Programme for U15 Hurling Championship Shield Final Coolera Strandhill St Molaise Gaels
From this evening's U15 hurling championship Shield final

Coolera Strandhill vs. St MolaiseGaels

Last updated 27/09/2022 @ 19:56

Late late comeback puts St Molaise Gaels into Junior A final

St Molaise Gaels secured a place in the Connacht Gold Junior A championship final in dramatic fashion with a late comeback that broke Owenmore Gaels hearts in Markievicz Park on Saturday afternoon.

It was an outcome that would have seemed most unlikely for much of the game but despite being behind on the scoreboard and down a man for most of the second half, great credit goes to the Grange based side who never gave up the fight.

St Molaise Gaels actually opened the scoring with a Daniel O’Connor free. Owenmore response with a point from Ciaran Harvey and then another from team captain Nathan O’Malley. A second O’Connor point for St Molaise left it level on 2 points apiece after 8 minutes.

Owenmore then got the first goal of the game when Ryan Philips finished good work by Mark Walsh and Roly Anderson. 

Saint Molaise had four of the next five scores – all points -  from Jack McGovern (two) Conor Watters and John Heraghty to get back to level pegging again in the 20th minute.

Owenmore regained the lead with a superb Roly Anderson point and another from Philips and although Heraghty had the last scene of the half, the yellow and blues from Collooney headed into the break a point up.

Garrett Lavin opened the scoring for Owenmore two minutes into the second half and things seems to be going their way when Molaise were reduced to 14 men following a consultation between referee Keith Henry and one of his linesmen.

Owenmore Gaels moved to take full advantage of the extra player and added five unanswered points over the next 15 minutes, two each from Oisín Geraghty and Philips and one from Anderson, to lead by seven points 1.11 to 0.7 with 15 minutes to play,

St Molaise moved John Gilsenan, who had been named at midfield but who started in goal, back out the field at this point and his influence helped steady his side who got their first score of the second half from a Jack McGovern free after 17 minutes.

While that was cancelled out by a point from Anderson, Gilsenan himself and John Heraghty then pointed as they tried to generate some momentum in the St Molaise chase. A 54th minute point from Ryan Philips – their first in eight minutes seemed to calm Owenmore nerves to leave them six points to the good with four minutes to play.

The north Sligo side however had the bit between their teeth and when captain Daniel Keaney fond the net in the 56th minute, their belief grew.

Gilsenan added a point and when centre back Oisín Gilmartin came up to put one between the sides as the game slipped into added time, the victory was suddenly anybody’s.

As the first minute of added time elapsed another long ball into their goal area led to a goalmouth scramble, in the middle of which Gilsenan applied the final touch to put the ball in the net and give St Molaise an unlikely two point lead that their opponents had no opportunity to recover.

It was on the balance of play, the most unlikely of outcomes but credit to St Molaise Gaels on keeping at it to the very end to secure a final day outing against Shamrock Gaels on Sunday week.

St Molaise Gaels; John Gilsenan (1-2); Tristian Watters, Gavin Gilsenan, Tola Caraway; Evan Farrell, Oisín Gilmartin (0-1), Conor Watters (0-1) ; Conor Feigheney, Daniel Keaney (1-0); Oisín Sheridan, Daniel O’Connor (0-2), John Heraghty(0-3, 1f); Jack McGovern (0-3, 1f), Aaron Currid, Luke Gallagher

Owenmore Gaels; Diarmuid O’Grady; Shane Maye, Liam Gilligan, Garrett Lavin (0-1); Kyle Mullen, Pa Murphy, Ryan Quigley (0-1); Roly Anderson (0-3), Mark Walsh; Aaron Walsh, Ryan Phillips (1-3); Ciarán Harvey (0-1); Gary Anderson, Nathan O’Malley (0-1), Oisín Geraghty (0-3)

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Shamrock Gaels squeeze through to reach Junior A final

Shamrock Gaels 0-9; Cloonacool 1-5

Shamrock Gaels qualified for the final of the Connacht Gold Junior A championship by the narrowest of margins at Markievicz Park on Sunday afternoon.

It was a tense contest throughout matching the leaden skies overhead with intermittent drizzle and poor light making for tricky playing conditions.

In a game that both teams could justifiable say they deserved to win, the Riverstown side just had a little extra in the tank and were able to call on a lively subs bench to get themselves over the line.

