County League Div 1:
We tie for 2nd place in the county league after 3 rounds on 5 points, level with Dr Crokes and one behind pacesetters Spa. We are back in county league action next weekend when we travel to Killarney Legion on Sat 12th where throw in is @ 19.00 – we are at home then on Sat 26th to John Mitchels with this game completing our schedule for May.
Congratulations to our former player Patrick Begley who made his Connacht championship debut for London this weekend against Sligo, lining out at left half back. Patrick was an outstanding player with the club prior to emigrating to London and he has made his mark on the London GAA scene with club side St Kiernans, winning a championship medal in 2016. Unfortunately for Patrick he and his team mates ended up on the losing side on a score line of Sligo 1-21 to London 1-11.
County League Div 5, Group A:
Kerins O’Rahillys 1-07
After a promising first half when we led by two points at half time, 1-04 to 0-05 we ran out of steam in the second half and went down in the end by 8 points to Churchill.
We started brightly and had a goal ruled out in the first few minutes when Diarmuid O’Sullivan pulled on a loose ball and drove to the net only for the referee to indicate a free out – this was not the only controversial decision on the night from the official as he left many bewildered by his interpretation of the rules through out the game.
After this opening salvo, Tom Hoare operating at centre forward goaled almost immediately and we held the lead all the way to half time when we went in two points up, 1-04 to 0-05. Tom added another two points from play, Chucky had a massive free from distance and Gazza chipped in with a point from a free.
The second half saw us add another point from Gazza before the ref awarded a penalty to Churchill which was duly converted – this tied the scores but the next score was crucial as Churchill goaled when a foul on Jason O’Leary saw the referee hop the ball and we conceded a goal from this. Worse was to follow with the dismissal of John C O’Connor on a black card in the 11th minute when he was fouled in possession but was penalised for over carrying and shortly afterwards we lost Chucky on a second yellow reducing us to 14 after he clashed with their midfielder – he was also dismissed. Despite this, we were in the game with scores from Gazza and Donagh O’Brien which saw us two in arrears approaching the 25th minute – then a quick kick out was intercepted by their full forward resulting in a goal and there was no way back from there. Our next fixture in this competition takes place next Sunday 13th @ 14.00 when we host Asdee in Strand Road.
Coiste Trá Lí:
The draw for the town championship sees us pitted against John Mitchels in a game scheduled to take place over the bank holiday weekend in August – more details later.
Membership is now due and anyone yet to pay is asked to do so as soon as possible.
There was no winner of last week’s draw where the winning numbers drawn were: 20, 29, 30 & 31 – there was no match 3 winner.
Next week’s jackpot will now be for a prize of €3,900.
The five entrants for the special December draw are as follows: Carol Stone, Cayden Roche, Helen Hennessy, Carmel Quille and Anne Woods.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family and friends of the late Robert O’Dowd, former John Mitchels footballer who passed away recently and also to the family of Mike Fitzgerald, Ardfert whose untimely death took place last weekend. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anamacha dilis.