MAGHERACLOONE SMASH-AND-GRAB

26 October 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

M’CLOONE 2-15
CLONTIBRET 0-19
BY JOHN GRAHAM

MAGHERACLOONE are still in with the chance of taking some silverware for the year after they staged a late smash and grab act in O’Neill Park, Clontibret on Sunday last to heap further disappointment on Clontibret when they denied them a place in the final of the senior football league.
Clontibret had already suffered the huge disappointment of losing the final of the senior football championship but for long periods on Sunday last they looked as if they would get some measure of compensation for that by staying in contention for league honours but that was all shattered in a blistering finish by Magheracloone as they registered 2-2 in the final six minutes to come from being five points behind to going on to win by two.
Conor McManus put on an exhibition of point scoring for Clontibret, finishing with 14 points, which in many games would have been enough to win it, but it still was not enough to get his side over the line in a game that produced some end-to-end football but also a succession of frees throughout as well as some excellent scores.
Tomas Freeman finished top scorer for Magheracloone with nine points, six of those coming from frees but it was the late goals by Michael Metzger and James Ward that ultimately sealed victory for the south Monaghan side.
Clontibret just about shaded the exchanges in …

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