken and N Beattie 0-2 each, C Noone 0-1(1f). Clifden: G Gibbons 1-1, pen, E McCann 0-2, D Joyce, F Mitchell, J O’Brien and M O’Toole 0-1 each.

Ardnaree – B Ginty; C Naylor, I Clarke, C Cawley; M McCormack, P Lacken, S Timlin; S Tighe, M Rafter; N Beattie, R Clarke, C Noone; R Doherty, C Walsh, E McCormack. Subs: B Fitzpatrick for Noone (50), R O’Malley for Clarke (53), J McHale for Doherty (54), M Forbes for Rafter (59) .

Clifden – N Black; M Conneely, D Little, C Connolly; G King, M O’Toole, H O’Toole; C Joyce, C Holmes; E Moran, J O’Brien, D Joyce; F Mitchell (0-1), T Madden, G Gibbons. Subs: C Nee for Little (26), E McCann for E Moran (45), J Moran for Mitchell (53), G Cannon for Madden (55), Casey for King (55), P Collins for O’Brien (57).

 Ref – R McBrien (Leitrim)

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