Crawley Cup Final! It was disappointment for the Emmets in the final of the Crawley Cup as they succumbed to a stronger Inniskeen who laid the foundation of their victory in the latter stages of the first half! There was a ray of sunshine for the Emmets just before half time when Donnach Swinburne hit a well-taken penalty which reached its destination at the back of the net! Emmets 3-03 (Two Wides) Grattans 3-09 (Three Wides) Three Emmet’s points near the end from Shane Matthews, Ryan O’Connor and Ryan Carolan left a goal between the sides and it was all Emmets as they pushed forward; players appeared from everywhere to get on the ball. They had a good chance for an equalising goal but some silly wides were also costly! Inniskeen eventually sealed the game with two points but when Donnach Swinburne’s rasping free-kick was tipped over the bar it was game over! Emmets 3-10 (Eight Wides) Grattans 3-14 (Seven Wides)
Senior League! After defeats to Latton and Ballybay respectively the Emmets senior team headed for Clontibret for Round 12 of the Senior League: It is becoming tighter at the top of the league table with six teams in a position for the top four standings and nothing could be taken for granted. It was Clontibret who made the early running with the first two points of the game; which were cancelled out by Peter O’Hanlon; these were the only two scores registered by the Emmets in a poor first half performance. Meanwhile the home side had amassed 1-08 to secure a commanding lead; bar a fall they were home and dry! Donnach Swinburne pointed two free-kicks shortly into the second half while Clontibret pointed two from play. Five further points were added without reply from the Emmets until Cillian Cromwell did an upfield run which ended with a great point. As the game fizzled out Clontibret gained another point before the Emmets got a consolation goal from Donnach Swinburne. Emmets 1-05 (Five Wides) Clontibret 1-16 (Eight Wides)
Reserve League! On Sunday morning the Emmets travelled to Eire Og needing at least a point to secure a semi-final spot. Eire Og went two points up; by the end of the first quarter it was all-square Emmets 1-01 EireOg 0-04. Play was evenly spread and the teams swapped scores at regular intervals; Emmets added another four points and Eire Og another five points to leave the half time total; Emmets 1-05 Eire Og 0-09. Early after the break Adam Waller and Jack McGeown put Emmet a point in front but a home goal reversed the order before Dean Matthews and Donnach Swinburne levelled the match again. Emmets were sitting on a three-point lead as we approached the final minutes; Eire Og pointed a free-kick which left a dangerous lead for the Emmets: Failing to clear their lines and over holding the ball the Emmets were caught with a sucker punch when the home supporters greeted an Eire Og goal with great excitement to edge ahead! The final run in the sun came from the Emmets and they pushed forward to within 35 metres of the opposition goal where they won a free-kick; the grounds became silent; Donnach Swinburne steadied himself; the ball was on its way and over the bar for the equaliser! Emmets 1-14 (Eleven Wides) Eire Og 2-11 (Four Wides)
Emmets Handball! It was congratulations to Emmet’s player Conor O’Gorman when he won his gold medal at the Irish one-wall National Handball Championships which were held recently at Breaffy Co Mayo.
Emmets Rounders! Emmets had their third win in this year’s All-Ireland series when they defeated the highly rated Adamstown/Gorey selection that travelled from County Wexford to Platinum Tanks Park on Sunday last. In an extremely close and entertaining contest the Emmets ran home by the narrowest margin of thirteen runs to twelve! Panel Colm Kiernan; Ronan Kiernan; Oran Kiernan; Cathal Keenan; Justin Byrne; Barry Lambe; Frank Duffy; Francis Walsh; Barry Boylan; Paul Boylan; and Wesley Williams.
Ulster Minor Final! Congratulations to Emmet players Conor Capaldi and Nathan McCaul on winning an Ulster title on Sunday; it is always a wonderful achievement to represent your club and county and we compliment them on their splendid victory.
Emmets Club Lotto! Next week the Jackpot stands at €8,200 as there was no winner on Monday night: Now is the chance to win a big prize and at the same time help the club in their everyday expenditure and costs! 07-10-21-28: Lotto envelopes are available Birdy’s, O’Rourke’s, McMenamin’s and Nallos or you can do it on-line via Emmet’s website! Support is everything! Winners: Francis/Katie Marron got the €50 voucher. Tommy Byrne and Breda Moore got a €20 voucher each while the €10 voucher was won by Jimmy and Pat.
Club Fixtures! Tonight (Thursday) Emmet’s under-fifteen team play Magheracloone in Emmet Park at 7-30pm in the division-one league semi-final: This will be a game of juvenile football at its best! On Friday night the senior team make the long journey to Currin in search of two points and a return to winning ways: The Emmets under fifteen division-four team play in the final of the league cup at Cremartin this weekend; the details are not confirmed yet: so keep an eye on the official fixture list! On Wednesday the Emmets reserve footballers will play the semi-final of the league in Emmet Park against Drumhowan at 7-30pm: