ST. KIERAN’S GAA
County Junior ‘A’ Hurling Championship Semi Final:
St. Kieran’s vs Killeedy
All roads lead to Newcastlewest this Saturday afternoon as we take on fellow west Limerick club Killeedy for a place in the 2022 County Junior ‘A’ Hurling Championship Final. Both sides come into the game buoyed from impressive group stage campaigns and will be confident of victory at the penultimate stage of the championship. Killeedy had dramatic victory over Crecora/Mainister in their quarter final encounter, the two sides were deadlocked after normal and extra time and could only be separated by a penalty shootout with Killeedy scoring the winner in sudden death after the two sides were once again deadlocked following the opening five penalties. In our quarter final we put in an excellent second half performance to overcome the challenge of Kilteely/Dromkeen last week. Despite trailing at the interval there was a noticeable change in attitude and intensity at the start of the second half to reaffirm our ascendency and drive on for victory. Both sides met earlier this season in the County League, on that occasion it was the Killeedy men who came away with a three-point victory but hopefully on Saturday afternoon we can continue our rich vein of form which has seen us win six games from six so far in the championship and advance to the County Final for the second year in succession. Saturday’s game throws in at 3pm in Newcastlewest, we would encourage all our supporters from near and afar to come along and lend your support to the players and management.
County Junior ‘A’ Hurling Championship Quarter Final:
St. Kieran’s 1.16 Kilteely/Dromkeen 0.10
The excellent playing facilities in Doon provided the venue on Tuesday evening last for the much-anticipated County Junior ‘A’ Hurling Championship Quarter Final where Kilteely/Dromkeen were our opponents. The last of the weekend’s four quarter finals Tuesday game began at a frantic pace with the east Limerick side finding the back of the net from the opening play of the game. Referee Mike Sexton consulted with his umpires who adjudged that the Kilteely attacker had been camped in the square and the goal was disallowed much to our delight. From here we began to settle into the game and enjoyed the better of the opening fifteen minutes leading 0.5 to 0.3 after the first quarter with scores from Ian Mackessy and Eoin McEnery setting us on our way. We could well have had two goals to our tally during this time with Darragh Treacy and James Muckell’s efforts unfortunately going past the outside of the post. To Kilteely’s credit they performed excellently in the second quarter with the impressive Denny Ahern and Denis O’ Dea keeping them intact with several fine scores. At the interval, disappointingly we trailed by a point having not scored in the second quarter. After some honest words at half time there was a noticeable change in attitude and intensity at the start of the second half as we began to forage for possession around the middle third with our two half lines and midfield forcing turnovers and winning invaluable frees which were duly punished by Eoin McEnery. The game took a major turn inside the opening five minutes of the half when Eoin McEnery launched a long-range free into the square which caused panic, confusion, and indecision amongst the Kilteely defence to find its way into the back of the net and we now led 1.7 to 0.7. An excellent turnaround having trailed at half time and from here the team grey in confidence and began to win the
vital exchanges to secure primary possession. Now playing with greater intensity we began to make life difficult for the east Limerick side who were starting to become guilty of il-discipline in the tackle and concede frees which Eoin McEnery punished at will. Jack Harnett opened his account mid-way through the half when the quick-thinking Cathal McEnery took a quick free to find his half back colleague who fired a monster of score over the Kilteely crossbar from ninety yards. The second half saw the introduction of several substitutes who immediately made an impact on proceedings. Limerick senior footballer Liam Kennedy was introduced early, and his physical size and power proved to be a major problem up front for Kilteely. Donie Nolan in his second game back from injury entered the fray in the final quarter and made an immediate impact slotting over an excellent point. As the final whistle approached and trailing by eight points the east Limerick side pushed hard for goals to reduce their deficit. To our backs credit they held firm and were determined once again to keep another clean sheet which has been the foundation for our success the past two years. Cillian Ambrose was solid in goals throughout the hour. The full back line of Anthony Mullins, Diarmuid Mulcahy and Aaron Heffernan were watertight. Despite some challenging moments early on they cut out the space for their opponents and got in several excellent blocks to snuff out their opponents. The half back line of Jack Harnett, Brendan McCarthy and Cathal McEnery were energetic throughout winning their individual battles against a physically imposing Kilteely/Dromkeen half forward line. At midfield Mossie Shine and Cormac Mann worked tirelessly in the engine room transitioning from defence to attack very efficiently. Up front our half forward line of James Muckell, Johnny McCarthy and Sean Ryan worked hard throughout and were a great source of primary possession winning vital frees which were punished by free takers Ian Mackessy and Eoin McEnery who put in a tour de force in the second half. Darragh Treacy was physically imposing throughout the hour and was unlucky not to find the back of the net in the first half. Mike Flynn, Anthony Molyneaux, and Michael Murphy each made impressive contributions during their second half spells. Well done to the players and management on an excellent victory to secure our place in the County Semi finals which take place this Sunday October 23. Elsewhere in the championship a youthful Patrickswell side overcame Doon on Friday evening in dramatic fashion with two late goals giving them a one-point victory. Fellow west Limerick club Drom/Broadford who are currently fighting on both football and hurling fronts had an impressive victory over Castletown/Ballyagran while Kileedy had a dramatic penalty shootout victory over a Cathal O’ Neill-led Crecora side on Sunday afternoon.
