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Victory in Division 5 League Final


Pride of place this week goes to our Div 5 team who turned a rousing performance on Sunday last to defeat our neighbours Aughavas on a score line of 1 09 to 09 in the Div 5 league final played at the excellently presented Philly McGuiness Park Mohill.

Both teams sporting the young and the not so young, provided a very enjoyable game rich in the traditions that we associate with both clubs and with supporters of each club out in big numbers it was reminiscent of the great battles that took place in their hay days in senior football at the same venue. Aughavas opened brightly and were leading by four points after ten minutes, but Cloone slowly and gradually worked their way back into the game and went in at the break down a point.

It was more what we expect from Cloone in the second half as we went into a five point lead nearing the finish. Aughavas as you would expect did not give up without a fight and had the score down to three points as we entered the last few minutes.

Excitement was at boiling point as Aughavas bore down on the Cloone goal in search of the equaliser and as referee James McCaffrey spread his arms for penalty the hearts of the Cloone supporters were beating in overdrive mode.

The game ended in a welter of excitement as former Leitrim Star Padraigh McLoughlin stepped up to take the penalty, and much to the delight of the large Cloone following that great servant of Cloone GAA Ciaran Casey dived full length to make an outstanding save. Indeed the name Casey was synonymous with goalkeeping on the day as Ciaran for Cloone and his Aughavas counterpart Willie were both stars of their respective teams. All in all it was a great occasion for both clubs and highlights the importance of clubs fielding a second team.

Following the game Enda Tiernan on behalf of the Leitrim Co Board presented the Cup to Cloone captain Francis Reilly. Francis, true to the tradition of winning captains gave a rousing speech which heralded the start of great celebrations.

Well done to the team and management .Team: Ciaran Casey, Liam Reynolds, Pauric Harte, Kevin Reynolds, Justin Vesey, Mark Beirne, Frank Reilly, Andy McGovern, Eoin Keegan Sean Reynolds Damien Kelly Michael Bohan, Alvin Beirne Derek O
Donnell, and Ronan Mulvey. Subs used Paddy Beirne, Niall Brennan Aidan Mulvey.