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In the second last game of the League campaign Na Gaeil extend their unbeaten run with a good away win against Cromane, played in ideal conditions.

Mike Griffin opened up Na Gaeil’s account with a superbly taken goal within minutes of the start, followed by a quick succession of points from Dara Carmody and Dave Culloty.

Thinks were looking ominous for Cromane when Kieran O’Donovan extended the visitors lead to seven when he goaled after a goal mouth scramble fell kindly to his feet and didn’t have to be asked twice to finish.

To the credit of the home side they battled hard and succeeded in reducing the deficit to three by half time. Cromane 0-07; Na Gaeil 2-04.

Despite their strong finish in the opening half Cromane were completely blitzed in the opening ten minutes ,outscored 1-05 to nothing, with Mike Griffin netting his second goal of the afternoon while Jack Barry, David Culloty and Dara Carmody chipped in for points, which in reality killed off the game as a contest.

A late goal by Jack Carmody and points from Dylan Seymour and Kieran O’Donovan mid- way through the second half added to the home side misery with the final score finishing Cromane 0-14; Na Gaeil 4-14.

Tim Culloty, Paul Daly, Kieran Dineen, Ross Culloty, Eoin Doody, Andrew Barry, Dara Sheehy, Jack Barry(0-1), Dan O’Connor(02), David Culloty(03), Dara Carmody(04), Kieran O’Donovan (1-02), Mike Griffin (2-01), Darren Burns, Jamie Lowham, Dylan Seymour(01), Jack Carmody(01-00), Eoin Daly, Rob Murphy, Tadhg O’Neill, Emmet Curran,


The U14 team played Churchill the final of the Town Board league last Thursday evening in Churchill. The teams had already met in the league phase of thecompetition and in the St Brendan’s championship final in recent weeks and Churchill came out on top on both occasions.

Knee injuries to Rory Murphy and Adam Burke meant that they could not play in the final but fortunately a number of other players were available for selection in their place.

Na Gaeil started the game brightly and had an early goal chance which Churchill managed to defend, however Dan Goggin opened the scoring from a resulting free after five minutes.

Robin McCarthy then followed up with a second point a minute later to extend Na Gaeil’s lead. The third score of the game came after thirteen minutes when Cillian Spillane scored another point from a free.

Na Gaeil continued to dominate the early exchanges and were very unlucky not to get a goal. Aaron Dewey made a great pass to Dan Goggin who chipped the goal keeper soccer style but unfortunately the ball clipped the cross bar and Na Gaeil had to be content with a point. Cillian Spillane got his second point of the game a minute later to put Na Gaeil five points ahead after fifteen minutes.

The Na Gaeil defenders were on top form and didn’t allow any scoring opportunities to the home side.

The forwards also continued their good form as the first half progressed and Robin McCarthy scored an excellent long range point to extend the lead. Churchill got their first score of the half after seventeen minutes but this was cancelled out by Robin McCarthy’s third point a minute later.

There were a few more chances created by both sides before half time but the only score came from Churchill which meant Na Gaeil lead at half time by 0-7 to 0-2.

Despite leading by five points at half time Na Gaeil knew that they would have to play even better in the second half if they were to win this match.

They got an early reminder when Churchill got the two first scores of the half in the opening minutes.However Na Gaeil didn’t panic and after five minutes Dan Goggin set up Robin McCarthy for their first score of the second period.

This score settled Na Gaeil and they began to dominate possession and further scores from Dan, Robin and John Ward meant that the lead was extended to seven points after thirteen minutes. As in the first half the Na Gaeil backs were winning their individual battles and restricted scoring opportunities for Churchill.

However Churchill got their third point of the half after fifteen minutes to keep them in contention. Na Gaeil then had a great chance to extend their lead but after doing everything right Dan Goggin’s goal attempt hit the cross bar and Churchill managed to clear the ball.

