The Pearses seniors go their championship off to a winning start last weekend with a comfortable win in Woodmount over Castlerea St Kevins. Playing against the wind in the first half Pearses had a tentative lead at half time, Pearses 1-5 Castlerea 0-6 with the goal from a Sean Fahey penalty , two points from Alan Duffy and a point a piece from Shane Carty, Hubert darcy and David Murray. The second half was a score fest for the lads, with Emmet Kelly, Lorcan Daly, Conor Daly, Aaron Feehily, Tom Butler, Eamon Donaghue and Paul Carey joining the scoring stats. This was a good start to the season but next weekends second round outing on Saturday evening at 5pm in Johnstown against St Croans may prove to be a stiffer contest.
Our thanks to the loyal band of volunteers who helped out in the Senior Championship double header last Saturday evening, From Car Parking to Kitchen, Functionroom and Stewarding, the organisation of the event ran smoothly, Go raith maith agaibh go leir. A particular word of thanks to Paul Rice for his rendition of the National Anthem on the Pipes which added an Air of distinction to the proceedings
Pearses U16 Div 4 Football
The Under 16 Div 4 squad took on a very fancied Clan na Gael side in Johnstown last week on what was a beautiful evening for football. With some of our stronger players back and a full complement of U14s to chose from we were cautiously optimistic about our chances. Pearses enjoyed a lot of possession and were unlucky to be trailing by 3-8 to 1-4 at the break. Declan Kenny scorer in chief with 1-2 and Shane Costello continuing his excellent form with two points. Except for a few misplaced passes we could have been much closer. Pearses now believed that they could win and after an excellent second half in which we outscored Clan 2-6 to 1-4 we were left to rue our poor start. Sean Canning and Abdullah Sahid with the goals and all our points coming from the boot of the excellent Declan Kenny.
Tigerish defending from Conor Ryan, Luke Feehily and Cian Grenham ensured that Clan rarely got sight of goal in the second half and if they did they had the ever alert Fionnan Darcy to sweep up. The energy of Conor Harley and Declan Kenny ensured that our forwards had a good supply of ball with Abdullah Sahid and Sean Canning particularly dangerous with ball in hand in that second half. Panel: Fionnan Darcy, Conor Ryan, Luke Feehily, Cian Grenham, Ryan Kelly, Conor Harley, Luke Galvin, Declan Kenny, James Mooney, Shane Costello, Adam McGreal, Conor Costello, Abdullah Sahid, Adam Hynes, Conor Hogan, Sean Canning.
U14 Div 1 Boys Football:
Our Div 1 team put in a spirited performance against Boyle last Thursday in Woodmount, only to lose by 3 points to the Feile Div 1 Champions. Despite the teams young age we were superb against a highly fancied Boyle team. Despite us playing with a breeze in the first half, Boyle went in 2-4 to 0-5 ahead at half time. A early goal for Boyle in the second half seemed to put the game out of reach but as the lads have done so far this year they got stuck in and were brilliant from there on. Three one on ones with the Boyle keeper didn’t reap any return and in fairness the Boyle keeper was probably the man of the match. We were back to within 3 points with a minute remaining but couldn’t manage a goal to salvage a point. A game we were unlucky not to get something out of but again the lads played superbly and we couldn’t ask for more. Jack Ryan in goals was excellent and his kick outs were spot on. Our full back line of Luke Kenny, Cian Grenham and Keelan Ryan were solid with Cian having his best game of the year so far. Again Ryan Kelly, Cailum Lionel and Mikey Cruise broke up a lot of Boyle play. Conor Ryan, Adam Mc Greal (1-1) and Conor Harley covered every blade of grass and the movement between the 3 was of high standard. Sean Canning had his best outing of the year scoring 1-5 and ably assisted by Charlie Mooney (0-1) Jack Nevin, Abdullah Shahid (0-1)and Shane Glennon. Final score Padraig Pearses 2-8, Boyle 4-5.
Under 12 Football
It was a busy weekend for our U12 squads in the Spring League.
On Saturday we hosted St Brigids in the Division 5 competition. After a close 1st half where we held a one point lead the squad used the favouring elements in the second half to kick some good scores. That, combined with a good work rate, helped us run out winners in the end.
On Sunday the Division 1 squad hosted a strong Roscommon Gaels team who got a run on us early to hold a big lead at the interval. Despite the deficit at the break the lads played to the very end and although there efforts weren't necessarily reflected in the final score line they should take great satisfaction with their commitment and the improved 2nd half performance.
Training continues on Monday evenings 7pm - 8pm. All players born in 2006/2007 are very welcome to attend.
Numbers drawn April 15th 4, 16, 33, 36. there were no match three winners, so €300 is added to next weeks Jackpot which is €6,800