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Kielty’s killer blow sees off Oran

Dermot Hughes Cars U-21 Division Two FC Final - Elphin 3-7 Oran 1-10

A goal from Elphin attacker Austin Kielty in the 56th minute proved decisive as Elphin edged past Oran in this highly competitive and well-contested Division Two U-21 final played at Kiltoom last Sunday. Oran were the pre-match favourites, but Elphin, who had to play almost 40 minutes with 14 men after they had John King sent off in the first half, played some superb football to snatch the title at the death.

  Goals from Michael Gunning (incredibly Oran’s only scorer), and Adrian Murray saw the sides go in level at half-time at 1-3 apiece. John King had been sent off for an off the ball incident in the 21st minute by referee Marty Parker.

  Adrian Murray scored a second goal on the restart but Gunning’s superb accuracy from frees ensured that Oran were always in contention. The sides traded points three times as the excitement rose and a draw looked a likely outcome until Austin Kielty struck with a thunderbolt from 20 metres to give his side the title four minutes from time.

 Shane Killoran, Austin Kielty and Adrian Murray were outstanding for the winners while Cathal Kenny and a stunning performance from Michael Gunning were the stars for luckless Oran on the day.

Elphin: C Lenehan; D Lee, C Sweeney, G Higgins; L Mollahan, C Brady, J King; D Beirne, S Killoran (0-1); N Lenehan, A Kielty (1-1), C Beirne; J Beirne, A Murray (2-1), C Fox (0-4). Sub: D Shanagher for C Beirne.

Oran: P Bandon; S Casey, J Casey, L Cuddy; E Concar, C Kenny, J Gunning; J Regan, G Keenan; R Earley, J Earley, K Whyte; D Keane, M Gunning (1-10), C Casey. Sub: J McNamara for J Earley.

Referee: Marty Parker.

Ciarán’s too slick for Glavey’s

Dermot Hughes Cars U-21 Division Three FC Final - St. Ciarán’s 1-15 Michael Glavey’s 0-6

A slick St. Ciarán’s side were too strong for a gallant Glavey’s in this Division Three U-21 final played at Mulhern Park in Fuerty last Sunday. Ciaran’s scored a first half goal through Enda Conneran, and by half-time they led 1-5 to 0-3.

  Christy Leahy, Enda Conneran and sub Darragh Mullen were especially prominent for Ciarán’s as they pulled away in a one sided second half. Cian Ruane, Conor Hussey and Luke McDermott did well for Glavey’s who were outclassed on the day.

  Best for the winners were Aengus Lyons, Shane Dowd, Philip Neilan, Dylan Keaveney and Christy Leahy.

St. Ciarán’s: D Keaveney; P Neilan (0-1), W Boyle; J Brennan (0-1), B Mullen, A Whyte; A Lyons (0-1), S Dowd (0-4); T Clayton, M Browne, C Leahy (0-3); K Gavin (0-1), C Leahy (0-3). Subs: D Mullen (0-3) for Browne, O Lyons for Clayton, C Gore for Boyle, M Ward for Whyte, J Neilan for Leahy.

Michael Glavey’s: R Mannion; N Morris (0-1), J Brennan; D Frayne, C Ruane, L Coll; C Hussey, M Nevin; L McDermott, S Burke (0-2), A Morris; T Murphy, R Murphy (0-2). Subs: L Cregg (0-1) for Brennan, D Fagan for Nevin, G Browne for A Morris, E Coyne for Coll, M Nevin for R Murphy.

Referee: T Bruen.

Kilmore/Shannon side win battle of Gaels

Dermot Hughes Cars U-20 Division Two FC Final - Kilmore/Shannon Gaels 1-13 Western Gaels 0-8

A 12-minute period at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half, during which the amalgamated side kicked nine points without reply, was the key to this entertaining U-20 final played at Ballyfarnon last Sunday.  

  Western Gaels were the better team for most of the opening half. The impressive Matthew Burke scored a goal for the winners, which put them in control but it was only briefly. However four points in a row before half time left Kilmore/Shannon Gaels ahead by 1-5 to 0-6 at half-time.

  John Gannon and Matthew Burke were prominent as Kilmore/Shannon Gaels continued to dominate on the restart and by the 38th minute they led 1-10 to 0-6 and it proved a decisive lead. The sides shared only four points in the final twenty minutes of play.

  Best for the winners were John Gannon, Matthew Burke, John Donohoe and Shane McDonnell. Meanwhile Conor Casserly, Niall Higgins, Sean Conry and Aidan Dowd were most prominent for Western Gaels.

Kilmore/Shannon Gaels: D Cox; M Mulvey, C Burke, F Doyle; S McDonnell, D Marron (0-1) B Connellan; M Burke (1-3), J Gannon (0-5); O Viluckus, C Harman, B Donohoe; C Earley (0-2), M McDermott (0-1), J Donohoe (0-1). Subs: D O’Dowd for Connellan, P Doyle for B Donohoe, D Beirne for Viluckus, G Dolan for Harman.

Western Gaels: C Sampey; L Mahon, B Morahan, J Devine; T Devine, S Conry (0-1) C Dowd; A Dowd (0-1), J Duffy; C Kelly, N Higgins (0-2), C Casserly (0-2); J Higgins (0-1), S Carroll, D Kennedy (0-1). Subs: D Cafferky for Carroll, J Brady for T Devine.

Referee: Seamus Regan.

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Coman’s swimmers among the medals in Longford

A small group of young swimmers from Coman’s Swimming Club travelled to Longford for the Connacht A Gala on the 15th of November.

