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Clann na nGael GAA News update July 5th

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Clann na nGael 0-15 Western Gaels 1-12

A home venue and a game of missed opportunities sums up today’s game in Johnstown between two of the top teams in the county.
The Game started brightly for Clann na nGael, as we ran in 4 points from Jamie Fahy, Rory Mc Manus, Cathal Shine and Ciaran O’Reilly. Clan were completely on top in the first quarter and when two golden opportunities of goals presented themselves with one on one with the goalkeeper, they failed to take their chances instead Western Gaels hit back and with slick movement up front and finished 1-6 to Clann’s 6 points at half time.
The second half produced an similar scenario even with the introduction of three subs at half time they failed to to finish when the chances came. Missing two penalties did not help the mood of the their efforts and were very lucky to finish with a drawn game
Team: Ronan O Reilly, Aaron O Reilly, Stephen Flynn, Ronan Gavin, Darra Pettit, David Flynn, Shane Pettit, Graham Pettit, Cathal Shine, Cathal Callinan, Ciaran O’ Reilly, Ross Naughton, Cian McManus, Johnny Dunning, Rory McManus, Jamie Fahy

Junior B Championship: Elphin 1-8 Clann na nGael 2-4

On Friday the 1st July the Junior B’s travelled to Elphin for a championship game with a mixture of youth and experience. Just before the game started there was a heavy downpour but this did not deter Clann getting of to a good start by leading 3 points to one at half time. Sean Fallon in fine form scored a fifty and one from play with Eddie Mc Loughlin getting the 3rd just before half time. Clann had put in a massive performance in the first half with Ian Wall acting as sweeper to great effect keeping Elphin to just one single point in the first half. Ray Fallon controlled the rear well supported by Darragh Lennon and Shane Gavin.
The second half saw Clann come under severe pressure. Daniel Harney got the score board moving quickly again in the first minute of the second half with a well taken point. Elphin started to get a grip on the game and scored 3 points without reply before Eddie McLoughlin latched onto a soccer style cross from David Griffin to score the first of Clann’s second half goals. With Elphin bearing down on goal Ray Fallon took one for the team and was black carded as a result. Elphin were awarded a penalty which they converted. The score was now Elphin 1-7 Clann 1-4 but with the Clann never say die effort Cormac Harney finished a speculative breaking ball into Elphins net. The clock was not on Clann’s side and they came up short on the tightest of margins losing out by one point.
This was a tremendous effort by all concerned from Dylan Colgan in goal to Mickey Shine, second sub in last five minutes.
Team: D Colgan, S Gavin, R Fallon, D Lennon, G Lennon, C Harney, D Kildea, D Glynn, S Fallon, E Hannon, E McLoughlin, P O’Brien, I Wall, D Harney, D Griffin,
Subs: P Foley for R Fallon, M Shine for D Griffin and Padraig Seery manager on the line for the day.

Ladies update

The Sheraton Hotel sponsored Clann na nGael Senior ladies played their their second game in the championship in Johnstown on Saturday night. The ladies played Kilbride and were out for revenge as Kilbride were the only team to beat them in the league.
It was a battle from the first ball with neither team willing to give an inch. Great possession was won but the hard work was undone by giving the ball away too easy. Both teams missed some easy scores in the first half and this was to prove decisive. Clann lead at half time 7 points to 2 with both their scores coming from frees.

The second half Clann started much better and the nerves that were there in the first half were now gone. Clann played some lovely passing football where each girl played with honesty and supported their teammates. Some changes were made and the subs made a huge impact in settling the game. Some great blocks were made and great tackles. Although great credit goes to the keeper Eadaion who in the dying minutes was under immense pressure as Kilbride were awarded a penalty. Eadaion saved it much to the delight of the management. It would be unfair to mention anyone’s individual performance suffice to say that the Clann ladies are finally starting to work like a team with huge potential. And as the saying goes “lots done, loads more to do”.

Best wishes to our teammate Edel Concannon, the Galway ladies Captain, as she leads Galway in search of five in a row in Connacht!

Clann na nGael Mothers & Others

The Clann Mothers & Others headed to the Connaught Centre of Excellence in Ballyhaunis on Saturday 2nd July. This is Clann’s 4th consecutive year to take part in the Connaught Blitz. The weekly training sessions with Eoin & Peter certainly paid off on the pitch in every game they played on the day. Well done to all involved. Training takes part every Thursday from 8.30pm for anyone that might be interested in joining this fun filled activity.

Clann na nGael U12 Girls qualify for Final

Clann U12 played St Ciarans in Fuerty on June 29th. Clann got off to a slow start with St Ciaran’s scoring the first goal but it wasn’t long before Clann came into the game with all players having a great performance. In the end Clann were victorious by 3-16 to 1-02.

