Club Notes July 1

Senior hurling championship Round 1

Athleague 1-15

Padraig Pearses 3-09

Our Birchgrove/ Fergal Darcy sponsored senior hurlers started their year off with an entertaining draw against the 2018 county champions Athleague. Pearses started sharply and with some good work from our inside forward line Padraig Pearses were first on the score sheet. It was score for score during most of the first half until Pearses corner forward Leon Feehily hit the back of the net. Athleague fought back and Pearses went in at the break just 1 point behind. In the second half Pearses started much stronger and Oisin Kelly found the net to put Pearses ahead. Athleague fought back with force and as a result went ahead. Pearses then goaled again through David Loughnane. The game ended in a draw and Pearses felt they should have got a win. There was some great displays of skill and tenacity from the lads and they played some great hurling. Well done to Oisin Kelly, Luke Corbett, Aaron Feehily and Patrick Grehan on their senior championship debuts.

Senior Men's Football - Leo Kenny Cup

On Tuesday evening 2nd July our Paul Flynn Construction sponsored Senior Footballers will host Charlestown Sarsfields in the Quarter Final of the Connacht GAA Leo Kenny Cup in a repeat of last year’s final pairing. Please support. 

Senior Ladies Football

On Sunday last our senior ladies travelled to Loughglynn to play an amalgamated team from Michael Glaveys and Eire Og in the first round of the Senior Football Championship. With a number of players still away and caught up with other commitments we travelled with a smaller number of players and had just two subs to work with. Our girls worked tirelessly, and huge credit goes to our younger players who joined our senior panel this year - they brought huge positivity and strength to the team. Unfortunately, the opposition was too strong for us on the day but the team took many positives from it and with a few more weeks training we will be ready for round two of the championship. 

Roscommon U20 football

Best of luck to Paul Carey & Padraig Kelly who represent our club with the Roscommon U20 team & management in the Connacht Championship Semi Final against Galway in Kiltoom on Wednesday 3rd July @ 7.30pm. 

Under 14 boys FÉILE

The 2019 John West Féile competition kicked off on Friday the 28th with our Padraig Pearses under 14 boys team taking on Pearse Og from Armagh in a thrilling curtain raiser. The game was played in terrific spirt and set a very high benchmark for games to come. Unfortunately, goals win games and the Ulster men were able to find the net on 3 occasions. While the scoreboard showed a resounding victory for Pearse Og the game was much closer than it appeared. There were some fine performances from the more mature members of the squad such as Jack Ryan, Jack Nevin and Mikey Cruise. The physical power of the spine of the Pearse Og team was just too much and despite a spirited performance, the Orchard county men took the day.

The second serving on Friday afternoon was a critical game in our ambitions to stay in the Cup competition. Galway outfit Loughrea were our opponents and in near perfect conditions, the game was marshalled by Morgan Keegan. In a blistering start both teams hit upright with their first attack’s Cormac Moore shot coming bullet like back of the post. The first half extremely level with both sides dogged at the back and the defenses performing outstandingly. Fionn Lyons and Kellan Ryan putting in noteworthy performances. A Penalty awarded towards end of first half was the difference between teams at half time with the shot to roof of net gliding of the fingertips of a valiant Shane Glennon in goal. The second half was started off by a Cormac Moore point, quickly followed by Cathal O’Brien shot. But a Loughrea free kick delivered into the box saw a great shot saved which was followed up by loughrea and rifled into the corner. That goal was followed up by a third goal well taken by Loughrea. The Pearses lads never gave up the chase but never fulfilled their potential and a comprehensive display by Loughrea saw us slip out of the Cup. that loss brought the curtain down aim a disappointing first day for Pearses. Saturday was a glorious morning and gave us a chance of redemption and to show what this very talented ta were capable of. St James from Wexford were the foe on this occasion. The St James team had played a fantastic game against Pearse Og on Friday evening in what can only be described as exhibition football and we were aware of the huge task that lay ahead if we were to redeem the disappointment for the opening day.

