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Club Notes - 22nd April 2013

posted Apr 21, 2013, 2:25 PM by Unknown user

Senior Football

Our senior team were on the wrong end of a heavy defeat to Ballinacourty in their opening championship match last Saturday night at Fraher Field. With a number of players making their championship debut, we started brightly & a few scoring chances went a begging before Conor Walsh opened the scoring with a good point in the 4th minute. Two minutes later, we gave away possession cheaply around midfield & when a long ball was played into our fullback line, a forward was pushed in the back & we concede a very soft penalty, which they scored with Brendan Crotty being unlucky not to keep it out as he got a strong hand to it before it rolled over the line. We responded well with two good points from Ronan Cahill & Tony Power bringing us back level by the 9th minute & with a lot of the team working hard at this stage we were right in the match. However we didn’t score for another 15 minutes in which time Ballinacourty added 3 points, but two points from Gavin Nugent before the break, meant we went in at half time behind 1-5 to 0-5, but could be happy enough with the effort & application at this stage. The second half was very different & we failed to perform throughout the pitch. Ballinacourty scored 3 very soft points in the first two minutes of the half to strengthen their position & when they repeated this between the 41st & 45th minutes, the match was over as a contest. Gavin Nugent, who was our only real threat in the second half, added two points before the end & Ballinacourty won pulling up on a score-line of 2-15 to 0-7.

Team: Brendan Crotty, Billy Power, Paudie Larkin, Johnny Quinlan, Cathal Crowch, Jamie Kirwan, Michael Crotty, Michael Curry, Ronan Cahill (0-1), Conor Walsh (0-1), Jack Nugent, Gavin Nugent (0-4), Jason Gleeson, Tony Power (0-1), Steven Kirwan. Subs: Paul Power for Jason Gleeson, Paul Drohan for Jack Nugent, Ciaran Fogarty for Conor Walsh.

All involved will be very disappointed with this showing & it makes next weeks match against Ballinameela, who also suffered a heavy defeat to The Nire last weekend, a must win game if we are to be in a position to qualify for the knockout stage of the championship. Here’s hoping we produce a more complete performance over the 60 minutes & show much more fight & appetite for the battle, & make it much more difficult for the opposition to score. This defeat & the fact that we now have a championship match under our belt may be the spur for a big improvement next week.

The match against Ballinameela goes ahead on Friday 26th April at 7:30 PM in Fraher Field.

Intermediate Football

Our intermediates started their championship campaign against Bunmahon last Sunday in Dunhill. We started well & opened the scoring in the first few minutes with a Donal Larkin point but unfortunately missed a few chances after this & Bunmahon started to get on top & were far more economical in front of goal & led at the break 0-6 to 0-1. Bunmahon added the first two points of the second half to give them a commanding lead as we found it very hard to make in roads against their defence & repeatedly gave away cheap position & kicked bad wides, which was the difference between the sides in the end. We did add three further point in the last 15 minutes from John Kirwan (Cool), John Kirwan (Bally) & Mikey Halpin to make it competitive in the closing stages but Bunmahon kicked the last two points of the game in the last few minutes, one from play & one from a free, to run out winners on a score-line of Rathgormack 0-4, Bunmahon 0-10.

Team: Eamonn Cahill, Robbie Flynn, John Kirwan (Bally), Muiris Quinlan, Brendan Behan, Daniel Drohan, Liam Walsh ( Bally), Brian Fogarty, Seanie Lacey, Conor Hennebry, Paudie Whelan, John Kirwan (Cool), Donal Larkin, Steven Power, Jason Curry. Subs: Tony Bolger for Brian Fogarty, Dean Kirwan for Conor Hennebry, Tony Curry for Jason Curry, Vinny Murray for Steven Power, Liam Walsh ( Mothel) for Seanie Lacey.

They play again in the championship next Sunday against Dunhill, at 2:30 PM in Kill & with a match under their belts we should see an improved performance with some better luck in front of goal.

U14 Football

 

Our U14’s exited the championship against De La Salle in the eastern semi final last Tuesday 16th April, when they lost out on a score-line of 3-5 to 0-6. This young team have found the ‘A’ championship tough going this year, but have performed well in all matches & it will stand to them in the next few years. The club would like to thank Dinny Hassett & Dec Power for the work they put in with this team since the start of the year & with nearly all of them involved with either our U13 or U16 teams during the summer, they have plenty more football ahead of them in 2013.

County Minors

The Waterford minor footballers had a great win in the Munster championship against Limerick in Dungarvan last Saturday afternoon on a score-line of 3-10 to 3-9. Rathgormack’s, Jason Curry captained the Waterford team, which also included William Hahessy, & we also had Jason Gleeson, Conor Murray, Robbie Flynn & Quan Butler on the bench, which is an unprecedented number of players from Rathgormack on a county minor squad. Jason Gleeson & Conor Murray saw action in the second half. They have now qualified for the Munster semi final on Wednesday 15th May against either Clare or Limerick. Well done to the Waterford management for getting the best available team onto the pitch on match day, which has not always happened with underage football teams representing the county.

Membership

A number of memberships are still outstanding & the club would call on all members who have yet to pay to get the money to membership officer Michael Crotty in the coming week.

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