Our intermediates retained their status for 2022 with a 0-9 to 0-6 win over Monaleen in a tense affair in Cappamore on Saturday. We came racing out of the blocks and were 0-5 to 0-0 up after just ten minutes as Monaleen found it difficult to deal with us going forward with Mike McCormack in particular winning great ball in the full forward line. Richard Murphy opened the scoring with a fine free from an acute angle and this was followed by a point from play from Karl Moloney after some good build up play before an outstanding long distance score from Conor Burke. Richard added two frees to leave the score at 0-5 to 0-0 at the first waterbreak. Monaleen gradually started to get more of a foothold in the game and got their first score of the game shortly after the water break. Shane O’Connell cut inside his man and was unfortunate to see his effort come off the crossbar when a goal would have put real daylight between the sides. Monaleen went on to kick two more scores but had a man sent off on a second yellow on the stroke of half time as we led by two at the change of ends, 0-5 to 0-3.
Monaleen scored two quickfire points at the start of the second half to level the contest at 0-5 apiece. Ten minutes into the second half we had a free from Richard Murphy to edge back into the lead. We were unfortunate shortly after to have a goal ruled out for a square ball as Shane O’Connell fisted to the net from a Micheál O’Neill handpass, as it remained 0-6 0-5 at the second half water break. We kicked on in the closing stages and fisted points from Micheál and Richard from play along with a free from Richard stretched the lead out to 0-9 0-5. As Monaleen were forced to chase goals our backs held firm with great defending from Evan and Tim Moloney and Sean Fitzgerald in particular. Monaleen did get a point in injury time to bring it back to a three point game but the referee’s whistle went soon afterwards as we ran out winners on a 0-9 to 0-6 scoreline.
This really was a must win game for us due to the importance of retaining our intermediate status and credit to the players for coming out the right side of this attritional affair. Having beaten Kildimo-Pallaskenry in the group stage who now find themselves in the county final, it shows that we have the ability to beat any team in intermediate on our day and we look forward to seeing this group push on next year.
Team: Rob Sweeney; Donnacha Connolly, Tim Moloney, Evan Moloney; Mark Shanahan, Cormac Flanagan, Sean Fitzgerald; Karl Moloney (0-1), Darach Skelly; Conor Burke (0-1), Cathal O’Neill, Richard Murphy (0-6, 0-5f); Shane O’Connell, Mike McCormack, Sam Riordan. Use subs: Micheál O’Neill (0-1) for Sam Riordan, Tomás Connolly for Darach Skelly, Gary O’Connell for Shane O’Connell, Conor Kirby for Donnacha Connolly. Other subs: John McManus, Rob Greer, Cian Donohue, Killian Scanlon, Shane O’Connor, Sean Keyes, Damien Kearney, Cian Leahy (inj), David Macken (inj). Thanks to the players and management team of Ger Riordan, Peter Healy, Tom Connolly and Mossy Fitzgerald for their dedication and commitment throughout the year.
The under 21 hurlers open their championship campaign next Sunday 24th October against Belville Gaels (Feohanagh & Feenagh-Kilmeedy) in Quaid Park, Coolyroe at 11am. Best of luck to the team and management. All support welcome.
Our Winter Hurling Academy returns on Nov 07th at 11.00am in South Liberties All Weather. Last year we had great success with our Sunday morning sessions only to be cut short by Covid. This year we plan to have 16 sessions ending on March 20th and a Christmas break in between. We will cater for all boys born between 2009 to 2014, so boys turning 8 to 13 in 2022. Coaches of these groups will again give their time to run this academy, so a huge thanks again for your support. More information can be got from Ger Hickey at
The club would like to remind any players who have registration/membership fees outstanding that can pay via Klubfunder at…/Crecora…/Membership…
October’s draw will take place on Saturday October 30th during the Live 95FM Sports Programme between 10am and 11am. If you would like to renew or update your membership, please follow the link and select “Crecora-Manister” as the club you wish to support and the number of draws that you wish to sign up for (there are three draws remaining). October’s exclusive Star Prize is a two-night stay at the Fitzgerald Woodlands House Hotel & Spa, champagne in the room on arrival, dinner in Timmy Macs Bistro and monthly tempting treats for two people at Revas Spa. As always, there is the monthly cash top prize of €10,000 and 28 more cash prizes.
We would like to invite the members of Crecora-Manister GAA Club and Crecora Camogie Club along with the wider community to take part in our upcoming walking challenge.
Where: Community walking track located in the GAA field.
When: Every Tuesday evening at 8pm from 28th September for 6 weeks.
Please note that there are 4 benches located on our 750m walking track, making it suitable for those with reduced levels of mobility. We wish to encourage all our members, families and neighbours to get involved. Completion of this challenge will qualify the club for a chance to get a €1,000 euro grant.
For useful links on getting active see:
Please message Donnacha Ryan on 087-4167797 if you have any questions.
Intermediate football relegation playoff: Crecora-Manister 0-9 Monaleen 0-6
Sunday 24th October: Under 21 hurling v Belville Gaels in Quaid Park, Coolyroe at 11am