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October 6th, 2020

Crawley Cup! The Emmet Reserve team bounced back with a resounding victory over Aghabog in Emmet Park (4-17 to 2-01) in the third round of the Crawley Cup. The result leaves them in a good position going into the last two games. Emmets three first half goals and some excellent fast play set the groundwork for a facile victory particularly after the disappointing result a week earlier! The overall performance of the team was what we expected from this young team and they delivered a confident display before a small crowd; mostly supplied by the visitors! They were quick on the ball and raced into an early lead which they defended and increased as the game progressed. The play was fluent and everyone from goalkeeper to left full contributed to the win; in one-way-or-the-other they all had their moments. There were flashes of good movement and high catching coupled with interactive play which accounted for most of the scoring chances and generally speaking the game was wrapped up at the break! Nevertheless they didn’t rest on their laurels as they continued where they left off in the second half adding a goal and scoring a selection of well-taken points. The starting fifteen were; Larry McCluskey; Nial Keenan; James McGeown; Nathan McCaul; Aaron Murray; Tiarnan McCourt; Nathan Farrell; Ryan O Connor; David Eakin; Conor Capaldi; Tadgh Callaghan; Donnach Swinburne; Cillian McNally; Darra Povall; Oisin O’Hanlon:

Under 15 Division 5 Championship:  The rain swept down on Emmet Park that kept the hardy spectators under cover for the entire game. However on the pitch the even hardier players were resilient to the elements and produced good entertainment for the onlookers and both teams deserve the highest praise for their endeavour to do the utmost for a place in the final. It took some time to adjust to the slippy ball and soft ground but once they acclimatised to the weather it was all go from there on ‘til the end.  Emmets had the advantage of wind and went on the attack straight away and their enterprising play yielded a brilliant start with two well-worked goals. The visitors were playing catch-up almost immediately but could not generate a passage to the Emmets goals as much as they tried. By half time it was a big-ask to try and pull back the Emmets commanding lead. The second half produced plenty of motion and the non-stop activity kept the interest alive as Scotstown now playing with the squall persevered to narrow the margin. This was an excellent performance from an improving team and there were a number of eye-catching individual performances but as a team they supported each other throughout the game and got their just reward. Emmets 7-09 Scotstown 1-05.

Brilliant Day! Sunday was not a “brilliant” day weather-wise but it was a “brilliant” day for the Emmets Rounders team who gained a “brilliant” victory in the All- Ireland semi-final in a replay against former winners “The Heath” Emmets now face Wexford’s, Glynn Barntown in the final whenever it will be  played. Both teams went undefeated this year and both teams came from the same group, drawing their preliminary game earlier in the year. Another fact; this will be the first time since 2011 that a new name will appear on the Corn Aodh Rua. This was an epic clash between two very experienced teams and as in any sport a one-point victory is as close as it gets. The outcome went down to the wire but the result means Emmets qualify for their second All-Ireland final. Senior Men’s Semi-Final Result; Carrickmacross Emmets 29 The Heath 28

Twenty Years Ago! The final of the Clancy Cup under-15 Championship took place before a good-sized attendance at Aughnamullen. Both sides produced a most exciting match with the verdict in the balance until the final whistle. Goals in the twenty-sixth and twenty-ninth minutes edged Emmets into an interval lead of 2-03 to 0-05. Mitchells held a two-point lead with five minutes remaining. Gavan McMahon applied the final touch to give goalkeeper Jack Farnan no chance from close range. Jonathan Gannon (Carrick) and James Ward then exchanged points while the final scores of a great match came from Declan Finnegan (Carrick) and Shane Martin (Magheracloone) Team; Ronan Kieran, Barry McNally, Sean Downey, Paul Conlon, Mark McNally, Stephen Boylan, Timmy Lonergan, Declan Finnegan (0-02) Owen Duffy, Gary Clarke, Simon Ward (1-01) Gavan McMahon (1-02)  Mark O’Reilly, Jonathan Gannon (0-02)  and Mark Downey (1-00) Emmets 3-06 Mitchells 1-11: Mentors; Mark Downey Snr and Gerry O’Reilly.CarrickmacrossClubNotes

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