St. Kieran’s GAA
All Ireland Semi Final – 1st Goal Fundraiser
In advance of Limerick’s All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on July 3 we will be running a 1st goal fundraiser. Tickets are €2 or 3 for €5. Each ticket has a specific time on it. If your ticket matches the time of the 1st goal by either team, then you will be the lucky winner of €500. Tickets can be purchased off any member of our adult football and hurling teams or any club officer also.
Limerick Senior Football:
Limerick senior footballers concluded their 2022 campaign on Sunday afternoon following defeat to Cork in Pairc Uí Chaoimh in the final round of the qualifier series. 2022 has been an extremely productive season for Limerick, an excellent league campaign saw Limerick secure promotion to Division 2 in 2023 where they will meet teams of the Calibre of Leinster Champions Dublin and Ulster Champions Ulster. In the Munster championship Limerick enjoyed excellent victories over Clare and Tipperary to set up a Munster final clash with Allianz League Champions Kerry. While Limerick didn’t perform on the day against a very strong Kerry side, they put in an excellent performance on Sunday to push Cork all the way and if a number of decisions went our way, they we may well have been looking forward to an All-Ireland Quarter final in two weeks’ time. Three St. Kieran’s players saw competitive action for the Limerick senior footballers in 2022. Darragh Treacy was an ever present in the engine room at midfield for Limerick, lining out in all fourteen of Limerick’s games, starting thirteen. Liam Kennedy and John Hayes got their first taste of senior intercounty action making the step up from the underage ranks and it has been clear from their club form this season that their exposure to senior intercounty level has made huge improvements to their game. Congratulations to all involved in the Limerick panel on what has been an excellent season. With the prospect of Division 2 football in 2023 and the likes of Dublin and Derry coming to play in Limerick there is a plenty to be optimistic about. Hopefully we will continue to see St. Kieran’s players wearing the green and white of Limerick in 2023.
County Senior Football League Semi Final:
St. Kieran’s 5.8 Galbally 2.5
The senior footballers travelled to the redeveloped grounds in Ballyagran on Saturday evening for their County League semi final encounter with Galbally. Both sides have met a lot of the last number of years at underage level including the 2021 County Premier U21 Championship semi final which Galbally won. Our last meeting at senior level came in 2020 in the opening round of the restructured county championship. On that night it was the men from the Galtee’s who came away victorious and on Saturday evening revenge was on the minds of the Kieran’s players who were looking for a place in their second final of the campaign having already advanced to the West Senior Championship final. It was the south Limerick side who got off the mark first inside the opening five minutes before a Dylan Moloney 45 opened our account. Our fortunes increased moments later when Moloney linked up with Adam Lacey who showed great composure despite the attention from the Galbally defence to place the ball into the back of the net. At the interval we led by nine points, 3.3 to 0.3 thanks to two further goals from Dylan Moloney, one of which came from the penalty spot. As the second half began a huge fightback was expected from the youthful Galbally side
and our lead was quickly down to five points thanks to a goal and a point immediately from the throw-in. To our lad’s credit they didn’t lose their composure and Anthony Molyneaux soon had us on the board once again to begin the rebuild. Further scores came from Moloney and Sean Ryan as we now started to get a foothold on possession in the middle of the field with Liam Kennedy and John Hayes really starting to dominate proceedings. Up front Kevin Meade, Anthony Molyneaux and Adam Lacey were proving to be a major handful for the Galbally last line of defence as space became more readily available. The game was finished as a contest when Limerick senior panellist Liam Kennedy found the back of the net for our fourth goal of the game midway through the second half. As the game drew to a close, we were afforded the opportunity to give some of our younger players valuable game time and build up senior experience with Michael Murphy, Daniel Geraghty and Cillian Heffernan coming in and making positive contributions while experienced players Brian Crowley and James O’ Connor came on and showed very well winning a number of excellent possessions. As the game got loose with the final whistle approaching our hard work was rewarded with the awarding of a second penalty which Dylan Moloney coolly slotted past the Galbally keeper. That was not the last goal of the game though as Galbally regrouped and excellently worked the ball up the field from the back and were awarded a penalty of their own which goalkeeper Ian Mackessy could not get his hand to. As the final whistle went there was a sense of satisfaction for all concerned having qualified for the County league final in the coming weeks which provides us with the best possible preparation for the upcoming County Championship campaign. In the county final we meet our near neighbours and reigning county senior football champions Newcastlewest who came back from a six point deficit at half time to defeat Monaleen in their semi-final encounter on Monday evening in Askeaton, we will have confirmation of the upcoming fixtures in the coming days,
West Junior ‘A’ Football League Semi Final:
Our junior footballers travelled to Ballyhahill once again to take on Ballysteen, against whom we had a comfortable win in the group stage. It was not to be in this occasion as we went all the way to penalties on what was a unique and historic evening for the club. Ballysteen started the brighter with 3 early points before being pegged back thanks to an Anthony Molyneaux penalty. Points from Mike Flynn and Brian Crowley saw us trailing 0-6 to 1-2 at half time. We showed great patience in the second half to break down the Ballysteen defence with scores from Molyneaux, Conor Woulfe, Crowley, Anthony Mullins and a cracking John Doyle goal. Ballysteen matched us score for score as they held possession and attacked relentlessly despite the best efforts of Michael Murphy, Cillian Heffernan and Dan Geraghty in the full back line, and were awarded a penalty which Ray Noonan was unlucky not to save. Extra time was required with the scores level 2-9 to 1-12. More drama was to follow as we raced into a lead with Molyneaux and Woulfe points before Ballysteen struck for goal against the run of play, leaving us with the task of clawing back the game in the second half of extra time. Once again patience was virtue in our attacks with Molyneaux and the left boot of Seán Ryan finding the target, followed by two John Doyle scores to bring the game to penalties with the scores tied at 2-14 apiece. A tense wait preceded our first penalty which was missed, fortunately Ballysteen did likewise thanks to a big hand from Ray Noonan. Molyneaux, Ryan, Liam Upton and James O’Connor coolly slotted home their spot kicks as Ballysteen had their fourth effort saved by Ray, handing us a 4-2 win, and a 100% record in club penalty
shootouts. The boys now have the west final to look forward to against Granagh/Ballingarry on Monday 13th at Mick Neville Park at 7pm.
Team: Ray Noonan, Michael Murphy, Cillian Heffernan, Daniel Geraghty, Sean Ryan, Anthony Mullins, Michael Upton, Mike Flynn, James O’Connor, Brian Crowley, Anthony Molyneaux, Liam Upton, Conor Woulfe, John Doyle, Pa O’ Sullivan, Aenghus Gannon, John-Lar O’Connor, Brian O’Neill, Kevin Crowley, Mike Steele, Noel Kelly.
Ardagh Development Association & St Kierans GAA Club Lottery Draw
Results for Monday 13th June 2022 as follows.
Numbers Drawn 8, 15, 20, 30
€40 Mike Flynn Jnr Glensharrold c/o Nearys
€40 Paudie Kenneally c/o Josie
€40 Angela Keane Grouse Lodge (Online)
€40 Jimmy O Donoghue Clounreask Askeaton
€40 George Daly NCW (Online)
Next Draw Monday 20th June 2022 with a jackpot of €8200.00
Thank you for playing and for supporting our lotto. Go raibh maith agaibh go léir.