West Senior Football League Round 2:
St. Kieran’s 0.14 Newcastlewest 1.7
We welcomed County Champions Newcastlewest to Coolcappagh this past Tuesday for round 2 of the West League. Both sides went into the game short of the services of several first team regulars due to injury and illness nevertheless both players served up an entertaining hour of football for the large crowd in attendance. Newcastlewest were first off, the mark before Seamus Mangan registered our opening score with an excellently struck point. The first half was a very tense battle as we tried to break down the wall of Newcastlewest defenders. Liam Kennedy and John Hayes worked extremely well in the middle of the field and were a great source of possession while up front our half forward line worked tirelessly. At the interval we led 0.6 to 0.3 with further first half scores coming from the impressive Anthony Molyneaux, Dylan Moloney and Noel Callanan. We got off to an excellent start in the second half, turning over a well-orchestrated Newcastlewest attack before Liam Kennedy burst through the NCW defence. With the goal at his mercy and an advancing keeper closing down the space he wisely hand-passed the ball over the bar to open his personal account. We were now putting together some good passages of play as our back’s began to get on top and win their individual battles. The introduction at half time of Johnny McCarthy at half time for Shane Fitzgerald who once again performed well in only his second senior game provided another aerial option at the kickout for goalkeeper Ian Mackessy. The score of the game came from Noel Callanan who excellently caught Mackessy’s kickout and linked up excellently with John Hayes, taking the return before slotting the ball over the crossbar. As the game drew to a close Newcastlewest excellently won possession in the middle of the field and pierced a hole through our defence before recycling the ball to find the back of the net to reduce our lead to four. At the final whistle we took the spoils. Both sides will be happy with the workout and will have learnt much from the game. Next up we play St. Senan’s on Saturday afternoon in Knockaderry at 2pm.
West Junior Football League:
Round 1: St. Kieran’s 2.13 Athea 0.6
This past weekend saw our junior football side return to action with two games in the West League. On Saturday evening we travelled to our near neighbours Athea for our first game. Played in excellent conditions in the recently redeveloped grounds in Athea our side contained an excellent blend of youthful exuberance and invaluable experience. For many of the players it was their first taste of adult football and junior football provides players with a great opportunity to bridge the gap between minor and senior level. We began the game the brighter of the two sides with early points from Conor Woulfe, Anthony Molyneaux and Shay Greaney before Darragh McMahon found the back of the Athea net. The lads played some excellent football throughout the game with Shane Fitzgerald, Michael Long and Lorcan Murphy in particular, impressing.
Team vs Athea
Ray Noonan, Michael Murphy, Anthony Mullins, Eamon Ambrose, Ian Mackessy, Shane Fitzgerald, Michael Long, Lorcan Murphy, Adam Lacey, Brian Crowley, Anthony
Molyneaux, Shay Greaney, Conor Woulfe, John Doyle, Darragh McMahon, Liam Upton, Michael Upton, Darragh O’ Connor
Round 2: St. Kieran’s 3.15 Ballysteen 0.11
On easter Monday we welcomed Ballysteen to Coolcappagh for round 2. We had a number of chances to team from our round 1 encounter with a number of players absent due to work commitments, but this gave an opportunity for others to gain much needed game time. We played some excellent football in the opening quarter which saw us lead 1.4 to 0.0 after fifteen minutes and this excellent start laid the foundation for the win. At half time we maintained our advantage leading 2.7 to 0.5. To be fair to Ballysteen they fought hard to get back into the game in the second period but the lads stood firm and kept possession of the ball extremely well throughout and showed a good level of composure in front of goal to come away deserving winners at the final whistle. It was great to see our junior side put in two excellent performances over the weekend and great to see so many players making themselves available for selection. There is great potential within this group and a league semi final berth is within their grasp with another win or two. Next up we travel to Dromcollagher on Sunday to face off against the home side.
Team vs Ballysteen:
Ray Noonan, Killian Heffernan, Anthony Mullins, James O’ Connor, Michael Long, Shane Fitzgerald, Ian Mackessy, Adam Lacey, Eoin McEnery, Brian Crowley, Anthony Molyneaux, Cormac Mann, Conor Woulfe, John Doyle, Kevin Guina, Darragh McMahon, Eamon Ambrose, Darragh O’ Connor, Tom McMahon, Michael Upton
South Junior B Hurling League Round 2:
St. Kieran’s 2.19 Hospital / Herbertstown 2.18
Our junior B hurlers recorded an excellent and hard-earned victory over Hospital this past Thursday night in what was a very entertaining game. Once again fielding a very young side containing many players who played in the county minor final in 2021, we led by the slightest of margins at the interval 1.9 to 0.11. There was little or nothing to separate the two sides throughout the game. As the final whistle approached it looked as if the south-Limerick side had taken the lead only for the score to be overturned due to an altercation further out the field. Subsequently, Darragh McMahon emerged as our hero and scored the games vital point to ensure victory for this youthful Kieran’s side. Well done to the players and management on what was an excellent victory. Next up we make the long journey south to play Glenroe in round 3.
Team vs Hospital:
Liam Ward, Eamon Ambrose, Billy Breen, Conor Kelly, Michael Long, Mikey Breen, Lorcan Murphy, Conor Woulfe, Shay Greaney, Danny Collum, Michael Murphy, Tom McMahon, Kieran Copse, Cillian Ambrose, Padraig Balfe, Darragh McMahon Cormac Hayes, Kevin Meade, Donal Balfe
Ardagh Development Association & St Kierans GAA Club Lottery Draw
Results for Monday 18th April 2022 as follows.
Numbers Drawn 22, 23, 29, 30
€40 Máire Crowley Ballylin (Online)
€40 Bobby Woulfe Ardagh
€40 Eddie O Mahony Churchtown Newcastle West
€40 Donal Behan Shanagolden
€40 Meadhbh Ambrose (Online)
Next Draw Monday 25th April 2022 with a jackpot of €7400.00