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Athleague win minor final

Minor Camogie Championship final
Athleague 0-8 Oran 0-4

Oran and Athleague provided a thrilling Minor final in perfect conditions in Athleague on Saturday afternoon. Both teams were strongly represented on the County Minor All Ireland winning team this year.

  Athleague came into the game as favourites as they had a number of players on the senior team who won the Senior County title two weeks previous.

  Rebecca Brennan, who was in fine all afternoon, opened the scoring with a point from play.and then doubled their lead with a well-taken free.

  Oran started to get to grips with the game and a fine score from Grainne Whyte on the right wing opened the scoring for the away team. Leah Rowe soon followed up with a pointed free.

  Michaela Fallon in goal for Oran was performing heroically for her side and pulled off a number of fine saves throughout the game. She denied Rachael Fitzmaurice in the 23rd minute, before the resulting 45 was converted by Maeve Brennan. Athleague were one point to the good coming in at half time.

  Oran resumed the second half with the hard working Patsy Farrell earning a free for her side, which was converted by Leah Rowe. Rebecca Brennan responded with a point for Athleague five minutes later. Grainne Whyte fired over a point for Oran to leave the two sides level entering the final ten minutes.

  Rachael Fitzmaurice sprang into action for Athleague and had two points on the board within two minutes. Eithne Brennan followed up with a point before Rebecca Brennan secured a third title in a row for Athleague with another point.

  Athleague Panel: Chloe Whyte Lennon, Maedhbh Tiernan, Eala Coyle, Katie Lavin, Ellen Brennan, Norah Brennan, Rachael Fitzmaurice (0.2), Aoife Beades, Laura Keenan,Rebecca Brennan (0.5), Rachael Neilan, Eithne Brennan (0.1), Lara Croghan, Molly Naughton, Aoife Brennan, Aoibhe Tiernan, Katie Brennan, Niamh Farrell, Rebecca Neilan.

Oran Panel: Michaela Fallon, Grace Fitzpatrick, Aisling McDermott, Laoise Fitzpatrick, Aine Farrell, Patsy Farrell, Leah Rowe (0.2), Aisling McGrath, Grainne Whyte (0.2), Anna Foxe, Catherine Fallon, Jennifer McCormack , Niamh Shanagher, Laura Kerins, Ruth Keegan.

 

Captain Concannon fires Irish team to World Cup final

Balinaheglish native, David Concannon, led the Irish men’s team to a silver medal in the WDF World Cup, which took place in Turkey last week.

  Ireland met Greece, Catalonia, France and Norway in the group stages. A 9-7 win in the first game against Greece got Ireland off to a good start, while a 9-1 win over Catalonia was crucial in getting valuable points on the board. With the top two teams progressing from the group, Ireland’s spot in the last 16 was sealed with a 9-2 win over France in the following game. Top spot in the group was gained with a 9-2 win over Norway.

  In the last 16, Ireland hammered the USA 9-1, before beating Scotland 9-5 in the quarter-finals and Finland 9-6 in the semi-finals.

  A first ever World Cup Final place was the reward and on this occasion the opponents would be England.

  The Irish started confidently and went into a 2-0 lead; Concannon winning the second of those games thanks to scores of 140, 100 and 180, which helped set up a 14-dart leg. However the English rallied, and stormed into a 4-2 lead.

  Concannon led the Irish fightback; scores of 140, 100 and 140 helping seal an impressive 16 darter against World Champion Scott Mitchell. It wasn’t to be for the Irish, however, as England ran out 9-5 winners.

  Despite the loss, a silver medal in a World Cup Final was a massive achievement for the men’s team.

  In the pair’s event, David Concannon was partnered with Sligo’s Sean McGowan.

  Despite the Connaught pairing’s best efforts they were unlucky to lose out 4-3 to a strong Dutch duo.

  In the singles, Concannon got off to a great start with a 4-1 win over Rodney Greer of Northern Ireland before a 4-3 win over Jeffrey Van Loan of the USA and a 4-2 win over Wayne Warren of Wales put David into the last 32.

  David Kent Sivertsen of Norway would be Concannon’s opponent at this stage. A tight tussle ensued but Concannon came out on top 4-3.

  Concannon came up against John Michael of Greece in the last 16 where he was narrowly defeated 4-3.

  The women’s team also played some super darts throughout the week to come home with bronze medals.

  Well done to all the Irish players involved in a history-making week. Special congratulations to David on his continued progress on the world darts stage, we wish him all the best and continued success in the future.

Tricks And Treats In Third Round Ties!

The Hannon’s Hotel Sponsored Roscommon Darts League was played this past weekend with some great darts on show. The following were the results: Hollywood 4 Flanagan’s 3, McDermott’s 5 Creatons 2, The Hatch 4 Charlie’s 3. The game between The Forge and Ned’s Bar was cancelled.

