O’ROURKE CUP FINAL: Clann na nGael 1-10 Roscommon Gaels 1-7
Clann finish the year off with a fine display and convincing win over Roscommon Gaels in very poor conditions and poor quality of venue for the final of the Roscommon Senior Div.1 Football League. This win followed up recent successful encounters with St.Brigid’s and Padraig Pearses made up for their knockout of the Championship. Clann started with purpose and notched some early scores, Jack Connaughton opened with a great point and Cathal Callinan followed with another. Donie Shine again was in great form and put over two more before Roscommon Gaels got two back.
Clann were moving well at this stage when Cathal Shine netted with a fantastic goal. Weather conditions got worse and the rain came down in buckets the pitch suffered badly and so did the play, however Gaels got a goal back from a penalty to keep in touch. Donie Shine again came to the rescue and put over two more to leave the score at half time Clann 1-7 Gaels 1-2.
Donie opened the second half with a great point but sadly had to retire with a pulled hamstring. Ross Naughton came on as a sub and had immediate impact being brought down in the square Clann were awarded a penalty but failed to convert. Gaels rallied and put severe pressure on the Clann backline. David Flynn, Darra Pettit and Shane Pettit worked extremely hard and held out to severe pressure. Ultan Harney and Graham Pettit showed their mettle in terms of strength going forward which had a major impact on this game. Jonathan Dunning and Ciaran O’Reilly were also introduced and had positive impacts. Clann finished the game with three points to spare.
Full credit must go to Fergal Shine, Paul Whyte and the management team for getting this team back on track after their championship defeat. This win will be taken as a positive for next season. Well done to the Clann team on this very important win.
Squad: Ronan O’Reilly, Darra Pettit, Stephen Flynn, Shane Pettit, Emmet Kenny, David Flynn, Jack Connaughton, Graham Pettit, Cathal Shine, Cian McManus, Ultan Harney, David Connaughton, Jamie Fahey, Donal Shine, Cathal Callinan, Kieran Connaughton, Ross Naughton, Jonathan Dunning, Ciaran O’Reilly, Sean McManus, Paddy Harney, Gary Nicholson, Matt Scally, Aaron O’Reilly, Ruaraidh McManus, Martin Flannery, Ciaran Lennon.
Under 16 Update
Clann Under 16’s run in the Championship ended in disappointment last Sunday. The pitch in Johnstown was heavy but it was a credit to those who had worked on getting it playable following heavy rain over the weekend.
In the game itself both teams gave it their all and ultimately the St. Brigids goal in the second half gave them the breathing space to run out winners after a titanic struggle between both sides.
The Clann panel, while defeated can hold their heads high and gave their all for the cause on Sunday. A huge and sincere thanks to the manager Tom Seery and his back up team of Derek Goode, Emmet Durney, Joe Fallon, Andy Carberry and Ray Fallon.
Clann Panel: S. Seery, D. Reynolds, O. Rock. O.Lennon, A. Wall, S. Ryan, D. Duff. M. Gannon, C. Lennon, A. Harney, D. Sumner, P. Mc Manus, J. Nugent, C. O’Brien, E. Fallon, R. Hardiman, C. Fallon-McGowan, J. Duignan, F. Lennon, N. Macken, Dec Mc Manus, J. Feeney, A. Hunter, M. Kelly, M. Mc Clean, Darr Mc Manus, D. Westman, D. Pettit, S. Reynolds, J. Middleton.
Under 9/Under 10 Update
Clann U.9/U.10 boys played Tubberclaire in Johnstown last Monday in the Tormey League. The U9 boys played excellent football to overcome their tough opponent and win by the narrowest of margins to become the only side in this year’s competition to beat Tubberclaire.
The U10 boys found the going very tough against a strong physical Tubberclaire side. The boys didn’t disappoint and put in a very brave performance and only just came up short in the end. Well done boys!
Clann na nGael Minor Girls played their Championship Final on Friday evening in Kiltoom against St. Dominics. A lot was expected on Friday evening from two good teams. Clann got going from the start, an early goal settled Clann into the game which left Dominics under pressure to catch up. Poor conditions left Dominics playing against the wind which gave Clann the advantage. The game got very intense, Dominics hit back with a good goal and 3 points as the first half came to an end, however, Clann were well on top.
The wind was against Clann in the second half but fought hard to keep on top of the Dominics girls. More scores from both teams, but Clann won out strong in the end. This is Clann’s 5th Minor county title in a row. Clann now go on to represent Roscommon in the Connacht semi-final. Well done to all involved!
Final Score: Clann 5-14 St Dominics 1-06.
Team: Eadaoin Lennon, Megan Mc Manus, Amy Quinn, Megan Kelly, Aine Connaughton, Caoimhe Lennon (captain), Shauna Connell, Ide Crehan, Kara Earle, Emma Kildea, Rachel Naughton, Kelley Colgan, Caoimhe Galvin, Kayleigh shine, Roise Lennon.
Subs: Shauna Naughton, Sinead Farrell, Molly Dolan, Louise Egan, Gillian Murray, Aishling mc goldrick, Rachel Brien, Danielle Greasley
U-6, U-8 and U-10 Girls
Well done to all the girls who finished up the football season on Sunday 25th September. Each player was presented with a medal from Donie Shine and David Flynn. Special thanks to the management who gave up their time weekly to coach these young players who have a bright future ahead of themselves.
U.14 girls play Boyle in the semi-final in Johnstown next Friday 30th September at 7.30 pm. Best of luck to all involved.
Clann na nGael Lotto
The draw took place in Monahans on Sunday 25th of September with a jackpot of €7,400.
The numbers drawn were 1, 8, 19, 26
No winner, Match 3 Winners win €70:
Margaret Fallon (Ray Fallon Jr.)
Aidan Reilly (Bernie Reilly)
Paddy Henry (Monahans)
Next week’s jackpot is €7,600 and the draw will be in Athlone Springs.
Thanks to everyone who supports Clann’s Lotto every week.