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Fallon fires Four Roads into last four

Kepak SHC (Group A)

Four Roads 0-21 Roscommon Gaels 0-14

A sensational 3rd minute injury-time free from Four Roads goalkeeper Noel Fallon sent his side through to the semi-finals of the Kepak SHC at the expense of Roscommon Gaels in Athleague last Sunday.

In the most dramatic of finales, Fallon’s effort from all of 120 metres handed Four Roads the seven-point advantage they required to leapfrog the Gaels in the group and book an automatic place in the last four.

Roscommon Gaels can still make the semi-finals via the play-off route. Playing with a strong breeze in the opening half, the Gaels stormed into a 0-9 to 0-6 advantage at the break, but had to brace themselves for the inevitable onslaught which was to follow after the interval.

It duly arrived, and at the three-quarter mark Four Roads had overturned their deficit to lead the game by 0-12 to 0-10.

The Tisrara-based club stretched their lead even further as the clock wound down, but when the Gaels pointed through Gary Waldron on the stroke of full-time to reduce the margin to six, it looked like they had done enough.

Cue the late drama however, and Fallon’s incredible last-gasp intervention sparked wild celebrations for the champions, as a dejected Gaels side couldn't believe their luck.

Kepak SHC (Group B)

Athleague 0-17 St Dominic’s 2-9

An ET Murray inspired Athleague secured an automatic place in the Kepak SHC semi-final with a slender victory over St Dominic’s in Athleague last Friday evening.

Murray was the star of the show and his impressive personal haul of 0-11 inspired Athleague to victory, despite a plucky effort from St Dominic’s.

Indeed it was two late efforts from Murray which won the day for his side, following a titanic battle between the teams.

Tommy Doyle and Brendan Hanley had earlier goaled for St Dominic’s.

Kepak SHC (Group A) Padraig

Pearses 1-24 Tremane 1-9

Padraig Pearses secured their place in the Kepak SHC semi-finals with a facile 1-24 to 1-9 victory over a poor Tremane side in Athleague on Saturday evening.

Without a number of key players, it was always going to be tough for Tremane, and Pearses built up an eight-point interval lead without breaking much of a sweat.

That trend continued after the break and while Sean Mahony and David Sweeney exchanges goals, Pearses were always in control and ran out comfortable 15-point victors at the final whistle.

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A Royal audience for Roscommon minor hurlers

Roscommon’s Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor B Hurling Championship gets underway this Saturday when they host Meath in Athleague.

There is a wealth of good talent at underage level in Roscommon and if the players can play as a collective unit focused on their task they can meet the challenge that any opposition throws at them.

Preparation for the championship have been greatly assisted by participation in the Connacht GAA Niall McInerney Tournament in Galway.

The competition, named after the Galway legend, saw Roscommon beat a Clare U-17 team and Galway U-16 team and narrowly lose out to Galway U-17s in the final.

This performance by the players has given the management team of Kieran Farrell, Joe Connaughton, Francis Kelly and Kevin McGeeney plenty of options to consider ahead of this opening fixture.

The team is trained by Athleague native Stephen Glennon, who is now living in Craughwell and is the trainer of the Craughwell Senior Hurling team.

Roscommon have also had two challenge games against Craughwell and Mayo, which have given each player an insight into his game and how he needs to develop in order to become an effective county player.

Roscommon will look to players like Michael Kelleghan, Jack Gunning and Michael Feeley to shore up the defence. They will look to Gearoid Keenan, Thomas Clayton and Eoghan Costello in midfield and Daniel Glynn, Brian Lawlor, John Murray and Tommy Doyle up front to do the scoring.

Saturday’s game throws in at 2 pm and your support would be appreciated.

Roscommon Minor Hurling panel: L. Og Murray (Athleague-Tremane), K. Kelly (Padraig Pearses), L. Clogher (Padraig Pearses), M. Kelleghan (Athleague-Tremane), J. Gunning (Oran), S. Downey (Padraig Pearses), M. Feeley (St. Dominic’s), T. Clayton (Athleague-Tremane), T. Cullen (Roscommon Gaels), J. Donoghue (Padraig Pearses), A. Clogher (Four Roads), S. Clogher (Four Roads), G. Keenan (Oran), E. Costello (Padraig Pearses), D. Kelly (Four Roads), J. Mulry (Four Roads), R. Kilcline (St. Dominic’s), B. Lawlor (Four Roads), T. Doyle (St. Dominic’s), D. Glynn (Padraig Pearses), J. Donoghue (Four Roads), M. Farrell (Oran), K. Feehily (Padraig Pearses), A. Lyons (Athleague-Tremane), D. Ryan (Padraig Pearses), B. Fallon (Athleague-Tremane), R. Murray (Roscommon Gaels), J. Walker (Roscommon Gaels) and J. Curley (Padraig Pearses).

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Golf News 31st July

Boyle Golf Club

Thursday night’s Mens Competition was won by Pat Conroy with 28 points. 2nd was Lorcan Egan with 27 points and 3rd Michael Gilmartin with 27 points.

  Friday’s Scramble was won by Marie Gallagher, Liam Whyte and John McGuinn; 2nd were Carmel Keenan, Lionel Lynn and Charlie O’Donnell; 3rd were Pat Conroy, Michael Simon and Seamus Gallagher.

