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TOPIC • 9 November, 2017 SPORT 61 MSL U14 Major Division Kinnegad Juniors.................6 Killiegh Utd ..........................1 It was back to winning ways for the Kinnegad Juniors Under 14s on Saturday. It wasn't just the famous Lagan Park breeze that caused problems for the visiting team, our lads were on blistering form as they wanted to put right, a disappointing cup exit the previous week. Kinnegad started strong but had to work extremely hard for each other to break through Killiegh's stubborn defence. The first real chance of the game fell to Killiegh, but they were denied by the brilliant Eoin Speller in goal. Our wingers, Eimhinn Whelan and Devine Izker, caused huge problems with their attacking threat, and it wasn't too long before Liam Mataer latched onto a great through ball, showing his speed and finishing prowess he put Kinnegad into the lead with a great finish. With Noaman Abourezk playing in a midfield role after hugely impressing in recent weeks, he scored our second after showing great strength to brush off a couple of challenges and blast the ball into the net. At half-time, Kinnegad were 2-0 up! As the second half started Kinnegad were really playing with great confidence and togetherness as they looked to increase their lead. With Conor Plunkett and Eoghan Kelly showing great strength and drive it looked like nothing was going to break through our defence. However, Killiegh were awarded a penalty, and were back into the game with a finely struck spot kick. Now 2-1, Kinnegad could have buckled under the pressure, but they didn't, they rallied together and drove forward as a real team to finish off the visitors. Eryk Felowicz worked really hard and struck a lovely header to stretch the lead again. This was followed by two goals from Scott Clynes, who has found the net in every league game so far this season. And the brilliant Noaman doubled his tally to finish the scoring after some great football from Kieran Mitchell-Lee and Fovour Oviahon set him up, and the home side sealed a convincing win. Konrad as always did great and is really pushing our number one hard for his spot and it's great to have two hugely talented keepers in our squad. Our Spanish summer signing Javier was brillant and came very close to his first goal for Kinnegad. This was a great team performance and the boys’ attitudes were very impressive. A special mention to the captain Sumit Singh, who leads by example in ability and attitude, and Callum Kelly defended tirelessly and whipped in some beautiful corners all day. Man of the Match goes to Eoghan Kelly, Eoghan gives everything in every game and doesn't always get the recognition he deserves, but he was all three coaches first choice last Saturday, well done Eoghan! MSL U11 Boys Bannagher Utd....................2 Kinnegad Juniors ................4 The Kinnegad lads were up early this week for an away match at Banagher. They have all been working really hard in training and saw the benefit this week. Kinnegad dominated play from the start, putting the hosts under serious pressure. Within a few minutes that pressure paid off, with good passing and movement from midfield helping to set up Jamie O'Leary who controlled the ball and slotted home to put Kinnegad one goal up. That helped to settle the team and they continued to dominate. It wasn't long before John Rogerson doubled the lead with an excellent finish into the bottom corner. Shortly afterwards Dylan Murphy added a third and Kinnegad were riding high. Banagher came back strongly in the second half but the Kinnegad defence was equal to the task and they continued to make KINNEGAD JUNIORS FC NOTES Juniors shine in Lagan Park battle! chances. Dylan posed a constant threat and bagged a second (courtesy of a deflection) to put Kinnegad four up. In the last few minutes, Banagher got one back with a lovely ball into the top of the net and then, in the dying moments, got a second from a deflection off a Kinnegad defender. Despite that, Kinnegad never looked in any real danger and the best team won, 4-2 to Kinnegad Juniors. Man of the match went to Jamie O'Leary, who gave