Claregalway came out victorious in the U15 League final between Claregalway and Salthill played at NUI Galway on Saturday 8th of November. Well done to Captain Sean Lyons and all the squad. The final score was Claregalway 7–8 to Salthill/Knocknacarra 1–14.
The game itself was relatively even in terms of general play and possession, and also in terms of scores with both team finishing with fifteen scores a piece. Salthill lead by a point at half time. The difference on the day was goals in the second half, with Tommy Molloy, Oisin Connolly, Jack Glynn, Aaron Molloy and Paraic Commins scoring majors for Claregalway. They were well supported by captain Sean Lyons, Keith Field, Tiernan Collins and Dara Whelan.
The back-bone of the team was provided by Mark King, Barry Callinan, Conor Walsh, Colm Kelly and Luke Roache. They were duly supported by Iarla Keating, Ciaran Hynes, Conor Campbell, Jason Reilly, Brian Connolly, Sean Kilmartin, Eoghan Gallagher & Dylan Buckley. All players made huge contributions and special mention to Jack Glynn, Oisin Connolly and Tommy Molloy for their attacking prowess on the day. Special thanks to our excellent coaches Ja, Tomas & Alan, Fiona and Mal on the First Aid, to Mike for looking after the gear and of course Noel our Minister for Fun.
Claregalway were missing a number of players due to injuries and conflicts on the day arising from honouring prior commitments. Thus we have a great group of players to look forward to in the future.
Complements to Dave Henry and the City League Committee on an excellently ran U15 City League Competition. To promote player involvement, the City League is ran at fifteen-a-side with unlimited subs. Thus, in an effort to maximise player involvement Claregalway made two to three changes every ten minutes throughout the game.
Claregalway’s U10 footballers can reflect on a very successful 2014 season. In late June we participated in an Invitational Tournament hosted by well known Dublin club Na Fianna. We had some great games against the host club plus Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh), Wattey Grahams (Derry), St Brigids (Roscommon) and Sarsfields (Kildare). A memorable day was had by all our players/coaches/parents and we thank Na Fianna for their kind invitation and their warmth and hospitality. The standard of football played was excellent throughout and playing against some of Ireland’s top clubs was a fantastic experience for our players.
Over the course of the summer we played a series of Go Game matches against local clubs based in and around Galway City and our young footballers improved with every game.
To bring the footballing year to a close we recently ran a very successful blitz. Participating clubs included Mayo clubs Knockmore and Kilmeena, Roscommon Gaels, Salthill/Knocknacarra and ourselves. Despite the poor weather conditions all the teams contributed to a great day’s football.
We would like to thank everyone who helped out on the day especially those who provided refreshments, set up pitches, refereed matches and did security. Thanks to Alan Moran, Michelle Rohan and Mike Murray for their assistance in organising the use of the Community Centre and Flynn’s SuperValu Lackagh for providing drinks and snacks for all players on the day. Afterwards all our panel were presented with a pair of gloves by Hector Ó hEochagáin which were kindly sponsored by Ciaran Murphy of Murphy Gloves.
Finally, thanks to all our players for their effort and commitment and their parents for their support throughout the season.