Team vs Kilteely/Dromkeen
Cilian Ambrose, Anthony Mullins, Diarmuid Mulcahy, Aaron Heffernan, Jack Harnett, Brendan McCarthy, Cathal McEnery, James Muckell, Johnny McCarthy, Sean Ryan, Ian Mackessy, Eoin McEnery, Darragh Treacy, Liam Kennedy, Anthony Molyneaux, Donie Nolan, Mike Flynn, Michael Murphy, Evan Donovan, Michael Long, Billy Breen, Shay Greaney, Edward Fitzgerald, James O’ Connor, Conor Woulfe, Darragh McMahon, Brian O’ Neill, Mike Breen, Cathal O’ Connor, Padraig Balfe, Paudie McCarthy, Danny Collum.
2022 County U21 Hurling & Football Championships:
Our u21 hurlers got their championship campaign this Sunday when they made the journey to Caherconlish to take on Caherline in the opening round of the U21 ‘B’ Championship. Backboned by many players currently involved in the Junior ‘A’ hurling panel and having
contested the Minor ‘B’ county final in 2021 morale within the group is high with great strong prospects of progressing to the knockout stages of the championship but face tough opposition within group 2 which also contains St. Patrick’s and Dromin/Athlacca. Despite the poor weather conditions in the day leading up to the game the game was played in excellent conditions which provided for an entertaining and keenly contested game between two evenly matched sides who have met quite a bit over the last number of seasons at minor and u21 level. We held a strong lead at the interval 1.10 to 0.5 having had the assistance of the elements with Aaron Heffernan, Eoin McEnery and Darragh McMahon impressing for us. Caherline upped the ante in the second period and soon began to chip away at their deficit, but our lads held firm and despite only leading by the slightest of margins as the final whistle approached three late points saw us come away with an excellent four-point win which will go a long way in help us progress to the knockout stages of the championship.
Team vs Caherline:
Nathan Cahill, Darragh McMahon, Jack Kiely, William Steele, Cathal McEnery, Aaron Heffernan, Shay Greaney, Michael Long, Cormac Mann, John Hayes, Sean Ryan, Conor Woulfe, Liam Scanlon, Eoin McEnery, Conor Kelly, Cathal O’ Connor, Cillian Heffernan, Fionn Gleeson.
County U17 Division 2 Football Championship Play-Off Replay.
St. Kieran’s 1.12 Croom 2.7
Our u17 footballers qualified for the County Semi Final on Saturday morning thanks to an excellent victory over Croom in a highly entertaining encounter in Coolcappagh. The foundation for victory was laid in the opening half when we played some excellent passages of football to build a substantial lead at the interval. To Croom’s credit they upped their performance in the second half and at the final whistle there was a sense of relief and excitement at having qualified for this weekend’s semi-final. well done to the players and management for putting in an excellent performance, hopefully they can go one step further and advance to the County Final this weekend.
team and scorers
Ben Cussen, Jack Flavin, Josh Daly, Mikey Kelly, Derry o Connor, Oisin Ryan,(0 05)(0 03 F) Eoghan Sheehan, Sean Long(0 01), Fionn Gleeson, Luke Corrigan(0 01) Con Enright, (0 01), Jack o Sullivan, Bryan Sheehan( 0 01), Oisin Commane(0 02), Cormac Murphy(1 01),
Subs Christopher Kiely, Cathal Daly, Tadgh Dineen, Conor Mcmahon,
We have been drawn in group 2 of the County Premier U21 Football Championship against Galbally and Mungret St. Pauls two sides who contested this season’s Premier Minor final. in the 2021 edition we put in several excellent performances throughout the group stages before bowing out to Galbally at the penultimate stage.
Ardagh Development Association & St Kierans GAA Club Lottery Draw
Results for Monday 17th October 2022 as follows.
Numbers Drawn 6, 7, 18, 23
€40 Pat O Connor c/o Moores Bar
€40 Jane c/o Greaneys
€40 Mary Harnett Ardagh
€40 Susan Moriarty (Online)
€40 Jim Long Feenagh
Next Draw Monday 24th October 2022 with a jackpot of €10,000
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