  The following are this week’s fixtures for round 4: An Bothar Rua v McDermott’s, Charlie’s v The Hollywood, Creaton’s v The Forge, Ned’s Bar v The Hatch.

Feeney hits top gear to take title:

This past Bank Holiday Monday saw the final Round Robin for 2015 take place in The Hollywood Bar. There were some top class darts throughout the day, with both local and travelling players impressing, but in the end it went down to a final between two of Roscommon’s top players.

  JP Feeney overcame Gary Concannon on a score of 5-3 following a great final. Well done to both players on the darts they played throughout the day. Many thanks to all the players who have attended Round Robins throughout the year; their support is greatly appreciated. Also special thanks to the Hollywood Bar for use of their premises and their continued support of competitions.

Semi-Finals: JP Feeney 4 C. Hickey 1, G. Concannon 4 M. Devon 2

Final: JP Feeney 5 G. Concannon 3.

Kearney Memorial Cup: The Kearney Memorial Cup will be held in Flanagan’s of Castleplunkett on Sunday, 29th November.

 

Creggs score big win over Sligo in Connacht League

Firsts

Sligo RFC 15, Creggs 41: Creggs played some outstanding rugby to run in seven tries in an impressive display of attacking rugby at Strandhill on Sunday. Sligo opened strongly, and almost crossed for a try in their first attack as their forwards took the battle to Creggs. 

  Creggs gradually got to the tempo of the game, and a try by alert centre Barry Egan in the 7th minute settled their nerves, with outhalf Shane Dowd adding the conversion.   

  Dowd brought his outside backs into play at every opportunity, and one such move resulted in a superb try by flanker Matthew Brandon midway through the half. The ball was moved at speed through many pairs of hands and Brandon finished it off in style.

  Shane Dowd converted, before Sligo hit back with a penalty in the 25th minute by Sean Donnelly.

  With Creggs now dominant up front, fullback Scott Oates cut through for a fine try in the 36th minute, and just before halftime, winger Sean Quinn powered his way over to leave Creggs comfortably ahead by 24-3 at the break.

  However, Sligo dominated the next ten minute period during which Creggs appeared to switch off, and it took a try by Sligo’s Donal Brady to jolt them back to the reality that the game was still to be won.

  Creggs responded with a try by Bernard Kilcommons, which Dowd converted, following excellent work by the Creggs forwards. Shane Dowd then produced a moment of individual brilliance to seal the game for Creggs, when he glided effortlessly past several opponents to touch down for a superb solo try in the 55th minute.

  Scott Oates completed the Creggs scoring with his second try of the afternoon, marking his successful return to the Creggs colours, on a day when the backs took full advantage of the perfect conditions to cut the Sligo defence to shreds.

  Sligo battled to the end, and a rolling maul brought play to the Creggs line, with the referee awarding a try under the posts, which Donnelly converted to give the home team some reward for their never-say-die attitude in the face of overwhelming odds.

  Creggs are away to OLBC (Boys Club) next Sunday, and they will be hoping to build on recent impressive displays by recording another victory in Galway.

Creggs squad v Sligo: S Oates, S Crehan, B Egan, T Callaghan (captain), S Quinn, S Dowd, A Callaghan, T Fleming, S O Higgins, B Donoghue, T Oates, M Brandon, R Cassidy, K Brandon, E Conlon, R Horan, B Kilcommons, P Leech, N Walker.

Seconds

Creggs Rugby Senior Seconds team got a walk-over in the Connacht League last Saturday when Connamara RFC failed to field in Creggs.

  It was a disappointment for the team that had been looking forward to this home game. The combined first and second squads have been growing in numbers and confidence with a super start to the season.

  The seconds play away v Longford RFC in a friendly fixture under the lights at 7 pm on Saturday evening.

  Training continues on Tuesdays and Fridays at 8 pm. New players always very welcome.

MINI RUGBY- Creggs Mini Boys travelled to Tuam RFC last Saturday morning and enjoyed games against Tuam and Corrib RFC on a lovely morning for rugby. Games were played at Under-8, Under-9, Under-10, Under-11, and -Under-12. We had great numbers for the first away blitz of the year. 

  Creggs Mini Girls welcomed Portuma RFC, Ballinasloe RFC and Buccaneers RFC to Creggs on Saturday morning for a Blitz. Well done to all involved and the quality of rugby was great to see. 

  Next week Creggs Minis travel to Ballinasloe RFC for a Blitz. The Blitz kicks off at 10.30 am. Players please be there at 10.10 am.

YOUTH RUGBY

Under-13: Creggs 39, Sligo RFC 26.

