County Junior ‘A’ Hurling Championship Round 1:
St. Kieran’s 2.18 Askeaton 1.13
The Junior ‘A’ Hurlers got their county championship campaign underway in impressive fashion this past Thursday night with victory over Askeaton in the Bog Garden, Rathkeale. Beginning the game, the brighter of the two sides and held a commanding lead at the interval, 2.8 to 0.4 with our attacking unit showing great potency in front of goal. Our two first half goals came from Eoin McEnery and midfielder Mossie Shine. As the second half developed there was a noticeable change in intensity from the youthful Askeaton side who had reduced their half time deficit back to eight points. To our lad’s credit they kept working hard and continued to play an attractive brand of hurling throughout with great emphasis on work rate and intensity. At the final whistle there was a sense of job well done with the all-important two points secured which will be vital if we are to advance from what is a very competitive group in which only the top two teams advance to the County Quarter Finals. There were some excellent performances on the night, Cillian Ambrose performed well in goals in his first championship start in the position even registering a point. Up front Ian Mackessy and Eoin McEnery were potent in front of goals throughout while Diarmuid Mulcahy was extremely solid in the full back position moving in from his customary corner back position. Next up is a mouth-watering encounter against Feenagh/Kilmeedy this Saturday night in Knockaderry. Both teams go into the game on the back of comprehensive opening round victories with Feenagh easily disposing of the challenge of Mungret in round 1 last week on a score line of 3.11 to 1.8. With the margins for error so fine in such a competitive group victory on Saturday night is vital for both sides. Both clubs have had a strong rivalry over the years, our last championship encounter was in 2019 in the group stages of the West Championship. On that occasion the men in blue and white came away with a 0.22 to 1.14 victory but hopefully on Saturday night the lads can build on their impressive opening round performance and with the return of several players from injury we come away with the all-important two points which will give us an excellent platform to progress to the knockout stages. Saturday’s game throws in at 7pm in Knockaderry.
Team vs Askeaton:
Cillian Ambrose, Aaron Heffernan, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Shay Greaney, Jack Harnett, Brendan McCarthy, Cathal McEnery, Mossie Shine, Michael Murphy, Cormac Mann, Johnny McCarthy, Danny Collum, Ian Mackessy, Darragh Treacy, Eoin McEnery, Mike Flynn, Anthony Mullins, Liam Kennedy, Anthony Molyneaux, Evan Donovan, Michael Long, James O’ Connor, Billy Breen, Mike Breen, Edward Fitzgerald, Darragh McMahon, Conor Woulfe, Conor Kelly, Cathal O’ Connor, Brian O’ Neill, James Muckell, Paudie McCarthy, Donie Nolan, Padraig Balfe
West Junior ‘B’ Hurling Championship Round 1:
St. Kieran’s 0.9 Granagh/Ballingarry 0.10
The Junior ‘B’ Hurlers travelled to Raheenagh last Friday evening for the opening round of the West Championship against a Granagh/Ballingarry side who are regularly at the business end of the championship. A very youthful side put in excellent performance throughout the
hour and were extremely unlucky not to come away with the win have worked very hard throughout the hour and chances to win the game. While it was disappointing not to come away with the win having put in a very competent performance the game will no doubt stand to the lads going forward into their remaining group games. Next up in round 2 we play Adare. This game was due to take place last night and we will have a match report in next week’s edition.
Team vs Granagh/Ballingarry:
Liam Ward, Darragh McMahon, Billy Breen, Brian O’ Neill, William Steele, Mike Breen, Kevin Meade, James O’ Connor, Edward Fitzgerald, Conor Woulfe, Seamus Mangan, Cathal O’ Connor, Conor Kelly, Evan Donovan, Padraig Balfe, Cillian Heffernan, Mike Steele, Ray Cahill, Donal Balfe, James Woulfe, Kieran Copse, Noel Kelly, Cormac Hayes, JJ Cronin, Oisin Hallihan.
Ardagh Development Association & St Kierans GAA Club Lottery Draw
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· Friday August 12 – County Premier Minor Football Championship Semi-Final vs Mungret/St. Pauls in Clarina at 7pm
· Saturday August 13 – County Junior ‘A’ Hurling Championship Round 2 vs Feenagh/Kilmeedy in Knockaderry at 7pm
· Sunday August 14 – West Junior ‘B’ Hurling Championship Round 3 vs Newcastlewest in Knockaderry at 7pm