Clann na nGael GAA Club, Co. Roscommon

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Club Notes - 16/04/18

Senior Championship

Our Matrix Bathrooms / Monklsand Filling Station & Supermacs sponsored Senior Team commenced their Championship campaign against our neighbours St. Brigids on Saturday evening in Woodmount. Clann played with the advantage of a stiff breeze, however the early exchanges were tense as both teams found it difficult to get to grips with the pace of Championship football. Clann pressed hard in these early stages and were rewarded in the ninth minute with a well taken point from Emmet Kenny. Brigids responded well with their first score of the game after seventeen minutes and went ahead with another point three minutes later. Clann finished the half well with three points, two from Donie Shine and a brilliant long range effort from Ultan Harney to leave the half time score 0-4 to 0-3 in Clann’s favour.

St. Brigids started the second half very strongly and had the match levelled after two minutes of the re-start, this was followed by a well taken penalty by Brian Stack after seven minutes which gave Brigids a distinct advantage. Clann rallied and an inspirational point from Full back Stephen Flynn was the catalyst that was required to drive on. The introduction of Jack Connaughton and Jonathon Dunning was inspirational and both players had a big bearing on the second half performance. Johnny levelled the match mid-way through the second half and this was followed by two points by Donie from placed balls. Clann’s only goal of the match came from Ciaran Lennon with two minutes remaining in normal time. The goal was excellently executed by Ciaran following an excellent through ball from Jonathan Dunning. This gave Clann a five point advantage going into injury time and this should have been enough to see the match out however Brigids to their credit never gave up and a late goal and point left the minimum between the teams. Clann held on to secure an important two championship points.

We now play Roscommon Gaels in the second round of the Championship next Saturday evening in Johnstown at 6.45pm. This match is preceded by the match between Pearses and St. Croans at 5pm in what will be a busy evening in Johnstown. Please show your support.

The Clann team and scorers were as follows: Ronan O’Reilly, Darra Pettit, Stephen Flynn (0-1), David Flynn, Damien Duff, Shane Pettit, Feargal Lennon, Ultan Harney (0-1), Graham Pettit, Cian McManus, Sea Henry, Emmet Kenny (0-1), Cathal Shine, Ciaran Lennon (1-0), Donie Shine (0-5 4F). Subs: Jonathon Dunning (0-1), Jack Connaughton, Ross Naughton, Niall Connaughton

U.16 Boys

We faced Padraig Pearses in both Div.1 & Div.4 clashes last week. Both very enjoyable games with Pearses coming out on top in the Div.1 clash 3-7 to 4-9 and Clann winning the Div.4 match 4-11 to 3-10. Both Clann teams have reached the knockout stages of the league. As always, the games with our near neighbours are well contested and produced some high quality football. Best of luck to the squad and management team in the next phase of the league.

U.16 Div.4 v Croans (previous week)
Clann 6.10 St Croans 2.3: Our U.16 Div.4 team remained unbeaten last week after a good win away to St Croans. The foundation for this win was set in the first half when Clann led 5.6 to 1.2. Team and scorers were Adam Milton (0.1), Cian Gavin , Alan McManus, Kyle Greasley, Thomas Lennon, Neil Hannon (1.0), Michael Harrington (1.1), Gary Mulvihill (0.2), Damien Kelly (0.1), Owen Sumner, Conor Ryan (2.1), Cian O Suilleabhain (2.3), Robert Connaughton, Subs used: Oisin O Flaherty (0.1), Eanna Henry, John Shine, Tomas O Neill.

U.14 Div.1 Boys

Kilbride 2-9 6-15 Clann
Last Thursday saw the Division 1 team continue smoothly through their League campaign, with an away win over newly promoted Kilbride. After a brief shaky start, which saw Kilbride claim a point in the first minute, Clann really ratcheted up their performance, and hit the back of the net one minute later, and continued the scoring spree right throughout the first half, amassing 4-10 to Kilbride's 0-4 at half time. Excellent workrate, accurate passing and finishing, and lovely spells of linked up play - it was certainly an entertaining spell from a Clann perspective

Less so the second half though.... perhaps playing at that intensity caused the lads to tire a little, perhaps they switched off, perhaps both. Either way, Kilbride featured strongly in the second part of the game, and would go on to outscore Clann in this half, showing their credentials, and why they were promoted Div 1. That said, Clann still managed to add scores throughout, and the introduction of a strong bench of substitutions didn't change their standard of play. Despite Kibride's comeback rally, the final score finished out at Kilbride 2-9, Clann 6-15. Many thanks to the supporters who made the trip North, and we hope to see the same support for the upcoming Division 4 game this Thursday 19/04 at home to a highly rated St Dominics. Best of luck lads!

Latest developments on Rules of the game - alignment session
During last Thursday's U14 Div 1 match at Kilbride, Clann found themselves afoul of some aspects he so-named "Cluxton Rule", which decrees that all kickouts must pass the 20m line. (Players also are meant to be outside the 20m during kickouts).

In order to learn from this, and pick up on any other recent developments, our very own referee Sean Feeney kindly made himself available on Sunday last to take the players, management, and interested parents through the finer points of the rules of the game. Many thanks to Sean for his time and expertise this evening, which will no doubt serve as a helpful education as the squad continues to learn and develop

Under 12 Girls

Our U12 Girls have had a strong start to 2018 having won their three league matches to date against St. Ciarans, St. Brigids and Four Roads respectively. Indoor training and a couple of challenge matches have stood to the girls and the large squad are continuing to improve as the weeks progress.