Creggs Rugby Under-13’s survived a late Sligo comeback for memorable win.

On a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon in Creggs the Under-13’s put in a manful display to defeat a big travelling Sligo team.

  The visitors couldn’t recover from a superb opening first quarter from Creggs. A brace of tries from the excellent Shane Connaughton saw the home team race into a substantial lead. 

  The Creggs half back pair of Mark Dowd and Paddy Downey were controlling the game with ease and further scores followed from Mark Kilcommins and Darren Gately. The second half saw a different story emerge, the strong Sligo pack were in the ascendancy and with Creggs on the back foot Sligo scored three unanswered tries.   However, the local team, galvanised by some superb tackling from Dowd and Gately, got back into their rhythm and upped the pace again in the final quarter.  

  Creggs ran in some excellent lines and Connaughton and Gately went over to add to their try tally and help see Creggs over the line to win by 39-26.

  Training will continue Friday night at 7 pm. New players welcome.

Under-14: Creggs 24, Sligo RFC 5

Creggs recorded their third victory in their Division 1 Connacht Under-14 League over Sligo RFC on Saturday morning in Creggs.  Played in perfect conditions for rugby both teams played a lovely brand of running rugby and it was Creggs who took an early lead when Aaron Lyons scored a very well taken individual try. Collecting the ball from Cian Glennon on the half way line he used his pace and step to beat a couple of defenders to score under the posts. Mark Purcell converted to give Creggs a 7-0 lead. 

  Sligo started to compete well up front after this and reduced the deficit to 7-5 after 15 minutes with a well-taken score. Creggs increased their lead 2 minutes before half time when Jack Tucker picked the ball from the back of the scrum on the 22, fed Mark Purcell who went in under the posts, and he converted to stretch the lead to 14-5 at half time.

 In the second half Creggs forwards started to gain control and prominent upfront were; Ethan Glennon, Lorcan Maher and Luke Divilly. Creggs increased their lead to 17-5 through a penalty from Mark Purcell after 10 minutes when Sligo were caught offside at a ruck after good work by the Creggs forwards. 

  Creggs landed their last score with the last play of the game through a try from Rory Callaghan who pounced on a loose ball from a Sligo lineout near their own line to score in the corner, which Mark Purcell converted to leave the final score 24-5. 

  Next week Creggs U-14s will travel to Ballina RFC at 1 pm on Saturday for their next Connacht League game. Training will continue Friday night at 7 pm. New players welcome.

U-15: Creggs U-15’s will play Buccaneers RFC in the Connacht League next Sunday in Athlone. Training continues Friday at 7 pm in Creggs. New players very welcome.

U-16: Creggs U-16’s will train Thursday night at 7 pm. There is no match next weekend for the Under-16’s. New players very welcome.

U-17: Creggs U-17’s will train on Thursday night at 7 pm and will travel to play Buccaneers RFC next Sunday in the Connacht League. New players very welcome.

U-18: Creggs U-18’s play Buccaneers RFC in the Connacht League next Wednesday night at 7.30 pm. New players very welcome.

  There is a Creggs RFC Committee Meeting on tonight (Nov. 5th.) at 9 pm sharp in the Clubhouse. The Secretary requests all committee members to attend.

 

Clifden’s goals make the difference

Connacht Club Junior Football Championship Semi-Final
Clifden 2-9 Shannon Gaels 0-9

Goals either side of half-time were the difference as Galway junior champions Clifden overcame the challenge of Shannon Gaels in this semi-final played in perfect weather conditions at Dr Hyde Park last Sunday. Shannon Gaels battled hard and never gave up but they could never recover from those two hammer blows and in the end Clifden probably deserved their place in the Connacht final.

  The opening half was evenly contested, the sides looked well matched and we were looking forward to a close contest. Shannon Gaels got off to a good start with points from Ciaran Lynch and Matthew McDermott (free) in the first ten minutes. But Clifden came into the game after that and they scored four points without reply by the 20th minute. The impressive Gerard Gibbins (2, 1 free), Conal Joyce and Fechin Mitchell were all on target.

  Shannon Gaels came back to level the scores with two Conor Lavin frees and they were in a good position coming up to half-time. However, a minute before the break disaster struck when the elusive Gerard Gibbons cut through the Gaels defence and fired home to leave the Galway champions ahead 1-4 to 0-4 at the break.

   Worse was to follow on the resumption. In the 34th minute, Fechin Mitchell was through on goal and his weak shot was fielded by Shannon Gaels goalkeeper Cathal Sweeney but he had stepped over the line and the umpires had no hesitation in awarding Clifden a goal, and now the margin was six. It was a gap that Shannon Gaels were not able to bridge subsequently. However, they did play some lovely football between that second goal and the end of the game.