everything, caused all sorts of problems for the Banagher defence and scored the goal that set Kinnegad on their way. Special mention to the captain for today, Adam Mitchel-Lee who led his team to victory. MSL U12 East Boys Killeigh.................................2 Kinnegad Dragons..............0 With no league games during the month of October and just the one cup match four weeks ago, there was a risk Kinnegad Under 12 boys’ team could have started rusty, but nothing could be further from the truth. They started like a steam train, pinning back Killeigh and creating a number of chances. In all, they hit the woodwork three times in the first half but without making a breakthrough. Killeigh grew in confidence and just before half time , they scored. The second half was a bit disjointed. It was difficult for Kinnegad to get any rhythm to their game, due to the amount of stoppages in play, but even when Killeigh doubled their advantage, they still kept plugging away and never let their heads drop. Kinnegad were very unlucky not to be awarded what seemed a stonewall penalty, and when they did get past their back line, Killeigh’s keeper was brave and shut them out brilliantly. The shape of the Kinnegad side, particularly in the second half, left a bit to be desired but maybe their unbeaten start to the league made them a bit complacent about the game. Dragon of the week was Connor Callaghan. Another fantastic display by Connor. He drives us forward and is always on hand to help out our back four. MSL U12 West Kinnegad Titans..................1 Raharney Raptors...............1 A late kick off for the Titans against local rivals Raharney Raptors in the sunshine at Lagan Park last Saturday. Kinnegad kicked off with the wind in the first half and wanted to press early, unfortunately for them, they gave away an early goal to Raharney from a corner. The lads reacted well and battled in the first half but in fairness, Raharney held onto their lead and deserved it at half-time. We spoke to the lads at half-time and gave them plenty of encouragement, which resulted in an improved second half performance that created a few chances and eventually Logan Fox put the ball in the net to equalise. Both teams were hungry in the second half but the winner didn't come from either side and a draw was a fair result in the end. Kinnegad had the option of a sub keeper and Aaron came on in the second half and he was excellent - he really got the visitors playing when he started spraying passes out to Daniel and Lucas. So, man of the match goes to Aaron McGauran! MSL U16/17 Girls Kinnegad Juniors................2 Clara Town...........................1 A chilly start but perfect conditions for Saturday's game against Clara Town, a team Kinnegad have never beaten before. The girls have been working hard in training and after last week’s game they knew their first win was not far away. Again this week, Kinnegad scored first through Meadbh and had a lot of shots on target during the first half. Kinnegad's football in the attacking third of the pitch has become very fluid and is beautiful to watch at times. The back four were rock solid and Clara had very little action in front of goal. They did, however, score an equaliser near the end of the first half from a long range effort. So it was all square at the break. Into the second half and Kinnegad created a lot of chances and looked extremely dangerous. Clara created some chances but the home back four and Molly in goal were equal to everything thrown at them. As the half wore on it looked like a next goal wins situation and the home team looked the most dangerous. Sure enough, all the pressure paid off and Amber whipped a cross in that the keeper tried to stop, but wasn't able for it, and the ball crossed the line to put Kinnegad ahead for a deserved victory. Woman of the match was Lucy Crowe! Another excellent performance from Lucy. This was Kinnegad's first win of the season and they are playing some lovely football. KINNEGAD JUNIORS LOTTO Lotto Result; Numbers drawn were 10-12-13-27. Jackpot is now €3,700. KINNEGAD JUNIORS RACE NIGHT Kinnegad Juniors Race Night is in Scanlons on Saturday, 18th