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JUNIOR FOOTALL LEAGUE:    Na Gaeil defeated Moyvane in the latest round of this competition on  Friday evening last on a scoreline  of 4-10 to 10 pts .

U14:   Na Gaeil and Killarney Legion met in the final of the County League last Wednesday evening in Castleisland.  The game was played in perfect conditions and turned out to be a thrilling encounter with excellent play and scores from both sides.

Na Gaeil opened the scoring with a well taken point but Legion immediately hit back with the first goal of the game.  They followed up with two points to lead by four points after 5 minutes.

Na Gaeil didn’t panic and reduced the deficit with two unanswered points and after 13 minutes regained the lead with the first goal of the game.  The followed this up with another point and minutes later got a second goal to leave the score Na Geil 2-4, Legion 1-2 after 16 minutes.

The next score came from Legion but this was cancelled out by another Na  Gaeil point.  Legion were back in the game when they scored their second goal on the twenty fourth minute.

However, they failed to build on this score and Na Gaeil took control of the closing minutes of the first half.  The Tralee side scored 5 points in a row in the final five minutes of the half to leave the score Na Gaeil 2-10, Legion 2-3.

Na Gaeil continued their good form in the opening minutes of the second half and extendedt their lead with 2 early points.  However, Legion were in no mood to allow Na  Gaeil  run away with this match and soon got back into the game.

They hit back with two points and after twelve minutes struck for the first goal of the half.  Minute later they got another goal to leave a single point between them  after fifteen minutes.  Na Gaeil missed a number of opportunities to extend their lead  however they found their scoring touch again and hit for unanswered points to extend their lead to five points.

Legion was back on the score board with the next score but this was cancelled out quickly with another Na Gaeil point.  Na Gaeil extended their lead to six points after twenty five minutes but Legion still refused to give up . They hit back with another point and then a great save denied them another goal.

However, on the twenty ninth minute they struck for their fifth goal to leave only two points between the sides.  The next score was to prove crucial and it came from Na Gaeil who scored their third goal to extend their lead to five points.  This was the last score of the game and when the final whistle blew the score was Na Gaeil  3-18 to Legion 5-7.

The game was  one of he most enjoyable and exciting finals played in recent years and great credit must  go to both sides for playing their part.  The supporters were provided with some fantastic scores, defending and teamwork during the game which was played in a very sporting manner.

Congratulations  to Na Gaeil for this great victory .  The hard training  in the wet evenings in  February paid off in the sunshine of last Wednesday as the teams fitness was never in doubt.  We must thank all the supporters who have followed this team throughout the County League journey and their s support was vital during this  close final.

This team has plenty to look forward to for the rest of the year .  The Central Region starts on June 19th and they can also look forward to Féile at the end of June.

Panel:  A. Delahunty, S. Ryan, L Kingston, J. Doyle,  C. O Neill, K. OConnor, E. Sheehy,              J Fitzgerald, T Reen,  G Sheehy,  S O Connor, S O Connell,  C. Murphy,  P. Walsh, J. O Connor, D. Moriarty, J. Roche, D. Henriksson,  N. Rogers, L. Buckley, J. Dakissia,                      O Maunsell.

U12:  . Na Gaeil Boys U12’s played away against Finuge on Sunday. On a fine evening for a game, Na Gaeil played some excellent football but narrowly lost to the home side. All our players showed great commitment and no little skill in their effort. Finuge tacked on some late points at the end as the Na Gaeil boys grew tired.

The squad was Liam Cooper, Dylan McEneaney, Seamus O’ Neill, Sean Barrett, Cian Sheehan, Conor Costello, Jack Costello, Rory Hanafin, Shane Kelly, Peter Doyle, Tomás Walsh and Sean Morris. Training will continue on Wednesday evening at 6.30pm. Our next game will be away to Annascaul/Lispole on Sunday next, 4th June. Keep an eye on the texts for travel arrangements.

