AHANE GAA CLUB NOTES
Brian Butler Cup
Ahane welcomed Doon to Mackey Park on Tuesday to play the Semi Final of the Brian Butler Cup. Both sides traded scores in the opening minutes before Doon started to get on top. Ahane scored first with Kevin Morrissey scoring great point, but Doon went on to score 1-03 with no response. However, points from Mark Donnellan, Liam O’Mara and Johnny Meskell kept the Ahane score ticking over. First water break and the scores were Ahane 0-6 Doon 1-04. Again, the second quarter saw Doon start the quicker as Ahane founds it hard to make the ball stick in their forward line. Johnny Meskell, Davy Laing and Peter Donohoe got scores for Ahane, but Doon managed to get their second goal after a side-line ball in led to a scramble on the line which saw the ball go over the line and into the net. The half time score stood as Ahane 0-11 Doon 2-08. The second half got underway and again it was Doon that started the quickest, but serious credit is due to our lads who never gave up and got some fantastic scores to chip away at Doon’s lead. Doon got their third goal but points again from Kevin and Peter kept the Ahane charge moving. Second water break score stood as Ahane 0-14 Doon 3-14. Ahane’s goal came from a penalty which Johnny Meskell buried after Kevin Morrissey was pulled down inside the 21. Ahane’s second goal came from Killian Enright after a great ball in from Mark Donnellan. The two goals along with points from Kevin Morrissey meant we were down to a one-point game much to the excitement of the Ahane crowd, however it was too little two late as we couldn’t manage to level it and then go ahead. Full time Ahane 2-18 Doon 3-16. Huge credit to our lads who left it all on the field.
Team: T. Dohney, P. O’Grady, A. Carroll, L. Ryan, J. Barry, S. O’Grady, M. Hickey, J. Meskell, C. Heffernan, P. Donohoe, D. McCarthy, D. Laing, M. Donnellan, K. Morrissey, L. O’Mara.
Substitutions: S. Richardson (1/2 time for L. Ryan), K. Enright (1/2 time for L. O’Mara), L. O’Sullivan (2nd ½ D. McCarthy)
U19 County Championship
Our U19’s welcomed Adare to Mackey Park on Sunday afternoon to play their rescheduled Round 1 game. In a good game of hurling, that saw both teams display serious skills, scores and work rate it was Ahane that came away with the win. Points from Peter Donohoe, Mark Donnellan, Gavin Rowsome and Kevin Morrissey got Ahane underway in the first half. Some of the pick-ups, flicks and scores taken by the Ahane lads was just phenomenal. Ahane’s final point of the half came from Jack Barry at half back, the score stood as Ahane 0-11 Adare 0-06 at half time. Again, both teams traded scores in the second half and in the third quarter Adare hit their purple patch, getting some fine scores from all over the field. Ahane however weathered the storm well and more points from Kevin, and Mark saw the score at the water break as Ahane 0-15 Adare 0-10. The final quarter as nip and tuck but Ahane did enough to keep the lead and pull away. A great performance from William O’Leary in goal ensure that Adare were kept goalless, along with solid performances from Evan O’Leary, Aidan Carroll, Jack Barry, Mark Hickey, Shane O’Grady, Colm Slattery Wright in the first half and Stephen Hassett in the second half in Ahane’s defence ensured that every score Adare got was hard fought for. Final score Ahane 0-19 Adare 0-13. Ahane now play Na Piarsaigh in Caherdavin on Tuesday evening.
Team: W. O’Leary, E. O’Leary, A. Carroll, C. Slattery Wright, J. Barry, M. Hickey, S. O’Grady, K. Morrissey, L. O’Mara, W. McCormack, M. Donnellan, P. Donohoe, C. O’Connell, G. Rowsome, J. Donohoe
Substitutions: S. Hassett (1/2 time for C. Slattery Wright) D. Carr (2nd ½ for Craig O’Connell)
We are saddened to hear of the passing of John Mulcahy. John, although from Cappamore played with us for 5/6 years during the 40’s as Cappamore didn’t have a Senior team at the time. While playing for us he was part of the winning 3 in a row team of 46,47, and 48. He played alongside the likes of Paddy Enright and Mick Herbert who became lifelong buddies of John along with many others on the team. John was the last surviving member of that team. John played with Limerick from 1947 to 1952 and scored 5 points in seven Munster Championship appearances. In 1946, John won a Munster Junior Hurling Championship with Limerick. We are sending our deepest condolences to John’s family, his wife Breda, sons Charlie, Eamon, Donal, Diarmuid, Noel and Tony, daughters Maura and Gretta and all his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family and friends.
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U15 Football Feile
On a glorious sunny afternoon Ahane hosted Claughaun, South Liberties Crecora Mainister & Adare in Mackey Park for the group 4 first round of under 15 Gaelic Football Feile. Observing a minutes silence for Padraic Kearney of Adare whose son Patrick was playing yesterday reminded us of the importance of community, support, family and friendship for all the boys. Ahane’s first game was against Claughaun. We put in a strong performance to take the win against a team that never gave up. After a short break we faced South Liberties Crecora Mainistir. Ahane didn’t get off to a good start & credit to our opposition for outplaying us in the first half. We battled hard in the second half but it wasn’t our day.We had great support on the sidelines as always with our 15s hurlers, parents & friends coming to cheer our boys on & creating an enjoyable atmosphere in Mackey Park. Many thanks to our coaches for all the hard work put in with the team and to all the parents who helped out with umpiring, Covid, First Aid, car parking and organizing the afternoon.
U15 Hurling Division 1: Ahane v Bruff Monday 30th August in Mackey Park @ 7pm
Mr Binman U17 Hurling Division 2A: Ahane v Ballybricken-Bohermore/Fedamore Wednesday 1st September in Mackey Park @7pm
County U19 Hurling Championship Group 2: Ahane v Na Piarsaigh Friday 3rd September in Caherdavin @7pm
Woodlands House Hotel County Junior A Hurling Championship Group 2: Ahane v Garryspillane Friday 3rd September in Caherconlish @6:45pm