  The only male club representative was 10-year-old, Philip Duda, who swam a superb personal best time in the 100m Freestyle, which earned him 5th place in the 11 and under category and more importantly a qualifying time for the Division 2 age group championships in UL next summer. The first event for the girls was the 100m IM and the three 11-year-olds, Jessica Gannon, Ava McFadden and Roisin O’Brien did themselves and their club proud by finishing 1st, 3rd and 5th respectively in the 11 and under category.    It was the first time Ava and Roisin had competed in this event. Ciara Kilcommons, who has only recently turned 12, swam an excellent 10 second personal best in the event and 13 year old Anastazya Pliszka posted an excellent time in her first time competing in this event also.

  Anastazya also posted a great time in the 100m Butterfly, another event in which she was competing for the first time.

            However, she particularly excelled in her final swim of the day, the 100m Freestyle, where she knocked 4 seconds off her PB and earned herself a Division 2 qualifying time also.

  Ciara Kilcommins also swam in the 100m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle events, achieving PB times in both. Roisin O’Brien entered the 100m Freestyle event and shaved almost four seconds of her PB despite having only competed in this event quite recently. 

  Ava McFadden also achieved a significant PB in the 100m Freestyle event and earned herself a second bronze medal. Jessica Gannon had a great day, winning gold medals in all four of the individual events she entered.

  Orla Ryan, aged 13, swam really well in her two events, the 100m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle, achieving a fantastic seven second PB in the former.

  The three 11-year-old girls were joined by 10-year-old teammate Ellie Moran for the 11 and under medley relay. All four girls swam really well to secure first place and finish the day on a high.



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Support your local Creggs car washers

The annual Christmas car wash in Roscommon to raise badly needed funds for the Creggs underage and CBS/ Community school’s rugby takes place again this weekend.

  This year it runs again for two days – Saturday, 19th and Sunday, December 20th from 10 am to 4 pm. Please support youth, mini and school rugby and get you car washed for Christmas.

  We need lots of help from senior players, youth team players, as well as parents of school, youth and mini rugby teams. Please contact Vincent Collins to add your name to the roster, to do a 10 am to 1 pm or a 1 pm to 4 pm shift on the Saturday or Sunday.

Heineken Junior Cup draw: The draw for the 2015/16 Heineken Connacht Junior Cup was made in Claremorris on Monday night. 

  Creggs are will play OLBC (Boys Club) in the Preliminary Round on January, 24th in Galway.

If the club wins that round, the reward will be a home game in the next round v Connemara RFC, a week later on January 31st. 

  Fixtures will be played in this competition at the earlier KO time of 2 pm to allow for the possibility of extra time.

  The remaining rounds will be played on the following consecutive dates: The quarter-final will be played on the 7th of February, the semi-final is on February 14th; with the final two weeks later on the 27th of February.

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Golf News - 18th December

Athlone Golf Club

Christmas Open Competition: Ladies and gents 15-hole runs from Saturday, 26th December to Sunday, 3rd January with the option of re-entry. Timesheet opens on Thursday, 17th December.

  Turkey winners 6th December: Frank O’Regan  55 1/3,Michael Downes 57, Patrick Kenny Jnr. 57. 

  Club Competition Saturday, 5th /Sunday, 6th December-1st Nett: Pat McCormack (20) 40 points,Class A: Anthony O’Connor (9) 35 points, Bk 9Class B: Ted O’Brien (13) 38 points,Class C: Frank O’Regan  (26) 36 points. 

  AWGS Competition 10th December-Winner: T. Shaw 26 points,Class 1: E. Kelly 26 points,Class 2: P. McNamara 21 points,Class 3: J. Kinahan 21 points,Veteran: V. Connaire 18 points.

  The Winter League is well under way and some players have all rounds completed. All 6 rounds need to be completed by 31st January with the top 16 teams qualifying for match play.

  Ladies Club weekly 12-hole competition 5th/6th/8th December-1st: Alacoque O’Connor (16) 21 points.

  Weekly 15-hole competition 5th/6th/8th December-1st: Maeve Holmes (14) 20 points.

 Roscommon Golf Club

The winner of the Men’s Over 55’s was Vincent Pierse, Michael Sharkey was in second place with Jim Finn in third place.

  The result of the Over 55’s Christmas Hamper Competition was Ollie Dempsey in first place, Michael Sharkey in second place and Richard Browne in third place.

  All other competitions fell victim to the weather. Please also note that gift vouchers for golf lessons with Philip Murphy (PGA professional) are available- please contact Philip on 086-8894232 for further details.

Carrick-on-Shannon Golf Club

Christmas hamper: Last chance to get your three cards in. The presentation will be at the Christmas Party on Saturday night (December 19th).  Christmas presents: Give the gift of golf membership to someone you love this Christmas. For visiting friends and relatives, how about some green fee gift vouchers/footgolf vouchers?

  No need to call out, simply ring Chris on 071 9667015.

  Christmas party:A great night ahead with the presentation of the Golfer of the Year, Lidl Garvey and Lynch, Lunney’s Hamper and Xmas Hamper.

Castlerea Golf Club

Are you having difficulty buying Christmas presents for your family? You could purchase a membership voucher from the golf club. Please contact the club registrar, Mickey Freyne, on 087-1278066. 

Boyle Golf Club

The Christmas Bonanza which was scheduled to be held on Sunday last was postponed due to inclement conditions. It will now take place this upcoming Sunday, December 20th, weather permitting. Tee times can be booked on the BRS online system through the club’s website.

  The weekly Winter Open 9-hole will also take place this week subject to golf course conditions.

  Gift vouchers are available to purchase and would make an ideal Christmas gift. They can be used for bar/catering facilities as well as contributing to membership fees. Regarding the latter, very keen rates exist for beginner players wishing to take up the game. Email Michael at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

  In other local sporting news, commiserations to the Boyle GAA U-21 team who were defeated by Clann na nGael in the Division 1 Final last Sunday. 

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