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Westmeath Topic - 9 November 2017

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TOPIC • 9 November, 2017 SPORT 47 GAA history book Christy Doyle with John, Matt and Christy Nooney at the launch of the Clonkill GAA history ‘From Tenants’ Pasture To Croke Park’. Jennifer Doyle, Tom Hunt and Declan Leonard at the launch of the Clonkill GAA history ‘From Tenants’ Pasture To Croke Park’. Selling copies of Clonkill GAA History book in Clonkill last week were Zoe Gavigan, Nicole Keogh and Rebecca Croash. Tributes to all involved in mammoth task of producing book Peter Curran, the driving force behind the very successful project that led to the completion of a superb book on the history of the Clonkill GAA Club, revealed that the idea was first mooted back in the 1980s and in recent years a concerted effort was made to bring it to fruition. The fact that the club is celebrating its centenary year was a huge motivating factor. Peter thanked everyone involved in any way in ensuring last Thursday evening was such a success, including Oliver Scally, Paulo De Lucia and Johnny Nooney, who helped compile a fantastic picture that has pride of place in the clubhouse. Though the picture was taken in 2016, sadly three people have since passed away: Stuart Mitchell, Willie Gibson and Jimmy Nugent. They were remembered by Peter Curran at last Thursday’s historic event. Peter acknowledged the role of Topic Newspapers Ltd and staff member Elliott Kubath, while the Westmeath Examiner were thanked for the use of their archive. The National Library, Croke Park Museum and the Westmeath County Library were other vital sources of information. He thanked all who helped with photos and paid tribute to the work of Niall Cole who designed the book. Peter recalled how the oral history sessions in the club were of fantastic value and got everyone together to talk about times past. He thanked all the article writers and acknowledged the role of camogie in the club. “It was a mammoth job to put it all together and the help we got from the young people of the club in this regard was crucial,” he said. Peter then introduced the 12 people who met every Friday night to ensure the book became a reality and each were applauded for their invaluable work. Hillary Igoe and Michael Keogh pictured at the launch of ‘From Tenants’ Pasture To Croke Park’ on Thursday night last. Matt Shaw and Christy Scally were at the launch of the Clonkill GAA History ‘From Tenants’ Pasture To Croke Park’. At the Clonkill GAA book launch last week were Jimmy Cribbin, John McCormack and Peter Curran.

48 TOPIC • 9 November, 2017 SPORT AIB LEINSTER CLUB JUNIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL High flying Multy...Mark Reynolds of Multyfarnham and Padraig Foley of Crossabeg-Ballymurn battle for possession in this aerial duel, while Ciaran Madden of Multyfarnham and Seamus Carroll of Crossabeg-Ballymurn look on. David Wallace of Multyfarnham weaves his way past Martin Redmond and Bill Eviston of Crossabeg- Ballymurn. Ronan Wallace of Multyfarnham and Padraig Foley of Crossabeg-Ballymurn battle for possession of the loose ball. Brady’s late, late free secures Leinster final place for Multyfarnham MULTYFARNHAM 1-7 Topic’s CROSSABEG-BALLYMURN (WEXFORD) 0-9 Max Brady’s injury-time free edged a very wholehearted Multyfarnham side into this year’s Leinster Junior Club Football Final, the full forward keeping his cool to send the huge maroon and white-clad contingent home in ecstatic form from Enniscorthy Co. Wexford, after a victory by the narrowest of margins against Crossabeg-Ballymurn, last Saturday afternon, which had looked most unlikely midway through the second half. The Bellefield pitch was understandably soft, given overnight rain in the vicinity, and this was undoubtedly a contributory factor to what was an error-ridden game, especially in the first half, when the Westmeath champions were often at sea and failed to trouble the scoreboard operator for close on half an hour, having taken an early lead. Louis Ennis’ troops improved on the change of ends, but looked certain to be eliminated when they trailed by 0-8 to 0-3 with 47 minutes elapsed. However, Mark Reynolds’ goal substantially lifted the eventual winners’ mood and the Lake County men prevailed in what was a tense finale. POOR FIRST HALF Danny Loughrey and Cormac O’Rourke traded points from early frees before Bill Eviston nudged the home team ahead in the seventh minute at the end of a rare