Clontibret was the venue and Toome the opposition on Sunday, July 3rd at 6pm as Emyvale took the field to progress in the Championship. There were a few problems with injuries etc and some big names were on the side line but the panel went out there and showed great commitment from the off. Perhaps it was an over anxiousness which forced them to make some silly mistakes and too often they were guilty of over playing the ball instead of getting it in to the forwards. The forwards were also jittery and showed a lack of confidence in their own ability to take a score. Outfield Benny McKenna was lording it and he had good help from Gregory Devlin. In defence Emmet Colleran was very strong and was reading the game well and cleared the lines on many occasions of danger. Up front James Bellew was forging ahead and Robert McHugh and Martin McAree were constantly involved but the scores were limited in comparison to the amount of play.
The second half was a tough battle with both sides trying to get the upper hand. Daniel McMahon hit the spotlight now and was a real danger to Toome. When he netted it looked like it was going to give them the edge to go well ahead but Toome came back and cancelled that score out. Daniel was again involved when Emyvale were awarded a penalty which he converted in excellent fashion. This was another hurdle for Toome but back they came and with a few minutes of normal time remaining the sides were level. Then the star action of the game happened when Cillian McCarron went on a run from his own half to within 21 metres and sent it straight over the bar. It was a great solo effort and a vital move for the team who clung on to a one point lead to go through to the next round with a score of 2 - 9 to 1 - 11.
Former Emyvale man, Glenn Murphy, was the keeper for Toome. Glenn is now living there and has joined the Toome club.