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Seniors    Na Gaeil played Beaufort in the first round of the Premier Junior Championship in Killeen on Bank Holiday Monday in what was a perfect day for football.

It was the visitors who got off to the better start and scored three unanswered points through a pointed free from Niall O’Connor and two from play from midfielders Ronan Murphy and Shane O’Sullivan. Na Gaeil’s Jamie Lowham had their first point on 7 minutes followed by a point from Diarmaid Herlihy.

Fergal Hallisey fired over a free for Beaufort followed by another point from Na Gaeil’s Diarmaid Herlihy to leave the score 0-03 to 0-04 in favour of Beaufort after 20 minutes.

Shane O’Sullivan and Diarmaid Herlihy swapped points. Then Na Gaeil hit a purple patch and completely took over. Darragh Carmody and Seamie O’Neill scored a point each for Na Gaeil followed by a point from Stefan Okunbor and a pointed free from Darragh Carmody.

The defining score came in the 24th minute when Jamie Lowham passed to Seamie O’Neill and he hit a rasper low and hard to the bottom right corner of the net to put Na Gaeil six ahead.

The next three scores were for Na Gaeil when Diarmaid Herlihy fired over his 4th point of the afternoon followed by a Darragh Carmody pointed free and an Ian McCarthy point to leave Na Gaeil 9 points ahead at the whistle. Half time score: Na Gaeil 1-11; Beaufort 0-05.

Beaufort came out in the 2nd half with all guns blazing and soon whittled down Na Gaeil’s 9 point lead. Their corner forward Fergal Hallisey scored a point almost from the re-start and three minutes later Liam Carey burst through the Na Gaeil defence to score a great goal.

Then Mike Breen and Liam Carey scored two more points for Beaufort to leave just a goal between the sides with 9 minutes gone in the 2nd half. But Na Gaeil steadied the ship and Darragh Carmody put over two pointed frees to stretch their lead to 5.

Liam Carey pointed a free Beaufort on 13 minutes and then came the defining moment of the half when Beaufort were awarded a penalty for a foul on one of their forwards in the small square. Liam Carey stepped up and struck it low and hard to the right but it was brilliantly saved by Tadhg O’Neill in the Na Gaeil goal.

Scores were hard to come by from there until the finish. Darragh Carmody pointed yet another free for Na Gaeil and Liam Carey and Na Gaeil’s Dan O’Connor exchanged points to leave the full time score; Na Gaeil1-15; Beaufort 1-10.

If Beaufort had scored the penalty things might have different but Na Gaeil held out for a good win. Tadhg O’Neill had a great game between the posts for Na Gaeil.

Eoin Doody and David Culloty played well in defence. Jack Barry and Stefan Okunbor held their own at midfield and up front Seamie O’Neill, Darragh Carmody, Jamie Lowham and Diarmaid Herlihy were very effective.

Na Gaeil: Tadhg O’Neill, Dylan Brazil, Kieran Dineen, Eoin Doody, Kieran Donovan, David Culloty, Andrew Barry, Jack Barry, Stefan Okunbor(0-01), Seamie O’Neill(1-01),Mike Griffin, Ian McCarthy(0-01), Darragh Carmody(0-06),Jamie Lowham(0-01), Diarmaid Herlihy(0-4).Subs: Eoin O’Neill for Seamie O’Neill; Eoin Walsh for Ian McCarthy; Dara Devine for Jamie Lowham; Dan O’Connor(0-01) for Diarmaid Herlihy.

Na Gaeil are at home to Churchill in Round 2 of the Premier Junior Championship. The game will be on either next weekend or the week after.

U14     Our Under 14 team played Legion in Killeen last Wednesday evening in the third round of the County League. The visitors opened the scoring with a point straight from the throw in. Na Gaeil quickly replied with their first point but Legion struck back immediately with a goal and a point in an entertaining start to the game. Na Gaeil didn’t panic and were soon level with a goal and a point of their own.

The sides swapped the next two scores before Na Gaeil took control of the game scoring another goal and two points to lead 2-5 to 1-3 after fifteen minutes. The home side’s dominance did not last long as Legion regained control and were back level after scoring an unanswered goal and two points.

