Mens Senior LeagueOur Matrix Bathrooms and Kennedy's Service Station/Supermacs sponsored Senior team took on Roscommon Gaels in the final round of the O’Rourke Cup in a very well presented Johnstown on Sunday afternoon last. A win for either side would ensure a league semi-final place would be secured.
Clann started the match the liveliest with Donie Shine converting a penalty in the second minute, closely followed by a converted free a minute later. At this stage Roscommon Gaels took control of proceedings and scored four points without reply to level the match half way through the first half. David Connaughton then scored a point with a fisted effort to edge Clann back in front. The rest of the half was nip and tuck with Clann securing further points from Cian McManus, Jamie Fahy after good work from substitute Sea Henry, Cathal Shine and a further effort by Donie Shine from a placed ball. The half time score was Rosommon Gaels 1-7 Clann 1-6.
Roscommon Gaels had the best of the early second half exchanges and had edged into a three point lead mid-way through the half. Clann introduced a number of substitutes which had a big impact on the match and resulted in 1-4 being scored at a critical stage of the match. The key score of the game was a well worked goal executed by Ross Naughton with two minutes remaining which levelled the match. Roscommon Gaels to their credit rallied and scored a point a minute later. However Clann were now not to be denied and points from substitutes Emmet Kenny and Ruairi McManus in injury time ensured a semi-final spot for Clann in this years O’Rourke Cup.
Clann team and scorers were: Ronan O’Reilly, Darra Pettit, Stephen Flynn, Ronan Gavin, Damien Duff, Shane Pettit (0-1), David Flynn, Cathal Shine, Graham Pettit, David Connaughton (0-1), Cian McManus (0-1), Matt Scally, Jamie Fahy (0-1), Donie Shine (1-6), Ciaran Lennon. Subs: Sea Henry (0-2) for Cian McManus, Emmet Kenny (0-1) for Ronan Gavin, Ruari McManus (0-1) for Ciaran Lennon, Ross Naughton (1-0) for David Connaughton.
We now proceed to a league semi-final against St. Croans where Western Gaels await the victors in the final.
Ladies UpdatesOur U.16 girls were invited to Dunmore in Galway on Sunday 13th August to participate in the Dympna Burke Memorial Tournament. Having defeated Dunmore, they played and beat Annaghdown (Galway) in the Shield final. Many thanks to Dunmore MacHales GAA for a most enjoyable day out.
Gaelic for Mother's & Other's
The Mother's & Other's always welcome new members. Training for this non competitive, non contact, fun sport takes place on Thursdays at 8.30pm in Johnstown.
Minor Ladies play St Dominics in Johnstown on Thursday 17th August at 7.30pm.
U.14 Boys UpdateWith a break in the championship schedule for these few weeks, the Clann boys were keen to stay sharp, and so went looking outside the county for challenge matches, resulting in a visit to Westmeath, and hosting of a team from Longford. Here’s how they got on…
Division 1 vs Coralstown/Kinnegad
The Division 1 lads were on the road again this week, this time heading east to Coralstown / Kinnegad. The Westmeath hosts are undefeated thus far in their championship, and were keen to play other teams that would provide a challenge for them.
After togging out in an impressive clubhouse complex, Clann knew they’d have an exciting game on their hands. First half certainly provided that, with an even exchange of scores. Clann did have the advantage of the breeze, but chose to stick to their two-touch rule (Westmeath allows for open play). By halftime there was little between the sides, with the host ahead by 2 points.
With the aid of the breeze in the second half, Kinnegad began to assert their power and pace on the game, and opened up a lead that would only continue. Without their usual source of scores, other Clann forwards had to step into the fray, and did manage to claim a few scores of their own. It wouldn’t change the outcome of the game though, as Kinnegad romped home as outright winners.
However, the game served it’s purpose well, giving the lads a tough workout, and a few lessons to learn for their next contest. For their part, Kinnegad saw enough potential in Clann to offer a return visit later in the season, where hopefully Clann can have a full complement of players to provide a worthy challenge next time round.
Division 3 vs Western Gaels (Longford)
Last night the Clann Division 3 team hosted a challenge to a team from Longford named Western Gaels (“no relation” to the team of the same name later in the Roscommon championship). Deep in holiday season, Clann were down many of their usual crew, but so were the visitors, and so each team played the game with only the minimum of substitutions.
At the early stages of the game, it was even enough, with points being exchanged at either end. As the half progressed however, Western Gaels made use of their size and prowess midfield, amassing several points unanswered, topping the half off with a few goals to finish the period well ahead.
With the advantage of the breeze in the second half, and a few tactical changes, Clann staged a comeback that Lazarus himself would be proud of. Contesting kickouts at the half forward line, and pressing from there yielded a series of scores, even shaking the net a few times. Not the most free-flowing game, there were a lot of frees conceded on both sides. This was not helped by some very loose refereeing by this writer (who freely admits he is better at writing match reports than he is at reffing), but at least it provided entertainment for the spectators and players alike. In fairness, there was no malice in either side, and all was well again by the time the final whistle blew, with such a fine margin between the sides that each thought they had won.
Many thanks to Western Gaels for traveling, and the same to Coralstown/Kinnegad for hosting these two exciting challenges. Next week,, the Division 3 lads are back in Championship action again, hosting Tulsk Lord Edwards in Johnstown next Thursday 17/08. Division 1 lads play the week after, but have plenty to work on in the meantime!
The draw took place in the the Mill on Sunday 13th of August with a jackpot of €6,400.
The numbers drawn were 1, 10, 14, 16.
No winner, match 3 wins €70:Winners (Sellers):
John Coleman (James Curley)
Breda Dolan (Breda Dolan)
Gerard Menton (Mary Menton)
Next week's jackpot will be €6,600 and the draw will be in Connaughtons.
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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