Gavin McEnaney’s 27th minute goal gave Corduff a two-point lead, before points from Gavin Doogan and Alan McCahey restored parity. The half-time score read 1-1 to 0-4.
The second-half was evenly contested and extra-time looked conceivable when the sides were still level three minutes from time. Points from Alan McCahey and Padraig McMahon gave Magheracloone a two-point gap before Corduff snatched victory 60 seconds later. Keith McEnaney’s injury-time goal saw Corduff win the Monaghan intermediate football title in dramatic fashion. Magheracloone were two points clear, one minute into injury time and looked set to claim victory until McEnaney’s heroics saw Corduff win 2-4 to 0-9 to the absolute and sheer delight of all players, management and all the loyal fans who poured out onto the pitch to congratulate their heroes! Such was on crowd of fans on the pitch that it was quite a while before the actual presentation took place.
The first presentation was the Man Of The Match award which went to Corduff’s Pádraic Keenan for his superb performance. In fact Pádraic had a super season all along and Corduff Gaels extend massive congratulations to Pádraic on this award.
Following this Brendan Casey presented Corduff Captain Mark McEnaney with the Paddy O’Rourke Cup to rapturous applause of all players, fans and management. Following Mark’s brilliant acceptance speech, it was out onto the pitch again to savour up the atmosphere and get all the precious photos of the day which will go down in the annals of time as one of the best days in the history of the Corduff Gaels club.
Massive congratulations to all players, the backroom team of Martin McNally, Pat McEnaney, Brendan McEnaney, Colin Malone, Liam Maguire, Paul McCabe, Peter Connolly Snr and Jnr, Physio Rachelle Connolly, Marty Fox, James Greenan and the Byrne sisters Emma and Louise and of course to Manager Seamus McEnaney who actually was Player – Manager when Corduff won their first Intermediate Championship title back in 1998! History certainly repeats itself!
The winning team and management were given a heroes welcome back in Corduff on Sunday evening. Then on Tuesday evening the team and management were welcomed back for celebrations in the Corduff Raferagh Community Centre.
The Corduff Gaels Club is so proud of what this group have achieved and they are wished good luck in the Intermediate League Final this Sunday and in the Ulster Quarter Final on Saturday 5th November.
Intermediate League Final:
It’s back to action once again against Magheracloone on Sunday in the Intermediate League Final. This match is scheduled for 2pm in Carrickmacross. So, we’re calling on all supporters to once again make the short journey to Carrick to show your support. Good luck to team and management as they go for the Intermediate double!
Ulster Ladies Quarter Final:
Corduff Ladies had an early start on Sunday morning as they headed to Moortown in Tyrone for the Ulster Intermediate Championship Quarter Final. It was a very close affair throughout going to extra time. However it wasn’t to be as they were defeated by a point after extra time bringing the curtain down on their 2022 season. And, what a season it was, the Intermediate double and going Senior for the first time in the history of the club. Exciting times ahead in 2023 for sure!