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Senior: Churchill travelled to Scartaglin on Sunday afternoon for a top of the table clash with both teams short a number of players due to exams and injuries.  In the end Churchill ran out comfortable winners by 3-10 to 1-00 with Ger McCarthy bagging himself three goals. The result means that Churchill will top Group A of Division 5 with one game to spare.  Our final group game is this weekend away to Asdee.

U12 Div 1A Austin Stacks 5-18 Churchill 1-14. We were beaten by a very strong Stacks team on Sunday. Short 2 of our first 11, this made our task more difficult and with no subs, we battled for 50 minutes and played some brilliant football. The difference was Stacks had the squad to replace tired players but we had to keep battling. Mark Gazi showed commitment on and off the field as he travelled from golf in Tipperary. Well done Mark. Hugh Lenihan and Billy Doyle ran themselves into the ground at midfield with Maurice Lenihan leading the attack. Conor O’Sullivan registered our goal and Aran Harty took his scores very well. Jayden Deady kept us in the  game with some great saves early on. Art O’Sullivan and Daithi Murphy thrived under pressure all day and Ryan Hickey and Tom Quilter had Stacks on the back foot throughout. This was a challenge that will benefit you all. Well done boys, you can be very proud of a brilliant team performance. Next up is Glenflesk away next week.


U12 Division 1B: Churchill 0-10 Austin Stacks 5-13 A very young Churchill B team, missing a number of its key players, battled exceptionally well against a much physically stronger Stacks team last Sunday. What they lacked in stature, they made up for in heart and commitment. Though Stacks got the first few scores, our lads then got stuck in and gave as good as they got. In fact, we were unlucky a few times with the crossbar or post saving Stacks. Sean and Cian got us on the scoreboard in the first-half. Half time: Churchill 0-3 Stacks 1-6. Our boys started the second half very brightly and were unlucky not to register the first few scores. Churchill fought for everything but in the end, it was the stronger Stacks team that managed to get in for a few goals, despite the heroic goalkeeping of Jack Dwyer. Our lads never gave up and we scored point for point with the Stacks, but unfortunately it was the goals that counted against us in the end. No doubt the boys will bounce back next week against Glenflesk, with whom they had a great match in Phase 1. Well done boys! Team: Jack Dwyer, Donnacha Buttimer, Paddy Hanafin, Jack Nolan, Noah O’Carroll, Cian McKenna, Conor McGibney, Charlie Nolan, Sean Hickey, Alex Tuite, Cialan O’Dowd, Tom Lenihan, Tom Carroll, Daire Harty.

U13: On a sunny Wednesday evening in The Spa our u13 team took on a formidable Austin Stacks outfit in Round 1 of the Town League. Our priority in this competition is to focus on the full u13 players and ensure that they get lots of game time rather than bringing up the strongest u12 players who may improve the team but are playing very well at their own grade and are already getting plenty of game time.

Stacks dominated the first 15-20 minutes and but for  fantastic performances by Cian Mason, Paddy Falvey and Cian O Gara we would have been further behind. David Chute made some crucial saves in this period to keep us in the game. We played against a strong breeze in the first half and trailed by 2-7 to 0-2 at the break.

We started the second half strongly and kicked 2 early goals with Gearoid & Oran hitting the back of the net. We played much better football in this period and kicked some great scores following great teamwork and closed the gap to 4 points at one stage. Stacks kicked 2 goals on the break when we were on the attack to pull away but the boys kept going and with Cian Mason and Gearoid kicking further goals we kept ourselves in the game until the end. Stacks ran out deserving winners 5-11 to 4-7 but the boys can be very proud of their performance.

Billy Walsh and John Joe were solid at the back and Oran and Barry added pace to our attack. Our u12 players Mark and Art acquitted themselves admirably and along with Donagh, Ronan, Josh, Oisin & Darragh everyone played their part in a great team performance.

The boys will improve with every game but their never say die attitude was most satisfying for their mentors.

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