Clann na nGael 2-10 Roscommon Gaels 1-17
A highly contested battle, for the second meeting this year, between these two teams took place in Listnamult on Saturday evening.
The outcome in this O’Rourke Cup Division One League game was the same as the championship match, Clann seemed in control for the major part of the game but took the foot off the pedal to let Gaels through for the win late in the second half.
Both teams playing without their county players and produced excellent football stringing a combination of slick and fast movement of the ball. Clann needed this game to see improved form from some of the fringe players before meeting Pádraig Pearses in the Championship on the 18th June.
Clann opened brightly and got two early points from Rory McManus and Ross Naughton. Johnny Dunning caused serious problems for the Gaels defence and picked up some excellent long passes. Again our forwards did not capitalise on goal opportunities and let Gaels keep in touch. Shane Pettit, Cathal Callinan and Ross Naughton (2) added points before John Dunning slipped through the Gaels defence to hit a fine goal to leave the score Clann na nGael 1-6 Roscommon Gaels 0-6 at half time.
Gaels started the second half with intensity and brought score level within a short space of time. Rory McManus hit back with a point before Ross Naughton who had an excellent game netted – his tally of 1-4 for the game. Jack Connaughton was substituted at half time after receiving injury to his head during the first half, the result left gaps in the defence and Roscommon Gaels took full advantage and ran in easy points (a total of 11) in the second half. David Flynn received a second yellow this combined with turn-overs in the Clann forward line cost them dearly, Gaels had pace going forward and finished strong and won by 4 points in the end.
Clann na nGael 3-12 Kilbride 1-15
Clann played Kilbride in the Intermediate League in a well presented Johnstown on perfect evening for football on Saturday. Clann seniors played also on the same evening in Lisnamult at 8 pm leaving the two panels well stretched.
The intermediates got of to a slow start having conceded a goal and two very early. Kilbride dominated the first half leading one goal and nine to four points at half time. If Kilbride dominated the first half Clann dominated the second outscoring them ten points to four.
There were some very good performances in the second half and unfortunately lost by two in the end.
Team G Mannion, S Mc Manus, G Nicholson, R Fallon, N Connaughton, C Connaughton, D Kildea, B Goode, C Bannon, R Killian, D Griffin, E O Neill, P Harney Nolan, M Shine, I Naughton.
Subs S Gavin for R Fallon, D Harney for D Griffin, D Earle for I Naughton, D Finnernan for G Mannion, P O Brien for P Harney Nolan, P O Brien, Ian Wall, D Kildea.
Under 12 update
A busy seven days for the u12 Clann na nGael boys. First up was a Division 6 semi-final away to Kilbride. In very warm conditions a strong scoring burst at the start of the second half against an excellent Kilbride team paved the way for us to qualify for our first final of the year. Many of the boys had their best ever games in a Clann jersey with special mentions for Evan Quinn, Cathal Roche, Darragh O’Neill, Gary O’Shea and Jack Macken.
Next up was a Division 4 Spring League semi final against Western Gaels. Clann took a little time to settle into this game and found themselves well down at half time, and whilst they eventually came up short, an inspired second half demonstrated the true spirit of this team, with commanding displays from Conor McManus, Eoghan Galvin, Dylan Brady, Ryan Moran, Eoghan McManus and Kennae Fallon.
It’s always disappointing to lose a semi final, but they have had a great campaign and can be very proud of their efforts and prepare for the Summer League with confidence.
On Saturday Clann visited Newry, Co. Down to take part in the prestigious Mitchells tournament. 48 teams from 16 counties took part. This was Clann’s second year to attend, being the first and only Connaught team to have participated. We were placed in a tough group and after a close and very physical encounter with Ballaghy of Derry in an opening game defeat, the lads knew what it was all about. Victories against Malin (Donegal), Banbridge (Down), Newry Shamrocks (Down) and Loughgilly Gaels (Armagh), we finished second in the group to Ballaghy, putting us in the quarter final of the shield. Alas, Clann could not repeat last year’s achievements in winning the shield, losing out to O’Donovan Rossas of Derry in a hugely entertaining battle on a scoreline of 1-5 to 3-3. Despite an impressive onslaught from Clann, Rossas were able to prevent Clann scoring the goals to allow them to progress. Both teams that beat Clann went on to contest the Cup & Shield finals.
Our boys competed with some of the strongest clubs in the Association and acquitted themselves brilliantly. They will face another huge challenge in the upcoming Spring League Div 1 semi final in Roscommon against a strong Gaels team.
Tournament squad: Darren Quinn, Eoghan Connaughton, Olly Hynes, Éanna Henry, Diaimuid O’Brien, Oisín O’Flaherty, John Shine, Tomás O’Neill, Charlie Kelly, Shane Gavin, Páidí O’Leochain, Liam Ward, Cormac Westman, Eoghan McManus, Ruairi Colgen and Conor McManus.
Our sincere thanks to all for all involved with Newry Mitchells for the invite firstly, and secondly for organising a wonderful tournament.
Our Division 6 team have a final in the Spring League against Roscommon Gaels in Knockcroghery at 12 noon Sunday 12th June.
Clann na nGael host Cúl Camp
Cúl camp in Johnstown confirmed for Mon 4th July til Fri 8th. Online booking is preferred to ensure child will get the gear on the week of the camp, although they will accept applications on the first day. Web page is gaa.ie/kelloggsculcamps.
Once online, instructions are straight forward. All applications go through Cul camp and we are providing our facilities but not directly involved in organising it. The cost is great value for money, given the gear that will be provided. These camps are hugely successful for the GAA throughout the country and we hope there will be a very large turnout in Johnstown!
Tour de South Roscommon
Tour de South Roscommon takes place on Saturday June 11th. Two distances are 120km and 60km. Entry is €20 and the cycle is in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. Please Support!
Works have started on fencing and footpaths as part of our development, we ask people to be extra careful due to works been carried out over next few weeks.
Our wall ball has been completed at rear of stand and will be ready for our younger players in very near future.
Let’s go with Clann
Our May Draw held tonight in the Grove. €500 won by Gerry & Lorna Duignan. €100 All4One Voucher (kindly sponsored by Cooney’s Chemists) won by Dinny Kildea.
Clann na nGael Lotto
The draw took place in the Grove on Sunday 5th of June with a jackpot of €4,200.
The numbers drawn were 1-15-21-28. No winner, 2 match 3’s win €100:
Tommy Naughton C/O Naughtons
Catherine Nolan C/O Clubhouse
Next week’s jackpot is €4,400 and the draw will be in Shines. Thanks to everyone who supports Clann’s Lotto every week.