AHANE GAA CLUB NOTES
East Junior B Hurling County Championship 2
Thursday saw the second round of the East Junior B Hurling County Championship where Ahane welcomed Cappamore to Mackey Park. In traditional Junior B style there was loads of pulling on the ground and clash of the ash. Cappamore were fastest out of the blocks and got a goal and 3 points in the first ten minutes without reply from Ahane. Podge O’Connor was the man to get Ahane’s first score, but Cappamore got another point and at the water break it was Ahane 0-01 Cappamore 1-04. Seamus Richardson got a free and put the ball over the bar and Paul O’Connor then went on to score the point of the match as the ball was in a mid-air and he pulled on it first time and it flew straight over the black spot. Seanie O’Connor got a point from a free, but Cappamore continued to get points of their own and kept their lead at five points. David Kennedy stepped up once again and blasted the sliotar in past the goalkeeper to add to his growing goal tally for the season. The gap was down to two, but Cappamore added on two more points before Ahane responded with two Podge O’Connor points and a Seanie O’Connor point from a free. Half time Ahane 1-07 Cappamore 1-09. Again, despite the Ahane lads’ best effort, Cappamore kept their grasp on the game and continued to keep their scores ticking over. The second half water break saw the scores as Ahane 1-09 Cappamore 1-15. The game finished up on a score line of Ahane 1-14 Cappamore 1-20.
Bon Secours Senior Hurling County Championship Round 3
The LIT Gaelic Grounds played host to Ahane v Doon in the 3rd round of the Bons Secours Senior Hurling Championship on Sunday. Ahane started the stronger and took advantage of playing with the wind. Points from Ronan Fox, Ciarán Barry and Niall Moran gave Ahane a two-point cushion before Doon got a free and put it over the bar. Mark Donnellan was the next Ahane player to score and then in the seventh minute Tom scored a beauty of a goal after a great series of passes between himself, Mark Donnellan and Dan Minehan. Tom then added a point to his tally and Ahane were six points up. Doon did get two more points one from play and one from a free before the water break. Score after 15 minutes was Ahane 1-05 Doon 0-04. Niall Moran got in on the scoring action as he put two points on the bounce over the bar, Mark Donnellan added a point as did Ronan before Doon got two points from frees to close the gap back to six. Ciarán Barry started with the ball in the half back line, continued his run, and got on the end of the move to put the ball over the bar and put Ahane seven points to the good. Half time Ahane 1-10 Doon 0-06. Doon started the second half brighter and got two points before Dan Minehan got a point from play for Ahane. However, Doon started to hit their purple patch and scored three points with no response. Tom got a point from a free, but Doon went on to score a goal after the ball deflected into the goal of a hurley. Tom kept Ahane two points up as he scored an outrageous point from the tightest of angles out near the side-line. Second half water break Ahane 1-13 Doon 1-11. Unfortunately the final quarter was dominated by Doon. They scored four points which saw them go ahead by two points before Tom dummy sidestepped the Doon defender and popped the ball over and we were back to a one point game. But Doon kept the pressure one and got points to push their lead to three. Again Morrissey brought it to two but the killer blow came when Pat Ryan struck for goal and buried it. Ahane got one final point from a Tom Morrissey free but Doon ran out winners on a full time score of Ahane 1-16 Doon 2-18.
Team: A. O’Brien; J. Enright, P. Hartnett, E. O’Leary, C. Carroll, C. Barry, A. Shanahan; D. Morrissey, M. O’Halloran; D. Minehan, T. Morrissey, R. Fox, M. Donnellan, E. Enright, N. Moran
Substitutions: A. Murrihy, M. Foley (for J. Enright 2nd ½), P. O’Halloran (for E. Enright 2nd ½), W. Brennan (for M. Donnellan 2nd ½), A. Carroll, S. O’Grady, K. Morrissey, A. Hackett (for M. O’Halloran 2nd ½), D. McCarthy, K. Enright, C. O’Mara (for A. Shanahan 2nd ½)
Woodlands House Hotel Junior A Hurling County Championship Round 3
In the final game of the weekend the Ahane Junior A team took on St Patricks under lights in Caherdavin. From the get-go, St Patricks were the stronger team and got some outrageous points from all over the field. They had four points scored before Ahane got their first point on the board curtesy of a Johnny Meskell free. St Patricks went on to score eight more points before the water break. They did have two shots on goal in the first quarter, but William O’Leary made two very good saves and kept a clean sheet. Score at the water break Ahane 0-01 St Patricks 0-12. The second quarter followed the same script with St Patricks getting more points and again some beauties of scores they were. Johnny got our second point from the free and Davy Laing got our third point just before half time. At half time it was Ahane 0-03 St Patricks 0-18. Johnny got another point at the beginning of the second half, but St Patricks tacked on more points and continued their dominance. Ahane did battle hard, and there was some great fielding of the ball and interlinking play. Conor Heffernan got his name on the score sheet with a point from a free, but the Hegarty brothers caused serious problems for Ahane as both Gearoid and Diarmuid got scores from play and placed balls. Second half water break score was Ahane 0-05 St Patricks 0-23. Ahane got three more points before the full-time whistle was blown. Luke O’Sullivan popped over a great point and Conor Heffernan got two more points from placed balls. The game ended on a score line of Ahane 0-08 St Patricks 0-27.
Team: W. O’Leary, M. Hayes, A. Carroll, T. Doheny, M. Hickey, J. Meskell, D. McCarthy; S. Hackett, L, O’Sullivan; C. Heffernan, D. Laing, P. O’Grady, P. Donohoe, E. Kennedy, L. Ryan.
Substitutions: J. Barry (1/2 time for E. Kennedy), D. Hayes, P. O’Connor.
Lotto Draw #1
Numbers Drawn: 8,11,17,31
No Jackpot Winner
€200 Daniel Teehan
€150 Justin Murray
€120 Colm Maguire
€120 Dr Liam Glynn
€120 Ollie Donnelly
€120 Maura O’Connor
€120 Anthony and Geraldine O’Connell
€120 Dave Gobbins
€120 Josephine O’Neill
€120 Johnny Brennan
Huge thank you to all who have supported our lotto again this year it is so greatly appreciated! Our next draw is Thursday
Our U9 Football team travelled to Pallasgreen on Friday 17th September for a blitz. Some wonderful skills, and teamwork on show. Well done to all the boys and girls who really enjoyed their matches in the autumn sunshine! Many thanks to our hosts and to the parents for getting the kids there on time. Finally thank you to our coaches for the work put in with this group. Ahane abú!
Woodlands House Hotel County Junior A Hurling Championship Group 2: Ahane v Kilteely Dromkeen Thursday 23rd September
East Junior B Hurling Championship: Ahane v Ballybricken Bohermore Thursday 23rd September at 6:20pm in Mackey Park
U19 Premier Hurling Championship Quarter Finals: Ahane v Newcastle West Tuesday 21st September in LIT Gaelic Grounds at 8pm
U15 Hurling Division 1 Shield Semi Final: Ahane v Doon Saturday 25th September at 12pm
Woodlands House Hotel County Junior A Football Championship: Relegation Semi Final Ahane v South Liberties Wednesday 22nd September in Doon at 7:30pm