Junior A Football Final:
Kildimo Pallaskenry and Crecora Manister contested the Horse and Hound sponsored City junior A football championship final in Clarina on Sunday last Sept 10th. This was a repeat of last year’s final and a close contest was expected. From the start Crecora were dominant and with the wind at their backs they went four points ahead thanks to the accuracy of corner forward and free taker David Cregan. Peter Nash had the opening free for the Kildimo Pallaskenry team but they remained second best throughout the opening period with some poor finishing and decision making when trying for a goal at every opportunity. The Crecora team had two further points from Gary O’Connell and with Darragh Walsh adding two point the half time score was Crecora Manister 0-7 Kildimo Pallaskenry 0-3. Much was expected from Kildimo Pallaskenry on the resumption but it was the Crecora Manister side despite being against a stiff breeze took the game by the scruff and tacked on three quick points from Karl Moloney, Gary O’Connell and Mark Shanahan to leave seven points between the sides. Peter Nash responded with a point before Eoin Cuddihy took advantage of a poor kick out to slot the ball to the net for the opening goal of the game. Further points from Dylan Corrigan and Barry O’Connell left a single point between the sides. David Cregan had a point for Crecora Manister. Barry o Connell struck for an opportunistic goal for Kildimo Pallaskenry. Crecora Mainster were not finished and following some good play they were awarded a penalty which was converted by David Cregan to put them two points to the good. Each side tacked on a point to leave the game finely balanced with time running out and with Kildimo Pallaskenry staring defeat in the face up popped Darren O’Connell to flash the ball to the net to leave the final score Crecora Manister 1-02 Kildimo Pallaskenry 3-07. In poor weather condititions this was a really entertaining game and augers for football in this division for the coming years. The City Board secretary Mr Sean Burke presented the cup to Kildimo Pallaskenry captain Peter Nash.