It took both sides quite a while to get comfortable with the setting and although there were chances at both ends, over 16 minutes had elapsed before Shamrock Gaels opened the scoring with a Stephen Willis point.

Cloonacool responded almost immediately with a point from wing back Conor Prendergast.  The Gaels replied with a second but it was still very cagey as the game entered the last ten minutes of the half.

Cloonacool than got the opportunity to open up an advantage when a Shamrock Gaels attack at the dressing room end was turned over and the south Sligo side  moved the ball at speed to the other end of the field to release Hughie Marren inside the defence coming in from the right. He made no mistake with a rasping strike across the face of the goal into the opposite top corner of the net for a finish that would grace football at any level.

The Gaels stayed calm however and notched two points before half time, the second an exquisite high looping point from 35 metres out on the stand side side-line by Steven Willis which sent the sides in level at the break – 1.1 to 0.4.

It was Cloonacool who came out firing in the second half and finished four scores without reply to open what looked like a gap that would give them the opportunity to win the game. 

Shamrock Gaels steadied the ship however and with the wily Frank Quinn coming somewhat deeper they got themselves back into the game to trail by just two points 1-5 to 0-6 as the game entered its last ten minutes.

From there on it was the Brian Boyd show. The Gaels centre forward was firstly on the end of a Luke Flynn pass to point after a brilliant Patrick Kenny clearance and he then brought the sides level with his second point with four minutes to go. 

Possession was changing hands too easily for the faint hearted but Shamrock Gaels had established territorial advantage and the combination of that pressure inside the Cloonacool half and fresh legs off the bench eventually had an effect when Boyd worked the space to point from the left hand side to give his side the minimum advantage as the game entered its last minute,

Try as they could, Cloonacool couldn’t engineer the opportunity to take the game into extra time and Shamrock Gaels will now contest the final in a rerun of the their opening fixture of this championship against St Molaise Gaels.

Shamrock Gaels: Ultan McKenna; John Craig, Declan Willis, Shane McCann; Gavin McMorrow, Eoin O'Connell, Patrick Barrett (0-1); Conor Merrick, Arron McKenna; Dylan McKenna (0-1), Brian Boyd (0-3), Conor Kearns; Seamus Hailstones (0-1), Frank Quinn (0-1), Steven Willis (0-2). Subs: Daire Kearns for C Kearns, Luke Flynn for Barrett, Patrick Kenny for Craig, Joe Quinn for Boyd.

Cloonacool: Niall Brennan; Liam Carty, Fergus Leonard, Conor Gavigan; Padraig Murtagh, Oisín Grehan, Conor Prendergast (0-1); Eoin Carty, Jordan Brennan; Ronan Leonard, Jason Brennan, James Lawrence; Rian Moylan, Hughie Marren (1-4, 4f), Sean Carnahan. Subs: Ciaran McIntyre for R Leonard

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St Farnan's retain senior championship status for 2023

This relegation battle took place in Cloonacool on Saturday last. Curry started with the aid of a slight breeze in the first half.  It was St. Farnan's who were first off the mark with a point from a free taken by Patrick O'Connor followed by a point from play by Martin Mulligan ably assisted by Fionn Connolly.  Adrian Marren got his first point of the evening from a free.Patrick O'Connor added another free for St. Farnan's after a foul on Kevin Mc Gee. Adrian Marren  of Curry punished a poor kick out with a point from play before adding another from a free. The sides were level at three points a piece half way through the first half. St. Farnan's midfield, however were clearly in control in this period  and both Finnian Cawley and Martin Mulligan added points from play as a result.  Brian Byrne of Curry , however capitalised on mistakes in the St. Farnan's half forward line and got two consecutive points from play.  Again the sides were level. Curry replaced Cathal Brennan with Adam Gallagher shortly before half time.  Ciarán O'Connor scored a point from play for St. Farnan's.  Adrian Marren got yet another point,  this time from way out the field  ,much to the delight of the Curry supporters. David Mc Donagh added another to bring Curry's total to seven points for the opening half.  Martin Mulligan got his third of the half to bring St. Farnan's total also ,to seven points .