November. See you at the starting post for what is bound to be a fun and eventful evening. Stephen Nally, of Mullingar Athletic’s second team, gets his clearance in before Jamie Loran of Mullingar Town can block, during the CCFL Senior game last Sunday in D’Alton Park, Mullingar. CCFL FIXTURES (selected fixtures for local clubs) Saturday, November 11 All games at 2.00 unless stated Under 17 Premier Division: Tullamore Town v Rahanine; Leah Victoria Park Tullamore; Under 17 Division 1: Mullingar Athletic v Willow Park B; Gainstown Mullingar; Under 19 Premier Division: Clongowes Wood v Mullingar Ath; Clongowes Wood College Clane; Under 19 Division 1: Kilbeggan v Portlaoise B; The Land Lake Kilbeggan; John Farrell Combined Counties Cup 2nd Round: Carrickboy Celtic v Castlepollard Celtic; Murray Field, Carrickboy; Grange United v Moate Rangers; Raithin Community Pitch, Mullingar; UCL Harps v Raharney United; Dernaferst, Lough Gowna; Sunday, November 12 All games at 11.00 unless stated John Farrell Combined Counties Cup 2nd Round Walsh Island Shamrocks v Kinnegad Juniors; Carty Park, Walsh Island; Mountmellick Utd v Moate Celtic; Conor Davis Park, Mountmellick; Senior Division Ballinahown A v Willow Park; Sportspark, Ballinahown; Mullingar Town v Clara Town; Dalton Park, Mullingar; Clonaslee Utd v Rosenallis A; Community Centre, Clonaslee; Monksland Utd A v Tullamore Town; Cushla Park, Athlone; Idle Mullingar Athletic Division 1: Idle; Horseleap Utd Womens Division Willlow Park v Mullingar Athletic B; 2.00; Willow Park, Athlone; Birr Town v Killeigh A; 2.00; Frank O'Connell Park, Birr; Mullingar Athletic A v Bealnamulla; 2.00; Gainstown, Mullingar; Idle Killeigh B CCFL RESULTS Under 17 Division 1 Ballymahon 1, Mullingar Ath 2; Under 19 Premier Division Mullingar Ath 2, Monksland Utd 4; Under 19 Division 1 Clonaslee Utd 4, KIlbeggan 2; Senior Division Mullingar Town 2, Mullingar Ath 4; Rosenallis 2, Ballinahown 0; Clara Town 2, Clonaslee Utd 1; Division 1 Saturday Longford Wanderers 0, Camlin Utd 3; Newtown FC 3, Ballymahon 4; UCL Harps 2, Grange Utd 3; Division 2 Portarlington Town 0, Gallen Utd 3; Stradbally Town 3, O’Moore FC 3; Moate Celtic 5, Birrr Town 2; Division 3 Saturday Colmcille Celtic 1, Carrickboy Celtic 0; Dynamoe Rooskey 0, Gaels Utd 6; Moate Rangers 1, Raharney Utd 2; Womens Division Birr Town 1, Willow Park 8; Killeigh B 2, Mullingar Ath 1;

62 TOPIC • 9 November, 2017 SPORT Soccer fans in Mullingar delighted to meet Liverpool legend Bruce Grobbelaar Liverpool fans, JJ McNamee, Danielle McNamee and Brendan McNamee, were in the Chambers to meet Bruce Grobbelaar. Niall Dunne of The Chambers, Liverpool legend Bruce Grobbelaar and Pauric Costello staff at the Chambers. There was a great surprise for Liverpool fans in Mullingar last Saturday evening. Those Liverpool fans that popped into The Chambers Bar in Mount Street to watch Liverpool play West Ham in the Premier League were delighted to meet Liverpool goalkeeping legend Bruce Grobbelaar. BY PAUL O’DONOVAN Grobbelaar, who was on his way to do a ‘Meet and Greet’ later that evening in Athlone, also decided to stop off and meet some Liverpool fans in Mullingar. Grobbelaar, famously played for Liverpool for 13 seasons from 1981 until 1994. Born in South Africa, Grobbelaar, became famous for his eccentric style of goalkeeping, as he clocked up 628 appearances for the Anfield Road club win six League Championships, three FA Cups, three League Cups and the famous European Cup victory in 1984. Grobbelaar played for a number of other lower division clubs in England before retiring and he now lives in Canada where he is a goalkeeping coach. Grobbelaar kindly met all the Liverpool fans in The Chambers, posed for photos and signed autographs as well as doing a Question and Answer session with the fans at half-time. It was a pleasure to met the great Liverpool goalkeeper, - they just don’t make them like Grobbelaar anymore! Darren and James Meehan pictured with Bruce Grobbelaar. Liverpool fan Brody Gavin was delighted to meet Bruce Grobbelaar. LEINSTER LEAGUE RUGBY DIVISION 2A Portarlington....................17 Mullingar .........................34 BY FINIAN COGHLAN After 