We made our exit from the div 2 football league at the semifinal stage when we lost out to eventful champions Glanworth after a replay. The first game was played in Doneraile last Friday week and this was an outstanding game of football between two evenly matched teams.
We were level at halftime and also at full time so an additional twenty minutes had to be played to decide who would go on and play Mitchelstown in the final but with noting to separate the teams after extra time the game had to go to a replay and this took place in Shanballymore last Monday week.
This was a totally different game to the first one and it was Glanworth who seemed to be much hungrier and they were rewarded with two first half goals which saw them take an eight point lead into the second half. We tried hard to eat into the Glanworth lead but couldn’t get the early goals that would have put them under pressure and credit to Glanworth they played some very good football in the second half and they eventually ran out convincing winners 3-11 to 1-4.
It was a great effort by the lads who have been outstanding all through the league but in the replay injuries would take their toll and we were without the services of Jerome Fitzgerald, Sean Lynch, Darren Roche, Vincent Burke, James Hayes, Jamie Sheedy and Brian O’Reilly.
We would also like to congratulate Glanworth on their fantastic and close win in the final which was held in Shanballymore last Saturday night against a gallant Mitchelstown side. This was a very close game and went down to the wire between these two rivals and in the end only two points separated the teams. Well done again to Glanworth.