   But every time that Shannon Gaels got a couple of scores Clifden were able to respond and they were able to keep the Roscommon champions at arms length. Matthew Burke and Fintan Sweeney kicked two fine points to narrow the game to four by the 48th minute but corner forwards Gerard Gibbons and Fechin Mitchell were always a threat and they landed three more points to copper fasten a good win for the visitors.

  Shannon Gaels were hit by injury on the day, Matty Mulvey and Michael Murtagh were not able to start and they lost the influential Ciaran Lynch just after half-time which certainly didn’t help their cause. They battled hard right to the final whistle but those two goals proved to be the killer blows on the day. Clifden now play Mayo champions Ardnaree in the final.

Clifden:  Niall Black: Marty Coneely, John Mannion, Colin Connolly; Gearoid King, Mike O’Toole, Henry O’Toole; Conal Joyce (0-1), Chris Holmes; Peter Cullen, Emmet Moran (0-1), Damien Joyce (0-1); Fechin Mitchell (1-4, 2 frees), Eamon McCann, Gerard Gibbins (1-2, 1 free). Subs: Conor Nee for Cullen (43), Gerry Gannon for McCann (46), Darren Little for Mannion (60).

Shannon Gaels: Cathal Sweeney; Damien Horan, Niall Lynch, Shane McDonnell; Cian Harmon, Niall Leyden, Shane O’Dowd (0-1); Noel McDermott, Fergal Finnerty; Matthew Bourke (0-2), Ciaran Lynch (0-1), Fintan Sweeney (0-2); Matthew McDermott (0-1, free), Conor Layden (0-2, frees), Kenneth Lynch. Subs: Luke O’Dowd for K Lynch (h-t), James Filan for C Lynch (36).

Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligo)

Man of the Match: Gerard Gibbons (Clifden)

On the Shannon Gaels side, Damien Horan, Shane O’Dowd, Ciaran Lynch, Matthew Bourke and Conor Layden all played well.

  The winners were best served by John Mannion, Henry O’Toole, Emmet Moran and Damien Joyce but the two best players on the field were corner forwards Fechin Mitchell and Gerard Gibbons who scored 2-6 between them. However, Gibbons gets the nod after a very impressive display all through.

 

Connacht Club Junior Football Championship Semi-Final

 

Clifden’s goals make the difference

Connacht Club Junior Football Championship Semi-Final
Clifden 2-9 Shannon Gaels 0-9

Goals either side of half-time were the difference as Galway junior champions Clifden overcame the challenge of Shannon Gaels in this semi-final played in perfect weather conditions at Dr Hyde Park last Sunday. Shannon Gaels battled hard and never gave up but they could never recover from those two hammer blows and in the end Clifden probably deserved their place in the Connacht final.

  The opening half was evenly contested, the sides looked well matched and we were looking forward to a close contest. Shannon Gaels got off to a good start with points from Ciaran Lynch and Matthew McDermott (free) in the first ten minutes. But Clifden came into the game after that and they scored four points without reply by the 20th minute. The impressive Gerard Gibbins (2, 1 free), Conal Joyce and Fechin Mitchell were all on target.

  Shannon Gaels came back to level the scores with two Conor Lavin frees and they were in a good position coming up to half-time. However, a minute before the break disaster struck when the elusive Gerard Gibbons cut through the Gaels defence and fired home to leave the Galway champions ahead 1-4 to 0-4 at the break.

   Worse was to follow on the resumption. In the 34th minute, Fechin Mitchell was through on goal and his weak shot was fielded by Shannon Gaels goalkeeper Cathal Sweeney but he had stepped over the line and the umpires had no hesitation in awarding Clifden a goal, and now the margin was six. It was a gap that Shannon Gaels were not able to bridge subsequently. However, they did play some lovely football between that second goal and the end of the game.

   But every time that Shannon Gaels got a couple of scores Clifden were able to respond and they were able to keep the Roscommon champions at arms length. Matthew Burke and Fintan Sweeney kicked two fine points to narrow the game to four by the 48th minute but corner forwards Gerard Gibbons and Fechin Mitchell were always a threat and they landed three more points to copper fasten a good win for the visitors.

  Shannon Gaels were hit by injury on the day, Matty Mulvey and Michael Murtagh were not able to start and they lost the influential Ciaran Lynch just after half-time which certainly didn’t help their cause. They battled hard right to the final whistle but those two goals proved to be the killer blows on the day. Clifden now play Mayo champions Ardnaree in the final.