Na Gaeil got the next two scores to go back in the lead before the Killarney side got the next score to leave a single point between the teams. The home side finished off the scoring in a very entertaining first half to leave the score at the interval Na Gaeil 2-8 Legion 2-6.

The visitors started the second half in a determined fashion and began to dominate possession. They were soon back in the lead scoring the first three points of the half before Na Gaeil got their first score of the half to level the match once more.

Both sides missed chances in the second half but Legion were soon in the lead scoring their second goal after fifteen minutes. They quickly followed this up with another point to lead by four points. At this stage, it looked like the visitors would go on to win this encounter but Na Gaeil responded with a great goal and were level after twenty minutes with another point.

The closing ten minutes were tightly contested with both defences on top so scores were at a premium. Na Gaeil finally broke the deadlock with their third goal to regain the lead as the game entered the final minutes.

The Killarney side refused to give in and earned a close in free in injury time. Having no choice but to go for goal they were rewarded with a great shot which Na Gaeil were unable to keep out to leave the final score Na Gaeil 3-11 Legion 3-11.

Na Gaeil were disappointed to concede a late goal for the second time in three games but are still unbeaten in the County League. Both sides gave their all in a very entertaining game and a draw was a fair result. There is a break in the league this week but no break for this team as we have Féile qualifying games instead on Wednesday. Na Gaeil are drawn with Miltown/Castlemaine and An Ghaeltacht in their qualifying group which will be played in Castlemaine next Wednesday evening April 19th. Our first game is against Miltown/Castlemaine at 7pm followed by our second game against An Ghaeltacht at 7.30pm.   The top two teams will qualify to the semi-final stage of the competition.

Panel: A Delahunty, D Moriarty L Kingston, J Doyle,  C O’Neill, G Sheehy, P Walsh, T Reen, K  O’Connor, S O’Connell, J Fitzgerald, J O’Connor,  C Murphy, S O’Connor, E Sheehy, J Roche Rogers ,J Dakissia , L Buckley.

U10 Boys    We didn’t have any training last Sunday due to it being Easter Sunday. This week we start mid-week training so we look forward to seeing you all at 6.30pm every Wednesday night from now on. Training will continue as usual on Sundays at 11am. Remember to bring your mouthguard and bottle of water.

U8    Easter Sunday got off to a fresh start in Na Gaeil as the young players worked up an appetite for the eggs to come. Plenty of running was on the menu as the youngsters ran rings around their elders. Check out facebook for weekly video clips of the training.

Na Gaeil Ladies    Na Gaeil Ladies U14 v Castleisland, Div 3 County League, Round 1
We played in damp conditions on Good Friday in Castleisland. We started brightly with Sarah linking well with Cara Gannon for the 1st point of the game followed by more scores from Emma and a goal from Muire. Sarah got another goal. Castleisland got their only 2 points from the 1st half before Sarah got another point.

Castleisland started the 2nd half with the wind and scored 2 early points which were to be their last scores of the game as Aoife, Megan, Kayleigh stopped everything on the full back and let no shot on their keeper.

Cara Grealish, Eimer and Ailbhe were immense in the half back line allowing Sarah and Freya to get forward and support our forwards with Siena grabbing another 2 goals with the help of Emma and Caoilinn. Kayleigh Costello got a well worked goal before Freya found the top corner for her goal. Winnie got us the last point of the game for us to finish the game strongly.

There were great performances from our defence to only concede 4 points on a windy day.
Team: Winnie Burke, Megan Fernane, Kayleigh Murphy, Cara Grealish, Eimer O’Sullivan, Ailbhe Daly, Sarah Barrett, Freya O’Connor, Muire Kingston, Kayleigh Costello, Emma Dewey, Siena Lucey, Jessica Harrington, Caoilinn O’Brien, Aoife Barrett, Cara Gannon

Na Gaeil Ladies U12 v Beale/Ballyduff.
We played a big Beale/Ballyduff team on Tuesday in windy conditions in Ballybunion. We played with the wind for the 1st half and Siena and Cara got us off to a great start with 2 points each but Beale/Ballyduff replied with 2 goals which both dropped into top corners .

