Senior O’Rourke CupOur Matrix Bathrooms sponsored Senior Men started the match strong with Callum O’Brien and Cathal Callinan clocking up scores from frees and placed balls to have the visitors 0-09 to 0-02 up mid-way through the first half. Western Gaels gradually started reducing the deficit to leave the score at 0-11 to 0-06 at half time.
The second half was a feisty affair and both teams gave a great display of football. Clann again started strong and extended a 0-14 to 0-07 lead minutes into the second half. The Gaels got back into the game mid-way through the second half, reducing the lead to 3 points before fine scores from David Connaughton and Sea Henry kept Clann comfortably ahead.
A 55th minute goal from Emmet Kenny seemed to put the game to bed before a late rally and penalty goal for the home team left the final score at Western Gaels 1-15 1-18 Clann na nGael.
Starting team: David Finneran, Damien Duff, Stephen Flynn, Sean Ryan, Oisin Lennon, Shane Pettit, David Connaughton, Graham Pettit, Dylan Sumner, Cian McManus, Paul McManus, Emmet Kenny, Callum O’Brien, Matt Scally, Cathal Callinan.
Senior League Div 2 – O’Gara CupKilbride 0-11 -12 Clann
On Sat evening last Clann’s Seery’s Bar sponsored second team made the trip to Kilbride for the penultimate Div 2 League game for both sides. Both sides knew that a win would guarantee Div 2 League football for 2020. Both sides were very familiar with each other as they had played each other twice, one of the games being the Div 3 League final which Clann won after tight game in the previous year and both had been promoted from the Div 3 for 2019 as a result.
After an honest hour’s football from both sides and despite the best efforts of the home side, Clann gained the win necessary to ensure Div 2 league football for 2020. The basis for the win was laid in the first half when Clann went in at half time leading by 1-5 to 0-6 following a very steady half hour’s work by the team. A mixture of old heads and younger legs managed the game well in the second half and Clann deserved their win running out winners by 4 points.
The win leaves the team in good form heading into the Junior A championship. They have one final league game left on the weekend of the 10th Aug, away to Strokestown’s first team, before the Junior A championship throws in the following weekend. Clann’s opening fixture in the Junior A championship is away to St. Ronan’s in Ballyfarnan on Sun 18 Aug.
Clann Panel: S. Seery, O. Rock, P. Harney, O. Harney, D. Egan (Capt), N. Shine, D. Shine, D. Duff, K. Connaughton, C. Bannon (0-1), D. Sumner, N. Lennon (0-1), S. Henry (0-1), F. Lennon (0-2), C. Farrell (0-3), J. Dunning (1-2), R. Mc Namara (0-2), A. Harney, C. Fallon Mc Gowan.
Roscommon Minor Championship Div 1On Thurs evening last our Tormey’s Solicitors sponsored Minor boys continued their Championship campaign with a trip to Rockfield to face Oran/St. Croans. On a fine but breezy evening for football on a well-prepared pitch, both sides gave a good hour’s entertainment to the small crowd gathered. The hosts had beaten Clann well in the Minor League earlier on in the year so Clann knew a tough assignment lay ahead.
The home side won the toss and elected to play with the strong breeze and they opened the scoring but Clann settled at this stage and Clann’s ability to work scores against the breeze left them leading by 8 points at half time despite the best efforts of the home side.
If Clann expected to dominate the second half with wind advantage in the second half, this expectation was quickly dashed as the home side cut the deficit to 4 points, but two quick goals settled Clann at this stage and they went on to run out winners by 9-10 to 2-11.
The scoreline was unfair to the home side as they gave a good performance and never gave up but the Clann lads played well on the evening and deserved their win, but they know bigger tests lie ahead.
Clann Panel: Declan Mc Manus, Cian Gavin, Joe Duignan, Jason Ryan, Dan Westman, Paddy Gavin, Michael Kelly, Ian Harney, Mark Gannon, Aaron Oyiki (0-1), Rian Carpenter, Tom Shine (1-0), John Feeney, Conor O Reilly (0-1), Josh Lennon (0-3), Mark Naughton (1-0), Cian Fallon Mc Gowan (2-0), James Keane Flanagan (2-0), Fionnan Henry, Fearghus Lennon (2-5), Sean Reynolds, Alan Mc Manus, Joe Kelly, Shane Flannery, Damien Kelly, Micheal Mc Clean, Jamie Tymon, John Shine, Alan Mulvey, Jesse Middleton, Dean Reynolds (1-0), Thomas Lennon, Michael Harrington.