After the break Alan O' Reilly opened the scoring for Curry. Loss of possession for Curry led to the first goal of the game  which was scored by Gavin Connolly after a passage of play involving Fionn Connolly,  Finnian Cawley and Patrick O'Connor. Adrian Marren, however was on hand to assist his side pointing from a free and another from play after St. Farnan's were dispossessed. The sides were level again,  1-7 to 0-10. If Adrian Marren could do it for Curry , Martin Mulligan could do it for St. Farnan's,  he added two points and assisted Finnian Cawley with another point to put St. Farnan's three points in front.  Adrian Marren got one back for Curry after his side patiently retained possession trying to find a break through defence.  Mark Devaney got himself on the scoreboard for St. Farnan's after a fine run from the half back line.  At the ten minute mark both teams introduced a substitute,  Shane O'Brien for Ronan Molloy from St. Farnan's and Eoghan Sweeney for David Mc Donagh of Curry.  Patrick and Ciarán O'Connor added the next three scores for St. Farnan's to increase the lead to six points 1-14 ,0-11. Adrian Marren added a point from a free after he was fouled.  Each side introduced another substitute  Stephen Donoghue for Oisín Murphy of Curry and James O'Connell for Mattie Lang. Fionn Connolly of St.Farnan's found himself all alone in the half forward line and got his first score of the day,  just reward for his hard work. Again Adrian Marren kept his side in touch with another point. Finnian Cawley and Patrick O'Connor added points to stretch their lead to seven points, 1-17 0-13 and  with only seven minutes of normal time remaining it was  looking increasingly like a St. Farnan's win. Iarla Connor was introduced for Fionn Connolly. Curry,  however were given a lifeline in the twenty sixth minute when Adrian Marren was deemed to have been fouled inside the square and was awarded a penalty.  Adrian's shot ,however hit the side post and St. Farnan's obtained possession from the rebound.  The remaining minutes proved a scrappy affair as Curry tried to battle their way through St. Farnan's defence.  Stephen Mulligan was introduced for St. Farnan's in the closing minutes.  In injury time  Adrian Marren got the final score of the game , a goal after good play involving Jason Marren and Eoghan Sweeney.  It was of little consolation as his side now have to face Coolaney/ Mullinabreena in an attempt to retain senior status. 

St. Farnan's were deserving of this win which came on the back of a poor defeat to Drumcliffe/ Rosses Point.  There were excellent performances all over the field most notably from Martin Mulligan,  Patrick O'Connor,  Gavin Connolly,  Fionn Connolly  and Finnian Cawley. 

Curry' s Adrian Marren  was his side's main man with  Brian Byrne,  Adam Gallagher and Keith Feeley performing well. 

Curry: Sean Marren,  Michael Jennings,   Dylan Mc Loughlin,Craig Gallagher, Keith Feeley,James Walsh, Michael Gordon,  AlanReilly(0-1),Oisín Higgins, Brian Byrne(0-2),Adrian Marren (1-9(4f), Cathal Brennan, Oisín Murphy,Jason Marren, David Mc Donagh(0-1).

Subs used : Adam Gallagher,  Eoghan Sweeney, Stephen Donoghue.

St. Farnan's: Simon Mullarkey, Trevor Kilgannon,  James Weir, Conor Gordon,  Ronan Molloy, Eamonn Kilgannon,Mark Devaney(0-1), KevinMc Gee, Gavin Connolly (1-0),Martin Mulligan(0-5),  Ciarán O'Connor (c)(0-2), Finnian Cawley(0-3),  FionnConnolly(0-1),  Patrick O'Connor(0-5(3f),  Matthew Lang. 

Subs used: Shane O'Brien,  James O'Connell,  Iarla Connor,  Stephen Mulligan. 

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Easkey top west Sligo shoot out to reach Intermediate final

With just four points between them Easkey and St Pat’s served up a cracking Connacht Gold Intermediate championship semi-final, seeing the Sea Blues reach the intermediate final for the sixth time.

Two first half goals and a third in the second half (against the run of play) helped Eamonn Sweeney’s side to push past their West Sligo counterparts in Markievicz Park.

Wing back Jack Scott got the scoring underway off his left foot, before the duo of Canice Mulligan and Jim Davis put St Pat’s one ahead.

Joe McHugh stepped in as Easkey captain in the absence of Mikey Gordon, notching his first on four minutes, as Andrew Kilcullen put them ahead a minute later.

