The month of May has been a busy month on the hurling field, Senior; Junior A; Junior C and the U14 have had championship and league competitions.
The Senior Team after a major hiccup in the championship (i.e their defeat by Sarsfields)got back on track very quickly. The determination and unity of purpose has returned and was very evident in their championship win over Ardrahan last Sunday at Athenry. This was a crucial match and the lads responded well to the challenge. It was a very hard fought game and was evenly balanced all through. The score at half-time was Carnmore 1–7 to Ardrahan 1–6.
Carnmore got off to a great start with an early goal by Liam Fahy followed by points from Michael Killilea,Shane Walsh and Declan Walsh. Ardrahan came back strongly with some great points scored by their free-takers Ivan Linnane and John Joe Brennan. The second half was an exciting affair. Carnmores half back line started to dominate and the fullback line having a much better game also, a good supply of balls was been delivered to the forwards. Declan Walsh started to roam outfield and picked up a lot of ball, carried it well and delivered great ball to the forwards. Shane Walsh really steadied things when he finished a ground shot to the Ardrahan net. The high quality of goalkeeping from Kenneth Walsh must be mentioned, he saved two certain points and brilliantly deflected the ball to the corner flag. He inspired the team in the second half and as Captain he lead by example. If Carnmore wins their remaining game against Killimordaly they should be through to the County Quarter-Final.
Sarsfields play Castlegar and Ardrahan play Killimordaly this weekend.
The Carnmore team has also qualified for the City League Castlegar, This will be played during the next few weeks.
The Junior A Team have had a very busy and successful schedule during the month of May. They played six matches, three City League games and Three Championship games. They had five victories in the six games, the one defeat being by one point.
Championship wins over Spiddal and Kilconieron and losing by one point to Athenry, scoring 4–27, 4–12 and 2–9 respectively in the three games.
City League wins over Abbeyknockmoy, Ardrahan and Liam Mellows scoring 1–9, 1–17 and 0–17 respectively.
The Junior A team are also in the City League Final. The Connacht Tribune and Galway Bay FM will be notifying you of the fixture dates and venues of both finals. Come along and support us.
You might like to know who is on this Junior A panel at present: Shane Hynes, Sean Newell, Michael Walsh (vice captain), Danny Connell, Declan Collins, Derek Long, Kevin Moran, Declan Madden (Captain), Ryan Quigley, Padraic O’Connell, Alan Thompson, Noel Walsh, Richard Donovan, Noel Grealish, Michael Grealish, Jimmy Cummins, Paul Higgins, Declan Flaherty, Dick Fitzgerald, Michael Paul Flaherty, John Abbott, Gerry Giles, Brendan Cummins, Gerry Madden.
The Junior C Team made a great opening to their championship competition with a fine win over Rahoon-Newcastle. Some good displays from full back Thomas Fox, John Abbott, Dick Fitzgerald, Nigel Donovan, John O’Hagan, Gerry and Raymond Madden. Full-forward and manager Gerry Fox who rattled the net on a couple of occasions and corner forward Pat Fox who was electric, scoring a great goal. The final score was Carnmore 5–4, Rahoon Newcastle 2–7.
The following teams make up the Carnmore group: Rahoon-Newcastle, Craughwell, Beagh, Ballinderreen and Carnmore. Two teams qualify for the quarter finals.
The U14 Team qualified for the county final which was played on Monday last at Ballinasloe. The team had a great victory in the semi-final over a highly rated St. Thomas’s team. The final score in the semi-final was Carnmore 4–6 to St. Thomas’s 4–3. This was a great team display. The final was against Liam Mellows. Carnmore played well in the first half, playing with the wind. Liam Mellows were first to score. George Hanley tapped over a nice point, leaving the half-time score 4 points to 1 in favour of Liam Mellows . Carnmore started brightly in the second half and with a bit more strenght up front, could have scored a couple of goals. George Hanley (the best forward for Carnmore) scored another very good point. The final score was Liam Mellows 1–7 to Carnmore 0–2.
Liam Mellows were physically much stronger and this made all the difference. There was no difference bewteen the teams in skill or commitment and their are definitely some great hurlers coming through who will wear the Carnmore jersey with distinction in the future.
Well done to their manager John Kerrigan who has done and is doing so much for underage hurling in the parish. On behalf of the club , thank you John. To all the selectors and mentors—well done.
The team as per the programme:
Anthony Watson (Capt.)
Subs: Liam Greally, D.Foy, G. French, B. McCartin, P. Doolan; G. Leonard.
The Carnmore/Claregalway Hurling and Football club Lotto will have a Jackpot of £2,000 this weekend. There was two match three winners last weekend; Ann Gealish and Andy Mc Donagh each won £50. The draw will be held in Kynes Central Tavern. Again thanks for your continued support.