CRECORA MANISTER GAA CLUB NOTES
Well done to our junior A footballers who have qualified for the club’s first ever county junior A football semi final after a 3-7 to 2-7 win over Athea last Saturday. On what was a balmy Saturday evening in Knockaderry, we got off to a dreadful start and went 2-3 to 0-1 down after just 12 minutes. However, we were awarded a penalty on 15 minutes which Richard Murphy coolly dispatched to the net to bring us back into the game. Some fine points from Mike McCormack and Gary O’Connell saw us cut the deficit even further to go in at half time 2-4 to 1-4down. A fantastic solo goal by Tomás Connolly 10 minutes after the restart and converted frees from Richard Murphy soon after saw us take the lead for the first time as the score read 2-7 to 2-5 at the second water break. A rocket of a shot from Gary O’Connell into the top corner after the restart saw us up by 5 points with the game coming down the home straight but despite two late Athea points, they failed to get the goal they needed to draw the game and we ran out 3-7 to 2-7 winners. Special mention must go to Tim and Evan Moloney, Patrick Dolphin and Dom O’Connor in the back line for holding firm throughout, Eoghan O’Connor in goal who pulled off a fine save in the closing stages and Karl Moloney and Micheál O’Neill who put in trojan work in midfield. Team: Eoghan O’Connor; Patrick Dolphin, Tim Moloney, David Macken; Donnacha Connolly, Evan Moloney, Darach Skelly; Karl Moloney, Micheál O’Neill; Richard Murphy, Cormac Flanagan, Tomás Connolly; Conor Burke, Mike McCormack, Gary O’Connell. Dom O’Connor, Conor Kirby, Killian Scanlon, Shane O’Connor, Tom Shanahan, Jack Dalton, Cian Leahy, Rob Greer, Adam Galvin, Sam Riordan. Fixture dtails for the semi final are still to be confirmed. We wish both Darach Skelly and David Macken speedy recoveries from the injuries they picked up during the game.
Our Minor Footballers contested the county A quarter final last Sunday afternoon in Caherconlish and after a super start went on to lead at the break by 4-7 to 1-3.
Some superb link up play in the forwards led to classy scores with great contributions from the half back and midfield lines. With the evening getting warmer and lads getting tired, we took the foot off the pedal in the second half and allowed a persistent Oola team back into the contest and they brought it to a 3 point game with 5 mins remaining. A great turnover ball from our backs was worked up the field and great link up play in the forwards got us a deserved goal to put the game out of Oola’s reach and put us into the county semi final on a final score of Crecora-Manister/Liberties. Credit to all 21 players who togged out this afternoon and to the management team also. The work ethic and belief of this team will bring them a long way and they will be a force to reckon with in the semis.
Team: Luke Buckley; Ronan Kirby, Patrick Dolphin, Alex O’Doherty; Ben Garry, Stephen Noonan, Ben O’Donoghue; Chris Shanahan, Patrick O’Donnell; Rian O’Byrne (1-1), Sam Riordan (2-4), Eoghan O’Connor; Ciaran Kennedy (0-1), Rory Hannan (1-2), Adam Godfrey (1-1); Sean Lavan, Ryan Godfrey, Edward McGrath, Fergal Egan, Arthur O’Donnell, Darragh Godfrey, Darragh Casserly, Stephen Willis.
The under 14 footballers last game takes place this Wednesday 23rd September v St Kieran’s in Coolcappa at 6.15.
CLUB LIMERICK DRAW:
The next Club Limerick Draw takes place on Saturday 26th September with a jackpot of €10,000 and an Exclusive Star Prize or Afternoon Tea for five in the Minstrels Gallery at Adare Manor and Gourmet Dinner for five at the Carriage House in Adare Manor. The cost is only €10 with €5 going back to your local club. Play now at limerickgaa.ie/club-limerick-draw or via
Crecora-Manister had two winners in the August Draw so if you’re not in you can’t win.