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Senior: Listry 0-06 ; Churchill 1-06. Churchill defeated Listry in dramatic fashion to book our place in the semi-final of the Premier Junior Championship for the first time in almost 50 years.

Even after the win, there was still confusion as to who would progress between ourselves and Skillig Rangers, who were also victorious in their game against Ballydonoghue.

Eventually, after the calculators had been brought out, it was confirmed that Churchill would progress. Churchill and Skellig finished the group level on 5 points, the head to head between the teams had been a draw, and both teams had a score difference of +5 points.

It was eventually decided on points scored, with Churchill registering 41 points in the three games, to Skellig Rangers 39.

The game itself was a pretty dour affair for 59 minutes, with Churchill looking a little nervous, which was understandable given what was at stake. The wet conditions and heavy pitch didn’t do either team any favours either.

Listry edged a tight first half to lead 4 points to 3, with Churchill’s scores coming from Ivan Parker, Sean Donnellan and Micheal Brennan. Churchill’s defence were strong in both halves with Gary Rolls, Gareth Walsh and Matt Finnerty particularly impressive.

The second half produced more of the same with both defences in control and as we reached full time the sides were level at 6 points apiece, and Churchill’s chance of progressing to the semi-final looked lost.

However, with one last push that started with goalkeeper Eoin O’Brien, the ball was worked quickly up the field and when Cathal Rogers found substitute Liam O’Donnell, the youngster showed great composure to fire to the back of the net with the last kick of the game and set up a semi-final against Beaufort in 2 weeks time.

This weekend it is back to the County League and Churchill hosts Kilgarvan. Throw-in in Churchill is at 2pm on Sunday.

Minors: Churchill had an emphatic victory over Listowel Emmets on Friday evening and are now 4 wins from 4 matches in the Co League. Their final league match is this Friday 20th April at 6:30pm away to John Mitchels.

U12 Div 2A Churchill 1-17 Kenmare 5-07. It’s that cliche again, goals win matches. After a long journey to Kenmare we were slow out of the blocks and in the first half we conceded 5-03 but kept working hard and had an impressive 0-13 on the board by HT.

Once we settled, we only conceded 4 points in the second half but Kenmare defended with numbers behind the ball and the goals we threatened just wouldn’t come. This was a proud, fighting display but a result we will learn from. Well done boys. Next up is training on Tuesday and then Legion away next Sunday.

U12 Division 2B: Churchill 1-6 Kenmare 5-5. On a tough night for football last Sunday evening, our ‘B’ team put in a battling performance against a physically stronger Kenmare team, but ultimately came up short.

The team played into a very strong wind in the 1st half and our defence of Conor, Jack, Donnacha, Sean Michael and Daithi was under a lot of pressure, as we found it hard to get the ball beyond midfield. As a result, Kenmare got a number of good scores and had scored 4-3 by half time.

When we did get the ball out, our midfield of Cian and Gregory, ably supported by our forwards of Charlie, Cialan, Alex and Noah battled hard to stem the tide. With the help of the wind in the second half, and good kickouts by Noah to find his men, Churchill started to get the scoreboard ticking over. Our subs Michael, Paddy and Sean came on and they ran all day.

Good scores by Cian, Gregory and a great goal by Michael saw us coming well back in to it. Though Kenmare managed a few more scores, our defence was on top and we finished the stronger with great points from play by Michael and Donnacha. Just like the week before, everyone worked hard till the very end in very tough conditions, so well done to one and all.

Academy: Academy training for U6-U10 will continue on Sunday at 11am. There has been a great attendance thus far and all the players are showing real improvement from week to week. Don’t forget to bring gum shield, water and €2.

Churchill Scor Quiz Team: Congratulations to the Churchill Senior Scor Quiz team of Alex O’Donnell, Micheal Gaynor, John Flaherty and Paul Culloty who won the All Ireland title last weekend. This was our lads third title, which is an extraordinary achievement.

Churchill GAA Lip Sing: The eagerly awaited Churchill Lip Sing will take place in Ballyroe Hotel on Sunday 6th May at 8pm. All our acts are refining their performances under the watchful eye of our choreographer Jackie. Tickets are priced €20 from any of the Executive or organising committee. Check out our dedicated lip sing Facebook page for more details and updates on the performers.

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