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Breaking Ball - December 16th


Four Roads topple Pearses

Four Roads overcame Pádraig Pearses in the county U-17 hurling final in Athleague recently on a scoreline of 2-8 to 1-8.

  The Tisrara outfit got their first goal after four minutes with Jack Donnelly firing past Liam Crevin in the Pearses goal: a sign of things to come.

  Pearses responded with points from Paul Carey, Oisin Kelly and Michael Kelly before Donnelly took the game by the scruff of the neck. He added two points and his second goal and Four Roads led by 2-5 to 0-4 at the break.

  Trevor Fallon slotted a free for Four Roads on the resumption before Paul Carey grabbed two points and fired a free to the net to haul Pearses back into contention.

  Referee Kevin McGeeney then dished out the Christmas cards early. Two-goal hero Jack Donnelly was joined on the sideline by teammates John Cunniffe and Oisin Campbell as Pearses outnumbered Four Roads 13 v 10 in the closing stages. However, the then Tisrara ten fought valiantly to hold on and claim the county title.

  For the winners Jack Donnelly was superb in the first half with a return of 2-3 from play.

Medals presented to Camogie finalists

The Presentation of the All-Ireland Camogie Finalists’ medals took place recently at the Hodson Bay Hotel. Special guest on the night was Sunday Game analyst and former three-time All Star with Galway, Anne Marie Hayes. Medals were presented to the Minor ‘B’ finalists 2016 and Minor ‘C’ finalists and U-14 ‘C’ finalists of 2017.

  Geraldine Greene, Chairperson of the Camogie Board, thanked the management teams who give of their time voluntarily on a weekly basis. She also thanked parents and mentors in clubs for their support before thanking clubs for putting their facilities at the disposal of county teams.

 She also expressed the board’s gratitude to sponsors whose generous donations helped the County Board to defray some of the running costs of the county teams.

  David O’Connor, Chairman of Club Rossie and Sean Mahon of Mahon-Sweeney then addressed the large attendance. Both acknowledged all the work undertaken to ensure that Roscommon Camogie fielded at inter-county level.

  Following presentations to teams and mentors, a presentation was made to Ann Marie Hayes by the chairperson Geraldine Greene who thanked Anne Marie, the staff at Hodson Bay, Niamh Conway, and Michelle Hughes for all their help in making the night a success.

Players return for Offaly challenge

Roscommon senior footballers played Offaly in a challenge game on Tuesday night. Roscommon ran out the 2-17 to 0-19 winners and the team featured a return to action for the three Daly brothers Ronan, Conor and Niall, and Cathal Cregg. St. Brigid’s Padraig Kelly was also prominent at wing half-forward.


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