Minor C Championship Final – Sun 14th October 2007
Clontarf 1-9 V Clann Mhuire 1-5
“Championship Glory for Magnificant Minors”
On a beautiful sunny morning with conditions more akin to high summer than early Autumn Clontarf Minor Footballers achieved a historic first Championship title at Adult Mens Football with a well earned 1-9 to 1-5 victory over Clann Mhuire . In a tense and exciting contest both teams struggled to find top form but the greater possession enjoyed by Clontarf over the sixty minutes eventually told on the scoreboard.
From the throw-in Clann Mhuire raced up field to score the opening point but such was the dominance of Clontarf in the opening half that it took another 27 minutes for them to land their second point. Clontarf took hold of the game after this initial setback and added two quick scores from the boots of Richie Forest and Tommy O Connor to lead 2 points to 1 after 10 minutes. With their defence marshalled by team captain Ger Carey from centre back on top and midfield exerting control Clontarf created chance after chance but the shooting boots used to such great effect all season had been left at home. Kevin Mc Grath landed a close range free to put Clontarf ahead by 2 points heading towards half time and a second score from play by Kevin pushed the lead out to 3 points after 25 minutes. Clann Mhuire added their second point of the game as the first half drew to a close and we were left to wonder if Clontraf would rue the missed opportunities as the teams headed off at half time.
The second half began as the first with Clontarf dominating the exchanges but Clann Mhuire were fighting back and gradually took control at midfield and pushed forward. A well worked move ended with a tap over point for the boys from the Naul with Clontarf struggling to keep up the pace of the first half. Scores were few and all felt the first goal would be decisive, unfortunately for Clontarf it came to Clann Mhuire, courtesy of a well struck penalty. Leading by 1-3 to 0-4 Clann Mhuire looked to pull away but the fighting spirit shown by Clontarf this year came to the fore with Gareth Johnson scoring an excellent point to level the game but Clann Mhuire responded in kind to maintain the 1 point lead. Heading into the last 10 minutes Clontarf trailed by 1- 4 to 0-6 , points from Richie Forest and Gareth Johnson were cancelled out each time by Clann Mhuire scores and Clontarf despite their spirited fight back trailed by the slimiest of margins with time running out. An equalising point from Gareth Johnson with 3 minutes remaining set up a climatic finish. A draw looked to be the probable result but from a Clann Mhuire kick out John Conroy gathered brilliantly and tearing through the opposition defence passed to Richie Forest who passed, via the post, to Chris Spellman who finished to an empty net. A closing point from a free by Gareth Johnson after an excellent interception by John Conroy closed the game in Clontarfs favour. The spirit, determination and unity of the squad were never more evident than today with every member of the panel playing their part in an historic victory.
Gareth Johnson 0-4, Chris Spellman 1-0, Richie Forest 0-2,Kevin Mc Grath 0-2, Tommy Connor 0-1
Dave Maguire, Sean Arthur , John Maguire , Lorcan Byrne , Eoin Cronin , Ger Carey ( Captain ) , Aidan o Halloran , Gareth Johnson , John Conroy , Fiachra Dodd , Alan Cooke , Timmy Mc Coy , Richard Forest , Kevin Mc Grath , Tommy O Connor , Cillian Lynch , Miceal Dufficy , Hugh O Malley , Chris Spellman , Conor Walsh , Niall Mc Mahon , Michael Wintersen , Colm Mc Cabe , Etienne Corish , Mark Mc Namee ,