The victorious Clonguish Og U-16 football team with captain Conor Smith lifting the Juvenile Championship Cup following the final at Maguire Park on Saturday Picture Syl Healy
Boosted by a brilliant start with Michael Flynn breaking through to score a cracking goal in the opening minute, Clonguish Og never surrendered the lead on their way to winning the Juvenile Football Championship title.
Clonguish Og . . . 3-8 St Colmcille’s/St Francis . . . 3-5
A second goal followed from Andrew Flynn midway through the first half of the entertaining county final at Maguire Park, Ballinalee on Saturday to put Clonguish in a strong position.
St Colmcille’s/St Francis battled back to close the gap with goals from Eoghan Williams and John Boyle (a brilliant strike) and just three points separated the sides at the break, 2-5 to 2-2.
Clonguish were gifted a third goal in the early stages of the second half with Daniel Carey getting the vital touch but the Colmcille/Dromard/Ballymore amalgamation got back into contention when Dylan McCabe finished the ball to the net.
It was extremely tight for the remainder of the match but Clonguish managed to consolidate their grip on the game to emerge victorious without one their key players, the injured Matthew Flynn.
CLONGUISH OG: James Quinn; Jamie Dorr, Conor Flynn, Kevin Baskett; Andrew Jackson, Conor Smith, Ross Shields; Dan Crossan, Dara Belton; Jonathan Burke, Matthew Carey (0-2, frees), Michael Flynn (1-3, one free); Cormac Flynn, Andrew Flynn (1-3), Daniel Carey (1-0).
Sub:- Kieran McMorrow for J Quinn (half-time).
ST COLMCILLE’S/ST FRANCIS: Oran Gray; Christopher Grimes, Oisin Flynn, Ian McLoughlin; Lorcan Reilly, Ruairi O’Toole, Ethan Penrsoe; Aaron Smith, Matt Duffy (0-1); Sean Smith (0-2, one free), John Boyle (1-0), Dylan McCabe (1-1); Pauric Boyle, Eoghan Williams (1-0), Ronan Corcoran (0-1).
Subs:- Rory Brady for R Corcoran (injured, 25 mins); Ben O’Reilly for C Grimes (40 mins); Sean Gormley for I McLoughlin (55 mins).
Referee: Patrick Maguire (St Mary’s Granard).