AHANE GAA CLUB NOTES
East Junior B Hurling Championship
Our Junior B’s first Championship match of the year saw them travel to Boher to take on Murroe Boher on a wet Thursday evening. Ahane started strong with two well taken scores from Podge O’Connor and David Kennedy, before Murroe Boher scored their first point in the 2nd minute. Five minutes in and a great ball in from wing back Tristian O’Sullivan saw David Kennedy gain possession and break through the tackles to get a serious goal and put Ahane up by four points. Seanie O’Connor added a beauty from midfield and Sean Madden added a point of his own to keep the Ahane charge moving. Brian Collins saved a Murroe Boher shot on goal with his head, and we cleared the ball, but Murroe Boher kept the pressure on the Ahane defence but the six Ahane backs along with William O’Leary in goal stood strong. Murroe Boher got a free and tried to sneak it in under the bar but always alert William made the save and cleared the ball out for a 65’ which Murroe Boher goes over. Another point from Murroe Boher along with a point from Darragh Madden saw the scores at the first water break stand as Ahane 1-05 Murroe Boher 0-04. The second quarter was all Murroe Boher as Ahane struggled to retain possession. Murroe Boher got three points before Sean Madden got a point for Ahane from a placed ball to keep the Ahane lead. The half time score was Ahane 1-06 Murroe Boher 0-08. Murroe Boher moved up a gear though in the second half as they got a point and then struck for a goal which ended up in the bottom corner. Sean Madden got a great point to bring us back to being one behind and then got a free to level it but Murroe Boher responded with another bullet of a shot that left William with no hope of saving it. Our lads must be credited in the fact they never gave up and never let their heads drop. Paul O’Connor got a monster of a score to keep us within a two-point reach of Murroe Boher, but they continued to keep their scores ticking over. We were awarded a penalty and Sean Madden stepped over it but his effort was saved by the Murroe Boher keeper and we got a 65’ out of it, which was slotted over by Sean. Second half water break the scores were Ahane 1-10 Murroe Boher 2-09. The final quarter saw Ahane leave it all out on the pitch as they got points from Madden and Paul O’Connor to level the game and then go one point and then two points up. Much to the delighted of the Ahane supporters the referee blew the full-time whistle and the scores were Ahane 1-14 Murroe Boher 2-09. A serious performance from the Ahane lads who left it all out on the field and pulled the game out of the fire in the final fifteen minutes.
Team: W. O’Leary; B. Collins, M. Hayes, D. Hayes, T. O’Sullivan, S. Richardson, J. O’Keeffe; S. O’Connor, P. O’Connor; J. O’Connor, D. Madden, P. O’Connor, D. Kennedy, S. Madden, G. Hayes.
Substitutions: K. Carroll (1st ½ D. Hayes), T. Dawson (1/2 time for G. Hayes), C. Haugh (2nd ½ for B. Collins), T. Ryan (2nd ½ for D. Kennedy) D. Troy.
Bon Secours SHC Round 2
Ahane and Patrickswell travelled to the LIT Gaelic Grounds on Sunday afternoon to play the second round of the Bons Secour SHC. Patrickswell started well and continued this thread for the game. Ahane struggled to get to the pace of the game but got points from Tom Morrissey and Ronan Fox to get the charge moving. However, with points and then two goals coming in quick succession from Aaron Gillane and then a super goal from Tom O’Brien the scores at the water break were Ahane 0-06 Patrickswell 3-06. Patrickswell continued to add on points, but Ahane kept their scores ticking over with points from Tom. The Ahane defence while under serious pressure dealt with it well, with Evan O’Leary having a serious senior debut, and Adam O’Brien solid as always between the posts. Half time score
Ahane 0-08 Patrickswell 3-10. The second half followed much the same path as the first half. Tom Morrissey kept Ahane’s scores ticking over while Patrickswell got some serious scores from Gillane from both play and placed balls. Adam denied Patrickswell another sure goal and down the other end of the pitch Dan Minehan’s shot on goal hit the posts. Just before the second water break, Adam made an initial save from the Patrickswell player, before the rebound was caught on the line by Evan O’Leary who cleared it. Second half water break score was Ahane 0-12 Patrickswell 3-17. The final quarter saw Ahane get points from Ciaran Barry from play and from two 65’s and from Tom. Ahane had two goal chances in quick succession, the first one just went over the bar and the second one from Niall Moran was saved and put out for a 65. The game ended on a score line of Ahane 0-17 Patrickswell 3-21. You couldn’t fault our lads for their effort, fight and determination throughout the game but Patrickswell were the stronger team throughout. Ahane now play Doon next Sunday in the LIT Gaelic Grounds at 2pm.
