Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta
Na Piarsaigh 1–8
(All games at the Leisure Centre)
(at The Prairie)
In a fast and highly entertaining game we drew with Salthill in the first round of the league at the Prairie. The score was 2–5 to 0–11, our scores coming from Niall McGovern (4), Gary Hurney (3), Derek Murray (2), Liam Hyland and Anthony Monaghan 1 point each. These were two well matched sides and a scrambled goal just before half time after John McGrath had saved well gave Salthill a 1–4 to 0–5 lead at the break. Ten minutes into the second half Salthill struck again for a goal to go ahead by 2–5 to 0–8. Full credit to Claregalway for a strong recovery, scoring 3 points while holding Salthill scoreless. We had a couple of last minute shots that went close but not close enough for a win. The displays of Anthony Monaghan and Niall McGovern at mid-field, Patrick Stephens, George Fox and Damien Noonan in the backs, G.Hurney and D.Murray in the forwards deserve special mention.
To come: April 16th at home to Oranmore; April 24th away to Carraroe; April 30th at home to Ml.Breathnach: throw-in at 7pm.
Mionúir Co.na Gaillimhe: A number of our club minors were called up for county trials: Patrick Stephens, Anthony Monaghan, Kenny Watson, Niall McGovern, Derek Murray, George Fox, Gary Hurney. Best of luck to all.
An away win achieved with a full measure of team spirit marked our first round game against Killanin on Tuesday week last. The score was 3-9 to 2-7. We took a 2 point lead on two occasions in the last quarter only to be pegged back each time by a Killanin goal. Declan Langan’s goal and Damien Noonan’s upfield surge to score 1-1 in the last few minutes were highlights. Gary Dillon and Andrew Flanagan played very well in the backs; Enda O’Connell and Robert Lennon came into their own in the second half while Anthony Watson, Enda Flaherty, Nicholas Fox and sub, John Keogh, took their scores well.
In the second round we beat Spiddal at the Leisure Centre by 1–13 to 2–3. Scorers: D.Stephens 1-1; J.Keogh, N.Fox, R.Lennon, E.Flaherty, M.Flaherty 2 points each; E.O’Connell 2 points including an excellent ’45’.
To come: April 15th at home to Carraroe; April 22nd at home to Oranmore; April 29th at home to Salthill; May 6th away to Loughrea; April 13th away to St.Michaels.
Galway City Panel: Players called in for the Inter County Tedd Webb Cup panel were: Damien Noonan, Robert Lennon, Enda O’Connell, Nicholas Fox, Anthony Davoren, J.P.O’Connell, Damien Stephens.
The league commences on Friday, April 18 when we play Salthill at the Prairie at 7pm. The other games are: April 25th at home to Moycullen; May 9th away to St.Michaels; May 16th away to Spiddel; May 23rd at home to Oranmore/Maree; May 30th at home to Eire Og; June 6th at home to Mervue.
Féile Peil na nÓg: This is on Saturday May 3rd. It is the U14 Féile for Co.Galway. Claregalway is one of the four venues chosen to accommodate it, the others being Caherlistrane, Headford and Westside. It is great to have our new club rooms for this event.
Programme at Claregalway (Saturday May 3rd)
11am Tuam Stars V Mervue
11.45am Milltown V Claregalway
12.45pm Tuam Stars V Milltown
1.15pm Mervue V Claregalway
2.30pm Tuam Stars V Claregalway
3.15pm Mervue V Milltown
So, come along and enjoy the days sport.
FÉ 12 agus FÉ 10
The new season has now commenced. Supervised coaching and games are held at the Leisure Centre on Sundays from 11am to 12.30 pm. All parents including new comers to the area are invited to bring their young stars along and to participate in the fun.
FÉ 12 Co.League: This takes place in the autumn. We play the top teams. Round 1 is on Sunday, September 7, away to Moycullen. In the other games we play Oranmore, St.Michaels, Salthill, Mervue. All games on Sundays at 11 am.
Co.Development Draw: None of the six monthly draws brought any prizes to our subscribers. We express our gratitude to our ticket holders whose financial support enables the Juvenile Football Committee to field teams, provide bus transport, etc. for all the Co.Galway and City competitions and furthermore to finance outings to big Connacht Championship games in Tuam, Castlebar, etc. In 1996 our U12s travelled to Dublin for a weekend to take in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Without the income from the draw, we could not make such arrangements.
Club Membership/Insurance: To comply with proper procedures and insurance requirements it is necessary for all players in all age groups from U12 up to register as a club member. The membership fee is £1 per player and will be collected at the Leisure Centre.
Seán Ó Flannagáin