Clifden:  Niall Black: Marty Coneely, John Mannion, Colin Connolly; Gearoid King, Mike O’Toole, Henry O’Toole; Conal Joyce (0-1), Chris Holmes; Peter Cullen, Emmet Moran (0-1), Damien Joyce (0-1); Fechin Mitchell (1-4, 2 frees), Eamon McCann, Gerard Gibbins (1-2, 1 free). Subs: Conor Nee for Cullen (43), Gerry Gannon for McCann (46), Darren Little for Mannion (60).

Shannon Gaels: Cathal Sweeney; Damien Horan, Niall Lynch, Shane McDonnell; Cian Harmon, Niall Leyden, Shane O’Dowd (0-1); Noel McDermott, Fergal Finnerty; Matthew Bourke (0-2), Ciaran Lynch (0-1), Fintan Sweeney (0-2); Matthew McDermott (0-1, free), Conor Layden (0-2, frees), Kenneth Lynch. Subs: Luke O’Dowd for K Lynch (h-t), James Filan for C Lynch (36).

Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligo)

 

Man of the Match: Gerard Gibbons (Clifden)

On the Shannon Gaels side, Damien Horan, Shane O’Dowd, Ciaran Lynch, Matthew Bourke and Conor Layden all played well.

  The winners were best served by John Mannion, Henry O’Toole, Emmet Moran and Damien Joyce but the two best players on the field were corner forwards Fechin Mitchell and Gerard Gibbons who scored 2-6 between them. However, Gibbons gets the nod after a very impressive display all through.

 

Connacht Club Junior Football Championship Semi-Final

 

Golf News - 6th November

Athlone Golf Club

Ladies Club Xmas Hamper Comp Results: 1st: Anne Marie Hynes (30) 30 points Bk9, 2nd: Eleanor Larkin (25) 30 points Bk9, Gross: Anna O’Brien (11) 18 gross points, 3rd: Breda Ryan (24) 30 points, 4th: Maeve Holmes (14) 29 points Bk9, 5th: Clare Dowling (26) 29 points Bk9, 6th: Evelyn Wright (18) 29 points Bk9.

Christmas Hamper 9-hole Comp. 1st: Emer Quinn. Christmas Hamper Stay in Golf. 1st: Tanya Frawley, 2nd: Evelyn Neylon. 400 Club Draw Results 1st Nov: €500 Carol McGetrick, €400 Rena Harney, €300 Tom Joe Guru, €100 M & M O’Faolain, €100 Tom Browne.

AWGS comp Thurs 29th Oct. Winner: E. Moloney 30 points, Class 1: T Campion 28 points, Class 2: T Carmody 25 points, Class 3: M. Rock 23 points, Veteran: B. Nott 21 points. Wed Open 27th Oct 2015. 1st Nett: Ger O’ Kennedy (4) 38 points Bk9, 2nd Nett: Liam Casey (4) 38 points Bk9 (Roscommon GCCSS 37 points).

Plumbers Invitational Results Mon 26th Oct. 1st: Aidan Flanagan & Liam Browne 40 points, 2nd: PJ Martin & Des Rushe 37 points, 3rd: Kevin Daly & Ciaran O’Connor 34 points, 4th: Joe Higgins & Michael Healy 32 points Bk9, 5th: Martin Mulligan & Patrick Kenny 32 points, 6th: Pat Ryan & Paul Burke 30 points, 7th: Padraig Dunne & George Gunning 29 points Bk9, 8th: Colm Cummins & Enda Gormley 29 points, 9th: Barney Kenny & Anthony O’Connor 24 points, 10th: Jimmy Kilkenny & Paddy Kenny 20 points. Match Play Winner: Aidan Flanagan, Runner Up: Aidan McGrath. Plumber of Year: PJ Martin.

The men’s AGM will take place on Friday, 6th November at 8 pm and the ladies AGM will take place on Wednesday, 11th November at 8 pm. The club AGM will take place Friday, 20th November at 8 pm.

Carrick-on-Shannon Golf Club

Ladies Winter Alliance: This Saturday is the first fixture in our Winter Alliance. Captains Frances and Mary look forward to welcoming you with fresh Tea/Coffee and Scones from 10.30 am.

If the weather looks uncertain visitors should ring Clubhouse on 071 9667015 before leaving home. Tee-times from 11 am. Captains Day Out: Whatever your golf, stunning autumn colours are a given at the Slieve Russell.

Saturday, November 21st in your diary -Teetime 9.30-11 am. €50 covers Green Fee and meal. We need to confirm numbers shortly so please let Eamonn/Chris know a.s.a.p.

Halloween shambles: Birdies on the 17th Hole clinched the Halloween Shambles for Kieran Oates, Seamus Sweeney & Leo Kavanagh who finished with 93 points, three ahead of Kevin Ward, Benny Boyle & Gordon Kavanagh. Third place went to Michael Masterson, Anna Smith & Geraldine Prendiville on 87 Points.

