Senior ChampionshipOur Matrix Bathrooms / Monksland Filling Station sponsored senior team have qualified for the quarter final of the senior championship following a 1-14 to 2-8 victory over Elphin in Kiltoom last Sunday afternoon. Clann started brightly and were two points to the good within a minute following a well worked effort from Cathal Shine and a free from Donie Shine. It took Elphin some time to get to the pace of the game and they registered their first point on the 13th minute. Playing with the aid of a stiff breeze Clann continued to dominate and added points from Donie Shine, Cathal Callinan and three points from Ciaran Lennon before Elphin registered their next score. Elphin to their credit rallied in the last five minutes of the half and scored three points to leave just five points between the teams at half time on a scoreline of Clann 0-9 Elphin 0-4.
Playing with the aid of the breeze Elphin took the game to Clann and started the second half very brightly scoring two quick points in succession leaving just three points between the teams. Elphin drew level on the 17th minute with a well taken goal after Clann failed to clear their lines. Clann to their credit had the perfect response when Ciaran Lennon fisted the ball to the net following a long range pass from Donie Shine. This was immediately followed by a well taken point from Matt Scally to leave breathing room between the teams once more. Elphin the their great credit were not to go down without a fight and scored their second goal with four minutes remaining to leave just two points between the teams. Two more scores from Donie Shine, one from a placed ball secured the win for Clann on a final scoreline of Clann 1-14 Elphin 2-8.
Clann now face Western Gaels in the quarter final in Kiltoom next Saturday evening, 16th September at 8pm.
Clann team and scorers were: Ronan O’Reilly, Ronan Gavin, Stephen Flynn, David Flynn, Emmet Kenny, Shane Pettit, David Connaughton, Donie Shine (0-7 0-4F), Graham Pettit, Ross Naughton, Sea Henry, Matt Scally (0-1), Cathal Callinan (0-2), Ciaran Lennon (1-3 1F), Cathal Shine (0-1). Subs: Rory McManus for Sea Henry, Cian McManus for Ross Naghton, Damien Duff for Ronan Gavin, Jamie Fahy for Cathal Callinan.
U.14 Boys UpdateDiv.3 Shield Semi-Final - Clann 7-11 Western Gaels 4-4
Despite a gallantly fought championship campaign, the U14 Div 3 lads thought they’d played their last match when they headed up to Frenchpark to play Western Gaels in the final round of the competition. A pleasant surprise then, to learn that they would play in a Shield semifinal the following Thursday, against, co-incidentally, the same Western Gaels whom they had defeated the week previous.
This time the Frenchpark lads were the visitors, as Johnstown was the venue for a game that was very close in the intial stages. Nothing to show for either side for several minutes until Clann broke the seal on the scoring bottle with an initial goal, quickly followed by a rally of 1-3, to have the home side up 2-3 to no score halfway through the first half. Cruising nicely, that should have been it. However, Clann seemed to switch off at this point, and allowed the Gaels back into the game. For their part, the Gaels quickly capitalised on this lull in Clann’s performance, and kept in contention with 3 well taken goals, and at half time were only trailing 4-6 to 3-2.
Another flurry of Clann activity at the start of the second half put the home side back into a convincing lead, but yet again Western Gaels responded midway through the second half, claiming another 1-2 and catching Clann napping. For their part, when Clann did press forward, they did so very fluidly, and produced a fine display of points through the rest of the half. With plenty of goals on display from both sides, this entertaining game finished Clann 7-11 to Western Gaels 4-4. Clann are now in a Shield Final which will be played over the next week or so.
Clann Squad - D Quinn, E Connaughton, C McManus, R Colgan, J Shine, M Daly, O Sumner (Capt) (2-0), T O’Neill (1-1), J Gavin, (0-2), S Gavin, (0-1), D O’Brien, C O’Suilleabhain (2-4), R Connaughton (1-2), C Kelly (0-1), L Ward, C Westman(1-0), K Moroney, A Mullin
Whyte Family U.13 Tournament264 players, 12 teams, 8 counties, 4 pitches, 3 pieces of silverware, and one aim – playing football!
Now in it’s third year, this tournament is an exciting opportunity for players and teams from all over the country to meet, play and compare each other’s footballing talents, and today certainly didn’t fail to disappoint. This year, the format changed to 15-aside games on fullsize pitches, and so the grounds of Colaiste Chiarain and Cushla GAA pitch were pressed into service alongside the two pitches in Johnstown.
Preparations had been underway for a few months, with contact made to teams from Clare, Dublin, Galway, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Westmeath in addition to the host county Roscommon. An army of people undertook a whole host of preparations ranging from pitch preparation and official organisation, right through to catering and carparking, all carried out in the usual spirit of Clann co-operation.
The games themselves (21 in total) ran from 10 in the morning, with 4 matches running concurrently at the group stage, continuing right up until the final whistle of the Cup final just after 4pm in the afternoon. 4 groups comprising of 3 teams each, played each other at group stage, to then contest a Plate, Shield or Cup semi-final, with the winners of those games going on to contest the respective finals.
Ultimately, it was St Josephs Doora/Barefield who won the Plate, Monaghan Harps were the Shield winners, and the Cup on the day went to St Colmcilles of Meath. Many thanks to the Whyte family for sponsoring the awards, as well as to Tony Whyte for his time and eloquent words on the day.
Clann na nGael would like to sincerely thank all the visiting clubs for their spirited participation, and look forward to maintaining playing relationships in the years to come. Huge thanks to our army of pitch co-ordinators, pitch markers, stewards and parents/caterers across three venues, to Brendan Waldron/Cholaiste Chiarain and Monksland Community Limited for the use of their pitches, to our four excellent referees both from clann and outside, to Tony Whyte for ongoing sponsorship and presentation of cup and finally , but most importantly, to Mike Campion for his Trojan work in putting this event together and without whom, it simply would not be possible. This experience will stand the Clann U13 in good stead for their upcoming Feile qualifiers over the next month or so, and hopefully help drive them on to success in those matches. Best of Luck Lads!
U.14 Girls UpdateClann U14 girls continued their preparation for the up coming championship semi final with an excellent challenge match last Friday in Johnstown against Ballinasloe. Ballinasloe with the wind started the game well and went in at half time six points up. Clann came out in the second half and took control of the game. Clann went on to win the game. Championship Semi-Final is fixed for the 8th of October but no details on who our opponents are yet.
Cake SaleThe ladies board wish to thank all who contributed and supported our very successful annual cake sale on Sunday morning, 10th September. Your support is very much appreciated.
Let's Go With ClannThe Let's Go With Clann Monthly Draw too place at the weekend. €500 was won by Seamus McManus. All-Ireland Football Final tickets were won by Eamon Senior McManus.
The draw took place in Monahans on Sunday 10th September with a jackpot of €7,200.
The numbers drawn were 5, 14, 23, 26.
No winner, match 3 wins €200 each:Winners (Sellers):
Lesley O'Neill (James Curley)
Next week's jackpot will be €7,400 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 to the following week.
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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