The U12 girls beat Boyle in the semi final on Sunday evening in Johnstown. Final score of 6-13 to 2-6. They are now through to the final next Saturday against St Brigids in Kiltoom at 16:30. Well done to the team & management.

Underage Report

It is a busy time of the year for our underage teams with championship matches coming thick and fast.

U12 Summer League Div 4: St Aidans 5-6 Clann 6-7

Our u12 Division 4 team got off to a winning start with a dramatic win away to St Aidans, under the guidance of new Bainisteoir, Ollie Colgen. The game was a classic with Clann racing into a good lead, which they held at half time, only for St Aidans to come storming back to take a six point lead half way into the 2nd half. The Clann team found the character and drive to stage a thrilling comeback and finished like men possessed, to get over the winning line.
Squad: Sean Kelly, Eoghan McManus, Darragh O’Neill, Dylan Brady, Cormac Westman, Evan Quinn, Eoghan Galvin, Ruairí Colgen, Michael Daly, Kyle Maloney, Kennae Fallon, Ethan Hunter, Ryan Moran, Aaron Mullin, Mark Fallon, Cody Moran.

Our Division 1 team face St Brigids in their opening match in Kiltoom on Wednesday 6th July at 7pm.

Clann would like to welcome Ollie Colgen in to the u12 coaching set up.

U14 Championship Div 1 Clann 5-7 St Brigids 0-10

Clann kept up their 100% record in the group stages of the championship with a well deserved win over St Brigids last Thursday evening in Johnstown. The basis for this victory came thanks to a pulsating start for Clann and a blitz of goals in the 1st half. Leading 4-6 to 0-1 at half time was a good cushion to have, but St Brigids will never give up and with the wind at their backs in the second half, they battled back to narrow the gap, but Clann kept their goal intact to hold out for the victory. Next up is Padraig Pearses in Woodmount on Thursday 7th at 7.30pm.
Squad: Patrick Reilly, Jason Mulvey, Tom Shine, Alan Mulvey, Ian Harney, Patrick Gavin, Aaron Henry, Aaron Owiki, Jason Ryan, Fionnán Henry, Josh Lennon, Shane Cleary, Rian Carpenter, Luke Francis, Mark Naughten, Damien Kelly, Patrick Moran, Cian Gavin, Alan McManus.

Unfortunately, Éire Óg were unable to field a team for the Division 3 game and conceded the game to Clann. Next up for u14 Division 3 team is a home game in Johnstown against Western Gaels on Friday 8th July at 7.30pm.

U16 report

It is hugely disappointing that, for the second week running, our u16 team did not have a game as a result of a concession. Clann players and management would, quite clearly, prefer to play these games. Furthermore, the late notice on these concessions is very inconvenient. Hopefully, the u16s will get some some game time shortly, although there is a little gap to the 3rd round of the championship.

Minor report

Clann minors get their championship campaign up an running with an away tie against Strokestown on Saturday 9th July at 7.30pm. Best of luck to the squad and management.

Drum & Clonown Under 10’s

Hard luck to the Drum and Clonown Under 10 boys who were beaten by a single score in the Connaught final earlier today. After a gruelling semi final which went to extra time the boys beat a very good Leitrim team. The boys went on to play a very good Galway side who got 2 goals in quick concession early on. Although the boys fought back bravely they just fell short by a single goal. It was a proud day for Drum and Clonown!

Kelloggs GAA Cúl Camp at Clann

Clann’s Cúl camp is on and we hope all the participants have a great week of fun activities and increase their connection to and appreciation of our club and our sport.

Clann na nGael Nursery programme

Clann’s Sunday morning training continues at 10.30am each week for u6s, u8s & u10s. New players always welcome.

Thank you

Finally, now the school term is over, the club would like to sincerely thank our schools coaches Eamonn McManus Sr & Eamon McManus Jr for giving their time so generously throughout the year. The club would also like to thank Ollie Lennon in his role as schools coach and best wishes in his job as Cúl camp coordinator in Johnstown.

Clann na nGael Merchandise

Our Club shop is open in Johnstown each Sunday and we should have our online shop operational any day now. Check out Clann’s Facebook page or website for details (Links below).

Clann na nGael Lotto

The draw took place in Monahan’s on Sunday 3rd of July with a jackpot of €5,000.
The numbers drawn were 4 – 15 – 19 – 21.
No winner, 4 match 3 winners win €50:
Michelle Keegan C/O Mike Keegan
Josie Murray C/O James Curley
Johnny O’Neill C/O James Curley
Bridie McManus C/O Kitty Naughton

Next week’s jackpot is €5,200 and the draw will be in the Springs.
Thanks to everyone who supports Clann’s Lotto every week.

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