This let off encouraged the home side and they responded with the next two scores of the game. At this stage both sides believed that they could win the match but the crucial score came on the twenty first minute when Darragh Reen scored an opportunistic goal to give Na Gaeil a seven point lead as the game entered the closing stages.

Despite the deficit Churchill never gave up and scored a point from the kick out to reduce the lead. They were back in the game a minute later when they scored an excellent goal and another point on the twenty fourth minute meant that there was only two points between the teams.

However Na Gaeil were not going to let this game slip and defended bravely in the closing minutes to ensure that there would be no further scores and when the referee blew the final whistle the score was Na Gaeil 1-11 Churchill 1-9.

This was a hard fought but deserved victory. Despite losing the previous two game Na Gaeil knew that if they played to their potential they had a great chance of victory.

The back line of David Fitzgerald, Stephen Ryan, Seamus Harty and Lee Byrne kept their discipline and defended as a unit throughout the game and restricted gaol scoring opportunities for Churchill.

The half back line of Aaron Dewey, Damien Burke and Ruri 0’Sullivan (who gave his best performance of the season) kept a very dangerous half forward line quiet and also set number a number of counter attacks throughout the game.

At mid field Tadgh Lynch and Fergal Barry worked tirelessly during the match linking with the forwards and helping the back line when required.

The half forward line of John Ward, Cillian Spillane and Dan Goggin combined excellently and all contributed vital scores. Robin McCarthy was an excellent target at full forward and Jack Costello and David Boyle set up a number of score during the match.

The game is no longer a fifteen man game and all the subs introduced played their part. Darragh Reen came on in the first half and scored the vital goal and in the second half Conor Hayes, Jack Sheehan and Eoin Cahill all made vital contributions to the victory.

The Town Board trophy was presented to Captain Dan Goggin who thanked his team mates, mentors and Churchill on their fine performance.

Congratulations and well done to the entire panel for reaping the reward of the hard work since last January. This was a great way to end the season. We must also thank our supporters who turned out in great numbers once again to cheer on the team.

Panel: D Fitzgerald, L Byrne, S Harty, S Ryan, R O’Sullivan, D Bourke, A Dewey, F Barry, T Lynch, J Ward, C Spillane, D Goggin, J Costello, R McCarthy, D Boyle, D Reen, C Hayes, J Sheehan, E Cahill, D Healy, J O’Brien, D Burns, R Murphy, A Burke.
Mentors: M Burke, J Keating, J Prendergast, T Rooney D Ross.


Our lads took to the road last Sunday to play Firies in a challenge game. We fielded 2 teams so again everyone got lots of game-time.

Many thanks to the Firies club for inviting us. We will have training as usual on Thursday (2nd) at 6.30pm. Next Sunday we are away again when we travel to play Churchill in a challenge game.

All players are asked to be at Churchill pitch at 10.30am. All players are reminded not to forget their mouth-guard.


Our all Ireland winner was given a heros welcome last Saturday night in the club,he lifted the Tom Markham cup to rapturous applause from a proud and appreciate membership. There should be no doubt how highly an opinion is thought of this popular Na Gaeil and Kerry minor medal winner.


This Saturday in Garveys between 10 and 6,if you can help text Tim 087
4184239. Funds for Junenile club Boys And Girls.


The draw for the jackpot of €6,900 took place on Tuesday evening last. Numbers drawn were 6,16,17 26.There was no winner. €50 winners were Marie O Connor Mark.€25 winners were Finian Browne,Peter O Driscoll,George Dennis Dermot Reen.Next week’s lotto is worth €7,000 all welcome for draw in club, each Tuesday at 10.30pm.


Every Wednesday night in clubhouse. This is a very sociable occasion where you meet your friends for a great night’s entertainment and relaxation.


Na Gaeil bingo is run every Monday night at the clubhouse in Killeen at 8.30pm. This is a vital fundraiser and 100% of the funds are reinvested back into the club.

Na Gaeil bingo has grown from strength to strength and continues to grow. Thanks to all the parents who often their time to help run the bingo.

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