Cara scored another 2 points for us with Caoilinn and Sorcha scoring a point. Against the run of play they scored another goal. We had to play against a rising wind in the 2nd half but our defenders Aoife, Aisling, Roisin, Aoife and Caoimhe kept their forwards away from our goals and kept them to long kicks with Katie making saves with any long ball.

Ava set Caoilinn up for her goal followed by points from Siena, Cara and Sorcha. Chloe and Elsie Peg combined for another point for Caoilinn.

As we were coming to the closing stages and leading, Beale/Ballyduff scored 2 late goals from distance with the help of the wind and stole the win from us. We had some great team play, passing and scoring, a result that we didn’t deserve. Well done to everyone who played.

Team: Ava Rice, Aoife Barrett, Aisling Casey, Roisin O’Mahony, Aoife Hartnett, Caoimhe Fernane, Cara Gannon, Siena Lucey, Sorcha Casey, Grace Savage, Katie Casey, Chloe Quillinan, Caoilinn O’Brien, Elsie Peg Rogers.

Well Done    Well done to Diarmuid O’Connor and Ryan O’Neill who were on the Kerry Minor team that defeated Clare in the quarter final of the Munster Championship in Austin Stack Park on Wednesday evening.

Kerry U21’s    Hard luck to Andrew Barry and the Kerry Under 21 team that were defeated by Galway at the weekend. They got off to a bad start and were left with a mountain to climb. But they are a very talented bunch of players and we will see many of them wearing the Kerry jersey again in the future.

Fundraising Quiz    Thanks to everybody that supported our fundraising quiz on Holy Thursday night. A great night was had by everybody that attended.

Na Gaeil Cycling Club   Na Gaeil Cycling Club is now up and running with its spring schedule: Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6.30pm and Saturday mornings at 9am from the clubhouse. ALL ARE WELCOME, high vis essential.

Fir Na Gaeil     Light Football Training for Men who have retired from playing football and for those that have not played and would like to try it out. Very little skill is required. This is a great way to keep fit with light training, ball games and a bit of a laugh. Contact Eddie at 0876791460 for more info. Indoor Core Training on Mondays from 7.00 to 8.00 in the gym and Friday nights from 7.30 to 8.30pm in the I.T.
Mná Na Gaeil     We are a Gaelic for Mothers and Others team who come together and do a bit of exercise, football training and socialising. Anyone who would like to join are most welcome, No skills are required, just a good attitude and a sense for fun. We are now doing indoor Core work for the winter on Wednesday and Sunday evenings.  Contact Eddie at 0876791460 for more info.

Lotto   The draw for the jackpot of €1,600 took place on Tuesday evening last. Numbers drawn were 8, 10, 16, 20. There was no winner.

€50 winners were John O’Brien, Riverside and Padraig Coughlan, Ballyard. €25 winners were Seán O’Connor, Na Gaeil, Pat Sheehy, Connolly Park, Harold and Ita Behan, Racecourse Lawn and Michael Milner, Curravough. Next week’s lotto is worth €1,700. All are welcome for the draw in the club each Tuesday night at 10.30pm.
Bingo    Bingo is on every Monday night at 8.30pm sharp. We have prize money of over €1,000 guaranteed every week with a mini jackpot that increases fortnightly when not won.  A door prize and a half-time raffle with lovely prizes will also take place every week. A bus service is available at 087 2817577.

You can ring this number for pick up and drop off.  100% of the funds raised go back directly into the club. The bingo is run on a total voluntary basis.  A huge thank you to all the parents who offer their time to run this vital fundraiser for the club.

If anyone wants to donate a spot prize for our weekly bingo raffle, please leave it at use and mark it “Bingo”. Thanks to all our patrons who support this event on a weekly basis.

Cards   A card game is held every Wednesday night in the clubhouse. This is a very sociable occasion where you meet your friends for a great night’s entertainment and relaxation.  Everyone from novice to senior will enjoy a relaxing game of 45.

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