Against St.Brigids, Clann demonstrated strong team interplay and moved the ball with great speed and accuracy at times with notable performances from Sarah O’Reilly, Meabh McGoldrick, Amy Harney, Keira Timlin and Shauna Egan.

Likewise in the most recent match against Four Roads Clann started very forcefully and were well ahead at half time with great performances from Sarah Geoghegan, Meabh O’Higgins, Caoimhe Dolan, Ella Kenny and Niamh Reynolds. The squad will play two additional league matches in advance of the championship which commences at the end of April.

Full squad : Aine Collins, Amy Harney, Aoibhinn Brogan, Aoife Naughton, Ava Gavin, Katlin Gavin, Caoimhe Dolan, Ciara Hyland, Ella Kenny, Ella Sherlock, Ellie Dolan, Emily McDonnell, Erin Donoghue, Kayleigh Lennon, Kiera Timlin, Leah Naughton, Mary-Joe Kavanagh, Meabh McGoldrick, Meabh O Higgins, Niamh McEvilly, Niamh Reynolds, Rachel Mulvihill, Rebecca Hynes, Roisin O’Brien, Roisin Macken, Ruth Brien, Saoirse Dully, Sarah Flynn, Sarah Geoghean, Sarah O Reilly, Shauna Egan, Tara Duignan & Tara Kelly

U.16 Girls

Clann v Kilmore/Elphin
Our U16 girls played Kilmore/Elphin on Sunday 15th April in Elphin. The girls had a tough game but brilliant displays of football were played by all. Great team work and combinations of passing and moving was fantastic to watch. Clann had the wind in their favor for the first half and halftime score was 3-11 to 1-03. Kilmore/Elphin came out fighting stronger in the second half and closed the bigger gap. However, Clann failed to allow them pass out and finished the game in a score of 3-12 to 4-05. Next game is against Four Roads on Sunday 22nd April. Team: Kayleigh Shine (2-5), Ellie Hewitt(0-2), Rebecca Campion, Katelin Connell, Anna Golden(0-1), Kirsten Greasley(1-0), Casey O'Neill(0-2), Mia Macken(0-1), Aoife O'Neill, Tara O'Neill, Lucia Reynolds, Rachel Brien(0-1), Eimear Naughton, Ava Brady, Caireann McGoldrick, Aoife McGoldrick, Giolliasa Jamil, Caoimhe Kelly, Eimhin Feeney, Caolin MacClean, Niamh Jordan, Sarah Shine, Amy O'Brien, Niamh McTeague.

Gaelic 4 Mother's & Other's

Are you interested in keeping fit in a fun, non-competitive and social environment? Then come along for weekly exercise in a fun way while meeting other mother's and other's in the area. No experience in gaelic football required. We welcome all ages, shapes and sizes. Training takes place every Thursday night at 8.30pm in Johnstown.

No experience in gaelic football required, we welcome all ages, shapes and sizes. Training takes place every Thursday night at 8.30pm in Johnstown.

County Update

Well done to the Roscommon Minor Girls, their Manager Ollie Colgan and his Management team who are through to a Connacht Minor A final having beaten Mayo last Saturday on a score line of Roscommon 4-12(24) v Mayo 2-8(14).

The U14 County team managed by another Clann man - Paddy McTeague were also successful beating Sligo on a score line of Roscommon 5-12 to Sligo 3-05. They play Mayo in B final on April 29th and winner will play Galway in A final on May 7th.

Health & Wellbeing

Clann's Health and Wellbeing Officer, Sharon Mc Manus, was appointed as Chairperson of Co. Roscommon Health & Wellbeing last week. Congratulations to Sharon on her new appointment.

Sharon has made huge strides with the club, notably with the successful event held in Johnstown last month. We wish Sharon the best with her new role. Find more info on Clann's Health & Wellbeing at

Clann Holiday

Getting sick of the Irish weather? The destination for this years club holiday is Lanzarote and is leaving on 20th October and returning on 27th. Places are going fast so if you want to go book your place contact Breda Dolan (0868971409) or Mary Rock (0877838966)

Club Lotto

The draw took place in Shines on Sunday 15th April with a jackpot of €2,800.
The numbers drawn were 2, 4, 9, 19.

No Winner, Match 3 wins €20:
Graham Pettit (Online)
Tom Carroll (Eileen Whealan)
Bernie Reilly (James Curley)
Fintan Ward (James Curley)
Dermot Rock (Dermot Rock)
Padraig Kelly (Ollie Colgan)
Tony O'Neill (James Curley)
Conor McLoughlin (Brendan McLoughlin)
Teresa Mannion (Kitty Naughton)
Mattie Kelly (Ollie Colgan)
John Shine (Mickey Shine)
Tommie Grenham (Kitty Naughton)
Holly Culleton (Kitty Naughton)
J & K Keenan (N Keenan)

Next week's jackpot will be €3,000 and the draw will be in The Mill.
Thanks to everyone who supports Clann’s Lotto every week. Enter online at

Club Shop

The Clann Shop is now online with a wide range of O'Neills gear to purchase. The shop can be accessed via the menu or directly by visiting

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