Congratulations to Maureen Egan, Marian Fahy & Sharon Morgan of Ballinamore Golf Club who won the ladies prize.

Beginner Ladies Hamper: Beginner ladies 3-hole Hamper Competition is now running.Pay once off entry fee of €5 and play holes 1, 2 & 3 as often as you like between now and Dec 12th.

Footgolf: As footgolf combines the best of golf and football, it’s a game that absolutely anyone can play. Whether you are organising a fundraiser, celebrating your birthday, kids birthday or just want a bit of fun with your friends, we think it’s the best!! Only Trainers or AstroTurf shoes (no hard spikes please). Booking essential-071 9667015. You’ll love it!!

Castlerea Golf Club

Michael Doyle Competition, 25th October. 1st: Tony Mitchell 40 points, 2nd: Padraig Casey 39 points, Cat 1: Kieran Rosney, 34 points, Cat 2: Paul Connaughton 38 points, Cat 3: Tony O’Reilly 36 points.

The results of this week’s Men’s Competition the Staunton Cup: 1st: Matty Connelly 42 points, 2nd: Anto McCormack 41 points, Cat. 1: Tony Mitchell 41 points, Cat. 2: John Caulfield 39 points and Cat. 3: Eugene Flanagan 41 points.

This week a programme of work will commence on the second green so the hole will be out of play for the short term. During the winter months the competitions will be played over 14 holes, the 3rd to the 9th both times.

Boyle Golf Club

Results of last Sunday’s par three competition to follow. The weekly 9-hole was won by Charlie O’Donnell with 21 points.

The Alzheimer’s Classic held over the October weekend was won by Colm Loftus, Shane Loftus, Tommy Ahern and Joe Hussey (110 points), in second place were Jim Mooney, Michael Simon, Frank Flanagan and Michael Reid (107 points), Liam Whyte, Willie Tiernan, Jonathan Egan and Vincent Egan (105 points) finished in third place.

Best Ladies Team: Liz Dwyer, Peggy Feely, Moira Egan and Tish Perry (96 points). Nearest the Pin: T Booth (Ballymote). Longest Drive: Liam Mullaney (Boyle).

Thanks to Paula Cull and Drumderrig Nursing Home for their generous sponsorship of a perpetual cup and prizes. Raffle winners were Margaret O’Mahoney (Leinster v Connaught Tickets), John Frain, Regina McLoughlin, Ann Rush, Ruth Hogg, Ailbhe Hanmore, Sean O’Dowd, Mary O’Hara, Brendan Gaffney, Marina Hughes, Lewis Shaw.

On behalf of the players, Liz Dwyer thanked the organisers and congratulated the club on a great weekend. Total funds raised to date are €4,095. Competitions this week are the weekly 9-hole Monday – Saturday and the Turkey Voucher next Sunday. Both competitions are re-entry.

The men’s AGM takes place on Sunday, November 15th at 5 pm in the clubhouse. Parent Club AGM takes place on Sunday, November 22nd. Notices have been sent via email or post. If you have not received a notice please contact Brendan Gaffney, Honorary Secretary.

Roscommon Golf Club

The winner of the Sunday competition was Niall Murphy with a great score of 45 points. In second place was Liam Leahy with 44 points (back 9) and Enda Daly won the gross prize with 36 points.

The winner of the ladies’ 9-hole weekly competition was Mary O’Connor with 23 points. Gertie Spillane was in second place with 19 points. Ollie Dempsey won the Over 55’s competition on Thursday.

Richard Browne was in second place and John Neilan was in third place. Gertie Spillane won the ladies’ competition and Mary O’Gara was in second place. Mary Cunningham came third with Mary O’Connor in fourth.

The men’s Winter League started from Sunday and the entry sheet is on the notice board. Teams of two with an entry fee of €10 per person. Winter rules apply and competitors play 16 holes from the green markers.

Teams have until December 3rd to get in their five best cards so there is still plenty of time to enter. Check the details on the notice board.

Premier League a bore fest

I have almost totally ignored the Premier League this season in this column and for a very good reason too. There are far more column inches being devoted to it in the national papers every day of the week but it has to be acknowledged that there is a huge interest in it locally.

  After the weekend’s matches Arsenal are top of the table and they deserve to be there too. They are playing the best football by far. Chelsea seem to have imploded this season and with Jose Mourinho making things worse for them every single week, things are not going to get any better. Mourinho might even lose his job if his team do not start winning matches. If he does lose his job there will be very few tears shed. What goes around comes around.

  The Manchester derby was a desperately bad game. The two clubs paraded teams that cost in the region of £400 million, yet the first shot on target was in the 82nd minute.