U10:  Last Sunday our boys took part in a Blitz in Lispole. They  played 3 games against teams from Annascaul and Lispole.  It was a beautiful day for football and all the boys played very well.   Thank You to Lispole Club for the much needed refreshments provided afterwards.  There will be training again next Wednesday at 6.30pm. Please remember to bring your mouth guard & a bottle of water.

U8:  Training next Sunday at 11.00 am in Na Gaeil.   In the meantime, keep practicing.   Bring water and gum shields.

Na Gaeil Ladies  

Ladies U16:  It was a busy week for the girls, we had our last county league match at home to Glenflesk on Monday and made the county league final on Thursday night.  Mary captained the side on Monday and we had a very strong opening quarter leading 2-2 to 0-1 with goals from Mary and Kayla.

Na Gaeil Under 16.

However, Glenflesk settled more in to the game and scored  a goal and three points before Na Gaeil got their final point before halftime. Halftime Na Gaeil 2-3 Glenflesk  1-4. Again the home team started the second half well with Muire scoring a lovely point. The visitors then made an attack and finished with a goal.

The sides then swapped points followed by two more Na Gaeil points and a goal from Muire, it looked like we were getting on top until Glenflesk came back with another goal.  In a tense closing few minutes Abi scored a fine long range point leaving the sides level. Final score na Gaeil 3-8 Glenflesk 4-5.

This result left us second in the table and we qualified for the A final away to Legion who topped the table.  Thursday evening saw our biggest match of the season so far and the girls were in a good frame of mind heading to Killarney on the bus.

The Legion pitch was in good condition and Clodagh and Ria, joint captains, lead the team out.  From early in the game it was obvious that Legion, to a girl, were up for this one.  They were dominating in most areas of the pitch and it felt that even the 50/50 balls were going their way.

Legion had their shooting boots on and sent over some impressive scores while the visitors were still trying to settle into the match.  The fact that our girls are a very young team, all bar three still under age next year, was becoming noticeable as the home girls had that extra bit of strength in the challenges.

Legion clocked up 11 points by halftime where we only managed 2, both from Muire.  The heads were hanging at halftime but as coached we knew that our girls were better than this and tried to lift them before the start of the second half.

And true enough the girls got stuck in and lifted their game. Legion were not having things their own way now and  Na Gaeil were getting much more possession with The half backs, Freya, Sarah and Eimer breaking up a lot of the opposition’s attacks.  Mary and Clodagh in midfield were coming more into it and were helping to get the ball into the forwards where Abi and Muire were creating more and more chances.

We kept the second half scores level at three points apiece (Abi 2 and Mary 1) but as the end was approaching the battle was taking its toll, our girls getting noticeably tired while the home side were still very strong.  There would be one last score in the game, a goal for Logion that Aine could do little about.

Final score Legion 1-15 Na Gaeil 0-5.  I would like to say well done to the girls and a big thank you to the parents and friends who travelled to support us.  Legion were worthy winners on the night and well done to them.  However, I know our girls will be back!  We have a break in games now until after the Junior cert.  We will continue training – I will sent out texts with the details.

New Website: Na Gaeil Club launched its new website at the Tralee Business & Community Expo at the Sports Complex in recent weeks. Log on at for all the latest news regarding reports, fixtures, results and much more.

Dingle Way Challenge: St. Pats Blennerville Dingle Way Challenge takes place on Sunday June 4th. If you are interested in this stunning walk along the Dingle Peninsula you will find all the information by logging on to and you can register on the website also.

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.

Na Gaeil Annual Cycle: Na Gaeil Annual Cycle takes place this year on Saturday August 26th. Pencil it into your diary.

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:  Numbers, 1, 16, 18, 20, . No winner of jackpot of €2,200. €50 winners were Denis O Dowd, Riverside and Tom Johnson, Oakpark Demesne.

€25 winners were Sean Barrett, Ballyard, Ricvky/Angela Fitzgerald, Ard Na Li, Gunther Stiech, C/O Na Gaeil and TJ Nelligan, C/O Bar.

Jackpot next week €2,300

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.

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