Senior LeagueOur Matrix Bathrooms/Kenndys Supermacs sponsored Senior team returned to League action after a long break on Friday evening last against Roscommon Gaels in Johnstown. Clann were without their County players and had a number of injuries, which gifted manager Fergal Shine an oppertunity to see some of our younger players in action.
Clann started the better with good points from Conor Farrell and Emmet Kenny before Matt Scally finished off a well worked team goal. Three frees from Donal Shine and another point from Conor Farrell and Niall Connaughton would see Clann go in at Half time leading 1-07 to 0-02 with Roscommon Gaels kicking six wides in the first half.
Clann pushed on in second half with some great scores from Conor Farrell, Darra Pettit and Emmet Kenny, before Cathal Shine scored two excellent points in quick succession - one with his trade mark outside of the left. Clann got two more well worked goals finshed of by David Mc Manus and Ross Naughton. Conor Farrell kicked two more scores leaving him with 6 points for the day, one from a free.
Clann ran out winner on a scoreline of 3-18 to 0-04. Clann currently top the Senior Div.1 League with 5 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss.
Team and scorers: R.O'Reilly, D.Duff, D.Pettit (0-02), D.Flynn, D.Connaughton, S.Pettit, R.Gavin, G.Pettit, C.Shine (0-02), N.Connaughton (0-01), D.Shine (0-04 frees), E.Kenny (0-03), C.Farrell (0-06 1F), Matt Scally (1-0), C.Callinan. Subs Used D.McManus (1-0), D.Kildea, R.Naughton (1-0), P Harney, D Finnernan, K.Connaughton.
U.16 ChampionshipKilmore/Shannon Gaels 3-7 Clann 4-20
The opening game of the U16 Championship saw our boys make the long trip to Kilmore. The journey up may have contributed to the slow start and Clann found themselves in some trouble mid way through the first half with a seven point deficit to make up. A show of strength and character brought the gap down to 1 point by half time and a very disciplined performance in the 2nd half saw Clann emerge with a comfortable win to get the campaign off to a positive start.
John Shine top scored for Clann with 3-2, ably assisted by Mark Naughton and Fionnán Henry with 7 points each. Scores from Alan and Jason Mulvey and Ian Harney, added to the impressive total. James Keane Flanagan and Conor Ryanair worked hard up front and set up the chances for their team mates.
Aaron Oyiki and Michael Harrington gained control of the midfield, which allowed Clann to push forward. Aaron’s high fielding and bursts forward were particularly impressive.
After a shaky start, Clann’s defence got on top and Tom Shine and Alan McManus locked down the centre, supported brilliantly by the corner backs Cian Gavin and Luke Gavin. Joe Kelly and Jason Mulvey put in a great shift at wing back on their respective sides. Rian Carpenter and Shane Flannery came on in the 2nd half to help secure the win. Special mention to our young keeper, Darren Quinn who stepped in admirably, from the U14 squad, to provide cover with others away.
Next up is a home game against Elphin/Ballinameen on Sunday 22nd at 12 noon.
Squad for the day: Darren Quinn, Cian Gavin, Tom Shine, Luke Gavin, Joe Kelly, Alan McManus, Jason Mulvey, Alan Mulvey, Aaron Oyiki, Ian Harney, Fionnán Henry, John Shine, Conor Ryan, James Keane Flanagan, Mark Naughton, Patrick Moran, Michael Harrington, Rian Carpenter, Shane Flannery, Gary Mulvihill, Thomas Geoghegan.
U.14 Boys UpdateStrokestown 1-14 Clann 2-9
A late Jack Macken goal was not enough to secure a result in this well contested encounter in the lower pitch in Strokestown. A very competitive match with the superior size and strength from the victors being the telling factor.
Clann sought to stay with their opponents, but aside from the early exchanges, Strokestown held the lead for most of the game, with a late rally from Clann, giving the hosts a scare towards the end.
It was encouraging to see Clann compete with their bigger opponents. Strokestown were hugely impressive through the middle of the pitch, which created the engine room for the victory.
Clann battled hard, and this game, their first in a while, will hopefully bring them on for the remainder of the championship. Next up is a home game against the amalgamation of Kilmore/Shannon Gaels/St Ronans this Thursday 19th July at 7pm.
Squad: Darren Quinn, John Shine, Eoin Connaughton, Rory Colgen, Éanna Henry, Ollie Hynes, Evan Quinn, Charlie Kelly, Mike Daly, Oisin O’Flaherty, Shane Gavin, Diarmuid O’Brien, Cormac Westman, Tomás O’Neill, Páidí O’Leochain, Liam Ward, Eoghan Galvin, Jack Macken, Kyle Moroney, Ryan Moran, Conor McManus.
