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Club Notes - 17th October 2011

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U16 Football County Final

Our U16’s captured the Div. 2 County title last Saturday in Fraher Field after defeating The Nire in the final. This was a very good all-round team performance by the Rathgormack youngster’s, & when they took a 3 point lead after a Jason Curry long range free was knocked into The Nire net off the hands of a defender after a few minutes, they never looked back & remained comfortably in control throughout the match, even though they never put the result to bed & left the opposition with a glimmer of hope of victory, especially in the last 15 minutes when The Nire had their best period of the game. The half time score was 2-6 to 1-1, with our second goal coming after about 25 minutes from full forward, John Cullinane, when he used his height advantage over the full back to win a high ball in the air, before finishing low to the net. He was to have a significant impact on the game, as he added two very similar goals in the second half from high direct balls, with the third goal to complete his hat trick being the best finish of all. Indeed he could have added a fourth goal in the last few minutes, but his powerful drive flew across goal, & out of danger. He was very well assisted by 5 other excellent forwards, with the half forward line of Daniel Crotty, William Hahessy & Sean Clancy standing out in particular, as they worked tirelessly up & down the pitch, & always used the ball intelligently finding team mates without fail, with all 3 also getting on the score sheet, & Sean Clancy also standing in goal to save a penalty in the second half. Jason Curry & Liam Mulligan won the vital midfield battle throughout. The half back line of Jason Gleeson, Brian Connolly & Declan Hennebry, (& Aaron Power in the 2nd half), also came out on top, with Jason Gleeson’s surging runs forward being a feature of the game, & they protected the full back line & goalkeeper well, & as a result they had a relatively quite game but all 4 did their jobs very well when called into action. The final score was 4-9 to 2-6, & accurately reflected the difference between the teams, with Rathgormack being the better balance 15, but The Nire had some very good players up the middle & also their No. 10 was very skilful & finished their 2 goals very well.

Team: Derek Hogan, Eoin Bray, Quann Butler, Robbie Flynn, Declan Hennebry, Brian Connolly, Jason Gleeson, Jason Curry, Liam Mulligan, Daniel Crotty, William Hahessy, Sean Clancy, Conor Murray, John Cullinane, Shane Dowley. Subs: Aaron Power for Declan Hennebry, James Nugent for Shane Dowley.

Well done to all concerned & the club would like to thank all the squad for their commitment to training throughout the year, which paid off handsomely on Saturday last, & team trainers Brendan Curry & Owen Gleeson, who have done great work with this bunch of lads, not just this year, but with the last 5 or 6 years since they were under 12. The team have a very good standard of skill as a result & if they continue to improve will have a right crack at the minor division 1 championship in the next 2 years. They still have the Eastern championship to complete & this will be played on a knockout basis in the next few weeks.

Junior Football County Final

Our county final against Clashmore goes ahead next Sunday 23rd October in Fraher Field at 1:45 P.M., & is the curtain raiser for the senior football county final between Stradbally & Ballinacourty. This Clashmore team have put up some big scores in the last few months on their way to defeating a very good Stradbally team in the Western final by 7 points, so we have it all to do to bring the cup back to the village. Hopefully as underdogs we will produce our best performance of the year, & come out with the right result. The club would appeal to everyone in the parish to come along & cheer on the lads, as that extra bit of support can make the difference in a tight match.

Senior Football

Our replayed senior football relegation playoff match against St. Saviours which was due to be played last Saturday night, 15th October in Kilmac, was called off last Monday night at a fixture’s meeting & has been re-scheduled for Saturday 29th October at the same time & venue.

Clonea Junior Hurlers

Congratulations to Clonea Junior hurlers who had a narrow 1-point win in the Junior Attached Intermediate County Final last Saturday in Walsh Park, when they defeated Brickey Rangers on a score line of 0-13 to 1-8. Some of the team will attempt to make it a county final double when they line out for Rathgormack in next week’s junior football county final.