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Junior C Final Preview: Athenry v Meelick-Eyrecourt   09/11/2012

The first of this years Junior championship finals takes place this Saturday 10th November as the men of Athenry and Meelick-Eyrecourt tog out and do battle for this years GULLANE'S HOTEL JUNIOR C Huring Championship Title.

Athenry
Athenry are definitely one of the teams of the championship so far. They topped their group with 3 wins from 3 (over TAD, Clarinbridge and Kilnadeema-Leitrim), and then easily accounted for the challenges of Ballindereen in the quarters, and then TAD in the semi's. But what is most impressive is their scoring margins. The lowest winning scoring margin in any of those 5 matches was 11 points, while their average winning margin was 16 points.
They field several familiar experienced names who have tasted success at the highest level, while have also nicely blended in some youth. They are a lively side, with exciting forward play, while both goalie and defenders do not give much away easy.

Athenry Panel
Eugene Cloonan, Paul McCarthy, Brendan Hardiman, Brian Loughnane, Shane Cahill, Aidan Cahill, David Quigley, Michael O Halloran, John Conway, Kieran Coffey, Pat Higgins, Michael Loughnane, Anthony Higgins, Aidan Poniard, Kieran Flannery, Mattie Egan, Declan Farrell, Michael Fahy, Maurice Dempsey, Liam McGrath, Pat Burke, Keith Coffey, Keith Keady, Joseph O Connor, Gearoid O Brien, Niall Keady, Christy Cannon, Liam O Brien, Brendan Madden, Michael Treacy, Francis Coffey, Jamie Quinn, Enda Gannon, Darren Waldron.

Sideline 
Manager: Kevin Quigley.
Selectors: Johnny O Brien, Patrick Flannery, Liam McGrath, Eugene Cloonan.

Path to final:
semi-final: Athenry 3-15 beat TAD 0-6
quarter-final: Athenry 3-13 beat Ballindereen 0-4
group: Athenry 2-19 beat Kilnadeema-Leitrim 1-6
group: Athenry 5-13 beat Clarinbridge 2-5
group: Athenry 1-13 beat TAD 0-5


Meelick-Eyrecourt 
The men from East Galway have also impressed on route to this final, although they did have some great battles with Mullagh in the process. They scored impressive wins over both Loughrea and Ahascragh-Fohenagh in the group, while also won against Mullagh in a tighter group match. In their quarter-final tie, they had a good win over Loughrea, winning by 14 points. In their semi-final they again renewed acquaintances with neighbours Mullagh and this bore two great matches, with a replay being needed to separate the two sides. The second match was one of the games of the year with the victors just edging their opponents out by 3-11 to 2-11.
This is an experienced Meelick-Eyrecourt side who play with the spirit and passion of teams gone by in their club. Their defence is tight, while the blending in of the younger bridgade has proven successful. 

Meelick Eyrecourt Panel
Damien Howe, Declan Kenny, Anthony Dunne, John Lynch, Owen Downey, Jack Dolan,
James Nevin, Brendan Lynch, Christopher Caughlan, Michael Caughlan, Liam Hogan, Seamus Larkin, Padraig Hogan, Basil Larkin, Damien McDermott, Jody McEvoy, Martin Hogan, John Conory, David Poland, David Broderick, David Treacy, Aengus Byrne, Ciaran Scully

Sideline
Management: Paddy Lynch, Jody McEvoy and Ger Turley

Path to final:
semi-final: M/E (2-9) beat Mullagh (2-9) in replay
quarter-final: M/E 2-16 beat Loughrea 0-8
group: M/E 5-14 beat Ahascragh-Fohenagh 1-8
group: M/E 1-13 beat Mullagh 1-7
group: M/E 2-17 beat Carnmore 1-12 


Verdict:
Normally in a championship there would be a common opposition to help compare the two sides. Uniquely in this one, that does not occur. However, we do know the many strengths of both Athenry and Meelick-Eyrecourt - both sides scored impressively in all games getting here, have great work ethic, and have blended the old and the young. Mullagh did match M/E and Meelick-Eyrecourt needed a replay against them. We do know that the Mullagh side were a handy side, so Meelick-Eyrecourt had advantage of those hard games that tested their very mettle and heart. Athenry have not been tested as of yet, but that probably more so due to them being much stronger than their opponents.

