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Na GaeilNA GAEIL SENIOR: In the second round of the County League Na Gaeil faced Beale In Killeen.

Na Gaeil who were playing into a strong breeze were first of the mark with two quick points from Jamie Lowham.

Beale soon settled and as one would expect with a side playing with the breeze started to rack up a bit of a score, which would have been a lot worse except from stout defending by all the Na Gaeil team, leaving the score at half time Na Gaeil 00-05; Beale 01-06.

Action from Na Gaeil v Beale in the county league. Photo by Gavin O'Connor.

Action from Na Gaeil v Beale in the county league. Photo by Gavin O’Connor.

With Na Gaeil’s scores coming from Diarmaid Herlihy, and two from Dara Carmody.Na Gaeil with a seven point deficit to reign in, set to work from the throw in.

Points from the likes of  Kieran O’Donovan and Kieran Dineen saw that by the twenty minute of the second half the sides were level.

Beale how ever got the all-important next score when then goaled on a quick counter attack, which proved to be the match winner with Na Gaeil unable to close the gap.

Na Gaeil 00-14; Beale 02-09

Tim Culloty, Dave Ross, Kieran Dineen, Dara Sheehy, Emmet Curran, Mike Collins, Kieran O’Donovan, Dave Culloty, Dan O’Connor, Seamie O’Neill, Ian McCarthy, Diarmaid Herlihy, Dara Carmody, Jamie Lowham, Mike Griffin, Dylan Seymour.

FIXTURE : MFL Rd 4 Friday 3rd at 6.30pm NA GAEIL v Renard/St Mary.

NA GAEIL U16: Na Gaeil entertained Laune Rangers in Round 1, Div.1, of the ‘Kelliher’s Toyota Central Region’ Na Gaeil were first to open the scoring with early points from Diarmuid O’Connor and Niall O’Mahony.

Laune Rangers found the posts in the 9th minute but Na Gaeil quickly responded with a point from Dara Devine, a fine goal from Diarmuid O’Connor and a point from Dan Goggin. Laune Rangers enjoyed a purple patch for ten minutes in a half dominated by Na Gaeil, and scored a goal and two points to bring the sides closer together.

Two further points from Na Gaeil’s Diarmuid O’Connor and Tadhg Lynch left a half time score of Na Gaeil 1-06, Laune Rangers 0-06.

The visitors were first to score in this half but soon Na Gaeil began to show their superiority. Good link up play by Ryan O’Neill, Patrick Roche, and Niall O’Mahony set up Dara Devine for a fine point who demonstrated his fine shooting skills throughout the game, going on to score a further three points in the remaining minutes of this half.

A great run by Diarmuid O’Connor in the dying moments of the half saw him pierce the Laune Rangers defence and fire over another point. Laune Rangers scored two points from play and two from frees in this half.

Niall scored the final point of the game before darkness called an early halt to the half. This was a great display by all our players and a great start to the competition. Well done lads.

NA GAEIL U14:The U14 team had two matches in the St Brendan’s league this week. They hosted John Mitchels on Thursday evening and played St Pat’s the following Sunday.

The match against John Mitchels was a tight affair in the first half and the visitors lead by 2-1 to 0-4 at half time. Na Gaeil improved in the second half and played smarter with good passing and support play.

They were soon level and two second half goals but them in control of the game. John Mitchels got a few late scores but Na Gaeil finished winners with a final score of 2-12 to 3-4.

Panel: L Rice, C Devine, E O’Connor, J O’Sullivan, D Reen, R O’Sullivan, T Walsh,T Lynch, T O’Hanifan, J Bourke, J Sheehan, B Sugrue, M Burke, J O’Brien, S Daly,D Healy, J Kelliher, R McCarthy.

Na Gaeil hosted St Pat’s in the third round of the St Brendan’s league on Sunday.

Na Gaeil won the toss and played with the aid of a strong breeze. The visitors struggled against the breeze and Na Gaeil lead by 4-4 to 1-2 at the interval.

Despite playing against the strong breeze in the second half Na Gaeil restricted the visitors to five points and ran out winners with the final score line Na Gaeil 7-6 St Pats 1-7. Special mention must go the Dale Healy who scored four goals.

Panel: C Devine, T Horgan, E O’Connor, J O’Sullivan, D Reen, A Burke, B Sugrue, T Lynch, T O’Hanifan, J Bourke, L Rice, J Sheehan, J O’Brien, D Healy, M Burke, J McCarthy, S Daly.

