Club Notes September 23

Adult Football 

It was an important weekend for adult football in the club as we fielded three highly competitive teams in championship games across Friday, Saturday and Sunday with over 60 players involved. Continued thanks to all our managements, sponsors and supporters for all their efforts. We are the only club in Roscommon to field 3 League & Championship teams in adult men’s football and ought to be proud of it. 

Senior Football Championship

The Paul Flynn Construction sponsored Senior Footballers progressed to the county semi-final after defeating neighbours St. Brigids in the Quarter Final at Ballyforan on Sunday last. Despite the experts predictions for a dour abrasive affair, both teams served up a highly enjoyable game of fast-flowing, open and attacking football which kept the very large crowd entertained to the finish. We produced a very good squad performance, with all twenty players used playing their part. All our forwards got on the scoresheet while our defence each made critical tackles and turnovers throughout. Many thanks to our hosts St. Aidan's who had their grounds in excellent condition, and had dozens of helpful volunteers who ensured the efficient staging of the fixture. See match report for more details & lineout.

Junior A Championship

The RosGal Loss Assessors sponsored Junior A footballers bowed out of this years championship at quarter final stage following a brave and battling performance against Clann na nGael at Knockcroghery on Saturday evening last. Playing with a breeze in the opening half we started well and points from James Kelly (a line ball), Niall Finneran, Aaron Johnston, Jason Murray, Daniel Farrell and Matthew Feehily as well as some excellent defence and a couple of fine saves from Adam McManus in goal left us all square at the break, six points apiece.  

In the second half we played against the elements and the rain also arrived, but some determined defending kept Clann’s chances limited to a couple of free kicks and a 45 in the third quarter. Goalkeeper Adam McManus became our eight different scorer when he slotted a free kick from wide on the left wing, after Matthew Feehily (a free) and Eoin Curran had got our opening scores of the second half. The introduction of Leon Feehily had an instant impact as he got on the scoreboard twice and we were all square with ten to play. Unfortunately Clann had the better of the chances and got the last few scores. This was an excellent effort by a squad with a lot of potential to challenge for this title as well as progress to the Senior side in the coming seasons. Thanks to the management team of Noel Farrell, David Whelan, Micheal Grenham, Micheal Hogarty, John Kelly, Martin Greene and Jenny Downey. The team have a Tansey Cup play-off game at home to Western Gaels to be played in the coming weeks.

Squad: Adam McManus, Tom Richardson, Padraig Downey, Shane Kenny, Jason Cunningham, Shane Downey, Matthew Feehily, Eamon Donoghue, Eoin Galvin, Jason Murray, Aaron Johnston, Daniel Farrell, Eoin Curran, Niall Finneran, James Kelly, Leon Feehily, Brenden Connor, Keith Grenham, Adrian Mannion, Jamie Curley, Andrew Flood. 

 

Junior B Championship 

The An Táin Bar sponsored Junior B Footballers had the honour of playing the first full competitive game under the brand new main pitch floodlights when we hosted Strokestown B in the third round of the Junior B Championship on Friday night last. 

We got off to a rocky start and took some time to get to grips with playing in the new conditions. We eventually got into the game and found of our range with points from Gerard Kelly and Mike Donoghue sending us in at half time with just the goals between the teams. The second half was a much improved performance across the field, points from Gerard Kelly, Mark Whelan and substitute Dylan Wallace as well as a crucial goal from midfielder Mike Donoghue were all well taken and it was just rewarding that we won the second half by a point. 

We have now qualified for the knock out stages, and await the draw to confirm our next opponents in two weeks time. 

Squad: Brian Croffey, Seamie Lohan, Sean Lohan, Keelan Daly, John Moore, Paul Dolan, Jake Curley, Eoghan Cogavin, Mike Donoghue, Jimmy Donoghue, Gerard Kelly, Matthew Commerford, Kevin Galvin, Mark Whelan, Ollie Brooks, Tony McEvilly, Eoghan Costello, Dylan Wallace, Padraig Kelly.  

U16 boys Division 4 team continued their championship with a hard fought battle earlier this week in Johnston. Missing a few regulars it was always going to be a hard task and so it played out. We were further hampered by a 2nd minute injury to Abdullah Sahid which curtailed his evening. We wish him a speedy return to the playing field. A very competitive 1st half was highlighted by 2 excellent goals by Shane Costello and Adam Hynes which left us just a point behind heading into the second half. Unfortunately we could not build on this and despite great endeavour and no lack of effort we just weren't able to contain the Clan forwards and ended up on the wrong side of the 2-10 or 2-5 final scoreboard.  Panel: Shane Glennon, Cormac Curley, Luke Fehilly, Luke Galvin, Cathal Carty, Colm Sherrin, Conor Costello, Abdullah Sahid, Jack Ryan, Sean Canning, Terry McGowan, Adam Hynes, Fionnan Darcy, Shane Costello, David Joey, James Butler.

