CLONES CLINCH IT THE SECOND DAY

2 November 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

CLONES 1-10
AGHABOG 1-03
BY COLM SHALVEY

CLONES took full advantage of their second chance with a seven-point win over Aghabog in the Eurotech Junior Football League Final Replay at Scotstown last Sunday.
Clones had been relieved to escape with a draw seven days earlier, but they upped their game to run out fairly comfortable winners against an Aghabog side who played two-thirds of the match with 14 men.
Clones had suffered a string of semi-final and final defeats since being relegated to junior in 2006, including the 2011 league and championship deciders, but they finally got it right this time.
Despite being pushed to the pin of their collar in the physical exchanges, Clones midfielders Adrian Alford and Fintan Kelly exerted huge influence around the field, scoring seven points (five from play) between them. Ciarán Kelly and Darren Freeman showed well up front for Clones, while their defence was dominant, led by Micheál Treanor, Danny Rooney and Paul Shiels, who kept Seán O’Brien scoreless from play.
Aghabog had good performances from Shane and Aidan Brady, Gary McBride, Martin Fox and Pauric McPhillips, but they were always fighting an uphill battle, particularly after Shane O’Brien’s double-booking.

slow start
This game took a long time to get going, with the only point of the first ten minutes coming from a 13-metre free by Seán O’Brien after an off-the-ball foul on Paddy O’Brien.
Clones eventually got off the mark in the 15th minute …

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