flowing move. Crossabeg-Ballymurn were soon gifted a glorious goal chance when Henry Reilly spilled what looked like an innocuous shot by Padraig Ian McGovern of Multy sets off on another attack against Crossabeg-Ballymurn. CRUCIAL MOMENT OF THE GAME...Mark Fallon of Multy is taken down by Crossabeg-Ballymurn's 'keeper, Ben Turner, which led to Multyfarnham's winning point at Bellefield, Enniscorthy, on Saturday last. Foley and the ‘keeper fouled the inrushing Robert Byrne. However, the Multy net-minder redeemed himself with a great full-length dive to keep out Ronan Devereux’s well-struck penalty kick. Cormac O’Rourke scored a brace of points for the men in green and white - a 35-metre free and a fine score from play - to put Crossabeg-Ballymurn into a three-point lead at the end of the first quarter. Remarkably, there was no addition to the scoring during what was a largely ragged second quarter, with O’Rourke untypically off target from a scoreable free in the 20th minute. The visitors’ passing was generally disjointed, but they spurned a rare scoring opportunity in the 25th minute when David Wallace was adjudged to have been fouled close to the home goalmouth – the decision seemed harsh. Max Brady’s spot kick lacked conviction and Ben Turner rescued his side with a smart save. The Slaneysiders led by 0-4 to 0- 1 at the interval. Multyfarnham started the second half brightly with points in the 35th and 36th minutes from the lively David Wallace and Max Brady respectively. However, Crossabeg-Ballymurn dominated the ensuing ten minutes rifling over four points without reply, courtesy of Conor Devereux (a well-worked score), a brace of converted frees by Cormac O’Rourke, the second of these coming after Bill Eviston had cleverly doubled his tally (having collected the ball from a quickly-taken free by O’Rourke). REYNOLDS VITAL GOAL The gap was now five points (0-8 to 0-3) and Crossabeg-Ballymurn seemed to have one foot in the provincial final. Urged on by their loyal followers, Multy rallied with a Max Brady free (after a surging run by team captain David Wallace), quickly followed by a tonic goal from Mark Reynolds, who did very well to find the net under pressure in a crowded goalmouth in the 50th minute. Reynolds was soon denied a second goal by brave collective defending by the home team. Brady’s 53rd-minute free tied up the scoring, but O’Rourke then nudged his side ahead from a routine free. A terrific free by Danny Loughrey saw the teams on level terms once again as the game went into added-time. However, when Ben Turner rushed off his line to foul Multyfarnham substitute Mark Fallon in the second minute of added-time, Max Brady coolly converted the ensuing free some 20 metres from the target. The referee’s long whistle soon sounded and was greeted joyously by the maroon and white-clad throngs. Scorers-Multyfarnham: Max Brady 0-4 (0-3 from frees), Mark Reynolds 1-0, Danny Loughrey 0- 2 from frees, David Wallace 0-1. Crossabeg-Ballymurn: Cormac O’Rourke 0-6 (0-5 from frees), Bill Eviston 0-2, Conor Devereux 0-1. Multyfarnham: Henry Reilly; Tommy McGivney, Paul Heavin, Stephen Moran; Ciaran Madden, Ronan Wallace, James Greene; Brian McLoughlin, Danny Loughrey; Mark Reynolds, Anthony McGivney, Adam Loughrey; Ian McGovern, Max Brady, David Wallace. Subs: Sean Rock for Adam Loughrey (44 mins), Mark Fallon for Ciaran Madden (49 mins). take on the Match Man of the match Cormac O’Rourke (Crossabeg-Ballymurn). The Wexford champions’ corner forward was very unlucky to be on the losing side as he was a constant threat to the Multy rearguard. Key moment Mark Reynolds’ well-taken goal in the 50th minute gave his side fresh impetus when they appeared to be on the way out of the competition. Talking point It seemed to be a case of, ‘whoever is last out of Multyfarnham, please turn off the lights’, as maroon and whiteclad fans totally outnumbered the home contingent. Their vociferous supporters undoubtedly spurred on the winners’ players when they needed to dig deep in the closing stages. Where next? Multy face Offaly side Erin Rovers on Saturday week (November 18) in TEG Cusack Park in the Leinster final. Crossabeg-Ballymurn: Ben Turner; Conor Gormley, Oisín Foley, Conor Barlow; Martin Redmond, Ronan Devereux, Seamus Carroll; Conor Devereux, Padraig Foley; Conor Shovlin, Bill Eviston, Cian Lambert; Oran Maddock, Robert Byrne, Cormac O’Rourke. Subs: Mark O’Connor for Oran Maddock (half-time), Cathal Devereux for Robert Byrne (39 mins). Referee: David Fedigan (Louth).