U.14 Boys UpdateDivision 1 – Clann 3-7 St Brigids 1-10
Johnstown was the venue for last Thursday’s thrilling South Roscommon derby, when the Division 1 team played host to their neighbours St Brigid’s. A close and exciting game had been anticipated, and it certainly didn’t disappoint, as Brigid’s took the lead shortly after throw in with a point, followed a few minutes later by a goal from Clann. Brigid’s promptly responded with a brace of points to level things up. Clann duly followed with two points of their own midway through the half, only for the Kiltoom lads to respond in kind with two more – level again. Just on the stroke of half time, Clann shook the net for a second time, to lead at the midway stage 2-2 to 0-5.
Brigid’s showed their intent at the start of the second half, with two quick points in succession, drawing to within a point of the hosts in the first few minutes. An even flowing contest at this point, where Clann then had a rally of scores, racking up a further 1-3 to go 7 points clear. The sides exchanged points midway during the half, and then it was the visitor’s turn to rally, as they hit an expected purple patch, amassing 3 unanswered points, and drawing ever closer to an anxious Clann, who hadn’t scored in more than 12 minutes. In the closing stages of the game, Clann thought they had things wrapped up when they shook the net for a third time, only to have that score disallowed. They did manage to claim a point soon after though, and emerge as winners. Both teams deserve credit, for putting on a fine display of football that was well attended, and the atmosphere electric. Many thanks as always for the support.
Division 3 – Elphin/Ballinameen 5-4 Clann 4-10
While their Div 1 colleagues were battling it out in Johnstown, the Division 3 team headed up to Orchard Park in Elphin. Due to holidays and injuries, the side may have been down a few key players numerically, but there was no shortage of heart and commitment in this team of young men, as they fought a determined battle to reverse their recent fortunes in this competitive division.
The home side had the upper hand in the first half, and established a lead early on. Clann battled well though, and fine defensive performances from the full back line mitigated much of the attack. Nonetheless, Elphin/Ballinameen would see out the half and go 6 points clear at this stage of the game.
Rousing words and a renewed sense of vigour brought the visitors back into the game during the second half, as the tide slowly started to turn for Clann. At this point the lads were playing football as it should be played, and were knocking in a series of balls for the inside forwards to convert. Although there were several yellow cards handed out during the game (to both sides), it should be noted that this would be most uncharacteristic of this bunch of lads. As the scores continued to build up, and the game progressed, there was much excitement towards the end of the game, as the players clamoured around the referee to hear the final score. Ultimately it was Clann who had recorded the higher tally, and a faithful cohort of supporters shared the team’s delight in a thoroughly deserved victory.
The U14 campaign takes a break for a few weeks, during which time the lads can rest and recover for a while before taking on the remaining fixtures in mid August. Details to follow shortly on upcoming challenge matches and training arrangements
Senior Ladies UpdateThe Shearton sponsored Clann Senior Ladies team played out their last group game in the championship on Thursday evening last when they hosted Strokestown at Johnstown. Both these teams had already qualified for a semi-final spot (ironically against each other) prior to this game taking place so both had perhaps one eye on that semi-final meeting when the squared up to each other.
lining out without some regulars Clann were slow to start and the visitors raced into a two goal lead after ten minutes. but Clann rallied with points from Kelley Colgan (0-3) and Caoimhe Lennon and then a goal from Aoife O Brien after twenty minutes brought them back level. however just has it appeared that Clann were getting on top Strokestown struck again with an amazing three goals before the break to leave Clann shell shocked and loosing at the break by 5-03 to 1-05.
the vistors picked up where the left off after the break when the got a sixth goal straight from the kick off. it was do or die for Clann and in fairness the responded superbly by completely taking over the game and indeed if it were not for some awful shooting they could have actually won the game with something to spare. in fact Clann shot 14 wides in the second period and still only lost by six points on a scorline of 6-04 to 2-10. Clann scores in the second half coming from Michele Rynolds (0-2), Ruth Finless (0-1), Threse Lennon (0-1), Kayleigh Shine (0-1) and Caoimhe Lennon (1-1). these sides meet again in four weeks time in the semi-final and if Clann can improve on the shooting it promises to be a lot closer affair.
Clann: Eadoin Lennon, Ide Crehan, Ciara Quinn, Shaunna Bannon, Amy Quinn, Kelly Harrision, Ruth Finless, Kayleigh Dunning, Sinead Farrell, Caoimhe lennon, Threse Lennon, Aoife O brien, Michele Rynolds and Kelley Colgan. Subs: Megan Kelly, Kayleigh Shine, Carol Griffin and Niam fallon.
Let's Go With ClannLet's go with Clann Monthly Draw held tonight along with our club lotto: €500 won by Olive Brogan, Kennedy's Service Station Voucher Gerry McManus. Many thanks to all our supporters.
The draw took place in the Grove on Monday 31st of July with a jackpot of €6,000.
The numbers drawn were 3, 4, 7, 11.
No winner, match 3 wins €20:Winners: Bridie Moore, Tony O'Neill, Tom Callinan, Sean Connolly, Gretta Watson, Gerry Heedy, Tom Seery, Mary Menton, Matt Ryan, John Tynan Snr., Sharon Samuels, John Kelly, James Dunning, Rose Harney, Tony McEvilly, Tommy Sherlock, Patricia Naughton, Eddie McLoughlin, James Day, John Gunning, Agnes Fallon, Liam + Magdaler, Imelda Beaumont, Mike Kelly, Derek Lennon, Seamus Ward.
Next week's jackpot will be €6,200 and the draw will be in Shines.
Thanks to everyone who supports Clann’s Lotto every week.
Online LottoDid you know? Over €25,000 was won in the Clann lotto in 2016. We're aware that there's lots of club members living in Dublin and abroad who would like to enter but do not have the access to do so. With this in mind, we are happy to announce that the Clann lotto can now be entered online.
Visit clanngaa.ie/lotto to take part. Entry closes every Sunday at 6pm, entries after 6pm will be carried over.
Club ShopThe Clann Shop is now online with a wide range of O'Neills gear to purchase. The shop can be accessed via the ClannGAA.ie menu or directly by visiting tiny.cc/ClannShop
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