  Saturday’s Arts Festival Open was won by John McGuinn (40 points) – 2nd was Paddy McLoughlin (40 points), Gross winner was Owen Garvin and 3rd was Michael Simon (39 points).

  Next Sunday is the Captain’s Prize and the club sends best wishes to Captain Michael Rush for a great weekend.

  Other competitions this week are a Par 3 competition on Thursday, Captain’s Scramble on Friday – draw at 6.30 and a 9-hole re-entry on bank holiday Monday. Please note the course will be closed from 6 pm on Saturday to prepare for Sunday.

  In King Harmon news good luck to all the quarter-finalists. The full line-up is Seamus Gallagher v Shane O’Dowd, Charlie O’Donnell v Niall Kearney, Lionel Lynn v Patrick Egan and Willie Tiernan v Brendan Gaffney.

  Presentation of July prizes and club draw takes place on Thursday evening after the Par 3 Competition.

 

Carrick-on-Shannon Golf Club

Carrick Open Week will run from August 16th to August 21st. Ladies, Gents and Mixed competitions throughout the week. More details next week. To book, call Chris on 071-9667015.

  Best wishes to Captain Eamonn McGirl as he hosts a series of events throughout the week. Over the weekend Ladies and Gents will play for their coveted Captain’s Prizes. Presentation of Captain’s Prizes on Sunday evening at 9.30 followed by entertainment.

  Having come 3rd in the PGA Tankard, and 2nd in President’s prize to Ladies, Mary King has her first win of the season with 32 points. Oonagh Talbot (30 points) followed in second place. Gross went to Siobhan Talbot with Phil McWeeney in third (29 points).

  Anna Smith shows no fear when it comes to stroke competitions. She chalked up her second win of the season with a very respectable net of 67 (in May Anna also won The Bush Hotel Stroke).

 

Roscommon Golf Club

Members were delighted that the club draw and classic were a great success and generated vital revenue to maintain the standard of the course, clubhouse and grounds.

  On Saturday night the mood in the clubhouse for the presentation to the winners of the classic and for the draw reflected the ‘job well done’ atmosphere.

  Captain Ken Kearney thanked all the people who had supported the draw and played in the classic. He expressed, on behalf of all the members, his appreciation of the local businesses who once again had come up with generous sponsorship. He thanked the committee who had organised the events and singled out Michael McHale for the exceptional dedication he had shown in driving this fund-raising event that would benefit every member of the club.

  Michael himself added his own words of appreciation to all the people who had supported him in this successful undertaking and was especially grateful to the local businesses for their sponsorship.

  The winning team in the classic was Barry Garvin, John Paul O’Gara, Aaron Fullard and Tom Beirne with 97 points. In second place, with 97 points also, were F. McGuinness, M. McGuinness, G. Ryan and P. Casey from Castlerea. We greatly appreciate the support for the classic and draw of friends of the club who are not members and it was nice to see our friends from Castlerea getting one of the top prizes. In third place were Dan O’Brien, Phelim Henry, Peter Brady and Bob McCormack. In all, twelve teams collected prizes.

  The winners in the club draw, which took place on Saturday night were Rosaleen Penny, Tommy Regan, Ian Gannon and Gary Carr. June Halliday won the ladies’ Tuesday competition, sponsored by John Finn Electrical, with 34 points. In second place was Kay Ruane with 33 points. Willie Weldon won the Over 55’s competition on Thursday. Charlie McDonnell was in second place and Jackie Kilroy was in third place.

  Margaret Egan won the ladies’ competition and Joan Moran was in second place. Mary Pender was in third place and Angela Hewitt was in fourth place. The draw for both the men’s President’s and Captain’s Prizes will take place this Thursday night so there is still time to get names on the entry sheets.

  Good luck to our Ladies’ Meile Fourball team who take on Portumna in the Regional semi-final on this Friday.

  Members were saddened by the death of Peter Kirwan, a long-time member of the club, a true gentleman who was highly regarded by all who knew him. 

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Westmeath tie now vital after loss to Laois

Liberty Insurance Premier Junior Camogie Championship

Laois 2-17 Roscommon 2-4

Roscommon’s hopes of a semi-final spot in the All-Ireland junior championship received a blow in Athleague last Sunday when they were outclassed by an impressive Laois outfit.

Roscommon scored two fine goals in the opening half however the visitors still led by four points at half-time – and when Laois scored an early second-half goal it was always going to an uphill task for Roscommon. So it proved.

Roscommon must now beat Westmeath this weekend if they are to have any hope of securing a play-off place.

Laois powered into a 1-5 to 0-0 lead by the 16th minute with Amy Loughman pouncing to score a fine goal in the 4th minute.

But Roscommon gradually got into the game. Annette McGeeney converted a penalty in the 17th minute and a point and an opportunist goal from Niamh Coyle saw Roscommon close the gap to just one.

Three unanswered points from Laois created a four-point gap at the break, Laois 1-8 Roscommon 2-1.

Two early points and a second goal from Amy Loughman in the 4th minute saw Laois back in total control and they never really looked back after that.

Best for Roscommon on the day were Annette McGeeney, Claire Curley, Caroline Connaughton and Niamh Coyle. Roscommon: C Connaughton; C Killeen, S Coyle, C Morris; C Gunning, E Daly, A Byrne; S Spillane, R Fitzmaurice; N Coyle (1-2), M Fannon (0-1), R Brennan; A McGeeney (1-1), F Connell, C Curley. Subs: M Brennan for Connell.

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