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Seniors     Na Gaeil entertained Currow in a Round 3 back game of the County League on Sunday in Killeen. Currow had the aid of a strong breeze in the first half and took full advantage of this by placing Seamus Scanlon on the edge of the square.

This move paid dividends as he broke down the first ball and kicked it to the back of the Na Gaeil net. Currow’s Mike McCarthy pointed a free after Seamus was fouled close to goal .But the Na Gaeil defence soon settled and wing back Eoin O’Neill opened the scoring for them on six minutes followed by a Dara Devine pointed free after a foul on Jamie Lowham.

Stefan Okunbor raced through from midfield and pointed for the home side. Currow’s Mike McCarthy put two more frees over the bar but then Dara Devine pointed from play and minutes later was on hand to crash a breaking ball to the Currow net .

Na Gaeil were now a point to the good with 15 minutes gone. Ian McCarthy and Dara Devine put them three ahead on twenty minutes. But the accurate Mike McCarthy scored the next four points on the trot for Currow, three of them from placed balls to leave them one point ahead at the break. Na Gaeil: 1-06; Currow: 1-07.

Andrew Barry opened the 2nd half scoring with a well struck 45 for Na Gaeil followed by a good point from Kieran O’Donovan. Na Gaeil lost Ian McCarthy after he received a nose injury and he was replaced by Dan Goggin.

But on 13 minutes a speculative lob into the square was fisted to the Na Gaeil net by a Currow player to put them two points clear.

This resulted in an injury to Na Gaeil keeper Seán Duggan who had to leave the field with a serious hand injury. He was replaced by Eamon O’Neill. Dara Devine pointed two frees to level the game after 22 minutes of the half. Mike McCarthy put Currow ahead on 27 minutes with a pointed free.

Stefan Okunbor won the kickout and was fouled.  Eoin O’Neill got on the end of the well worked free and crashed it to the roof of the Currow net from all of 30 yards. Dara Devine pointed again to put Na Gaeil four clear with normal time up.

But with eight minutes of injury time added on Currow stormed back into the game and scored the next three points through Luke Fitzgerald, Mike McCarthy and Daniel O’Shea to draw level on 35 minutes.

But the Na Gaeil players composed themselves and worked the ball into the Currow half. Dara Devine pointed a free and Kieran O’Donovan had the last say scoring a fine point.  Currow had one more attack but Na Gaeil cleared their lines to win by two points in the end. Final score: Na Gaeil: 2-13; Currow: 2-11. A great team display by Na Gaeil  which has earned them two more valuable league points.

Team: Seán Duggan, Ryan O’Neill, Kieran Dineen, Niall O’Mahony, Andrew Barry(0-01) Eoin Doody, Eoin O’Neil(1-01), Stefan Okunbor(0-01), Dan O’Connor, Kieran O’Donovan(0-02), Ian McCarthy(0-01), Eoin Walsh, Diarmaid Herlihy, Jamie Lowham, Dara Devine(1-07). Subs: Seamie O’Neill for Eoin Walsh; Dan Goggin for Ian McCarthy; Eamon O’Neill for Seán Duggan; Jordan Murphy for Diarmaid Herlihy; Fergal Barry for Eoin Doody; Damien Bourke for Dan O’Connor.

County League Round 5    Na Gaeil play Listowel Emmets in Round 5 of the County League on Sunday next May 27th at 2pm at home in Killeen.

Speedy Recovery    We wish our goalkeeper Seán Duggan a speedy recovery after receiving a serious hand injury during the game on Sunday and also to Ian McCarthy who sustained a nose injury.

The Na Gaeil minors.

Minors    On Saturday evening last   Na Gaeil minors were crowned Division 2 County League Champions in Listry .

We were treated to a fantastic game of football in a game where Na Gaeil come from seven points down midway through the first half to eventually run out winners with a flattering 9 point margin. We started slowly but were 2 points to 1 to the good after two minutes but were trailing 0-3 to 2-4 after ten.