Team: A. O’Brien; J. Enright, P. Harnett, E. O’L.eary, C. Carroll, C. Barry, A. Shanahan; D. Morrissey, M. O’Halloran; D. Minehan, T. Morrissey, R. Fox, M. Donnellan, E. Enright, W. Brennan.
Substitutions: A. Murrihy, M. Foley, P. O’Halloran (for E. Enright ½ time) N. Moran (for W. Brennan ½ time), A. Carroll, S. O’Grady, K. Morrissey (2nd ½ for R. Fox), A. Hackett (for M. Donnellan 2nd ½), D. McCarthy, K. Enright, C. O’Mara (for M. O’Halloran ½ time).
Woodlands House Hotel JAHC Round 2
Mick Neville Park was the venue for Round 2 of the Junior A Hurling Championship as Ahane took on Monagea on Sunday night. Killian Enright kicked things off with a super score the first of ten points that he would score in the game. Monagea got their own point a minute later to level up proceedings. It was all Killian for Ahane as he got points from play and from placed ball, he was the only Ahane player to score for the first half. Monagea started to hit their grove and got some very good points from all over the field. The Ahane defence were under pressure but dealt with it well, anchored by their keeper James Hayes who made some fine saves and cleared a load of ball. The score at the water break was Ahane 0-05 Monagea 0-07. Monagea finally managed to break through the Ahane defence in the second quarter as they got their first of two goals. Killian Enright continued to keep the Ahane score moving as he got four more points. Half time score was Ahane 0-09 Monagea 1-10. Second half got underway and once again it was Monagea who got off the mark the fastest, as they scored two points before Johnny Meskell joined Killian Enright on the scoresheet with a point from play. Killian got Ahane’s eleventh and his tenth point of the game before he was forced to come off due to injury. Conor Heffernan got a point from a free for Ahane and the scores at the second half water break were Ahane 0-12 Monagea 1-13. It was all to play for in the second half as Ahane moved up a gear. Ahane got their goal curtesy of Diarmuid McCarthy much to the delight of the Ahane crowd. Johnny Meskell added to this with a 65’ along with a point from Mark Foley and Peter O’Grady but Monagea stemmed the Ahane surge with some points of their own, and in the end the Ahane lads left themselves too much to do with the final score standing as Ahane 1-16 Monagea 2-20.
Team: J. Hayes, M. Hayes, A. Carroll, T. Doheny, J. Barry, J. Meskell, M. Hickey; S. O’Grady, M. Foley; C. Heffernan, D. McCarthy, P. O’Grady, L. O’Mara, K. Enright, L. Ryan.
M. Fox (for M. Hayes), S. Hackett (for J. Barry), W. O’Leary (for L. O’Mara), J. Barry (for K. Enright)
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Well done to our U17 hurlers who won their game v Pallasgreen on Sunday September 5th.
Bon Secours County Senior Hurling Championship Round 3: Ahane v Doon Sunday 19th September at 2pm in the LIT Gaelic Grounds.
Woodlands House Hotel County Junior A Hurling Championship Round 3: Ahane v St Patricks Sunday 19th September at 8pm in Caherdavin
East Junior B Hurling Championship Round 2: Ahane v Cappamore on Thursday 16th September at 6:30pm in Mackey Park.