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Minor "B" Championship : Clonmore 3-11 Slaney Rangers 3-11

November 8, 2018

Clonmore found themselves with a mountain to climb after conceding two goals at the start of the first half and another goal at the start of the second half. But these setbacks did not deter this determined group of lads who showed by winning the Championship in 2011 that they have great heart and are a special team.
 
Points by Mark A Byrne (2), Adam Byrne, Shane NcGrath and Dale McNamarara brought us back into the game and goals from Adam in the 15th minute, and a penalty converted by Mark A just before half time made it level at the break on 2-5 apiece.
 
Clonmore had enough possession to win the game in the second half but they were too rushed on occasions. Another expertly taken penalty by Mark A Byrne in the 31st minute cancelled out Rangers third goal a minute earlier and Mark was unlucky to see a third well struck penalty on the 37th minute saved by the Rangers keeper. Even though we went behind on a number of occasions, Clonmore still kept driving forward and after coming from two points behind to equalise in the 58th minute, we still had chances to win it late on.
 
In a good all round team performance, Paddy Byrne, Andrew Byrne, Jordan Kane, Martin Doyle and Mark D Byrne defended strongly and county minors Anthony Byrne and Shane McGrath got through trojan work at midfield. The Byrne bothers Adam and Gary played well in the central forward positions ably assisted by Dale McNamara, Jordan Walsh and Conor McCarney on his introduction. Points from the hard working Gary Byrne (2) and Mark A (2 frees) kept us in touch and it was fitting that Dale McNamara was the man to kick our equalising point, after putting in an excellent hour and finishing with three good points from play.
 
Clonmore: Paddy Byrne, Andrew Byrne, Tom Cashin, Martin Doyle, Enda McGrath, Mark D Byrne, Jordan Kane, Shane McGrath (0-1), Anthony Byrne, Dale McNamara (0-3), Adam Byrne (1-1), Jordan Walsh, Jason Byrne, Mark A Byrne (2-4, 2p3f), Gary Byrne (0-2). Subs: Conor McCarney, Joe Hickey, Sean Doyle.
PHOTO: The Minor team which won the Championship in 2011 (12 of whom played against Slaney Rgs): 
Back (left to right): Gordon Hickey, James Shannon, Adam Byrne, Shane McGrath, Mark Hennessy, Paddy Byrne, Mark A Byrne, Gary Byrne, Jordan Walsh. Front: Martin Doyle, Anthony Byrne, Enda McGrath, Paul Hogan, Andrew Byrne, Conor McCarney, David McCarney, Aidan O'Toole, Mark D Byrne.

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