A first min goal opportunity Cormac Moore set out our stall and from the outset it was obvious that we had a different mindset than the previous evening. Mikey cruise opened the scoring with a well taken first point, quickly followed by a near perfect Jack Nevin free. Cathal O’Brien who was electric found the net from well worked short free and Pearses were showing what we knew they were capable of. St James battled back with a goal and replicating what they had shown on Friday, knocked over a quick free. James raved through for another goal opportunity and produced a fabulous save from Shane Glennon but the breaking ball was slotted home. St James tacked on another point and all in the space of 4 minutes. But Pearses were not going to lie down without a fight. Greater interlink play from intercepted ball between Cathal O’Brien and Darragh Moore produced a terrific goal to finish the half. A blistering start to second half by Pearses produced another point quickly followed by a rasping shot off the post. Moments latter produced a third goal for Pearses which was followed up by a Jack Flynn point. But this performance was not just all about att king prowess. Ever man on the pitch in the red and white played their hearts out. The younger members of the squad who came on as substitutes were seamless in the way the morphed into their roles and Pearses ran out out well-deserved winners.

The win against St James set up a quarter-final in Ballyhaunis on Saturday afternoon. Our opponents were once again St James but this time from Galway. It was once glorious conditions for football and with self-belief restored the lads flew out of the traps. Some great interplay and the unselfishness of Cathal O’Brien fed Charlie Mooney for the opening goal. This was followed by a great individual run lasted to the net by Cillian Blackweir. But the tribesmen answered back with a goal of this own. Pearses replicated their earlier performance and never gave the Galway side a moment to get a grip on the game. Up by four at half time Pearses were ruthless in the second half. It would do the players an injustice to name individuals as every man on the pitch played a huge role in the victory. But Mikey Cruise deserves to be commended on the performance he put in. He typified the determination of the team but his work rate and his physical display was outstanding. We boarded the bus home with the previous days results a distant memory and full of optimism for a semi-final on Sunday morning awaiting in Corrifin. Sunday morning seems like a different month with the clear skies and sunshine replaced by grey skies and the promise of rain. Was it an ominous sign of what was to come?

Sprits were high and the lads were looking forward to facing whatever challenges were to be presented by Laragh from Co Cavan. But the joy of Saturday was replaced by the realisation of the quality of the opponents facing us. A physically superior outfit with an extremely strong central spine played at a breakneck pace. The first half was frustration from the outset with no rub of the green for the Woodmount side. While giving a display of themselves balls that broke or bounced out way on Saturday spilled away from us in Corrifin. Cillian Blackweir and Charlie Mooney we’re both lost early in the first half to injury and unable to return. But to say that misfortune was the difference between the teams would do a huge injustice to Laragh. They played some fantastic football and the organisation of the team and their composure on the ab was to be admired. As is the ethos of our team despite the odds they fought for every ball and never dropped their heads. Jack Ryan and Jack Nevin were tireless and deserve huge praise for all they gave to the team over the whole weekend.

While we may not have made the final the memories from not just the games but the whole experience of the weekend and the bonds made with the St James team will hopefully live long with the lads. A huge word of thanks must go to Bernard Buttler the team manager. He has worked tirelessly with the group and their skills and great attitude are a reflection of Bernard’s love of the game. In the face of adversity, they showed the true spurt of sport and never gave up, showed character and were gracious in defeat, and this has been instilled in the team by Bernard.