U12 Community GamesThe Drum/Clonown U12 Girls community games team participated in the Connacht finals last Saturday in the Sean O’Heslins club in Ballinamore Co. Leitrim. The girls qualified for the finals by virtue of winning the Roscommon community games county title and beating Riverstown, the Sligo champions last Tuesday evening after extra time in a Connacht preliminary round.
The Connacht semi-final was played against Cong from Mayo and was a very well contested match. A late goal by the Mayo side with minutes remaining left the minimum between the teams but Drum/Clonown held strong and qualified for the final with a one point win. We awaited the winners of the host club, Ballinamore and Dunmore from Galway later in the day. Another evenly matched semi-final was played out by two excellent teams but it was the Leitrim girls that came out on top and set up a final with the south Roscommon girls.
The final certainly did not disappoint the large crowd of parents, family and supporters who were in attendance. The host club went into a commanding lead in the first quarter leading by 1-6 to 1-1 at the first break. Drum/Clonown played exceptionally in the second quarter and had the game level at the halftime break. The match was now in the melting pot and it was nip and tuck for the remainder of the match with very little between the teams which resulted in the match being level at the final whistle. No team deserved to lose this epic battle but the girls had to play on to decide the Connacht title. Two five minute periods of extra time was played and the decisive score was a goal in the first period of extra time by Sarah Geoghan after excellent work from Ella Kenny. The Drum/Clonown team held firm and despite late pressure from Ballinamore won by a goal to capture the U12 Community Games Connacht title. The standard of football, skills and determination shown by all four participating teams was exceptional and they are a credit to their clubs and communities.
Drum/Clonown would like to thank the Sean O’Heslins club for their hospitality on the day. The way the facility was turned out and the friendly manner in which they interacted with each team was a credit to them and we thank the club for hosting a very well ran event.
The girls now go forward to represent Connacht in the All Ireland finals in Limerick in August. This is an excellent achievement and we wish the girls well in their preparations for Limerick.
The Drum/Clown squad is as follows: Mary Jo Kavanagh, Roisin O’Brien, Aoife Naughton, Sarah Geoghan, Ava Gavin, Aoibhinn Brogan, Maebh O’Higgins, Tara Kelly, Saoirse Dolan, Ella Kenny, Caoimhe Dolan, Caitlin Gavin, Rachel Mulvihill, Ciara Hyland, Emily McDonnell, Maebh McGoldrick.
U10 GirlsOn Sunday 8th July our u10 girls hosted Padraig Pearses in our first league game of 2018. The u10 games are arranged by Roscommon LGFA to provide non-competitive games (score not kept) with an emphasis on fun.
The girls were divided into two equal ability teams of 7 with Padraig Pearses doing likewise. Each team played two games of 20min. The girls performed well and really enjoyed the games on Johnstown’s main pitch. We play Roscommon Gaels next.
Roscommon MinorsCommiserations to the Minor Roscommon girls who were beaten in the Minor B All-Ireland Final. Well done to our Clann girls and Ollie on getting so far in the competition.
U.10 Girls BlitzOn Wednesday 11th July our u10 girls travelled to Roscommon Gaels (Lisnamult) for a ‘mini-blitz’ with Roscommon Gaels and St. Ciarans. 22 girls played for Clann in total, again the girls were divided into x2 even teams, with each group getting two games.
Of note, the girls passing and team play has improved. Roisin O’Brien and Katie Dolan led the way for our first group with Lily Mulvihill, Keara McCoy and Susie Kelly racking up the scores for the second group.
Our player of the night however was Eabha Nolan who played in goal. Eabha’s kicking has improved and she pulled off some great saves, playing on despite a finger injury! Well done to Eabha.
Thanks to all the parents for getting the girls to Roscommon on a Wednesday evening. We play another ‘min-blitz’ in Padraig Pearse on the weekend of 21st -22nd July
The draw took place in the Mill on Sunday 15th July with a jackpot of €5,400.
The numbers drawn were 1, 9, 16, 24.
No Winner, match 3 win €40:
Bernie Harney c/o Maura Pym
Alan McManus c/o Mary Keena
Joe Walsh c/o Mary Keena
Denis Hannon c/o James Curley
Bernie Harney c/o Kieran Gavin
Next weekend's jackpot will be €5,600 and the draw will take place in Connaughtons.
Thanks to everyone who supports Clann’s Lotto every week. Enter online at ClannGAA.ie/Lotto
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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