We took a while to settle and had a total of 6 wides in the first half. Our boys dug deep and after a couple of positional changes  pegged them back with some clinical finishing and went to the dressing room only a point behind  at the interval. Na Gaeil; 0-10; Kenmare:  2-5.

The second half was a different affair and with the advantage of a slight breeze we quickly took control of the game and finished on a scoreline of 3-15 to 2 -9.Fergal Barry accepted the trophy from Peter Twiss on behalf of this talented team.

Fergal Barry Captain Na Gaeil Minors presented plaque by Peter Twiss.

We had a great team performance with all players playing great football Darragh Reen was presented with the man of the match award after an outstanding display with a personal tally of 2-4.

We had a very young team with four U16 players starting. Basit and Enda in the back line were up against some of the best forwards in the county and really put it up to them. Jack Sheehan though started in the forwards was brought back to shore up the defence and was outstanding winning ball in the backline and powering forward supplying the forwards with quality ball.

Matthew Burke has been a revelation in the minor jersey stroking the ball over the bar with ease and also scoring a goal in this game. Jack Bourke another U16 player was sprung from the bench in the final quarter.

Darragh Reen Man of the match presented by Peadar Keane

Our first year minors were also immense. Ruari O’Sullivan as usual was a tower of strength in the backs. Tadhg Lynch caught some great ball and distributed it to the forwards with ease.

Darragh Reen was in flying form and scored at will deserving his man of the match award. Liam Rice has been a great utility player this year and in this game he played as a wing forward and made some great runs and passed off great ball.

Adam Burke came on after fifteen minutes for the injured Aaron Dewey and though carrying an injury himself contributed greatly to the victory. Jack O’Brien came on for Liam Rice in the last quarter and contributed well to this epic encounter.

Our senior players were immense as usual. Jack Rogers made a game changing save just before half time and was again great between the posts delivering quality ball with his kick outs. Damien Bourke and Rory Murphy controlled the half back line breaking forward at opportune times linking well with our forwards.

Fergal was a tower of strength in the middle fielding and scoring when we needed it most. Aaron Ward gave an exhibition on the wing winning every ball that came his way. Aaron Dewey was back to his best after being out with an injury and unfortunately he aggravated it again early on in the game and had to come off.

Dan Goggin was his usual brilliant self making great use of the football whenever he was on it. Lee O’ Byrne came on in the last quarter and mopped up ball in defence to snuff out Kenmare attacks.

We had a large group of players who though didn’t play on the night contributed greatly to the win at training etc.

We had Adam Ward and Tomas who were injured  .Also on the bench were Graham Sheehy, Jamie Fitzgerald, Liam Óg Kingston,and Breandan Walsh.

Thanks to Deirdre our physio for the day and Paul Cassidy for great action shots which he gave to all the boys. Thanks to all the supporters who made the trip and were very vocal on the night

Thanks to Leahy’s Pharmacy the team sponsors. Thanks to the management team Liam,Kevin and Tim for their hard work and dedication but most of all thanks to this very dedicated group of young men who represented the club with pride bringing home another county trophy.

U14    Na Gaeil U14’s finished out the round robin of Division 3 in the County League with wins over Rathmore and Firies and a draw against Ballyduff. This meant that we played Milltown/Castlemaine in the semi final. The game was played in ideal conditions last Wednesday evening in Milltown.

In a very tight game, Na Gaeil ran out winners with a flurry of scores five minutes from time. The final score was Na Gaeil 3-18, Milltown/Castlemaine 2-12. The margin of victory does not reflect the closeness of the game.

Well done to all the boys. The final will be played this Wednesday at 7pm with the venue yet to be decided. A text will issue with the relevant details once we are informed by the County Board.

U12    Last Sunday night we hosted Ballyduff in our first game in Division 3 of the County League. Our Green Team ran out comprehensive winners on a score line of 5-23 to 1-5. Unfortunately despite their battling performance our White Team lost out on a score line of 5-3 to 5-9.

