AHANE GAA CLUB NOTES
U21 B Football County Championship
Our U21 footballers played St Senan’s in Mungret on Sunday morning in the U21 B Football County Championship Quarter Final. On a crisps morning it took both sides a little while to settle into the game. The first score of the game came from Andrew Shanahan as he got a point in the 6th minute. Following that there was another lull in scoring, with Tom Marsden stepping up to get the next point of the game on the 15-minute mark. Scores are the first water break were Ahane 0-02 St Senan’s 0-00. As he has done in the previous games Padraig Harnett scored a point and then set up our first of five goals. Peter Donohoe got on the rebound ball from Paudie’s shot, which was saved well by the keeper, but he didn’t stand a chance against Peter’s shot. Peter added to the goal with a point of his own after a world class ball in from Evan Power. 27 minutes in and we got our second goal, this time is was off the boot of Gavin Rowsome who caught the ball after the keeper punched it out. Gavin stuck it into the bottom corner, and we were up by ten points. Peter got another point and then in a serious passage of play that saw fantastic movement and great passing we got our second goal, as Tom Marsden spotted Liam O’Mara who had snuck around the St Senan’s defence and managed to punch the ball into the net after a perfect ball in from Tom, a great team goal. Our final score of the game came from Andrew Shanahan who coincidently got our first point of the half and our last point of the half. St Senan’s got their first score of the game in the final minute of the first half, leaving the score line at half time Ahane 3-06 St Senan’s 0-01.
The second half got underway, and it was Mark Donnellan’s turn to add his name to the score sheet as he scored from the free. St Senan’s got a well worked point from play. There midfield players were seriously talented under the high ball and managed to pluck numerous kickouts from the clouds. Mark slotted over another free, before we made another run at the St Senan’s defence, this time we were denied by the keeper who pushed the ball out around the corner of the post and out for a 45’. We dropped the 45’ short and St Senan’s cleared it back down the field. They ended up with a point off the back of this. Mark again popped over another free. Unlike the first half, St Senan’s applied a lot more pressure and made life more difficult for us in the 3rd quarter. The scores at the second water break were Ahane 3-09 St Senan’s 0-03. St Senan’s entered the final quarter down a man due to a sending off, but they got the first score of the quarter. Andy Rowsome then showed that he isn’t just great between the posts, but he can also score as he started the final quarter in corner forward and scored a serious point from out near the side-line. Andrew Shanahan added to his tally of two points as he scored his third. St Senan’s got their 5th point with a blistering shot. Towards the end of the half, we were awarded a penalty due to a foot block. Andy Rowsome stood over the ball and made no mistake in landing it straight into the bottom right-hand corner. As good a penalty as you’ll see! Things went from bad to worse for St Senan’s as they went down to 13 men due to another sending off. He only played fifteen minutes out the field put Andy Rowsome scored 2-01. His first goal was the penalty, but his second goal was a thing of absolute beauty, it was a goal that would be in contention for goal of the year. This was to be the final score in the game. The full-time score was Ahane 5-12 St Senan’s 0-05. A great team performance again from our lads who are now in a County Semi Final. We will have the details on our social media pages during the week.
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, L. O’Sullivan, P. Donohoe, E. Power, L. O’Mara.
C. Slattery Wright for P. Donohoe (2nd ½), M. Murphy for L. O’Sullivan (Half Time)
Well done to the Ahane u14 hurlers led by captain Eoin Murrihy who won the U14 Arravale Hurling tournament on Saturday, December 4th.
Teams in the competition were Newport and Arravale Rovers from Tipperary, De La Salle from Waterford and Ahane. Congratulation to the Ahane players and coaches on a great win!
This tournament brought the 2021 season to a close for this group. Many thanks to the coaches and covid officers with this group for their commitment all year.
Lotto Draw #8
Numbers Drawn: 1,5,7,12
No Jackpot Winner
€200 Eugene Geary
€150 Marta Laffan
€120 Brendan Conroy
€120 Mike Keaveney
€120 Richard Leahy
€120 Patsy Graham
€120 Martin McPhail
€120 Greg & Bernie Mackey
€120 JC & Aoife Farrell
€120 Tom and Mary Ryan
Reminder that our AGM will be held in the Clubhouse on Sunday 12th December at 8pm.