GWP Intermediate Semi-final – Cloone v GlenfarneKiltyclogher

Cloone have booked their place in the GWP sponsored Intermediate Final in 3 weeks time after they took control of their semi-final game mid way through the first half and never looked back. Conditions did not favor fast flowing football as the persistent rain left players fumbling after a slip ball while trying to maintain their footing.

Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher made the first attack straight from the throw-in which ended in a wide. Cloone set out their stall in the 3 minute with a score from Mark Beirne. Glenfarnes Padraig Sweeney opened their account with a point from a a free after M Maguire kicked another score-able chance wide from a free. Damien O Donnell converted a free for Cloone and Sweeney did likewise for Glenfarne. Cloone missed two more opportunities from O Donnell and Brennan in the 14 & 15th minutes. Glenfarne/Kilty registered their last score of the half on the 17th minute when Fergal Clancy popped over a free.

Cloone took control of the game for the rest of the half and 5 points unanswered in addition to wasting 5 more Scórable chances that were pushed wide. Damien O Donnell scored 2 while Mark Beirne, Donal Brennan and number 2 Seamus McCaffrey brought the half time scores to Cloone 0-07 Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher 0-3

Cloone restarted the second half with a Damien O Donnell shot that dropped short but Glenfarne Kiltyclogher had their best spell of the game as they controlled it from the 3 to 13th minute. Fergal Clancy and Padraig Sweeney both scored from frees but other chances went a begging as Clancy missed a free and later he had a shot onÓgoal saved on the goal line by Cloone number 2 Seamus McCaffrey. While two points separated the teams Glenfarne were finished Scóring as Cloone fought back and Mickey Lohan scored them an important stabilising point from play.

Donal Brennan missed another chance shortly afterwards but the drama was about to unfold at the other end. Glenfarne got a penalty in the 19th minute and it was Padriag Sweeney who stepped up to take it. The shot was knee height and to the left but Cloones keeper Kieran Casey saved the penalty and possibly their place in the final as he went full stretch to parry the ball away.

Cloone woke up from this fright and put in a storming final 10 minutes finished the game with scores from O Donnell and Creegan.

Full time: Cloone 0-11 Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher 0-5
Referee: Tom Forde



07-Sep-09 by Brendan Doyle – PRO