ROSCOMMON GAELS 2-04 : TULSK LORD EDWARDS 2-08
Back Row L-R:
Darragh Donoghue, Myles McSharry, Roger Connelly, Harry King, Adam Killion, Sam Malbec Hannon, Mark Biesty, Odin Fallon, Michael Daly, Dylan Fallon, David King, Peter Cunningham, Hugh O’Connor
Front Row L-R:
Ben Martin, Ethan Hussey, Conor Gilmore, Daniel Fleming (Captain), Michael Byrne, Ronan Hoey, Jack Finn, Tom Sexton, Gerald Greene, Jack Walsh, Jeff Dolan, Timmy Corcoran.
The Under 15 Div 4 Team played Tulsk Lord Edwards in St. Faithleachs GAA, Ballyleague on Friday June 10th in the League Final. With a strong gale blowing in off Lough Ree, the game was definitely a game of two halves. Tulsk Lord Edwards burst into the game claiming their first score within seconds of the ball been thrown in. They came again shortly after with a second score from a free and then a 3rd. With nerves possibly delaying the Gaels lads reaction the first score came, and they settled into the game with scores coming from Adam Killion, Tom Sexton and Mark Biesty and Sam Malbec Hannon. A good few chances of scores were missed by the Gaels lads with a half time score of 1-04 to 0-04 there was still work to be done in the second half.
The second half for the Gaels lads unfortunately didn’t go to plan. Tulsk came out stronger with their game plan to attack our defence lines and the scores began go up on the board. The Roscommon Gaels lads didn’t lie down but continued to make a number of breaks however finding it difficult to add to the scores.
This group of young lads have made great progress during the course of the league, we look forward to watching them develop further in the championship in the coming weeks ahead.
Roscommon 2-13 - St Brigids 2-07
What started out as a lovely evening of sunshine in Ballyforan on Friday last, when it came to play the national anthem and for referee Dermot McDermott to throw in the ball, the skies turned black and the heavens opened before Roscommon Gaels and St Brigids went to battle. But the heavy downpour didn’t put anyone off playing their league final.
As soon as the ball was thrown in Roscommon Gaels were swift into action controlling proceedings early in the game with scores coming from Cathal Mulry and Sam Walsh. Daniel Nerney and Joseph McSharry dominated the centre of field keeping the play in the Gaels’ end of the field. There was always a threat to the Gaels back line as the Brigids lads were able to move the ball quickly into their forward line. However, Darragh Killeen and captain Eoin Naughten kept a close handle on any attack with the assistance of William Godfrey and Conor Keaveney. Seamie Carthy and Eli Okambawa in the half back line for Roscommon Gaels kept the supply of ball to the half forward line of Ben Dolan Cathal Nerney and Daithi Kelly.
At half time Roscommon Gaels were in a strong position with a healthy lead of 2-07 to 1-01, however, the Brigids lads weren’t lying down and came back into the game scoring 2 goals in quick succession. The Gaels lads responded by sticking to their game plan and supporting each other when in possession of the ball, and that game plan saw them to a victory in the end.
Congratulations to all the lads and to Management David Kelly, Shane Killeen, Michael Sweeney and Jason Hoare.
Team: Rory Kerr, Conor Keaveney, Darragh Killeen, William Godfrey, Eoin Naughten (C), Seamie Carthy, Eli Okambawa, Daniel Nerney, Joseph McSharry, Cathal Nerney, Daithi Kelly, Ben Dolan, Cathal Mulry, Sam Walsh, Andre Anic, Laurence O’Connor, Lewis Smith, Niall Timon, Michael O’Brien, Rian Grogan, AJ Tully, Dean Hoare, Eoin Ryan, Cormac Fleming, Liam Connolly and Matthew Donnelly.
Roscommon Gaels U16 Camogie girls blazed their way to a County A Championship win when they beat St. Dominics GAA in a fearsome camogie game on May 25th last. Starting the championship off at the beginning of the season with a loss to Oran and to St. Dominics, the outlay didn’t look great. However, winning the next two games against Four Road & Tulsk brought them through to a semifinal. There still was a huge mountain to climb. Meeting Oran again in a semifinal was not going to be easy but the Gaels Ladies were ready and determined. On Saturday May 21st in Lisnamult Oran were defeated by a Gaels team that hungered for success.
Against all the predictions Roscommon Gaels were through to a County A final against their old rivals St. Dominics. From Under 12 age, this team have been beaten by St. Dominics in replays, in extra time and always by the narrowest of margins, 1 point. The Gaels girls had had enough and finally they wanted to shake this monkey from their back and be victorious. The game was scheduled for St. Dominics own pitch but this didn’t deter the girls.
Roscommon Gaels matched St. Dominics shoulder to shoulder and the match began. Playing against the wind Roscommon Gaels settled in. The backs were under pressure and Ciara Killeen, Eve Mc Neill and Emma O Farrell blocked, hooked and cleared ball after ball to defend their goal. They were ably assisted by Molly Rose Finneran as goalie. St. Dominics and Roscommon Gaels scored points from play and frees and with the score Roscommon Gaels 0-05 St. Dominics 2-05 at half time, with points coming from Shauna Walsh, Alannah Sutton and Siofra Hession.
The roar from the crowd encouraged the Gaels as they took to the pitch in the second half with the wind at their back. Two points scored by Siofra Hession flew over the bar and the Gaels took courage from this. Then with all the play in the Gaels forward line, the pressure mounted. Alannah Sutton broke a ball and soloed in through the backs and buried it in the back of the net. Everyone was on their feet. Unanswered scores by the Gaels rattled St. Dominics. The midfield players with Emma Hough capitalized on any loose ball and fed great ball into the forwards. There was one point in it and the Gaels were propelled on. Scores were set up by Grace Geraghty and Grace Campbell. Two further frees by Siofra Hession sailed between the posts and put the Gaels one point up. St. Dominics answered to level the score and Shauna Walsh answered them with a point. Another score by Alannah Sutton meant the Gaels went ahead by two. It was too close now and the Gaels would not let this go. The defence players again steadied the ship and caught great ball. Martha Mc Sharry, Ciara Killeen, Eve Mc Neill, Molly Tully, Jane King and Emma O Farrell cleared everything and kept the play pushing forward.
St. Dominics came back with another point to leave it a one-point game again. St. Dominics won a free from the sideline but the ball fell short of the goal and the Gaels backline, who kept a battle raging all day, kept the ball out. When Mike Ryan blew the whistle the crowd erupted. There were scenes of jubilation and sheer pride and joy. The Gaels Ladies had battled hard and found their self-belief to win the 2022 U16 Camogie Championship. Comhgairdeachas do gach duine.