Under 14 girls FÉILE

Our Under 14 girls competed in Div 5 Group A of Feile along with our hosts St Brigids of Monaghan, Wolfe Tones from Armagh and our close neighbour's Clann na Gael. The girls put in outstanding performances and won 2 out of the 3 group games and were unfortunate to lose the other game to put them second in their group and into the Cup knock out stages. We had 27 girls on the panel and every player got a minimum of 30 minutes each over the weekend. Without naming any individual players, number 1 to 27 were simply hero’s all weekend. We started on Friday evening against Wolfe Tones from Armagh. The girls were simply on fire and produced some beautiful football. The running off the shoulder and score taking was of the highest order. We never looked in serious trouble and ran out 7-6 to 2-1 winners. The gap between our next game was only 15 minutes and on a hot evening this left us a little heavy on our feet. We started slowly and conceded 2 early goals which left us playing catch up. We did grow into the game and outscored them in the second half. We created several chances but couldn’t get the critical scores and the final scoreline of 3-6 to 1-3 to Clann was harsh on us. Despite this our girls picked it up again on Saturday morning and produced an outstanding performance against our hosts, St Brigids. On a beautiful sunny morning in Woodmount the girls put on a near perfect performance on front of the home crowd to run out 4-7 to 3-6 winners. A special mention to all the teams on Saturday morning who stood arm in arm across the pitch in a poignant silent moment to mark the passing of Lorna Cruises grandmother. As a result of finishing second in the group we were heading for Clonberne to play the winners of Group B, Gort na Mona from Belfast. We were well briefed in advance that these were a phenomenal team and this proved to be the case as they won the Div 5 Cup outright. Our girls put in another massive performance but the sheer size and physicality of Gort na Mona from 1 to 15 took its toll. We battled right to the end and lost 3-7 to 0-0. We had some real chances to get on the scoreboard but our shooting boots simply deserted us. The strength of Gort na Mona was shown even in the final as they only conceded 2 points. Whilst many of the girls were disappointed not to be in action on Sunday, the girls proved they were too strong for the shield but just not strong enough for the Cup. We were probably somewhat unlucky to draw Gort na Mona when we did however we could have no complaints that we were beaten by a better side. Our girls proved over the weekend that they can compete with the best teams across the country at the highest level and this is something the girls should be so so proud of. As a management team we are simply honoured to coach such a great bunch of girls who play with a huge amount of skill and a smile on their faces. We are also delighted that they all got significant game time and the experience will benefit one and all. To the players, take a bow, to the parents and families thank you for all your support and to our great Club, thank you for organising a weekend that will live in the memory of those young girls lives forever. Our hero’s one and all over the weekend are as follows: Ella Greene, Charlotte Blackweir, Mia Walsh, Aiveen Curley, Arlene Cunningham, Emma Mc Greal, Ava Mulry, Katie Mulry, Ciara Lohan, Amelia Halpin, Blaithnaid Kelly, Jennifer Downey, Chloe Costelloe, Marianne Monaghan, Lorna Cruise, Katie Murray, Amy Costelloe, Hannah Farrell, Alannah Ryan, Lisa Dolan, Katie Curley, Hannah Kelly, Kate Moore, Laoise Costelloe, Sarah Killeen, Clodagh Grehan, Jessica O Brien.

Back L-R: Ava Mulry, Hannah Kelly, Katie Mulry, Katie Murray, Sarah Killeen, Arlene Cunningham, Amelia Halpin, Katie Curley, Aiveen Curley, Ella Greene, Mia Walsh, Chloe Costelloe,
Front L-R: Jennifer Downey, Lorna Cruise, Hannah Farrell, Laoise Costelloe, Kate Moore, Amy Costelloe, Clodagh Grehan, Alannah Ryan, Emma Mc Greal, Marianne Monaghan, Charlotte Blackweir, Blaithnaid Kelly, Lisa Dolan, Ciara Lohan

Lotto Results

There was no winner of the jackpot this week. The numbers drawn were 12, 21, 28 and 36. Congratulations to Gerry Ryan, Ardnaglug (seller: Pitch Lighting), Martin Curley, Culleen (seller: Colm Greene), and Geraldine Hogan, Suckfield (seller: Pitch Lighting) who were all match three winners. Our lotto now stands at €15,700. Make sure you get your tickets in so you can be in with a chance of pocketing the jackpot! You can also do the lotto online through our website  A sincere thank you to everyone who supports our lotto.

GAA club newsletter

Check out the latest GAA club newsletter which includes info on:

- Concussion awareness

- A mother warns of the dangers of unsecured portable goalposts

- A chance to win €5,000 for your club in a Sure skills challenge

- Reports from the success at Féile

- Countdown to the Renault GAA World Games

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