Sweeney Oil League
The opening round of the Sweeney oil league saw Claregalway win by three points Cleargalway managed to get over Annaghdown. This was a tight game with both teams kicking a lot of wides. a few points late in the game to pull away at the end. Annaghdown 1-05 Claregalway 1-08Claregalway team, Kenneth Hansberry, Adrian Moran, Pat Stephens, Joe Kearney, Stephen Cunniffe(capt), James Nallen, Joe Garrett, David Hansberry, Ronan O Flynn, Eoin Feeney, David Heaney, John Paul O Connell, Paddy Moran, Fergal Mc Evoy and Martin Kelly. Subs used, Michael Evans, Keith Mc Dermott, Anthony Monaghan, Simon Monaghan and Michael Noonan. Claregalway scorers, Paddy Moran 1.0, Martin Kelly 0-03(01f), David Hansberry 0-02, Fergal Mc Evoy 0-01, Ronan O Flynn 0-01, Steven Cunniffe 0-01.
Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta
Seniors lost by 2 points to Barna in the Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta match played in Barna on Easter Monday. An Atlantic gale and rain-laden skies spoiled the game and the margin at the end would have been wider but for Brian O’Donughue’s fine reflex save in the closing minutes to divert the ball for a “45”. Playing with the elements in the first half, Claregalway led at the break by 0-6 to 0-4 and although battling gamely for the second half, were unable to add to their tally.Team: B. O’Donoghue, B. Loughlin, P. Stephens, J. Kearney, S. Cunniffe, J. Nallen, M. Evans, R. O’Flynn, A. Monaghan, P. Divilly, D. Heavey, J.P.O’Connell, E. Feeney, D. Hansberry, M. Kelly.
Juniors had a well merited 3 point win over St. Brendans of Ballygar in the Dunleavy Engineering North Junior A League Group 2 game played at the Leisure Centre on Saturday last. There was never more than a point or two between the sides for most of this entertaining game and the half- time score 5 points to 4 in the visitors favour. Although St. Brendans were sharper on the ball and assisted by the wind in the opening quarter, Claregalway improved as the game progressed and eventually pulled away in the last 10 minutes with 2 excellantly taken points from Paddy Walsh and the clincher from Anthony Monaghan who had played well all through. In the backs Keith McDermott in particular, Michael Evans and Gerry Madden were most prominent, Ronan O’Flynn and Eoin Feeney gave us an edge at mid field while up front, all six forwards were in sparkling form.
Team: R. Moran, K. McDermott, G. Madden, J. Kearney, S. Monaghan, S. Kinsella, M.Evans, R. O’Flynn(0-1), O. Feeney(0-1), P.Divilly, A. Monaghan(0-3), F. McEvoy(0-2,1 free), N. Noonan, K. Hansberry, P. Moran(0-3). Subs. who played: C. Brennan, H. Newell, P. Loughlin, D. Gavin.
U16 Boys League
Claregalway U16 boys got their league campaign off to a winning start last Tuesday night in horrendous weather conditions in Furbo. Torrential rain and artic wind made it very difficult conditions for the players to play football on the night. Claregalway won the toss and played with the gale in the first half. Claregalway made a good start to the game and Harry Connelly scored the first point of the game after 3 minutes. Bearna exerted a lot of pressure to try & get on the scoreboard but some excellent defending from the Claregalway defence kept them scoreless. Consistent pressure from Claregalway saw further points from Michael Coyle & Brian O Connell to lead the game 0-3 to 0-0 after 15 minutes. A long free from Harry Connelly caused a mix up in the Bearna defence & the ball ended up in the net for a goal for Claregalway. Claregalway pushed on and scored the final point of the half to lead 1-4 to 0-0 at half time. Everybody ran for the dressing rooms for some shelter at half time!!
The second half conditions were similar to the first and scores were at a premium. Heroic defending from Dan McArdle at full back kept Bearna at bay until the 5th minute when a speculative shot ended up in the Claregalway net for a goal for Bearna. Claregalway played gallantly in the 2nd half despite the very difficult conditions & were unlucky not to add to their tally on a number of occasions. Bearna added 3 more points during a tense 2nd half to leave 1 point separating the sides with five minutes remaining. Excellent defending from Claregalway prevented Bearna from getting the equalizing point & the game finished with a one point win to Claregalway. This was a very difficult night for football & the players should be commended for playing well despite the conditions. Final Score; Claregalway 1 – 4; Bearna 1 – 3.
Mark Shaughnessy, Damien Culkin (Eoin Flaherty), Dan McArdle, Edwyn Keary, Cathal Evans (Conor O Reilly), Darragh Moylan (Tom O Reilly), Richard Commins, Brian O Connell, Harry Connelly, Michael Morris ( Rory Gunning), Colm Devery, Mark Coyle, Craig Hansberry, Michael Coyle, Darran Hennessy, Kevin Brennan, Andrew Dolan, Shane McHugh, Jason Donnellan.
The U16 league continues next Tuesday night April 6 with a home game V Oughterard at 7pm sharp. The Comortas Peil Na Nog game V An Spideal is on Friday April 9 night at 7pm in Spiddal. League games are on every Tuesday night at 7pm with training for all U16s every Friday evening at 6.00pm sharp.
U16 Ladies League
Claregalway took on Naonh Mhuire in round 4 of the U16 league on Wednesday the 31 st March. Claregalway were on top of the game from the onset and it was late into the first half before Naomh Mhuire responded.
The Second half saw an improvement for Naomh Mhuire but Claregalway were stronger and ran out easy winners on the day.Panel; Deirdre Cullina, Jennifer Dowd, Lorraine Keane, Orla Dixon , Shauna Doyle, Nicola Conlon, Linda O’Connell, Georgina Healy, Felicia McHugh, Helen Ruane, Aislinn Newell, Darina Costello, Emilly Gavin, Siofra Leonard, Michelle Dunleavy, Sinead Harte, Karen Dowd;Louise Brennan Siobhan Gavin
Following the U14 Ladies excellent success in qualifying for the National Feile Finals which take place in Derry this July, there is a meeting on Monday 12th April 2010 for all parents of the U14 Panel. The meeting takes place in the Clubhouse directly after training at 7.30pm and it is very important that all parents or a representative attend along with the U14 Panel.
U12 Training continues each Saturday at 5.00pm and Mondays at 6.30.