Our next match in the first round of the County League and we are home to Annascual/Lispole on Wednesday at 6.45pm.

2015 registration is now due and forms have been given out to all players. All players must be registered to be eligible to play in any competition this year.

NA GAEIL U12:Training continues for Under 12s Thursday 6 to 7 pm and Sunday morning 11 to 12.30pm.

NA GAEIL U10:Training commenced outdoors back at base on Sunday 29th March at 11pm. Thanks to all who braved the inclement weather and all agreed it was an very enjoyable session with lots of game time mixed with great training to improve player’s skills.

Don’t forget keep practicing your skills at home. “Practice makes perfect”. There is lots of great talent among this crop of players.

NA GAEIL U10s Blitz: Austin Stack Park 2nd April Thursday afternoon.Your coach will text parents with final details early in the week.

This is a great chance to play in the legendary Austin Stack park. Please remember to bring your mouth-guard.

NA GAEIL LADIES U14:The girls had an away trip to Dr. Crokes last Sun morning in extremely windy conditions.  Again we were missing a few players but managed to play a 13 aside match.

Kay Barry captained the side and although we had the wind advantage in the first half we did not capitalise on it to build up scores.  The Crokes team played well into the wind and went in 4-0 to 1-2 at halftime.

The Na Gaeil girls  rallied well in the second half and were holding their own before they hit a purple patch and started eating into the Crokes lead.  However, this big effort took it’s toll on the girls and their legs tired near the end and the Crokes scored a few late goals leaving the final result Dr Crokes 10-2 Na Gaeil 2-5.

We are still level on point on top of the table with Dr. Crokes, Scartaglin and Beaufort.  We play Beaufort at home next w/e and hopefully get back to winning ways!

We will start outdoor training on Tues evening 6.30 to 7.45 following the daylight saving time change

NA GAEIL GIRLS U12:After going a goal behind within a minute out under 12 girls dug deep and emerged victorious with the team’s best performance so far this season.

Playing against the physically superior Islanders our girls had to be more resolute and the hard work over the last year on skills looks to be paying off.

Maith thú bainisteoir Philip.Siena Lucey, who sold more dummies than the sale at Mothercare, got the show on the road by slipping her marker and slotting over from close range in the third minute.

Our midfield partnership of Freya and Ciara were battling hard for loose ball and began to dominate their taller counterparts. After ten minutes our breakthrough goal when Sarah Barrett swept though from centre back and delivered a high searching ball against the Desmonds’ ramparts.

The ball broke from Siún and was snapped up by Emma who finished coolly to the net. Meanwhile, in defence, our new cúl báire Winnie kept us in the game with two point blank saves and has made the No.1 jersey her own and our full back line of Clodagh, Megan and Caoileann limited the home side to long range efforts.

Our stern defensive effort allowed Emma the time to continue  her one woman terror campaign against the Castleisland corner back and she completed her hat-trick just before half time.

By now the tide was with us and we sent a message of intent within a minute of the restart when Ailbhe won the breaking ball and set Siena up for a fine goal. Eimer had been redeployed to a sweeper role and she was mopping up the few the loose balls that escaped the tenacious Cara and Elizabeth but returned to the attack to assist Siena for her second goal and grabbing cúl eile di féin ar an 16ú nóimead den dara leath.

Freya, who had a great game, then rattled the crossbar but Ailbhe was on hand to score her second point.

Fair play to Castle Island they didn’t give up and scored a few late scores to begin to worry us but then our final goal came after Muire, who had a fine game when she moved to centre-field, and our youngest player Aoife combined to feed the insatiable Emma Dewey who buried the ball in the bottom corner to finish the game on a high note.

All in all a good afternoon’s work but we still have a lot of hard work to do before the end of the season. Castle Island Desmonds 3-3 Na Gaeil  8-6.

LOTTO: The draw for the jackpot of €9,500 took place on Tuesday evening last. Numbers drawn were 3,6,8 23.

There was no winner.  €50 winners were Judy Couchman Bridget Culloty. €25 Winners were The Boys c/o of NA GAEIL ,John Halpin Tony Meehan.Next week’s lotto is worth €9,600 all welcome for draw in club, each Tuesday at 10.30pm.

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