U16 Boys League: Claregalway 3 – 14; Tuam Stars 0 – 3.
Claregalway U16 boys had a good win against Tuam Stars last Tuesday night in the U16 Coiste Peil na nOg league game played in Claregalway. Claregalway won the toss and played with the light breeze & were quickly off the mark with points from Michael Coyle, a long ranger from the impressive Brian O Connell and one each from Mark Coyle & Colm Devery to go 0-4 to 0-0 after 10 minutes. Tuam replied with a couple of points of their own before Michael Coyle scored a goal for Claregalway after 15 minutes. Claregalway continued to dominate the first half & further points from Mark Coyle, Brian O Connell & Michael Coyle (2) left the half time score Claregalway 1-8; Tuam Stars 0-2.
Claregalway continued to impress in the second half and again scored 4 points without reply in the first 10 minutes with scores from Michael Coyle, Michael Morris, Colm Devery & Mark Coyle. Tuam responded with 2 points before Colm Devery scored a goal for Claregalway. Claregalway closed out the game with further points from Colm Devery & Michael Coyle to leave the full time score Claregalway 3 – 14; Tuam Stars 0 – 3.
Mark Shaughnessy, Eoin Flaherty, (Jason Donnellan), Dan McArdle, Edwyn Keary, Conor O Reilly, (Andrew Dolan), Darragh Moylan (Tom O Reilly), Richard Commins, (Paul Fahy), Brian O Connell, Harry Connelly, Michael Morris, Colm Devery, Mark Coyle, (Ben Creaven), Craig Hansberry, Michael Coyle, Darran Hennessy, (Shane McHugh), Kevin Brennan, ( Rory Gunning).
U16 Boys Challenge: Claregalway 3 – 9; Milltown Malbay 1 – 9.
Claregalway U16 boys had another good win last Friday night in a home challenge game played against Milltown Malbay from Clare. Claregalway started the game very slowly and conceded 3 points without reply in the first 10 minutes. Claregalway settled into the game & scored a goal from Craig Hansberry after 12 minutes. Milltown Malbay responded with a goal of their own before further points from Edwyn Keary, Mark Coyle (2) & Tom O Reilly put Claregalway back in front. A goal from Craig Hansberry just before half time left the half time score Claregalway 2-4; Milltown Malbay 1-4.
Milltown Malbay scored the first 2 points of the second half to leave 1 between the sides after 5 minutes. Claregalway went on to score the next 4 points from Mark Coyle, Colm Devery, Michael Morris & Kevin Brennan to go 5 in front. Claregalway defended very well during the second half, but Milltown Malbay came back to score 3 more points before Colm Devery closed out the match with a goal & a point to leave the full time score Claregalway 3 – 9; Milltown Malbay 1 – 9.
This was a very good team performance from the Claregalway team who were missing a few regulars on the day, Mark Shaughnessy, Eoin Flaherty, (Jason Donnellan), Dan McArdle, Edwin Keary, Paul Fahy; (Kevin Finneran), Michael Morris, Conor O Reilly, (Damien Culkin), Tom O Reilly, Harry Connelly, Darran Hennessy, (Ben Creaven), Colm Devery, Mark Coyle, Kevin Brennan,(Andrew Dolan), Craig Hansberry, Rory Gunning, (Kevin Hanley).
The U16 league continues next Tuesday night April 20 with a home game V Annaghdown at 7pm sharp. The Comortas Peil Na Nog semi final game V Bearna is on Friday night April 23 at 7pm in Claregalway. League games are on every Tuesday night at 7pm with training for all U16s every Friday evening at 6.00pm sharp.
Claregalway under 14A team got their season off to a flying start with a very close fought game against Corofin, in Carnmore last Friday evening. Many thanks to Carnmore Hurling Club for the use of their facility.
The game started off at a hectic pace and before long, Corofin were leading by a goal and a point with Claregalway yet to register. Then, after some excellent play from Sean Linnane and Conor Shaughnessy, the ball found its way to Ryan Manning who opened his account with a fine point. This was followed with a fine goal scored by Mark Rohan. Claregalway seemed to settle from here and Manning managed to find the net with a shot that seemed to deceive the Corofin keeper. Points were added by both sides in the closing minutes of the first half but Claregalway held the advantage at the break with a four point advantage.
The second half opened at pace as did the first, with a fine point from Jamie Holland who had a fine match at mid field. Then, unfortunately, Claregalway were to lose their fullback Paraic Kearney to a shoulder injury. Corofin took full advantage of the change in personnel and banged home two goals in quick succession. This would test the resilience of the Claregalway boys, and dig deep they did to finish with scores from Damien Dolan, Kyle Concannon ,Chris Carroll and Peter O Connor.
Liam Egan saved the day when a ball destined for the Claregalway net was touched over the bar. The final whistle came just in time for Claregalway, to run out winners by the minimum margin. Final score Claregalway 2-12, Corofin 3-8.