Club Notes for Friday 28th August 2015

posted 24 Aug 2015, 06:56 by Eamonn Kiernan
Sympathies: The club would like to extend its deepest sympathies to Tony Kiernan on the very sad passing of Lizzie Kiernan, Annagh, and to the extended O'Toole, Kiernan, and Martin families, many of whom are deeply involved in the club at all levels. Dromard GAA sends its sympathy to John Gilchrist, former teacher in Moyne C.S., on the death of his sister Kathleen, in Longford Town. Our condolences to the extended family of Philomena McEntee, Main Street, Arva and to the family of the late Vincent Charles, Aughavas.

Senior Championship: Dromard 3-07 Longford Slashers 1-13. Dromard and Longford Slashers finished all square in their eagerly anticipated quarter-final clash played at Pearse Park on Saturday evening last (22nd August). A goal from a penalty by Cian Mimnagh helped Dromard to a one-point half-time lead. The same player was on target early in the sccond half to score Dromard’s second goal. A third goal for Dromard mid-way through the second half by Francis McGee, following good work by Ross McNerney, saw Dromard extend their lead. However, this score was cancelled out almost immediately by a sweeping Longford Slasher’s move that resulted in a goal. In an exciting finish, Dromard survived strong Longford Slasher’s pressure and numerical disadvantage to earn a draw. The replay has been fixed for this coming Sunday (30 August) at 1pm in Pearse Park. A speedy recovery to James Martin and Cian Mimnagh who picked up injuries during the game. Dromard lined out as follows: Damien Sheridan, David Pettit , Niall Vance, Paul McGee, Emmet Masterson, Ross McNerney, Kevin Donohoe, Diarmuid Masterson, Ronan McEntire, Gary Maguire, Francis McGee, Bernard Sheridan, James Martin, Cian Mimnagh, Peter Reynolds. Subs: Padraig Martin, Peter Masterson, Declan Mimnagh, John Sheridan.

Junior Championship Playoff: Dromard 1-03 Mostrim 0-13. In a change from the original fixture schedule, Dromard played Mostrim in Monaduff on Friday evening (21st August) in a junior championship playoff game. With both teams having already qualified for the quarter-finals, it was Mostrim who emerged with the win from this particular fixture. After a closely contested first-half, Dromard trailed by 2 points at the break, 1-02 to Mostrim’s 7 points.  The Dromard goal was a well finished effort from Sean McNerney, with Bryan McCormack also on target with a good point. Mostrim came strongly into the game in the second half, winning a lot of possession, and gradually extended their lead. Although Dromard tried hard throughout to create opportunities, scores were hard to come by against a tight marking and more energetic Mostrim team. With this fixture completed, Dromard now proceed to the quarter final against Longford Slashers. Please see fixtures for details. The Dromard lineout versus Mostrim was as follows: Oisin Hourican, Ronan Smith, Cathal Conefrey, James Conefrey, Brendan McLoughlin, Martin McGee, Alan McLoughlin, Noel Reynolds, Neill Cosgrove, Conor Duffy, Peadar Kiernan, Sean McNerney, Bryan McCormack, Peter Mimnagh, John McNaboe. Subs: Jimmy Kiernan, Donal Conefrey, Thomas Conefrey, Killian Hourican. 

Under 12 League: Round 3 of the U12 Longford league took place in Pairc na nGael Dromard on Thursday last against visitors Shannon Gaels. Despite being 3 points down at half time, this determined u12 St Francis team came away victorious on a scoreline of 5-5 to 4-3. Without the services of holidaymakers Callum McEntire, Ben O'Reilly and the two Corcoran brothers the team on the evening were Eoin Palin, Ian McLoughlin, James Brady, Ruairi O'Toole, Oisin O'Toole, Brianna Murphy, Matt Duffy, Ryan O'Connor, Conal Palin, Christopher Grimes, Nicole Conboy and Daniel Conboy. Thanks to Shannon Gaels for a very sporting game. Our next match is away to Ballymahon on August 27th. The scheduled Colmcille game has been postponed due to some of our players taking part in the u14 semifinal on Monday 23rd. Good luck to the U14 squad. 

Lotto draw for 17th August: The numbers drawn were: 6, 16, 23, 25. There was no jackpot winner. The €20 draw winners were: Edel Harrington, Francis Gray, Tom Bermingham and Nicola Reilly. The seller’s prize was won by Anne Browne. Next week’s jackpot now stands at €7,800. A reminder that lotto subscriptions can be purchased online at with a range of different lotto and membership packages available. All proceeds contribute to the running of the club.

Engagement: Congratulations to popular Dromard player Enda McEntire on his recent engagement. We wish Enda and his new fiancée Jenny all the best in the future.

Minor Club Bag Packing Fundraiser:  St Francis Minor Club minor club have the opportunity to raise funds by packing bags for customers this Friday the 28th and Saturday 29th August in Dunne’s Stores Longford. It is very important that we have a good turnout of friends of the Dromard minor club in order for this to be successful. We are looking for both underage players, parents, and friends of the minor club to help out. In addition each team manager from Under 8’s up to Minor is asked to spend 2 hours in Dunnes or to find a stand-in adult to do so, and also to put together a team of 6 underage players per team manager. Please contact Jacinta Brady 086 605 9069 or Peggy Kiernan 087 6996732 who will be setting up and planning a rota. Please help and support.