Bon Secours Senior Hurling County Championship Round 2

Saturday 1st August saw Ahane and Na Piarsaigh go head to head in the 2nd around of the Bon Secours Senior Hurling County Championship. Having lost to Kilmallock last week this was a must win match for Na Piarsaigh, for Ahane however this was their first game of the championship.
Na Piarsaigh started the stronger and led the whole way through the game. Ahane‘s first 2 points came from Tom Morrissey frees, with Ahane’s first point from play coming from wing forward Niall Moran as he got a great point from the middle of the field that sailed over the city end goal in the LIT
Gaelic Grounds.
Both sides put in hard tackles and tensions rose on a number of occasions in the game. Na Piarsaigh broke through the Ahane defence in the 10 minute but a fantastic save from Adam O‘Brien in the Ahane goal saw the ball go out for a Na Piarsaigh 65’ which Ronan Lynch popped over the bar. Na
Piarsaigh put the 6 Ahane backs under serious pressure but they dealt with it well with Paddy Morrissey in the left corner, along side Evan Enright at full back and Padraig Harnett in the other corner playing well. Ciarán Barry got Ahane’s second point from play and as the game approached
the first water break the score stood as Ahane 0-04 Na Piarsaigh 0-08.
Na Piarsaigh continued to put pressure on in the middle of the field and in the Ahane defence. In the 25th minute they broke through and got their first of two goals and they stretched the gap to 8 points. Ahane were dealt a killer blow as not five minutes after Na Piarsaigh got their first goal wing
back Jeffery Enright got a straight red card after a high tackle on Peter Casey. As the rain began to fall and the referee blew the whistle on the first half the score board read Ahane 0-05 Na Piarsaigh 1-13.
With the rain continuing to pour the second half got underway and Ahane got the first 2 points again from Tom from frees. But from there Na Piarsaigh took the reins and they went on to score 1-12 in the second half. Ahane scored two more points Tom with a free and Dan from play. On the day Na
Piarsaigh were the stronger and better team, but Ahane continued to fight the whole way to the final whistle. Ahane now have to prepare to play Kilmallock next Saturday at 5:30pm in the LIT Gaelic
Grounds the game will be broadcast on RTÉ 2
Ahane Team: A. O‘Brien; P. Morrissey, E. Enright (C), P. Harnett, J. Enright, D. Morrissey, C. Carroll; C. Barry, C. O’Mara; N. Moran, T. Morrissey, W. Brennan, A. Hackett, P. O’Halloran, R. Fox Substitutes: A. Minehan, M. Donnellan (for P. O’Halloran 2nd 1/2), M. Foley, M. O’Halloran (for W.
Brennan 2nd 1/2), A. Rowesome, S. Power, D. McCarthy, P. Minehan, A. Shanahan

Woodlands House Hotel Junior A Hurling County Championship Round 2
Sunday evening saw Ahane and Crecora Manister travel to Fedamore to play each other in the 2nd
Round of the Woodlands House Hotel Junior A Hurling County Championship. It turned out to be a lovely evening in Fedamore with a breeze blowing into the dressing room end goal.
Crecora Mainster we’re quickest off the mark with a point in the first minute. They added to their tally in the second minute before Ahane’s Johnny Meskell stepped over a placed ball and popped it over the bar to get Ahane off the mark. Crecora Manister started to take hold of the game and the put five more points over the bar before the first water break. Crecora Manister took some fantastic points and it was clear they had brought their shooting boots to Fedamore. Ahane’s scores were kept ticking over by Johnny Meskell as he scored two more points from placed ball and one from play. Both team did fierce battling around the middle of the field and Crecora Manister put the Ahane defence under serious pressure but they dealt with it well. The only other player to score for Ahane in the first half was Mike Carr who got a point from a close range free. The referee blew thehalf time whistle and the scores were Ahane 0-05 Crecora Mainster 0-11.
The second half got underway and the breeze was in Crecora Manister’s favour. Crecora Manister went on to score 5
unanswered points in the first ten minutes of the second half before Johnny got Ahane’s first point
the second half from a free. As the water break came the gap had stretched to 14 points. Similarly to the first half Crecora Manister took some fantastic scores from serious angles. Ahane’s goalkeeper William O’Leary made two fantastic saves and ended the game with a clean sheet. Aidan Carroll who played corner back and Shane Hackett at wing back both had good games and were consistent throughout the game. Kevin Morrissey got his name on the score sheet in the 29th minute of the second half as he got Ahane’s 7th point of the game. Johnny Meskell stepped over a placed ball in
the 31st minute and popped it over the bar. The referee called time on the game shortly after and it ended as Ahane 0-08 Crecora Manister 0-24. Crecora Manister were the better team on the day but Ahane put up a good fight and battled hard throughout the game. Ahane Scorers: Johnny Meskell 0-06 (5 f), Mike Carr 0-01 Kevin Morrissey 0-01
Ahane now go on to play Claughaun in Monaleen at 7pm on Sunday 9th August.

Under 14 Football
In advance of our upcoming championship matches, our under 14 football team played their second challenge game against a Monaleen representative team last Wednesday night. Wet conditions didn’t deter both sides playing some excellent football that was enjoyed by all present.
Ahane boys really showed up & their work rate & team work was fantastic. We had scores in each quarter with all scores coming from play, good hand passing, tackling & super saves by Cian O’Leary.
Well done to Jamie Conway who scored 4 of our goals and a shout out to Conor Ryan displaying some great skill & determination throughout the game. Well done boys on a superb team effort all round!
The u14 mentors would like to thank all our parents for their support , Ann Ryan our Covid Supervisor on the night, Linda O’Connor & the Football committee for managing the evening’s football events
Championship matches have started in hurling and football begins on the 12th August. If anyone would like more information, please reach out to Linda O’Connor
at secretarybng.ahane.limerick@gaa.ie

Under 14 Hurling 1A Division
Despite a valiant effort Ahane beaten by Murroe Boher in the U14 Hurling 1A Division Championship
this evening in Harty Park.
Final score: Ahane 2 goals 9 points- Murroe Boher 5 goals 10 points.
Next fixture: Ahane v Mungret/St Paul’s Wednesday 5th August at 7pm in Mackey Park

C-A-M Cancer Presentation
Our adult hurlers got new gear this week and they wanted to support C-A-M Cancer Support in any way they could, so they reached out to the ladies and asked if they could use their logo on their new gear. The lads came together and made a donation to C-A-M Cancer Support and presented them with
the donation and a jersey this evening!
C-A-M Cancer Support do such fantastic work in our community and they support people going through some of the toughest times in their lives alongside supporting their families. They are such a valued group and support in our community and we are delighted to be able to give back to them and show our appreciation.

PHOTOGRAPH The presentation of the training gear with the C-A-M Cancer Support logo on it to the C-A-M Cancer support founders, Pictured are; Ciarán Barry (U21 Captain) Maeve Herbert, Deirdre Herbert, Mike Hayes (Junior Captain), Phil Foley, Evan Enright (Senior Captain) Kay Lee and Beverly Hartigan

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