Clerihan Junior Football

Clerihan Junior Footballers began their Championship campaign with a hard earned 2 point win over Ballyoreen in Ballylooby on Wednesday night last week. On an evening perfect for football, Clerihan got off to an ideal start with an early Jamie Kelly point from a free. Ballyporeen responded quickly and led 0-4-0-1 after 10 minutes. Clerihan slowly began to come into the game with the excellent Neville Melbourne exerting more and more control around the middle of the field. The game was turned on its head in a 5 minute spell before half time with goals from Andrew Kennedy and Brian Keane and a couple of Jamie Kelly points to give us a 6 point lead at half time. Ballyporeen began the 2nd half determined to eat into our lead and some excellent defending by corner backs Don Kennedy and Dan Walshably assisted by Kevin Dempsey and Eoin O Dwyer kept our opponents at bay. However a purple patch which yielded 1-2 without reply from Ballyporeen set the match up for a grandstand finish. Clerihan steadied the ship however and points from Leo Curtan and the excellent Jamie Kelly saw Clerihan over the line on a final score of 2-8 to 1-9. This was an extremely hard fought tough sporting game with no shortage of skills on both sides. Well done to the management team of Paddy Murphy, Colm Purcell and Bernard Brennan and to the team and subs who lined out as follows: Steven Ryan Don Kennedy Eoin O Dwyer Dan Walsh John Hurley Kevin Dempsey Shane Murphy Neville Melbourne 0-1 Mark O Connor William Kelly Leo Curtan 0-1 Aidan Flannery Jamie Kelly 0-6 Andrew Kennedy 1-0 Brian Keane 1-0. Subs Alan Fahy for Leo Curtan Colm Purcell Micheal O Rourke Tom Redmond