Sunday last was a historic day in our great clubs history when for the first time ever we put back to back championships together. We headed for Pearse Park on Sunday last knowing we faced a massive test against a strong Abbeylara team. After 20 minutes we certainly knew we were in a game when we found ourselves ion the wrong side of a 7 points to 3 scoreline. However points by Denis McGoldrick and Sean McCormack kept the ship steady before two excellent points by captain Mickey Quinn and Mark Hughes gave us a surprising 9 points to 7 lead at half time.
An excellent second half goal by Danny Mimnagh saw us pull away a bit only for Abbey to get a goal of their own with 10 minutes remaining. However we held our nerve to see out victory on a final score of Emmet Òg 1-14, Abbeylara 1-11. Massive congratulations to Declan Rowley and his management team as well as all the players involved in this success. Commiserations to Abbeylara who are a fine team and are not far away from success of their own. Congratulations to Conor Berry Abbeylara who was a worthy winner of the man of the match award, following in the footsteps of Brendan Lennon in 1987 in receiving the award albeit ending up on the losing team.
Unfortunately our junior team who also contested the county final on Sunday last fell just short against Mostrim. After starting very slowly, we found ourselves behind throughout and struggled to reel in a sharp Mostrim outfit. We eventually fell to defeat by 2 points, final score Mostrim 1-19, Emmet Òg 0-11. Well done to Mostrim and man of the match, Padraig Jones on a fine win. This was the first defeat for our junior team all year and unfortunately it had to happen in the final. Well done to team and management on reaching this stage of the competition and on what has been a good year to date.
This coming week is another busy week for the club. Our U-21 team kick off their championship campaign on Friday evening away to Clonguish at 8.30pm. On Sunday our senior team are away to Fr. Manning Gaels at 12.30pm, while also on Sunday our Minor team contest the A championship final against Northern Gaels in Pearse Park at 2pm. Good luck to all 3 teams and lets hope we can build on last Sundays success.
Our lotto draw was held over until Monday night. Full results in next weeks notes.