The Senior ladies played Division 1 holders Corofin in Corofin last Sunday morning. Played in ideal conditions, three first half goals from Dee Brennan, Siobhan Gavin and Andrea Trill put Claregalway in a commanding position at the Interval 3–7 to 0–8, the second half was well contested with the Claregalway Girls securing their place in the League Final on a final shoreline of 4–12 to 1–10. Claregalway will play Killererin/Clonberne in the final on June 24th. Well done to Fabien Cooney and Megan Glynn who were part of the Connaught Team that reached the Interpose Final yesterday only to lose out to Ulster. Next training on Friday at 7:30pm in Knockdoemore.
Well done to the Junior ladies who defeated Monivea in their last round of the Division 5 League last Friday evening in Knockdoemore. This was a great team performance and with County U16 player Andrea Trill currently in great form the Claregalway players were goal hungry in this game and ran out deserved winners. Captain Laurie Moran led by example all evening. Having received the points for the Ballinasloe game during the week this win puts the Team in the Division 5 Final to be played after the State exams. We send best wishes to all members of this panel doing exams in the coming weeks.
Claregalway U16 Boys opened their Championship campaign with a two point win over Salthill Knocknacarra in the Prairie on Tuesday of last week. Trailing by 7 points to 4 at half time, Claregalway upped the ante in the second half to win on a final score line of 3–10 to 2–11. Their next Championship game will be away to Barna in a few weeks.
In the Intermediate Men’s Championship Claregalway had a good win over Glenamaddy last Sunday week. A blitzkrieg like performance from Claregalway’s Sean Moran just before the half time break was more than enough to lay the foundation for victory. Coming into the game as somewhat an unknown quantity, Claregalway took a clinical approach for the entire 60 minutes and were good value for the 12 point victory that will have made their fellow championship rivals take notice.
The game was somewhat slow to come to life with Glenamaddy having most of the possession in the early moments. However, their lack of major cutting edge upfront would ultimately prove to be their downfall on the day, with the majority of Glenamaddy scores in the opening period coming from placed balls. In stark contrast, Claregalway, who it has to be said took roughly 10 minutes to find their feet in the contest had no trouble working the scoreboard from then on.
The turning point came just before the break when Sean Moran took the game by the scruff of the neck and after some neat build up play, the ball was fed to the Claregalway talisman who unleashed a bullet off his left boot which nearly broke the net and was definitely a dagger to the heart of the Glenamaddy faithful. At this stage we were well on top and enjoying a very fruitful purple patch. Our defence were more than capable of dealing with the limited pressure they came under. Midfield certainly had the upper hand while Danny Cummins at centre forward was a major handful all day. Further scores stretched our advantage at the break to 1-09 to 0-06 and it was looking good for the men in green and gold.
Glenamaddy re entered the fray for the 2nd half knowing a big turn around would be needed to swing things back in their favour. Alas it was not to be and when wing back Paul Fahy fisted over the bar midway through the half the job was more than done.
Not to be outdone by his team mates, Moran finished another major with time nearly up. On a day when Glenamaddy promised a big fire, they met a team more than capable of extinguishing it but to their credit, they did battle right to the final whistle and did clip over some consolation scores. They will now face the losers of Athenry V Ballinasloe with the losers of that heading for the relegation dogfight. As for Claregalway, we now face the Aran Islands on Saturday May 28th in An Spidéil at 1pm. The winners will advance to a Quarter Final while the losers will play in a Preliminary Q Final.
Based on the performance from everyone in a Claregalway jersey, it is difficult to single out individuals as everyone more than played their part which will be the most pleasing aspect for the management team.
Last Sunday the guys lost out to Annaghdown in the John Dunne cup on a scoreline of 2–16 to 1–14.