  Manchester United are a pale shadow of the team that I have been used to following for the past twenty five years. Yes, they are near the top of the table but they are negative and boring to watch. Avoiding defeat seems to be more important to Louis Van Gaal than playing entertaining football. United fans were spoiled when Alex Ferguson was in charge.    

  Wayne Rooney is finished too and if Fergie was in charge he would have been gone from the team a long time ago. Manchester City were very disappointing as well. Granted, they were without Aguero and Silva but they showed very little appetite for attacking football and they were very happy with the draw.

  Liverpool are still struggling but I would give Jurgen Klopp 18 months before we can make a judgement about him and how he is getting on. His style of play will take a long time to impose on the players and he will want to sign a lot of players who are able to play his style of football. I think he will be a huge success at Liverpool in time.

  But, all in all, the standard of the Premier League this season has been very poor. You only have to look at the results in Europe to underline that fact.

Late goals did the trick

Connacht Club Intermediate Hurling Semi-Final
Four Roads 3-9 Ballyhaunis 1-12

Roscommon champions Four Roads turned in a much-improved second half display to edge past Ballyhaunis in this Connacht semi-final played in Athleague on Bank Holiday Monday. Late goals from Jamie Lawlor and Johnny Coyne did the trick after a tight contest.

  Four Roads were very much off colour in the first half and a Morgan Lyons goal in the 12th minute helped Ballyhaunis into a 1-5 to 0-3 lead and at that stage the Roscommon champions looked down and out.

  But Four Roads were much better in a lively second half.  An early goal from Eamon Mulry helped cut the gap, although Ballyhaunis were always in the contest mainly due to the excellent efforts of Keith Higgins.

  It was all to play for coming towards the end of the game when Jamie Lawlor and Johnny Coyne struck two great goals to send the home side through to the final.

Four Roads: N Fallon; C Dowd, M McLoughlin, J Rogerson; S Curley, M Kelly (0-2), C Coyle; J Moran, C Dolan; E Mulry (0-1), J Lawlor (1-1), D Dolan (0-3); B Lawlor, J Coyne (1-2), A Lawlor (0-1). Subs: J Fitzmaurice for B Lawlor, J Donnelly for A Lawlor.

Ballyhaunis: M Walsh; P Healy, A Lyons, A Brennan; F Lyons, E Collins, K Kielty; P Higgins, K Higgins (0-10); B Hunt, S Griffin, M Lyons (1-1); D O’Brien, P Kielty, S Hoban (0-1). Subs: T Buckley for O’Brien, K McDermott for Griffin, A Phillips for A Lyons.

Referee: John Keane (Galway)

 

St. Ciaráns far too powerful for St. Brigid’s

Connaughton Fuels MFL Division 1 Final
St. Ciaran’s 2-15 St. Brigid’s 0-4

A strong St. Ciaráns side were far too powerful for a depleted St. Brigid’s team in this game played in front of a good crowd in Ballyforan last Sunday.

  The contest started brightly as Ronan Dowd’s opener for Ciaran’s was cancelled out by Jack McDonnell’s placed free-kick, as both sides battled for supremacy in midfield.

   St. Brigid’s fought gamely for the opening period until a sublime goal from Christy Leahy gave Ciarán’s some early breathing space. To be fair to Brigid’s they kept their heads and traded scores with Ciaran’s towards the latter stages of the half. Jack McConnell and Donnacha Gately with fine points after Jack McConnell had added to Ciarán’s lead.

  That was as good as it got for the Kiltoom outfit however, as Ciarán’s took total control towards half time. A point from distance from Kevin Gavin was followed up by a John Neilan goal to make it a seven-point game at the break.

  Clearly the first half was just a warm up for St. Ciarán’s as they completely dominated the second half.

  Aengus Lyons got them up and running with a well taken point following a good run, Christy Leahy then tapped over two frees before two from Shane Dowd and a fine solo effort from Tomás Clayton put the game well beyond Brigid’s.

  The St. Brigid’s frustration was obvious and the game threatened to boil over mid-way through the second half as Gavin Byrne saw black and then Eoin Minagh saw red.

  St. Ciarán’s punished Brigid’s in the closing stages with further scores from Dowd, Mark Ward, Christy Leahy and Breen Fallon as they ran out comfortable winners.

St. Ciaran’s: J Naughton; O Lyons, A White, C Gore; D Mullen, A Lyons (0-1), M Ward (0-1); T Clayton (0-1), S Dowd (0-3); B McGahon R Dowd (0-1), M Browne; K Gavin (0-2), C Leahy (1-4, 2 frees), J Neilan (1-1). Subs: M Kelleghan for C Gore, B Fallon (0-1) for B McGahon, C Grehan for R Dowd.