Pearses U16 football continued their campaign against Roscommon Gaels on Wednesday evening in Roscommon. A strong Pearses team rebuffed anything that Gaels threw at them and scored regularly throughout a one-sided first half. We were able to give all squad members a good run out in a very competitive second half and in fairness to Roscommon Gaels they kept fighting right to the end and contributed to an excellent 2nd half of flowing football but they could not undo the 1st half deficit. Pearses ran out winners on a scoreline 8-8 to 5-8. Panel: Terry McGowan, Conor Harley, Aaron Burke, Colm Sherrin, Shane Costello, Conor Ryan, Conor Costello, Daithi Blackweir, Caelim Keogh, Declan Kenny, Jack Tumulty, James Mooney, Adam McGreal, Eoin Colleran, Luke Feehily, Sean Canning, Luke Galvin, Cathal Carty,  Cormac Curley, Shane Glennon, Fionnan Darcy.

Our U14 division 2 football team welcomed Strokestown to Pearses on Sunday morning. With both teams doing well in the championship, it was envisaged that this would be a close game. And to be fair it lived up to it’s expectation with Pearses coming away with a one point victory. Our panel for this match. Shane Glennon. Jordan Downey. Keelan Ryan. Luke Kenny. James Butler. Fionn Lyons. James Harrington. Jack Nevin. Jack Ryan. Cormac Moore. Darragh Moore. Cathal O’Brien. Charlie Mooney. Eoin Canning. Jack Flynn. Hugh Curley. Cillian Blackweir. Aaron Grenham. Ben Dolan. Fionnan Seale. Luke Earls. Darragh Colleran. Conor Kelly. Ronan Sheerin.

Fixtures

Minor Football Division 1 Championship Semi Final v St. Brigids in Kiltoom on Sunday 29th September @ 12.30pm

 

U16 Hurling Semi-Final

Padraig Pearses  6-10

St. Dominics         0-01

Our U16 Hurlers took on St Dominic’s in Ballyforan Sunday morning in the championship semi-final. Our lads starting off smartly and never relinquished the lead with the half time score being 2-7 to 1 point. This puts us through to play Four Roads in the Final on Sunday October 6th as the curtain raiser to the senior county final. Our lads were the stronger team today but will face a much tougher challenge from Four Roads in the final. Pearses Team: S. Canning(1-0), S. Costello, A Burke, J. Flynn, C. Harley, C. Ryan, D. Blackweir, L. Walsh(1-2), C. Keogh, J. Mooney(2-3), E. Colleran(2-04, 3F165), C. Carty, C. Costello, L. Feehily(0-1), T. McGowan. C. Curley, O Flynn, F. Darcy, C. Sheerin.

 

U12 Hurling Semi-Final

Padraig Pearses        3-06

Four Roads                 1-05

Our U12 Hurlers travelled to Ballyforan Saturday morning to take on a fancied Four Roads team in the semi-final. With the wind behind us we took the lead in the first half and led 2-05 to 0-03 at half-time. Knowing Four Roads would have the advantage of the wind for the second half our lads knew they would have a tough job ahead of them in the second and every one of the Pearses lads played their part to hold Four Roads at bay. Joey O’Byrne, Diarmuid Lyons and Daniel Hogan came on in the second half and made a big difference when introduced. We will now play Athleague/Tremane in the County final most likely next weekend with day and time T.B.C. Panel: J O'Byrne, G Kelly, A. Kenny, N. Doran, K Doran, D. Mooney, C. Flynn, R. Glynn(0-3), A. Hogan A. Doran(1-0), K. Cunningham, D. Ryan(0-01), D. Kenny(0-01), S. Carty, D. Monaghan, K. Kelly(0-01), D. Lyons(1-0), J. Price(1-0), M. Brooks, D. Hogan


Michael Power RIP

The club extends its sympathies to the family and friends of former club player Michael Power who passed away suddenly last week. Michael was a talented underage player who won many county medals and grew up playing alongside many members of our current senior football and hurling squads. As a mark or respect a minutes silence was observed before our senior football championship quarter-final in Ballyforan last Sunday. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Lotto Results

There was no winner of the jackpot this week. The numbers drawn were 2, 5, 26 and 32. Congratulations to Annette Durney (seller: Naughtons Shop) who was our only match three winner. Our lotto now stands at €17,100.

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 www.padraigpearses.ie.   A sincere thank you to everyone who supports our lotto.


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