Double success for Clann Eireann

Clann Eireann under 14 Captain Conor Turbitt celebrates with teammates after collecting the cup. INLM40-233
Clann Eireann under 14 Captain Conor Turbitt celebrates with teammates after collecting the cup. INLM40-233

The last few weeks of the footballing season proved to have been extremely fruitful for the Clann Éireann club as its under 14 boys and under 16 girls both managed to capture All County Championship titles.

The boys, who defeated Crossmaglen Rangers in the quarter-final and overcame a strong Tír na nÓg team from Portadown in the semi-final, set up an intriguing encounter against South Armagh club Dromintee at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh.

Despite a nervous start the Shore Road boys managed to settle down and take control and were eight points up at half-time courtesy of two excellent first half goals, the first of which came from Aodhán Mc Conville after 10 minutes and was swiftly followed by a brilliant individual effort by left half back Callum Magee.

Dromintee began the second half strongly. However, their resurgence was short lived and Clann Éireann reassumed control as Captain Conor Turbitt coolly slotted home a penalty after being hauled down on route to goal. Shortly afterwards, corner forward Ruairí Mc Conville effectively sealed the deal with his magnificent individual effort.

Clann Éireann never looked back from this and pushed on to record a comprehensive victory even managing to create a little piece of history in the process by becoming the first North Armagh club to have won an All County Division 1 title at this level. Having already secured the All County league title in an unbeaten run earlier in the year, this proved a fitting end to the season.

In complete contrast the girls Under 16 decider between Clann Éireann and Shane O Neill’s from Camlough turned out to be a much tighter affair with Clann Éireann prevailing by the minimum of margins on a 4-13 to 4-12 scoreline following an epic encounter.

Played in tremendous spirit the game was a shining example of all that is good about underage ladies football in Armagh.

Despite two first half goals from Aoibhean Henderson the Clann Éireann girls found themselves two points adrift at the break and faced a battle on their hands to get themselves back into contention.

Throughout the second half the girls dominated possession although failed to make it count on the scoreboard until a brace of goals, from Niamh Coleman and then Cáit Towe propelled Clann Éireann in front heading towards the closing stages. When Shane O Neill’s Captain Amy Macken’s last gasp goal attempt was brilliantly thwarted by Clodagh Mc Cambridge in the dying seconds the Lurgan girls held on to carve out a well deserved victory.