St. Brigid’s: S Smith; C Daly, E Minagh; D Carroll; E Nolan, C Walsh, S Fuery; J Curley, N. Murray; P Daly (0-1), D Gately (0-1), E Egan; G Byrne, J McDonnell (0-2, 1 free), K Byrne.  Subs: D Daly for E Nolan, B Daly for K Byrne, R Nestor for D Gately, C Killion for E Egan, J Leonard for C Daly, B McDonnell for G Byrne (black card)

Red card: Eoin Minagh

Referee: D Hunt

Man of the Match: St. Ciarán’s had a number of impressive performers including Tomás Clayton and Shane Dowd but the award goes to Christy Leahy who scored a super goal and 1-4 overall while looking dangerous all afternoon.

 

Pearses’ first minor title since 2007

Connaughton Fuels Roscommon Minor Division One Football Championship Final
Padraig Pearses 1-10 Clann na nGael 1-7

 “That’s really sweet after last week. The club has been really down in the dumps this past couple of weeks. I thought it was gone again today but the one thing about this Pearses team is they don’t drop their heads.” Philip Donoghue could be forgiven for raw, breathless emotion after this enthralling game of football.

  Clann na nGael came to Ballyforan in search of three in a row, but were denied by this heroic Pearses outfit who were dogged and dominant in a fierce second half performance.

  It started brightly for Clann and it seemed like the recent heartbreak would continue for Pearses. Ian Naughton and Ciarán Lennon opened up a three-point gap for the Johnstown outfit before Daniel Glynn, Lorcan Daly and Darcy eventually responded for Donoghue’s men.

  In fact it could have been far worse for Pearses but for some good goal keeping from Kelvin Kelly to deny David Griffin from close range. This game was fiercely contested as you would expect but in the closing stages of the first half it was Clann who were getting the better of the exchanges. Conor Farrell and David McManus sent them in two points up at the break.

  Clann and Farrell in particular picked up where they left off at the very start of the second half as Pearses took time to get going. Ian Naughton pointed superbly to give Clann a four-point cushion four minutes in.

   If the outlook as well as the weather was gloomy for Pearses, then nobody told the men in red as they stormed back with scores from Darcy, Lorcan Daly, and Daniel Glynn, bringing them to within a point.

  Just as they were preparing to summit the mountain, Clann sent them tumbling back down as Calum O’Brien introduced himself with a well taken goal following good build-up from Paul McManus, Conor Farrell and Ciarán Lennon.

  The Pearses’ heartbreak had to end sometime, although at four points down it was hard to see light at the end of the tunnel. A Hubert Darcy free and a brilliant Karl Feehily score from a difficult angle provided hope heading into the closing stages.

  Then, in an ending that Hollywood scriptwriters would struggle to sell, a man called Payne brought an end to weeks of agony for Pearses. Having being subbed back on, Conor Payne collected the ball, swiveled and struck low. The ball rebounded off the upright and somehow eluded David Finneran in the Clann goal before nestling in the back of the net.

  What followed was an explosion of relief, joy and weeks of frustration as the Pearses’ support and panel erupted in celebration. There was still time for Darcy to put the gloss on the scoreboard with a free and a fine point from play, as Clann failed to respond.

  Moments later, Paul Fahy’s whistle sounded and this time it was Pearses who were celebrating their first minor title since 2007 and the stop of the rot.

Padraig Pearses: K Kelly; D Johnston, M Richardson, T Richardson; S Downey, J Curley, G Kelly; D Glynn (0-2), K Feehily (0-1); A Johnston, C Payne (1-0), C Reilly; J Donoghue, H Darcy (0-5, 4 frees), L Daly (0-2). Subs: D Reilly for J Donoghue, P Carey for C Payne, C Payne for A Johnston, E Galvin for A Johnston.

Clann na nGael: D Finneran; N Connaughton, S McManus, D Lennon; S Fallon, K Connaughton, D Kildea; D Duff, D McManus (0-1); C Farrell (0-2, 1 free), C Lennon (0-2, 1 free), S Henry; E O’Neill, D Griffin, I Naughton (0-2). Subs:  G Nicholson for S Fallon, C O’Brien (1-0) for D Griffin, P McManus for S Henry, M Hanley for I Naughton (black card).

Referee: P Fahy.

Man of the match

There were several big performances from both sets of players. Seán McManus in particular impressed for Clann na nGael with a battling performance.

  For Pearses, Kelvin Kelly kept them in it, while the Richardson and Reilly brothers were productive at opposite ends. Conor Payne wasn’t happy about being substituted in the first place but certainly made the most of his reintroduction.

  However, with points to keep the scoreboard ticking over, a cool head late on to finish the job the ability to drop deep in the second half in order to assist his teammates and rebounding from the Senior final, Hubert Darcy just edges it.

 

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