Our next games for both of our teams will involve a trip to Kenmare next Sunday May 27th. In the meantime we hope to see you all at training this Thursday evening.  Please remember to bring your mouth guard to all training sessions & games.

U10    Well done to the U10 boys who took part in the blitz last Thursday evening in Austin Stacks. We had three teams representing Na Gaeil. Training continues next Sunday morning at 11am. Please ensure you bring your gum shields and water.

U8    The under 8’s had a great practice session on Sunday ahead of this week’s Go Games, which will be held at Connolly Park on Thursday evening. Practice will resume on Sunday at 10am at Killeen. Don’t forget gum shields, water and sun cream if necessary.

Sympathy    Na Gaeil Club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to Bernard Daly on the death of his brother Michael recently. May he rest in peace.

U16 Ladies    Following a quiet couple of weeks with no matches we had two in a row last week. Our first was a home game V Milltown/Listry.  There was a bit of a mix up on the refereeing front and the game was delayed by 40 minutes butl we eventually got going.  As with most games there will be a couple of players missing for different reasons.

As a result the team looks a little different from match to match.  With Aine missing Winnie put on the goalie’s gloves and played a super match.

Mary and Muire opened the scoring with a point each before Milltown/Listry got their first score and shortly afterwards scored another to level the game.

However, from then on the home defence did not concede another score for the remainder of the half.  The Na Gaeil girls had their shooting boots on and Mary, Sarah (2), Kayleigh Costello, Emma and Freya all putting over points. Halftime score: Na Gaeil:  0-9; Milltown/Listry:  0-2.   The second half began at a lively pace with both teams fighting for and trying to retain possession. The home girls put three more on the board, with Sarah, Emma and Mary scoring, before Milltown/Listry got their opening score of the second half.

We got another point from a  free before both teams scored in the fifteenth minute.  The second half had been close until this stage and then we got another point from Emma before Ciara, Sienna and Emma each scored a goal.  Milltown/Listry came back with a consolation goal in the last minute to leave the final score: Na Gaeil:  3-15; Milltown/Listry: 1-5.

Our second match was away to Fossa.  We were struggling for numbers due to a few late cancellations but did manage to fill the minimum thirteen.  Fossa too were short and also only had the minimum.

It was a glorious evening for the game and the Fossa pitch was in top condition.  Fossa got a goal in the opening minute but Ciara Rath received a lovely ball from midfield and finished to the back of the net.   Fossa then got two more points which was to be the end of their first half scoring thanks to the solid defence of Sophie, Caragh, Eimer, Sarah and Emma.

Sophie scored a lovely goal for the visitors and points from Kayleigh Costello, Sarah and Ciara left the halftime score: Na Gaeil: 2-5;  Fossa: 1-2.  The home team were tiring in the second half but somehow the warm evening did not slow up our girls too much and points from: Sarah (2), Dearbhla, Mary, Muire (2) and Kayleigh (2), put a gloss on the final scoreline :  Fossa: 1-3;  Na Gaeil: 2-13.

We have two league games left before the top four will be drawn in the semi-finals.

Clothes Collection    There is now a Clothes Collection Bin situated in Na Gaeil car park. If anyone has bags of old clothes to dispose of please drop them in the bin. If the bin is full, they can be dropped into the clubhouse. It would be much appreciated.

Na Gaeil Cycling Club    Na Gaeil Cycling Club winter schedule: Saturday mornings at 10am 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. . Training is on Monday and Friday nights in Na Gaeil. Contact Eddie at 0876791460 for more info

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. Training is on Wednesdays and Sunday evenings.  Contact Eddie at 0876791460 for more info.

Lotto:   The draw for the jackpot of €7,300 took place on Tuesday evening last. Numbers drawn were 4, 8, 22, 23. There was no winner. €50 winners were Grainne Murphy, Derrylea and Tom Leen, Ballymacelligott. €25 winners were The Knockers, William O’Connor, John o’Brien, Riverside And Paudie Dineen, Abbeydorney. Next week’s jackpot is €7,400. 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 totally voluntary basis by our club members.  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 clubhouse 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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