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Colm Cooper with Sarah Barrett and Eimear O’Sullivan who are part of the U14 team that defeated Tipperary at the weekend.

Seniors    Na Gaeil entertained Ballydonoghue in Round 3 of the County League in Killeen on Saturday evening in what were ideal conditions for football. Ballydonoghue played with the aid of the breeze in the first half. Na Gaeil’s Stefan Okunbor won the throw in and scored the first point after a great run forward.  Darragh Sheehy followed up with two pointed frees for Ballydonoghue.

In the 6th minute Na Gaeil’s Dan O’Connor ran on to a good pass from Eoin Doody and drove the ball to the roof of the net for a great goal. Darragh Carmody scored the next three points, two from frees and one from play to put Na Gaeil five in front after 15 minutes. But Ballydonoghue finished the half strongly and scored three points without reply in the 2nd quarter to leave the half time score Na Gaeil 1-04; Ballydonoghue 0-05.

Ballydonoghue started the 2nd half brightly and scored two quick points through substitute Jack Foley and a Darragh Sheehy free to level matters.  But Na Gaeil’s response was instant. A Darragh Carmody free found 2nd half substitute Jamie Lowham at the edge of the square.

Jamie fielded brilliantly, turned his marker and hit a bullet to the net. Na Gaeil pushed on from here.  Darragh Carmody put over two frees and wing back Eoin Walsh scored from play to put Na Gaeil 6 ahead entering the final quarter.

The game was then held up for 10 minutes when Ballydonoghue’s Conor Kennelly suffered a serious knee injury. When the game resumed Ballydonoghue got the next two scores, a great point from Jack Foley and another pointed free from Darragh Sheehy.

Ballydonoghue attacked again and could have goaled but for a point blank save from Na Gaeil’s alert goalkeeper Timmy Culloty on 23 minutes.

Jim Cremin scored another good point for Ballydonoghue to leave a goal between the sides. Darragh Carmody had another pointed free for Na Gaeil followed by another point from Ballydonoghue’s Jim Cremin.

The evergreen Paul Daly of Na Gaeil finished off the scoring with the last point of the half. Final score: Na Gaeil 2-09; Ballydonoghue 0-11.

Best for Na Gaeil were goalkeeper Timmy Culloty, Kieran Donovan, Dave Culloty, Dan O’Connor, Seamie O’Neill and Jamie Lowham.

Na Gaeil: Timmy Culloty, Dylan Brazil, Kieran Dineen, Eoin Doody, Kieran Donovan, David Culloty, Eoin Walsh, Dan O’Connor(1-0), Stefan Okunbor(0-01), Jack Carmody,  Ian McCarthy, Seamie O’Neill, Darragh Carmody(0-07), Mike Griffin, Diarmaid Herlihy. Subs: Eoin O’Neill for Stefan Okunbor(inj); Jamie Lowham for Jack Carmody; Cian Quirke for Eoin Doody; Colm Lyons for Eoin Walsh; Dylan Seymour for Ian McCarthy; Paul Daly(0-01) for Colm Lyons(inj).

Best Wishes    Na Gaeil players, mentors and supporters wish Ballydonoghue’s Conor Kennelly a speedy recovery and hope his injury is not too serious.

Junior Championship    Na Gaeil play Beaufort in Round 1 of the Premier Junior Championship at home in Killeen on Bank Holiday Monday, April 17th at 3pm. We hope that you will all come out and support the team.

Congratulations    We congratulate Jack Barry on playing a great game for Kerry at midfield in the National League Final in Croke Park on Sunday against the Dubs. He was very solid all through, doing a great job on Brian Fenton and scoring a great point on the stroke of half time.

A great achievement for the Na Gaeil star. Well done Jack. Indeed we congratulate all the Kerry players and mentors for a job well done on Sunday.

Minors    The Minors play Firies away on Tuesday April 18th at 6.30pm and entertain Dr. Crokes at home on Friday April 21st at 6.30pm.

 U14    Our Under 14 team hosted Castlegregory last Wednesday evening in the second round of the County League. Na Gaeil opened the scoring with a point and quickly followed up with the second score of the game.

Castlegregory quickly responded with their first score of the game and began to dominate proceedings. Na Gaeil struggled to gain possession and Castlegregory took control of the game scoring a goal and eight points to open a nine point lead after the first quarter.

At this stage it looked like Na Gaeil were in serious trouble but a goal on fifteen minutes brought them back into the game. The visitors struck back with another point but Na Gaeil stayed in contention with two unanswered points to reduce the deficit to five points.

Castlegregory got the next two scores to extend their lead. However Na Gaeil hit back with their second goal of the game before the visitors got the final score of the half to leave the score at the interval Na Gaeil 2-4 Castlegregory 1-12.

Na Gaeil started the second half in determined fashion scoring a point immediately from the restart. They followed this up with two goals to regain the lead for the first time since the opening minutes of the match.

They scored another point soon after to open up a three point lead. Castlegregory soon got their first score of the half and immediately followed up with their second goal to regain the lead.

