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Seniors: Churchill 0-16 ; Tuosist 1-08. Churchill recorded an important win away to Tuosist on Sunday afternoon in the County League. The win puts us joint third in the table with Cromane and Moyvane, who we play next Saturday evening at 7:30 in Moyvane.  With just 4 games remaining in the league, a win here is crucial in our pursuit of a top 3 finish and promotion.

Academy: There is no Academy training this weekend as Kerry and Cork are meeting in the Munster Final in Killarney on Sunday.

U12: Div 2A, Churchill 3-08 Keel 2-24. We were well beaten by worthy league champions, Keel, last Tuesday evening. Although trailing by just 3 points at halftime, we had no answer to Keel’s superior strength and ability and no doubt we will see them in Div 1 in 2 years time.

On reflection, this was a successful campaign in that we were competitive in all games in both the first and second phase of Division 2. We have improved greatly since January and we look forward to the Central league in August. Well done boys again and see you all at training on Tuesday evenings.

U12: Div 2B, On Tuesday last we took on Keel in our new pitch on a balmy summers evening. We dominated the opening minutes and pulled away from our opponents with some great scoring from Ronan and Gearoid. Ryan and Darragh were preventing the Keel forwards from doing damage and Daithi was excellent in Goals with some fine saves and accurate kick outs.

In the second half Donnacha and Donagh got on a lot of ball and with Bruno and Mark running all over the pitch we kept our distance on the scoreboard.  Dara and Josh contributed greatly to a strong team performance that the lads can be proud of.

This was our final county league game and the lads can be very satisfied with the campaign. We will continue to train once a week as the central league kicks off in early July.

U14: Our U14s kicked off their central League Division 3 campaign with an away loss to An Gaeltacht, who were close to the top of Division 3 in the County League, where  we played in division 5. We won the toss and played with a good wind in the first half. We struggled to contain An Gaeltacht who played strongly throughout.

We scored a goal from Mark Brick and 2 points from Eddie McCarthy and Oisin McGibney to trail at half-time by 17 points 3-10 to 1-2.  In the second half, we played more defensively and hit An Gaeltacht on the counter with 2 goals from Mark Brick to complete his hattrick and points from Paddy Walsh (2) and Niall Cassidy to leave the final score at 4-21 to 3-5.

A fighting performance all round, we were very proud of how our lads stood tall in adversity and started to protect the ball more as the game developed. We are away to Milltown/ Castlemaine another Division 3 Team this week, before welcoming 4th Division Kerins O’Rahillys next Monday.

U16: Our u-16 team were away to Dingle last Wednesday night in the first round of the County League. In a close and exciting first half, Churchill were leading at the break by one point on a score line of Churchill 4-3 to Dingle 3-5.

In the second half there was very little separating the teams,  and the game was in the melting pot with ten minutes to go, with Churchill leading by one point. In a tense final few minutes, Dingle forged ahead  with some  late points from frees,  to win the game by three points. Full time score Dingle 3-15 , Churchill 4-9.

The Churchill team gave it their all, and should not be too disappointed with the result, as it was the team’s first competitive outing since the Central League finished in April.  Our second game in the County League goes ahead on this Wednesday night 28th June, when we are away to Firies at 7pm. The bus for this game departs Fenit at 5.30 and Spa at 5.40.

Ladies U12:  Churchill played Dingle in Castleisland last Tuesday evening in the final of the Co. League. Having previously played Dingle before on 2 occasions & on each occasion only narrowly defeating them, Churchill knew that it would take a tremendous effort once again to win this game.

In perfect conditions, Churchill did not disappoint & took control of the game immediately & through staunch defending by the backs, in particular by Aine Walsh who was ably assisted by Aoife Greaney & Aoife O’Brien, kept the Dingle scores to a minimum. The midfield partnership of Lisa Cassidy & Laura Reilly covered an amount of space & provided the linkage between our backs & forwards.

Up front, there were some well taken scores from Lily Parker, Orlaith McKenna, Muireann O’Brien & Molly McDaid while Clara O’Dowd did Trojan work sweeping up the loose ball.

This was a game in which each & every player including subs gave total commitment & their efforts were justly rewarded when they ran out winners on the scoreline of Churchill 4-08 Dingle 1-03. Captain Laura Reilly accepted the trophy on behalf of the team.

Churchill’s next game is against Duagh in the final of the North Kerry League on Thursday 29th June.

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