County Senior Football Championship:
The Senior Football Championship resumes this weekend and see us make the journey to Kilmallock for our round 3 encounter against Galtee Gaels. We go into Sunday evenings game on the back of two wins from our opening two championship outings against Kildimo/Pallaskenry and Ballylanders and will be hoping to build on those performances and obtain all important two points. Galtee Gaels for their part come into Sunday evening game with one loss and one win from their opening two games. They began their 2022 championship campaign with a loss to beaten county finalists Adare before rebounding in fine style with an excellent victory over Ballysteen in round 2. This will be the third championship encounter between the two clubs in three seasons, in 2020 the two sides met in the relegation play-off semi-final. On that occasion we took the spoils by a goal while in the 2021 encounter in the group stages of the championship it was the men from south Limerick who emerged victorious by the slightest of margins following a titanic battle in Martinstown which secured their qualification to the knockout stages of the championship. Sunday evenings game promises to be a highly entertaining game between two sides who like to play an attractive brand of football. With three games remaining in what is proving to be an ultra-competitive group victory is vital for both sides if either desires to advance to the business end of the championship. Hopefully on Sunday evening the lads can put in another strong performance and show the same level of character and determination which saw them over the line in our opening two games. Elsewhere in group 2 Ballysteen meet Adare while Ballylanders face off against 2021 intermediate champions Kildimo/Pallaskenry. Sunday’s game throws in at 6.45 in Kilmallock. Your support is greatly appreciated by all.
County Junior ‘A’ Hurling Championship Round 2:
St. Kieran’s 2.15 Feenagh/Kilmeedy 0.15
Our Junior ‘A’ Hurlers put in a huge performance on Saturday evening to see off the challenge of Feenagh/Kilmeedy in round 2 of the County Championship and in doing so took a huge step along the road to qualification for the knockout stages of the championship. Played in glorious conditions in the always immaculate pitch in Knockaderry we began the game the better of the two sides and it was evident from the outset that our forward unit was intent on putting in a strong performance with Johnny McCarthy in particular showing excellently and giving the Feenagh/Kilmeedy defence a number of headaches. With twenty minutes on the board we led by the slightest of margins with Ian Mackessy highly efficient from free’s, punishing Feenagh’s ill-discipline at the back while Darragh Treacy and Eoin McEnery also split the posts. At the interval we increased our lead to six points with a Darragh Treacy goal inside the final ten minutes of the half the major turning point and from here we never looked like giving up the lead. This was in no small part thanks to the fine efforts of our backs who gave the Feenagh forward line little or no breathing space with Aaron Heffernan in particular impressing with his tenaciousness at corner back. Leading 1.12 to 0.9 at the interval we began the second half brightly, Ian Mackessy kept punishing Feenagh’s ill-discipline while Darragh Treacy continued to add to his personal tally as his physical presence at the edge of the square was proving to be a handful for the under pressure
full back line. As the game concluded, we found the back of the net for the second time to finish off the game as a contest as Eoin McEnery coolly slotted the ball past the Feenagh keeper to secure the victory and the precious two points. With Saturday nights win we now sit second in the group on four points behind Doon who are top on score difference. The Junior Hurling championship now takes a break for three weeks with the resumption of the Senior Football Championship. With three games remaining against Ballybrown, Doon and Mungret/St. Pauls we have a great opportunity to advance to the quarter finals if we can come away with at least two more wins. Well done to the players and management team on Saturday evening win, the lads played an excellent brand of hurling throughout the sixty minutes. Next up in round 3 we play Ballybrown, Ballybrown have had indifferent form so far losing heavily to a strong Doon side in round 1 before putting in a very competitive performance against Mungret/St. Pauls in round 2, suffering a one-point loss.
Team vs Feenagh/Kilmeedy:
Cillian Ambrose, Anthony Mullins, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Aaron Heffernan, Jack Harnett, Brendan McCarthy, Cathal McEnery, Mike Flynn, Johnny McCarthy, Cormac Mann, Ian Mackessy, Darragh Treacy, Eoin McEnery, Anthony Molyneaux Sean Ryan, Liam Kennedy.
Ardagh Development Association & St Kierans GAA Club Lottery Draw
Results for Monday 15th August 2022 as follows.
Jackpot €9000.00
Numbers Drawn 8, 9, 12, 26
Lucky Dips
€40 Pat King Carrigkerry (Online)
€40 Josie & Shelly c/o Josie
€40 Mary & Liam Steele Ardagh
€40 Pat Dalton c/o Greaneys
€40 Theresa McMahon Doyle (Online)
Next Draw Monday 22nd August 2022 with a jackpot of €9100.00
Thank you for playing and for supporting our lotto. Go raibh maith agaibh go léir.
Junior Football:
The Junior football squad get their West Championship campaign underway this Saturday evening when they make the short journey to Newcastlewest to take on Knockaderry in Round 1. After a promising West League campaign, we have been drawn in a very competitive group 2 of the West Championship alongside Knockaderry and Ballysteen. Saturday evening’s game throws in at 7pm.