18 minutes of play and having not set a single foot in opposition territory, Mullingar found themselves a deserved 17-0 down and fearing the outcome of their very season in Portarlington, last Sunday afternoon. Yet from somewhere, they each found a set of bootstraps and pulled like the dogs they needed to be, before running in five second half smashers and return the club default to full confidence. Headlines may shine brightest on the hat-trick hero on the right wing Eoin Moore, the first Mullingar man to bag a triple in four years, but he will be the first to admit the endeavours of his teammates inside and out made his execution of delivery almost routine. Liddy, Glennon, Kavanagh and McNay stood out by their herculean efforts but it was Darach Geraghty who had his best ever game in a Mullingar shirt, and he made the afternoon a nightmare for anyone in maroon as he orchestrated a sumptuous comeback. But oh, how it started so differently, and Port piled into Mullingar in the opening minutes. Mullingar defended a massive 20 phases before conceding their opening penalty in the eighth minute. Portarlington kept the pressure on, but when they were destroyed in a 12th minute scrum, it looked like Mullingar MULLINGAR RUGBY CLUB NOTES Second half comeback seals points for Mullingar had finally arrived, only for them to inexplicably turn over a simple ball in their own 22 and Portarlington walked in a very soft try. Mullingar couldn’t seem to get a foothold, and it took Portarlington only six more minutes to make their pressure pay and go 17-0 up, and Mullingar’s season was in jeopardy. It took Mullingar 20 minutes of the game to finally set a trepidacious foot in their host’s 22, and another four before they actually set up a platform there. Without any reward though. Mullingar began to steady the onslaught, and Liddy frightened them with a first run on the half hour. Shortly after, Flynn’s kick forced Portarlington into conceding a scrum and four diligent phases later, Mullingar worked the ball all the way out to the delivery system in the right corner and they had one back just in time for the break. COME BACK BEGINS Mullingar now began the second half with both wind and sun on their backs and the comeback quickly began. In just the second minute, Mullingar won a beautiful lineout on the far side and rumbled it on maybe 25 or 30 metres deep into Portarlington’s territory and flashed it out right to Moore, and it was now just 17- 10. Four phases later, Butler crossed but was held up, and his teammates went again. This time they went left, and the irrepressible Liddy picked and dove through the cover to equalise the game. BONUS POINT TRY Mullingar now began to play with a lot more pride and confidence. Portarlington tried to play it out from their defence but Geraghty was wise to their efforts and nicked an intercept on their 22 before passing wide to Liddy, who smashed through for his fifth of the season and the bonus point try. However, as Butler and Flynn both put a penalty wide, the lead stayed stubbornly and nervously at five. As the game stretched into injury time Portarlington were hammering at Mullingar in their 22 when Daly saw a chance and wrong-footed the lot of them with another intercept. He hoofed up deep into Port territory and when it looked like it was about to trundle into touch Moore came like a train, got a toe to it and won the footrace for a magnificent score. This broke the hosts, and two minutes later, a huge Kim Williams hit in midfield spilt a ball that debutant Paddy Daly gratefully snaffled before passing to Killian Daly out left for his heavily deserved try. Scorers: Tries: Moore (3), Liddy (2), Daly. Cons: Flynn, Butler. Mullingar: 1.Johnny Moran, 2. Darren Brady, 3. Ben Glennon, 4. Killian McNay, 5. Darach Geraghty, 6. Kim Williams, 7. Cillian Kavanagh, 8. Nigel Mills, 9. Eoghan Gantly, 10. Stewie Flynn, 11. Robert Cooney, 12. Donal Liddy, 13. Cillian Daly, 14. Eoin Moore, 15. Johnny Butler. Subs used: Alex Moran, Paddy Daly. FORTHCOMING FIXTURES Next Sunday, Mullingar travel to Carlow with the kick off at Oaklands at 2.30pm, whilst the Mullingar women travel to play CYM in Terenure at 1pm.