Na Gaeil got the next score to leave the sides level once more as the game entered the final quarter. The home side were soon back in the lead when they got their fifth goal of the match but the excitement wasn’t over yet.

The visitors were in no mood to give up and scored a goal and a point to regain the lead as the match entered the closing minutes. Na Gaeil responded once more with three quick points to leave two points between the sides.

Castlegregory then got the last score of the game to leave a single point between the teams after a very exciting match. The final score was Na Gaeil 5-10 Castlegregory 3-15.

Great credit must go the both sides who played some excellent football in a very sporting game.  Either side could have won this game and both sides played with great determination and skill. Na Gaeil’s next game is at home to Legion next Wednesday April 12th at 7pm.

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

U12    Our under 12s had a light workout on Sunday morning last with our senior stalwart David Cullotty. Thanks a million David for running an enjoyable session. Great to see some new faces making their return for the season. The game between Dingle and Na Gaeil, at Dingle, in County U12 League has been put back to Monday April 10th with a throw in of 7.15pm. We are meeting at Na Gaeil Clubhouse at 5.45pm to arrange car pool. Keep an eye out for future texts regarding times for midweek training.
The Na Gaeil fundraising quiz night will be held in the clubhouse on Thursday 13th. Make sure your parents support this great night out which raises valuable funds for our club.

U10    We had another large turnout of players at training last Sunday in Killeen. Well done everyone. We have our first game of the season tonight (Thursday) in Lispole at 6.10pm. Hope to see you all there. Training again next Sunday at 11am. Remember to bring your mouth guard & a bottle of water.

U8    No Training next Sunday. Don’t eat too many Easter eggs!! Back to the field Sunday April 23rd.Well done to Jack Barry for a brilliant performance against the Dubs
This is the club’s first National League medal.”We are all so proud of you Jack”.

Na Gaeil Ladies    Na Gaeil Ladies v Kilcummin, Div 2 County League, Round 2
We played in Kilcummin on Sunday morning with a very young team versus an experienced Kilcummin team. Kilcummin started the better scoring a couple of early points. Meagan scored our 1st point from a free. Kilcummin broke through our defence and scored a goal. Kilcummin now had all the possession scoring another couple of points before they got a very dubious goal.

Nora and Clodagh O’Connor fought hard to try and get control of midfield. Meagan scored another point from play before Caoimhe played in Eilis for her 1st point. Caragh won the kick out and found Eilis to score her 2nd point.

We started to turn the screw with Sarah, Eimear and Mary starting to get on top of their defenders. Aine, Susan and Sheilah had to work really hard on the physical Kilcummin forwards. Clodagh McHugh scored a point just before half time to leave us down 5 points at half time.

Kilcummin started the 2nd half brightly scoring a few early points before our defenders got control of the ball. Laura made some superb saves when she was called upon. On the the other side, Clodagh, Caoimhe and Sibeal were being marked tightly but were creating space for Meagan to score another couple of points. Sarah Quigley found Nora who made a run and put it over the bar.

Sibeal and Caoimhe scored a point each. We had all the possession but Kilcummin were defending with their lives. We could not make up the scores that Kilcummin got at the start.

Final Score 2.11 to 0.11. As we were missing a few of our experienced players, we played well and with a bit more luck, we should have had a few goals.

Team: Laura Fitzgerald, Aine O’Sullivan, Clodagh O’Connor, Susan Fernane, Eimear Nolan, Sarah Quigley, Nora O’Connell, Eilis O’Connor, Meagan Sheehy, Sibeal Casey, Clodagh McHugh, Mary O’Connell, Sheilah O’Riordan, Caoimhe Hanafin, Caragh O’Neill.

Well done to Sarah Barrett and Eimer O’Sullivan in helping Kerry U14’s defeat Tipperary in the Munster Championship on Saturday.

Best of luck to Jadyn Lucey with the Kerry Minors. They play Cork in the Munster Championship on Saturday.

Good Luck   We wish all our players involved with Kerry this week the very best of luck. Diarmuid O’Connor and Ryan O’Neill are on the Kerry Minor Team that play Clare in the first round of the Munster Championship in Austin Stack Park on Wednesday evening.

Andrew Barry is on the Kerry U21 team that take on Galway in the All Ireland Semi Final in Ennis on Saturday.

Fundraising Quiz    Na Gaeil Club are holding a Fundraising Quiz in the clubhouse on Holy Thursday night April 13th. Tables are €30 with four at each table. Great prizes to be won. We are asking everybody in Na Gaeil to come out and support this very important fundraiser.

It promises to be a great night out for young and old and a great start to the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend.  So all involved in the club we would love to see you there and bring your friends along too.

 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 €1,500 took place on Tuesday evening last. Numbers drawn were 4, 7, 11, 18. There was no winner.  €50 winners were Anne Marie Lucey, Chestnut Drive and Mary Rebidue, C/O Jim Fitzgibbon. €25 winners were Jim & Renee Fitzgibbon, Leeside, Tim Slattery, Slattery’s Fuel, Tim O’Connell. Lisdara and John Creedon, Shanakill. Next week’s lotto is worth €1,600. 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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