Who will win? Well its like this...........Athenry are always a formidable side in any competition and at any grade and at any stage..........Meelick-Eyrecourt can sometimes pull together a squad that can be very special, and perhaps this is one of them.
Its a hard one to call, but I think I'll just have Athenry edging it. But I could be wrong!

Best of luck to both sides!
The Man with the Cap



GULLANES HOTEL JUNIOR C FINALS
Athenry v Meelick-Eyrecourt
in Ballinasloe, Saturday 10th November at 2:30pm


GULLANES HOTEL JUNIOR C SEMI-FINALS
Athenry 3-15 beat Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry 0-6
Meelick-Eyrecourt (2-9) v Mullagh (2-9), REPLAY Sat 27th Oct in Killimor at 2pm


GULLANES HOTEL JUNIOR C QUARTER-FINALS
Athenry 3-13 beat Ballindereen 0-4
Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry 3-12 beat Clarinbridge 0-14
Meelick-Eyrecourt 2-16 v Loughrea 0-8
Mullagh 2-8 beat Ahascragh-Fohenagh 1-9


Note: format was 2 groups of 6 teams. Top four to qualify for the quarter-finals.


GROUP A
Teams Qualfied for quarters:
Meelick-Eyrecourt, Mullagh, Ahascragh-Fohenagh and Loughrea.

Meelick - Eyrecourt 3 3 0 0 68 36 32 6
Mullagh 4 3 1 0 75 44 31 6
Ahascragh Fohenagh 4 3 1 0 80 56 24 6
Loughrea 4 2 2 0 62 68 -6 4
An Carnmore 5 1 4 0 62 91 -29 2
St Columbas 4 0 4 0 26 78 -52 0

Results so far:
Carnmore 2-9 beat St. Columbas 1-8
Meelick-Eyrecourt 5-14 beat Ahascragh-Fohenagh 1-8
Mullagh 2-15 beat Loughrea 1-11
Ahascragh-Fohenagh 2-15 beat St. Columbas 0-4
Meelick-Eyrecourt 1-13 beat Mullagh 1-7
Loughrea 2-11 beat Carnmore 3-3
Loughrea 3-10 beat St. Columbas 1-3
Meelick-Eyrecourt 2-17 beat Carnmore 1-12
Ahascragh-Fohenagh 4-17 beat Loughrea 1-9
Ahascragh-Fohenagh 3-10 beat Carnmore 1-8
Mullagh 4-11 beat St. Columba's 0-5
Mullagh 1-18 beat Carnmore 0-9



GROUP B
Teams qualifed for quarters:
Athenry, Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry, Ballindereen and Clarinbridge.

Team Played Won Lost Drawn Points For Points Against Points Diff Points
Athenry 3 3 0 0 69 25 44 6
Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry 4 3 1 0 79 46 33 6
Ballindereen 4 2 2 0 75 68 7 4
Clarinbridge 3 2 1 0 53 60 -7 4
Kilnadeema-Leitrim 5 1 4 0 68 111 -44 2
Tommie Larkins  3 0 3 0 43 77 -34 0
 

Results so far:
Athenry 1-13 beat TAD 0-5
TAD 2-8 beat Ballindereen 1-9
Clarinbridge 2-14 beat Kilnadeema-Leitrim 1-14
Ballindereen 4-16 beat Tommie Larkins 3-6
TAD 5-15 beat Kilnadeema-Leitrim 0-6
Athenry 5-13 beat Clarinbridge 2-5
Clarinbridge 4-10 beat Ballindereen 1-12
Athenry 2-19 beat Kilnadeema-Leitrim 1-6
Kilnadeema-Leitrim 2-13 beat Tommie Larkins 3-7
Ballindereen 2-14 beat Kilnadeema-Leitrim 2-11
Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry 3-21 beat Tommie Larkins 1-9



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