Minor Div.1 ChampionshipClann na nGael 0-13 Castlerea 1-7
The Clann minor team played their last group game in the championship in Castlerea last Sunday. The team knew that a win would guarantee them a home championship semi-final.
Clann opened well and had two early points on the board before the local St. Kevin’s side hit back to equalise. A period of Clann dominance saw them go two points up again before Castlerea hit back with a goal and a point to take a 2 point lead. Clann recovered well from the concession of these scores and hit with two more points to leave matters level at the half time break.
The second half continued as the first half with scores being exchanged although they were hard to come by as the defences on both sides were on top. Goal chances were missed on both sides with about 10 mins to go. Following this Clann took over and 4 points in a row put them in control. Castlerea had the last score of the game, a point to leave Clann winners by 3 points following a close dogged affair.
Although they came up short on the day, the Castlerea lads gave a good account of themselves and were always in the game. The Clann lads can be happy with their performance but will know that they have to up their consistency and performance levels for the semi-final.
This semi-final is likely to be next Friday evening in Johnstown against Strokestown. Check local press and Clann social media for confirmation of this.
Clann Panel: S. Seery, A. Francis, M. Mc Manus, O. Lennon, D. Duff, S. Ryan, D. Fortune, A. Harney, O. Rock, C. O’Brien (0-2), D. Sumner, R. Moran (0-1), S. Henry (0-7), R. Hardiman, P. Mc Manus (0-1), F. Lennon (0-1), M. Hanley (0-1), N. Macken, C. Farrell, A. Wall, C. Lennon, M. Gannon, L. Donnelly, J. Mc Manus, C. Costello, Anthony Kelly, Andrew Kelly.
Clann U13 – Pat Colgan tournamentWith the Feile qualifiers only a week away, this was the perfect opportunity for the U13s (and a few U12s) to get prepared for those games, and so the lads headed east over to the lovely village of Tubber, Co Offaly, to participate in the Pat Colgan tournament, along with three other participants – Tubberclair, Kilbeggan / St Josephs, and the host team Ballycumber / Tubber.
Clann and Tubberclair were the first team in action, and within seconds Clann had their hands full as a very fast and capable Tubberclair midfielder broke through the Clan defence, and shook the net with their first goal. While Clann were still shell shocked, Tubberclair repeated this within another minute to rifle home a second goal, and promptly added a trio of points before Clann could register a single score. While it should be noted that Tubberclair were a strong U14 side (this was an U14 contest), facing a younger Clann U13/12 side, Clann would have still been disappointed with their start to this game.
However, they did recover somewhat in the second half, and while the result would never be in question, they did claim back a few points and put in a much better performance, to finish out the game with 0-4 to Tubberclair’s 4-5. This put Clann in the shield final to face Kilbeggan / St Josephs.
This game would prove to be a cracker. Very closely fought all the way through, fast flowing and intense, Clann really rose to the challenge this time, and were the first to score, claiming a point. Kilbeggan duly responded with one of their own. Minutes later Clann raised the green flag, (with their tally so far of 1-1 coming from their Goalkeeper-turned-full forward), only for Kilbeggan / St Josephs to do likewise. By halftime, Clann were leading by a single point.
The second half saw things really pick up, with Kilbeggan straight out of the traps to claim the first point, only to be matched by a Clann point. Then Clann slowly started to open up a gap, and were cruising midway through the half, 7 points clear. Kilbeggan St Josephs blasted things open again though, shaking the net with a goal. Clann responded in kind to neutralise that, but Kilbeggan came back and hit the net again, all inside 2 minutes, and added a point to come within 3 points of the boys in Saffron and Blue. Clann held their nerve though, and finished out the game with that margin intact.
It was a very fitting end to the evening for Clann when their Captain Rory Colgan (a nephew of the late Pat Colgan) accepted the shield on behalf of his team. Clann Management would like to thank Tommy Colgan and Ballycumber / Tubber GAA for organising an entertaining and well ran contest, and to congratulate their team who won the contest outright with a score of 3-7 to Tubberclair’s 1-3. Roll on Feile qualifiers!
Clann Panel – D Quinn, J Shine, E Connaughton, C McManus, E Henry, O Hynes, L Ward, (0-2), O O’Flaherty, T O’Neill (0-1), S Gavin, C Kelly, D O’Brien, R Colgan (Capt), D Campion (1-1), P O’Leochain (2-7), C Westman, A Mullin, K Moroney, D Brady, E Hunter, R Moran, K Fallon, G McManus
Tournament organiser Tommy Colgan of Ballycumber / Tubber GAA, with his sons David and Ronan, along with Olly Colgan of Clann na nGael GAA and his son Rory. Tommy and Olly are brothers of the late Pat Colgan, in whose memory the tournament was ran. Tubber were outright winners, claiming the Cup, while Clann na nGael won the Shield
The draw took place in Monahans on Sunday 8th October with a jackpot of €8,000.
The numbers drawn were 2, 4, 9, 15.
No winner, match 3 wins €40 each:Winners (Sellers):
Vincent Brady (Kitty Naughton)
Kelly Millars (Kitty Naughton)
Jackie O'Reilly (James Curley)
Bernie Fallon (Joe Fallon)
Leo Fennell (James Curley)
Next week's jackpot will be €8,200 and the draw will be in Athlone Springs.
Thanks to everyone who supports Clann’s Lotto every week.
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