24 January 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Colm Shalvey

Magheracloone’s senior footballers have racked up the miles in the last 12 months or so, from travelling to neighbouring clubs and counties for training and home games to trekking around Ulster for their successful provincial campaign. This Saturday sees them make their club’s historic first trip to Croke Park for the AIB All-Ireland Club IFC Final against Oughterard of Galway.

Magheracloone’s turbulent end to 2018 has been well documented – with the mine collapse in the area cutting right through their pitch and robbing them of their facilities, despite the later opening of a temporary training field – but nine straight championship wins has the Mitchells dreaming of a maiden national title and their supporters enjoying a most welcome distraction.

Speaking back in October during the build-up to the Monaghan IFC Final, Magheracloone manager James Kieran told The Northern Standard: “It was certainly a factor for the first six months because we didn’t have any training facilities of our own. We were doing a lot of travelling and we were very…

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