The highlight of a busy week for the club was the first round of the senior football championship when Clon took on Na Piarsaigh in Bandon on Saturday evening last. The match was played in near perfect conditions and there was a very large Clon support present. The match is fully reported elsewhere in this newspaper and the important thing from a Clon point of view is that the team advanced to round three of the championship and avoided the dreaded back-door route. For that, the team and management can feel proud of a job well done and they can also look forward with optimism to the draw for the real championship, which begins with the third round. On Saturday last Clon had to overcome plenty of adversity, with a number of players unavailable through injury and illness. To add to their woes they lost Conor Mc Manus after only three minutes. Hopefully the team will be free of all these problems before the next outing in this year's championship. Saturday was a particularly good one for the club as the minor footballers also had a good win in the County championship. They travelled to Ovens to take on Youghal and after putting up a fine display they ran out impressive winners on a score of 4-11 to 2-4. Clon played with the slope and wind in the opening half and led by 2-9 to 1-4 at the break. They dominated the second half but found scoring difficult. Eventually they secured the scores to clinch the tie, with Jonathan Leahy getting his third goal of the match and the outstanding Barry o Mahony adding a late goal to the seven points he had scored earlier. Overall it was a most encouraging performance and the side can now look forward with considerable confidence to the third round draw. On the previous Tuesday this team had scored a good win away to Bantry in the County Premier league, running out winners on a score of 1-11 to 1-10.
The under 12 footballers kept up their excellent form with a big win over Bandon in the league on Friday evening last. They made a strong start and had the game in safe keeping by the break. The gallant Bandon boys came into the game in the second half of an entertaining tie. There was no such luck however for the under 14 footballers in their league clash with Bandon on Thursday last when they were defeated by 3-12 to 2-7. Clon had plenty of possession in this game but failed to take their chances. After an even first half a scoring burst in the opening minutes of the second half saw the Bandon boys race into a big lead and even though Clon dominated for long periods after that they missed too many chances. They are due to play Newcestown at home on this Thursday night in the league.
The under 16 hurlers, who have been struggling due to injuries and unavailability of players lost their latest game in the league on Sunday morning last at home to Rosscarbery. Until a full squad is available they will find it difficult to compete at this level but should improve as the year goes on. Also on Sunday morning last the junior B footballers were in league action when they played hosts to Caheragh. An under strength side was beaten on a score of 1-11 to 0-5. This team is in championship action on Sunday afternoon next in Rosscarbery when they take on Kilmeen at 3:30PM. On the previous, Saturday night the Junior A Footballers are also in Championship action when they take on Dohenys in Ahiohill at 7PM. Support for both of these teams would be appreciated as they bid to continue the good start made to the season.
There was no winner of the jackpot in the club lotto on Saturday last when the numbers drawn were 2, 5, 29 and 32. Winners of the lucky dips were; Jerry O'Donovan, Ashe Street; Niall O'Regan, Galway; Michael McCarthy, c/o Pat Sutton; Sinead O'Neill, c/o Town Hall; Noel and Chrissie O'Brien, The Miles; Toddy Collins, Clogheen. Next week's jackpot will be €3,600.