St. Mary's GAA Club notes

 

Things are getting very busy for our youngest teams and there were 2 outings for our boys last week, when we played Tourlestrane on Wednesday evening in Kent Park and then travelled to Manorhamilton on Saturday.  We were able field an U9 and an U10 team against Tourlestrane, and in what proved a highly enjoyable evening’s football for players and spectators alike, both age groups got a good competitive game from Tourlestrane.  Then, on Saturday, we traveled to Manorhamilton to play a friendly against their young stars. Once again we brought two teams and both teams represented St. Marys and Sligo with distinction. A special word of thanks to parents travelling and providing transport on the morning. No rest for quite a while as these boys are facing St John’s this Wednesday evening and the following week they will be travelling to Ballymote.

It was a relatively quiet week for the rest of the Bord na nOg teams.   Although the U16 boys had a good showing away against Tourlestrane, they came out the wrong end of a 4-11 to 2-07 scoreline. In a game of 2 halves we led 1-06 to 0-03 at half time following good play from our lads, led by Jay Cox, Shane Muldowney, Tome Gavin and Eamon Flynn.   Our opponents came out of the blocks quicker in the second half and the game turned completely, with Tourlestrane going 1-02 ahead.   We managed to get back on terms only for Tourlestrane to pull away in the last moments, which was disappointing as these lads have great potential.    It was very different for our U12 teams when they played Drumcliffe Rosses Point.   The Division 1 team showed they will be Clifford Cup contenders when they overcame their opponents with clinical play, and Shea O’Neill and Connor Flynn top scored in a superb all round team performance.   Things were closer in the Division 3 game, and in a titanic battle our lads secured the win by 15 points to 11 with Ashraf Tumeheirwe and Clyde Regan leading the way for our impressive young men.  This coming week Bord na nOg fixtures include the minor team playing Tourlestrane on Monday and the U14’s playing on Tuesday against St Molaise in Division 1 and St Farnons in Division 3 – all games are away.

 

In the ladies section, the U16 girls had a hugely impressive win over Shamrock Gaels in their final league game.   In a relatively even first half, superior scoring from Ruth Monaghan, Emma Corcoran and their companions in the forward line allowed us reach the break with a slight margin.   The girls upped their game significantly in the second half, and players such as Lisa-Jane Cawley at full back, Amy Hopkins in goals, Aoife Smith at half forward and Chloe McGowan in the half back line put in commanding displays as good teamwork closed out the game.   Although it is mid-May, we are at the business end of the league and this Tuesday we have a winner takes all play-off away to Tourlestrane to decide who will contest the league final where Drumcliffe-Rosses Point awaits.

 

In senior football, we found the going tough and clearly missed our county players against a stronger St Molaise team in the latest round of the Kiernan Cup, falling to a defeat by 1-19 to 1-05.   The Junior side play Enniscrone on Saturday in Kent Park with a 7.30pm throw-in.  Then a stern contest against Mayo in the Connaught Senior Championship on Sunday awaits our County team under the management of Niall Carew.   We wish everyone the best, in particular, our own guys, (Mark Breheny, Stephen Coen, Cian Breheny, Fintan Ruddy and Kyle Cawley), who did so well against New York and the returning Gerard O’Kelly Lynch and Luke Nicholson.  

 

A table quiz was held in the clubhouse last Friday evening and it proved very successful with many of us proving that a little education does go a long way!!!   Gerry Maher and his team of organisers did a tremendous job on the night and will be welcome to repeat.   A reminder that there is a car wash on Saturday 27th in Kent Park for the Feile fundraising.  

 

These club notes and more detail on St Marys are available on our social media and the club website at www.stmarys.sligo.gaa.ie



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