Heat is on as Clontibret and Magheracloone battle for football championship glory

9 September 2010 No Comments by The Northern Standard

This game brings together two teams that are rated among the favourites to take this year’s senior championship title.

Clontibret as reigning champions go into this game with a victory over Carrickmacross under their belts while Magheracloone have reached this stage with victories over Truagh and Ballybay, their meeting with Truagh a preliminary round game that has given them an extra outing that could be of real benefit to them.

These sides also met in the semi final of last year’s Gormley uPVC senior football championship, a game that Clontibret won by 2-13 to 1-9 and Magheracloone will certainly keep that result in mind as they prepare for Sunday afternoon’s meeting in Aughnamullen.

In their opening game against Carrickmacross Clontibret laid down a real marker as to their ability to defend their title and their determinate to retain it with an increasingly effective performance in the second-half that saw them winning by five points.

Magheracloone for their part just simply possessed too much firepower for both Truagh and Ballybay but they are no longer a one-man scoring machine up front with James Hand finishing top scorer with 1-5, all from play, in their victory over Ballybay.  Hand along with Tomas Freeman, Paudie Finnegan, Paul Jones and Fintan Kindlon have developed into a very effective attacking unit and with Damien Freeman back in the fold and capable of playing in either defence or attack Magheracloone’s stock is rising. Peter and James Ward in the central defensive positions are strong forceful players while the Doogan brothers Francie and Gavin form a solid partnership in midfield.

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