The first quarter played out as described, a back and forth exchange with some well taken scores from St Pat’s – who led 0-4 0-3 against the breeze.

Soon after, calamity struck for the men from Dromard. Scott sauntered forward for Easkey again, and his attempt at a point dropped short into the arms of Cormac Boland. The goalkeeper caught the ball on the goal line, but in attempting to advance out of the goalmouth, got his footing caught in the net, and the ball was carried over the line. As they say, championship football takes on a mind of its own!

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Padraic Clarke got his first of the afternoon shortly after, while having a great battle with Niall Kilcullen, bringing matters back to a single point.

Andrew Kilcullen and Joe McHugh struck again for Easkey in the latter stages of the first half, either side of the game’s second goal.

A powering move through the middle involving telepathic play from the McHugh brothers parted the Pat’s defence. Lying in wait was Kevin Duffy, who dispatched his effort to the bottom corner of Boland’s net. After a hat trick against Enniscrone/ Kilglass and a brace against Bunninadden, Duffy now has 6-4 in this year’s championship – a similar return to that of Raff Cretaro in the 1999 senior championship!

Six between the teams at half time, 2-5 to 0-5, and with the wind at their backs St Pat’s had a mountain to climb.

Pat’s wasted no time in charging at the Easkey goal and forced Daniel Rolston into saving a certain goal mere seconds into the restart. Davis kicked the resulting ’45.

With Niall Kilcullen coming off at half time, this left more room for Padraic Clarke to manoeuvre, who kicked three points in the next five minutes.

Kilcullen slotted another Easkey free to bring it back to two points, before Conor Kevany and Clarke scored to bring it back to just a point. Kevany was also denied in on goal by Rolston, who was having a stormer at netminder.

And then on 43 minutes, where a goal would prove crucial in the game, Easkey hit the net for the third time. Substitute Jonathan Conway, who showed well, saw his attempted point fall short of the crossbar. Full forward Fionn Moylan rose above all to palm the ball to the net, and against the run of play Easkey halted the charges of Pat’s.

Easkey restored the lead of six, but the game was still not over as after four second half goal chances, St Pat’s finally hit the net. Donal Brady carried the ball well up the right wing, before cutting inside and hitting a low shot which was saved by Rolston, but Brady managed to slot the rebound to reduce the deficit to three points.

The sides exchanged points as Brendan McGrath scored off the left, and Padraic Clarke got his sixth.

The last score of the game came in added time to seal victory for Easkey and put them four ahead. Up stepped Rolston from the ’45, and despite the breeze going against him, slotted the ball over with yards to spare.

This lands Easkey in an intermediate final against St Molaise Gaels. Both teams are in the hunt for their sixth title, with Easkey winning their most recent coming in 2015. They hope to keep their 100% record in intermediate finals intact and make it two senior championship teams in the west for 2023.

Easkey scorers: Andrew Kilcullen (0-5, 0-2f), Jack Scott (1-1), Kevin Duffy, Fionn Moylan (1-0 each), Joe McHugh (0-2), Daniel Rolston (’45), Brendan McGrath, Jonathan Conway (0-1 each).

Easkey team: Daniel Rolston; Ian Barrett, Niall Kilcullen, Bernard Feeney; Eoghan Rua McGowan, Rory McHugh, Jack Scott; Eanna Moylan, Noel McGuire; Kevin Duffy, Andrew Kilcullen, Hayden Gilroy; Rossa Sloyan, Fionn Moylan, Rory McHugh.

Subs used: Ciarán Montague, Jonathan Conway, Brendan McGrath.

St Pat’s scorers: Padraic Clarke (0-6, 0-4f), Donal Brady (1-0), Jim Davis (0-2, 0-1 ’45), Pierce Kearins, Canice Mulligan, Ciaran Giblin, Tomás McMunn, Conor Kevany (0-1 each).

St Pat’s team: Cormac Boland; Jonathan Higgins, Connell Kearins, Conor Kevany; Daragh Williams, Joe McMunn, David Giblin; James Clarke, Cathal Finneran; Donal Brady, Tomás McMunn, Canice Mulligan; Jim Davis, Padraic Clarke, Pierce Kearins.

Subs used: Ciaran Giblin, Oisin Kevany, Niall Connolly, Martin Clarke, Ciaran Brady.

Referee: Gus Chapman.


Last updated 27/09/2022 @ 18:35

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