West Senior Football League Round 4:
St. Kieran’s 0.13 Gerald Griffins 0.10
The senior footballers made the short journey to Ballyhahill to play near neighbours Gerald Griffins last Tuesday night in the final group game of the West League. Without the services of a few first team regulars due to injury, illness, and exams we began the game with a youthful side full of players looking to cement their place in the championship side. The opening ten minutes were tense as both sides got to grips with their respective mass defences. We created some excellent chances early on with Liam Kennedy unfortunate not to find the back of the net following very patient build up play. Our opening scores came from the boots of Adam Lacey and John Hayes with further first half scores coming from Jack Harnett and Dylan Moloney as both sides went in at the interval tied at six points apiece. Playing against the elements in the opening half we began the game brightly and could well have had two second half goals were it not for the exploits of ex-Limerick goalkeeper Brian Scanlon who pulled off several marvellous saves. Adam Lacey and John Hayes kept the scoreboard ticking over to increase our tally. As the final whistle approached and the sides level both sides pushed for the elusive match winning score. Adam Lacey once again punished some indiscipline by Griffins at the back to put us back in front. Possession was now key and the team showed great composure in the last five minutes to keep possession of the ball, goalkeeper Anthony Molyneaux found himself in the mix of the play out the field and was now positioned inside the opposing 45m line as we kept the ball as a full fifteen man unit putting together over twenty five passes before corner back Michael Shanahan got on the end of Liam Kennedy pass to fist the ball over the bar to give us a three point lead which we would hold until the final whistle. The manner of the victory was very encouraging especially with so many of our younger players starting to find their feet at this level. Minor players Michael Long and Cillian Heffernan both saw significant game time and performed well while seasoned veteran Anthony Molyneaux in his new position of goals for one night only showed great composure throughout the encounter. With Tuesday win we have secured top place in our group and now look forward to a West Championship semi-final berth with Ballysteen while Newcastlewest will face off against Fr. Casey’s in the other semi-final. Having topped our group, we also advance to the County League semi finals alongside Fr. Casey’s, Galbally and Monaleen who topped their respective groups. Next up we play Ballysteen next Tuesday May 24 in the West Semi final in Ballyhahill at 7pm.
Munster Senior Football Championship Semi Final:
There was immense pride for all within the club on Saturday night when Limerick senior footballers overcame 2020 Munster Champions Tipperary in their own back yard to secure their place in the 2022 Munster Senior Football Championship final. We are extremely proud and honoured to see our own Darragh Treacy and Liam Kennedy involved in the Limerick panel. Once again Darragh put in a monumental performance at midfield in the Limerick engine room to set the platform for victory. Darragh’s years of hard work and commitment to the Limerick football cause are now being rewarded with exposure to the highest level and his performances are being widely heralded as he gains a reputation of one the hardest working midfielders in the country. Saturday nights win see’s Limerick return to a Munster final for the first time since the 2010 decider against Kerry when Limerick lost 1.17 to 1.14.
the 2022 Munster final will take place on Saturday May 28 in Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney against reigning Munster and Allianz League Champions Kerry who overcame fierce rivals Cork in their semi final ten days ago. Saturday week’s game throws in at 3pm and we would encourage all our club members to get behind Darragh, Liam and all the Limerick players and management team in their pursuit of Munster Championship success. It is a great privilege for our club to have two players involved in the Limerick panel and we should all show them our support in what is the biggest football game this county has played in over a decade.
Congratulations to Michael Lynch who represented Carrigkerry National School and St. Kieran’s on Saturday night when he graced the hallowed turf of Semple Stadium Thurles on Saturday night at half time of the Limerick / Tipperary game in the Primary game. Wearing number 9 Michael put in a fine performance for the Limerick side against a strong Tipp team. Hopefully it is the start of the long career for Michael in the green and white of Limerick.
South Junior B Hurling League:
St. Kieran’s 2.13 Dromin Athlacca 2.13
Our junior B hurlers made the journey south last Friday night to play home side Dromin Athlacca in the latest round of the South League. In what was a highly entertaining game there was no separating the two sides at the final whistle. We are out twice this week, first up we travel to Crecora Thursday night with a 7pm throw in before hosting Knockainey Sunday evening at 7.30.
Team vs Dromin Athlacca
Liam Ward, Cormac Hayes, Billy Breen, Cillian Heffernan, Eamon Ambrose, Edward Fitzgerald, William Steele, Danny Collum, Conor Woulfe, Cillian Ambrose, Sean Ryan, Jack Enright, Kieran Copse, Tony Doyle, Padraig Balfe, Oisin Hallinan, Michael Steele, Brian O’ Neill.
The St. Kieran’s Ladies intermediate rounders team were on the road once again last Saturday when they made the long journey to Fenagh in Carlow. Unfortunately, they lost out on the day. Well done to all those involved who gave up their time to make the long trip to Carlow. With two home games coming up in June hopefully the team can return to winning ways.
Squad: Emma Galvin, Siobhan Halligan, Grainne Enright, Majella O’ Connor, Corinna O’ Shea, Paul McCormack, Katelyn Hayes, Michelle Herbert, Stephanie Downes, Sandra Larkin, Deirdre Ambrose
Junior ‘A’ Hurling:
The junior hurlers conclude the group stage of the West Intermediate Hurling league on Saturday evening when they welcome Kileedy to Coolcappagh at 7.30
Ardagh Development Association & St Kierans GAA Club Lottery Draw
Results for Monday 16th May 2022 as follows.
Numbers Drawn 2, 3, 13, 14
€40 Helen Relihan Ardagh c/o Dinny Greaney
€40 Shelly & Maggie c/o Josie
€40 Catherine O Sullivan Skehanagh
€40 Paul Woulfe Dunganville (Online)
€40 Eamonn Dillane Ballinabearna (Online)
Next Draw Monday 23rd May 2022 with a jackpot of €7800.00
Thank you for playing and for supporting our lotto. Go raibh maith agaibh go léir.