SFL 5: Junior Semi final replay: MLR 3-10 Clonmore 2-6

November 8, 2018

The Juniors were faced with a tough task last night with only 16 players to pick from and a number of them carrying injuries. 

Things got even worse when the team was reduced to 14 men on 24 minutes after Con Cashen was sent off after receiving a harsh second yellow card. The half-time score stood at 2-5 to 0-3 and things looked very bleak when MLR scored 1-2 within 5 minutes of the re-start to make the score 3-7 to 0-3.  But the Clonmore lads refused to lie down and battled all the way to the end, outscoring Rangers by 2-3 to 0-3 in the last 25 minutes. 

The spirit shown by Clonmore in the face of adversity was remarkable and special mention must go to Jason Fitzharris who travelled from his holidays in Cobh for the game and then went on to have a great game in goal, producing a string of brilliant saves in the second half. Jason was well supported by  Sean Deay, Sean Tompkins, Matt Cullen, Martin Byrne, Alan Humphries, Niall Humphries and Owen Coleman who cooly slotted home two penalties in the second half.

Team: Jason Fitzharris, Sean Tompkins, John Kelly, Con Cashen, Martin Byrne, Matt Cullen, Rory McKernan, Alan Humphries (0-1), Sean Deay (0-1),  Michael McGrath (0-1), Owen Coleman (2-1, 2pens, 1f), Cormac Malee,  Niall Humphries (0-2), JP Doyle, Clive Lambe. Sub: John McGrath for JP Doyle. Ref: Billy Fanning (Ballon).