All within St. Kieran’s GAA club would like to extend our condolences to the extended Molyneaux family Ardagh on the passing of Paddy Molyneaux this week. Paddy made a huge contribution to the club throughout the years and will be greatly missed by all within the club. May he rest in peace.
County Senior Football Championship Round 3:
St. Kieran’s 2.12 Galtee Gaels 0.9
We made the long journey south to Kilmallock on Sunday evening to face off against Galtee Gaels in round 3 of the County Championship. Played in fantastic underfoot conditions at the home of the County Senior Hurling Champions which allowed for a very open and fast paced game of football. The men from Angelsboro/Kilbehenny made the brighter start scoring immediately from the throw in with a marvellously worked score before Seamus Mangan opened his and our account for the evening. Galtee Gaels quickly doubled their account with a well struck free a major turning point in the game. A long ball into the heart of the Galtee Gaels defence wasn’t dealt with and Anthony Molyneaux showed his wealth of experience to punch the ball into the back of the net to give us a two-point lead. We began to grow in confidence from here and soon began to win our individual battles as well as getting to grips with the physically strong Galtee Gaels midfield partnership. Further scores came from Seamus Mangan, John Hayes a well struck 45 from Dylan Moloney and Anthony Molyneaux to see us take a four-point lead in at the interval. Having played well in the first half and build a substantial lead it was vital we got a good start to the second period and to the lad’s credit they did just that getting on the scoreboard immediately with further scores from Liam Kennedy and Dylan Moloney before Seamus Mangan found the back of the net for our second goal of the game and from here it looked as if the game was ours. Galtee Gaels to their credit kept fighting hard to reduce the deficit and were it not for several missed frees the score line could have been much closer. To our backs credit they worked tirelessly throughout the hour with Mike Shanahan who opened his championship account with a well struck second half point and Mossie Shine in particular playing with great ferocity throughout the hour while Sean Ryan also added to the scoreboard with two excellent points, one either side of the half time interval. As the second half progressed Noel Callanan and Adam Lacey made their 2022 championship bows and performed extremely well both contributing to the scoresheet with Callanan unlucky not to find the back of the net with his shot being impressively saved from the Gaels keeper. At the final whistle there was a sense of satisfaction from all concerned with the all-important two points on the board which will go a long way to secure qualification to the knockout stages of the championship. Well done to the payers and management on an excellent victory on Sunday night, hopefully the lads can build on this victory and put in another strong performance on Sunday night.
County Senior Football Championship Round 4:
The Bog Garden, Rathkeale is the venue for this Sunday evenings eagerly anticipated County Senior Football Championship encounter with Ballysteen. There has been a fierce rivalry between both sides over the past number of years with rarely a kick of a ball between the two sides in league or championship encounters. In the past two seasons both sides met on two
occasions, this season we faced off in the West Championship semi final in Ballyhahill, on that occasion both sides were without the services of several prominent players and after a titanic battle we held our composure to emerge victorious by the slightest of margins to set up a West Final date with Newcastlewest. At county championship level both sides met in the opening round of the 2021 championship also in the Bog Garden. On that occasion we recovered from an eight-point deficit at the start of the second half to lead the game as the final moments approached. Unfortunately, on that occasion we were unable to hold on and it was the men from the banks of the Shannon Estuary who got the games final two scores to earn a one-point victory. Sunday evenings game once again promises to be a very closely fought encounter between two evenly matched sides littered with talented players. Both sides go into the game with contrasting fortunes so far in the championship. Ballysteen got their championship campaign off to a flying start with an excellent victory over Ballylanders in round 1 before two consecutive defeats at the hands of Galtee Gaels and 2021 runners up Adare and will no doubt be highly motivated to get their championship campaign back on track this Sunday evening. From our perspective we have three wins from our three games to date and sit joint top of the group on six points alongside Adare following victories over Kildimo/Pallaskenry, Ballylanders and Galtee Gaels. Both sides will fight tooth and nail for the victory on Sunday evening, hopefully we can put in another strong performance and come away with the all-important two points. Sunday’s game throws in at 6.30 in the Bog Garden, Rathkeale, your support is great appreciated.
Ardagh Development Association & St Kierans GAA Club Lottery Draw
Results for Monday 22nd August 2022 as follows.
Numbers Drawn 1, 6, 16, 29,
€40 Billy Liston Glenastar c/o Dinny Greaney
€40 Billy Breen (Online)
€40 Marie O Donnell Ardagh (Online)
€40 The Buston Family c/o Nearys
€40 Noreen Clancy Effin (Online)
Next Draw Monday 29th August 2022 with a jackpot of €9200.00
Thank you for playing and for supporting our lotto. Go raibh maith agaibh go léir.
West Junior ‘B’ Football Championship Round 1:
St. Kieran’s 0.10 Knockaderry 1.10
The junior footballers got their championship campaign underway this past Saturday evening against one of the pre-championship favourites Knockaderry. Fielding a team with a mix of youthful exuberance and a wealth of experience we played some excellent football throughout the hour and can count ourselves unlucky not to come away with the win having pushed our neighbours Knockaderry all the way. Next up we play Ballysteen this Saturday night, when the two sides met in the West League semi final earlier this season the game ended in dramatic fashion following a heart-stopping penalty shootout when we took the spoils. Well done to the players and management for putting in a fine performance on Sunday. Onwards and upwards to Saturday nights encounter.
Team vs Knockaderry:
Ray Noonan, Darragh McMahon, Michael Murphy, Cillian Heffernan, Michael Upton, James O’ Connor, Liam Upton, Daniel Geraghty, Darragh O’ Connor, Michael Long, Eoin McEnery, Kevin Guina, Conor Woulfe, John Doyle, Aenghus Gannon, Eamon Ambrose, Shay Greaney.