Club Notes for Friday 4th September 2015

posted 1 Sep 2015, 03:53 by Eamonn Kiernan

Sympathies: Condolences to the family of the late Michael Conefrey, formerly of Cammagh, who died in Birmingham during the week.

Senior Championship Replay: Dromard 0-13 Longford Slashers 0-12. Dromard take on Killoe in Pearse Park this coming Sunday evening (6TH th September) at 6:30pm in the semi final of the senior championship. Dromard started brightly with a Declan Mimnagh point from play and a Francis McGee free. Points by Declan Mimnagh and Gary Maguire along with two successive well-taken scores from play by Francis McGee put Dromard three points clear with 7 minutes remaining in the first half. Longford Slashers dominated possession in the final stages of the half and scored four points without reply to lead at half time by 7 points to 6. The second half proved to be an equally tight affair with no more than two points separating the sides at any stage. Slashers opened up a two-point lead shortly after half time but Dromard continued to work hard and drew level with points from Cian Mimnagh and a free converted by Francis McGee. With the play moving from end to end, both sides exchanged points from the 10th to 25th minutes. Dromard scores by Ross McNerney (2 frees), Francis McGee and Ronan McEntire were cancelled out by Longford Slashers to leave the scores level at 12 points apiece with three minutes to play. In an exciting finish, Gary Maguire scored a point from play to give Dromard the lead and some good defending in the final minutes of the game, including by substitute James Mimnagh, saw Dromard claim the win and qualify for the semi-final. Best wishes to James Martin and John Sheridan in their recovery from injury. Dromard lined out as follows: Damien Sheridan, Peter Masterson, John Sheridan, Paul McGee, Emmet Masterson, Kevin Donohoe, David Pettit, Diarmuid Masterson, Ronan McEntire, Gary Maguire, Ross McNerney, Bernard Sheridan, Declan Mimnagh, Cian Mimnagh, Francis McGee. Subs: Padraig Martin, James Mimnagh. After the narrow replay win over Longford Slashers, this will be a major test for the Dromard panel against the reigning county champions and winners of two of the last three finals. Best wishes to the players and management. We encourage all Dromard supporters to come to Pearse Park on Sunday evening for the Club’s most important game of the year to date.

Senior Team Kit Sponsorship: Dromard GAA would like to sincerely thank local businessman Declan Corrigan and his wife Olivia from Corrigan Fuel Services (049 4335909 / 086 8044627) for their generous sponsorship of a new set of jerseys and other kit for the club. Photos will be provided at a later date. The sponsorship is greatly appreciated by all members and players in the Club and we look forward to seeing Dromard togging out in the new kit in the near future! Declan runs a very successful business supplying heating oil, fuel products, fuel additives, fuel equipment, anti-theft and anti-siphon, tank and boiler supplies and services. Congratulations to Declan on taking on the sponsorship and we would ask our members to support Declan’s business in every way that you can, by filling your car with fuel on a weekly basis or availing of his many services listed above. Obviously the cost of running a senior club are considerable in this day and age and we are always in need of sponsorship, be it small or large, to help with these costs. To that end, if there is anyone who would like to sponsor an item, event, or equipment or to make a donation to the Club please contact either Chairman Anthony Maguire 086 8097547 or Treasurer Frank Smith 086 8295200. All support is greatly appreciated.

Under 14 Championship: Congratulations to St Francis who are the Under 14 'C' Football Championship Shield winners for 2015. After a very high tempo game in Pearse Park on Saturday last against a very strong and well drilled Southern Gaels team (Cashel and Killashee), our young team ran out winners on a final score of St. Francis 6-9 to Southern Gales 2-6. The game was excellently refereed by Jimmy McCormack, with his task made easier by the sporting attitude of both teams. The first half was played at a frantic pace with both teams moving the ball very well, but the Dromard defence were well organised and the forwards were hitting the mark up front. The half time score was St. Francis 1-7 to Southern Games 0-4. As the old saying goes, goals win games and importantly stopping the opposition scoring goals is vital. Our goalkeeper was in fine form as usual, Ollie Duffy made vital saves and his kick-outs were drilled out to a Dromard player every time. Ollie was well supported by his full backline of Conor McGarahan and the excellent Fionn Hourican who intercepted and drove out with a vital ball in the second half, when Southern Gaels were treatening to come back into the game. The half-back line of Oisin O'Toole and the hard-working Karl McNerney covered the backline and supported their mid-field pairing of Aaron Darcy and the excellent Gareth O'Hara, who again went through a mountain of work. Arron Darcy took on the difficult role of protecting his backline, which allowed Gareth the freedom to move forward and support the forward line. Aaron did this role well and his ability to start a move with excellent passing allowed our half-forward line to get on a lot of ball. The half-forward line of Danial Conboy and the very lively Aaron Farrell were very dangerous and a number of critical scores came from Aaron in the first half. The inside forward line of Ciaran Murphy and Stephen Donohoe caused a lot of problems for a very strong Southern Gaels full-back line. A number of subs made a major impact off the bench for Dromard. Matt Duffy came on in the half-forward line late in the first half and his energy and workrate was excellent. The introduction of Liam Donohoe, Joshua Gray, Colin Palin and Shane Grimes helped Dromard seal the game in the last few minutes. There were a number of players who did not get a run on the day, but have been vital for St.Francis getting to the final and winning it; Cian Gray, Jason Grimes, Jamie Conboy, Ryan O'Connor, Cathal Reilly, Gavin Reilly, Calum McEntire and Conor Sheridan. The club would like to thank the Management Team of Peter Darcy, Paul Hourican, Joe Murphy and Ali McGarahan. A big thank to Danny O’Toole (Maor Uisce) and Susan Murphy on First Aid, thankfully there was no major injuries during the game.  Also, a special word of thanks to all the parents who have supported this team, driving them to training and games. A big thanks to all our supporters who turned out in good numbers to support the boys. There will be a presentation of both the U14 League and Championship medals later in the year.

Under 12 League: Round 5 of the U12 Longford league took place away to Ballymahon on Thursday last in Leo Casey Park. The St Francis team suffered their first defeat in this league to a very strong Ballymahon outfit on a scoreline of 4-10 to 3-5.  Without the services of holidaymaker James Brady and Alan Corcoran who was sick, the team on the evening was: Eoin Palin, Ian McLoughlin, Ruairi O'Toole, Oisin O'Toole, Brianna Murphy, Matt Duffy, Ryan O'Connor, Conal Palin, Christopher Grimes, Ronan Corcoran, Callum McEntire, Ben O'Reilly and Daniel Conboy. Our next match is away to Colmcille on Sept 1st. Congrats to some of our U12 players who were part of the U14 squad who won the Shield on Saturday.  Good luck to the U12 girls in their final Thursday. Thanks to the parents of our U12 squad who took part in the bag packing fundraiser at the weekend.

Lotto draw for 24th August: The lotto numbers for 24th August were: 2, 6, 7, 18.
There was no jackpot winner. The €20 prize winners were: Pat Murtagh, Margaret Dillon, Gerry Maguire, Mel Maguire. The seller’s prize was won by Fr. Charlie Healy.