A great turnout on Sunday morning for a miserable June day. The rain didn’t stop our enthusiastic girls and boys from training. Moms, Dads and grandparents were delighted with their refreshments to heat themselves up. Thanks again to everyone for bringing the children down and to everyone who is helping out on Sundays between baking, coaching, making teas, coffees etc. There’s great community spirit in our club.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
U8 Girls- Nicola Corridon
U10 Girls- Aoife O’ Connell
U10 Boys – Davie Jay Flaherty
Well done to everyone!
The juvenile kits and gear should be here by July 5th. Texts will be sent to everyone and we will arrange a time in the club for everyone to collect their gear.
Last Wednesday evening we welcomed Churchill, Na Gaeil, Mitchels and Stacks to Ballyrickard for Go Games. It was great again to see the girls enjoying the fun and thank you to the parents who brought their daughters along. We are looking forward to more away Go Games with the other clubs now.
Training continues in Ballyrickard on Tuesdays and Thursdays. New members always welcome.
The summer holidays are nearly upon us and after a week or so we will all be hearing “I’m bored, I have nothing to do”. Plenty of long evenings for playing football lads! If you already play or even if you don’t play we will be organising “Street Leagues “ over the next few weeks. Tell your friends that these are coming up. We will have a final with medal presentation at the end of it. Something to look forward to for everyone in our community!
Our under 12s signed off the county league in style with a 5-13 to 3-7 victory over Foilmore on Sunday afternoon in Ballyrickard. Foilmore started stronger and took a 2-2 to 1 point lead in the first 10 minutes. We started to settle with Oisín Cronin taking command of midfield with our opening point and goal. Brayden Pierce and Oisín started to drive forward from midfield and created an opening for Nick Lacey to sweep a lovely crossfield ball to Odhran Foley who finished from a tight angle. Cillian McGrath came in to shore up our defence but with a few minutes to go we lost Brayden Pierce to a nasty collision. Foilmore recovered and added a few points to retake the lead but Nick Lacey rattled off 4 points at the end of the half to leave 1 between the sides at half time.
We came out fighting in the second half with Nick leading the charge, scoring another 3 points. Ryan Onyekwere, again working so hard, got his reward with a goal before Odhran Foley scored his 2nd and 3rd goals in quick succession. In control now, Ryan and Oisín added scores and Nick raised the white flag twice to take his tally to 9 points with 8 from play. Credit to Brayden Pierce who returned in the second half to limit the threat of an excellent Foilmore midfielder. As Foilmore rallied, Evan Daly was superb in goals, handling everything well and restarting with confidence. Although Foilmore would eventually get a goal, Daniel Aneke and Conor Cronin would limit them to 1-2 in the entire second half.
This was a great team performance especially considering the absence of Rory and Jamie. We had leaders all over the pitch. Some great performances were topped by Nick Lacey with a 9-point haul winning the man of the match.
We played Annauscaul / Lispole in the first round of the County League on Wednesday evening. After two previous defeats to the same opponents in the Central League we got the upper hand on this occasion.
With both teams missing some players the game was played 13 aside. We got off to a flying start, hitting the net on three occasions in quick succession from the boots of Darragh O Connor, Seán Healy and Sam McCarthy to leave the score 3-1 to 1 point after 15 minutes. A positive point of this half was the return of Seán Healy to his old self with some powerful runs. Further goals from Ben Hanafin and a second of the half for Darragh O Connor saw the half time score 5-02 to 6 points.
The second half saw Darragh O Connor complete a ‘man of the match’ display with a third goal bringing his tally to 3-5 on a night where all our backs impressed while being well assisted by Ben O’ Brien and Thomas Maguire giving a solid display in goals. Up front, Darragh O Connor was the chief contributor with Seán Healy and Sam McCarthy also proving a handful for their opponents and with Danny Hennessy popping up from midfield to contribute 3 points to the cause.
Next week we play Keel / Listry away. Time and date to be confirmed .
Team and scorers: Thomas Maguire, Sam Pituch, Eric Mc Mahon, Ben Hanafin (1-0), Jerome Daly, Enis Reka, Danny Hennessy (0-3), Gearóid Meehan, Seán Healy (1-1), Ben O’Brien, Darragh O Connor (3-5), Sam McCarthy (1-2. Subs – Cormac Gallagher, Kevin Molloy, Joe O Sullivan, Alan O Connor, Rory O Halloran, Seán Collins.
FAMILY FUN DAY
We have pencilled in Sunday, July 7th for our annual Family Fun Day. Keep this day free as we will have plenty of kids activities, fun and entertainment for adults too. This event is open to everyone in our community. Keep an eye on our notes for more information next week.