AHANE GAA CLUB NOTES
Mint Catering U21 Premier Hurling County Championship
We travelled to UL to take on Mungret St Pauls in the U21c Premier County Hurling Championship. After a delay the game got underway at 9:15pm and it was Mungret that got the first two points before Evan Power scored a beauty from out near the side-line. The first of Mungret’s goals came in the seventh minute as Mungret went 1-02 to 0-01 ahead. Peter O’Grady responded with a point to keep us ticking over. Our next point came from a move started by Ronan Fox, who passed it to Jack Barry, who made the final pass to Kevin Morrissey who fired it over the bar. Mungret continued to put serious pressure on us all over the field and despite our best efforts they scored their second goal in the twelfth minute to add to the point they scored from a 65 just before hand. Ronan got the following two scores from frees and the gap was down to five. Mungret scored a point before the water break to leave the game standing as Ahane 0-05 Mungret St Pauls 2-05. Kevin Morrissey scored the first point after the water break, but Mungret scored 1-01 in quick succession. We played some good hurling in parts and put some good moves together. Ronan scored another free, before Mungret got their seventh point. Kevin made a quick response though and got a point for us so the gap as eight points. The absolute killer blow came just before half time as Mungret scored two goals to put their goal count as five. Ronan converted another free, but Mungret had the last say in the half as they scored a point. Half time score Ahane 0-09 Mungret St Pauls 5-08. First two points in the second half were for Mungret from placed balls. Ronan got another free and then got on a ball from Mark Donnellan who did well to dispossess the Mungret player and lay it off to Ronan to get the point. Two more Mungret points put them up seventeen points, but Ronan and Andrew Shanahan got great points from play to bring it back to fifteen. Kevin Morrissey got a point after serious teamwork out the field, Ronan slotted a free over the bar before Mungret got a point straight away. Liam O’Mara had a shot on goal, but it was saved by the Mungret keeper much to the disappointment of the Ahane crowd. Ronan hit another beauty of a free, but Mungret kept their scores ticking over too meaning the gap was sixteen points in the twenty-eight minute. Mark Donnellan scored a point from play before the full-time whistle was blown. Full time score Ahane 0-17 Mungret St Pauls 5-17. The goals absolutely killed us, and the final score did not reflect the effort and the work rate of our lads. Huge thank you their management team of Eammon Meskell, Johnny Meskell, and Denis Murrihy for all their work with the lads throughout the year. Thank you to Brian O’Mara for doing first aid and to Rory O’Donnell and Jack Murray for providing physio all year. Finally, thanks to the lads for all their effort this year, although it didn’t go the way we had hoped there is serious talent in this group, and they never gave up.
Team: W. O’Leary; L. O’Sullivan, A. Carroll, J. O’Keeffe, M. Hickey, P. Harnett, A. Shanahan, P. O’Grady; M. Donnellan, C. Heffernan; R. Fox, E. Power, P. Donohoe, K. Morrissey, J. Barry.
Substitutions: S. O’Grady (½ time for L. O’Sullivan), L. O’Mara (½ time for M. Hickey), C. Slattery Wright (½ time for J. O’Keeffe), M. Hickey (2nd ½ for P. Harnett)
U21 B County Football Championship Round 2
On a crisp Sunday morning we welcomed St Patricks to Mackey Park. Hoping to build on our performance from our opening game we got our first score curtesy of Evan Power. Padraig Harnett put us two one up after Liam O’Mara did great work to get the ball to Paudie. Andrew Shanahan took a 45’ which dropped in but serious reflexes from the St Pats goalkeeper meant we didn’t get the goal and instead Andy stepped over another 45’ which
just tailed wide. Three minutes later Aidan Carroll attempted to punch the ball over the bar, but somehow the St Pats keeper got a hand to it, saved the rebound shot from Evan and then saved the shot from Gavin and managed to clear the ball. Shane O’Grady dispossessed the St Pats player, Mark Donnellan got on the breaking ball and fired it over the bar to get our third point. St Pats got their first goal of the game in the fourteenth minute and then added a point from a free. The score at the water break was Ahane 0-03 St Patricks 1-02. We got our first goal in the twentieth minute, and it was from the boot of Padraig Harnett as he started the move from wing back and then passed it off to Mark Donnellan who passed it back to Paudie, and he buried it into the net. Paudie scored our next point and added to his tally for the day, bringing it to 1-02 from wing back! Half time the score was Ahane 1-04 St Patricks 1-02. We played some great football in the first half and worked well for each other. The second half got underway and again we were denied a goal this time by the posts and then St Pats came down the field and scored their second goal. They added a point before Mark Donnellan scored a much-needed point for us. The score at the water break was Ahane 1-05 St Patricks 2-04. St Pats scored two points on the bounce before we put a great move together and took the shot on goal but serious credit again to the St Pats keeper who saved the initial shot and then the shot after his first save. Peter Donohoe then got on the ball, did everything right but again somehow, we were denied another goal. We could have scored at least six goals over the sixty minutes, but it just wasn’t to be for us. St Pats got the final score of the game from a free. The final score was Ahane 1-05 St Patricks 2-09. We played some good football and got good scores but the wides and the frees killed us. The St Pats goalkeeper was also unbelievable throughout the game.
Team: A. Rowsome; P. O’Grady, B. Murphy, J. O’Keeffe, S. O’Grady, A. Shanahan, P. Harnett; A. Carroll, T. Marsden; G. Rowsome, M. Donnellan, C. Heffernan, P. Donohoe, E. Power, L. O’Mara.
Substitutions: C. Coulter (for L. O’Mara ½ time) P. Donohoe (for C. Slattery Wright 2nd ½), D. Hayes (for J. O’Keeffe 2nd ½), J. Donohoe (for T. Marsden 2nd ½)
Lotto Draw #7
Numbers Drawn: 1,7,27,28
No Jackpot Winner
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Ceol agus Ciorcal Comhrá
Ceol agus Comhrá againn an mhí seo! We are going to have Stiofán ó Fearail o Seo Linn and his guitar with us on the 30th of November in the clubhouse for our monthly Ciorcal Comhrá. Bígí lin!
Cash for Clobber
We are still running our Cash for Clobber. We accept unwanted/unused clothes, shoes (in pairs only) handbags, and belts. You can drop your bags to the dressing rooms.
U21 B County Football Championship: Ahane v Granagh/Ballingarry Sunday 28th November @ 12pm in Ballingarry.