Gaeil Fhanada club notes

October 17, 2017

Division Three League:

Naomh Brid v Gaeil Fhánada 
Saturday 22nd October
Ballintra - Sunday @ 1.30pm & 3pm

Our seniors and reserves are penciled in to take on Naomh Brid on Sunday of this week. Naomh Brid have already secured safety for the season while the Gaels still have a mathematical chance of promotion.


Lotto Results - Another Le Chéile winner!:

Numbers: 2, 5, 16, 22, 24.

No jackpot winner!

€100 Winner: Hugh Friel (Le Chéile).

Next week's Jackpot is €3,400.


Comhghairdeas CLG Baile na nGalloglach:

Now that their celebrations have died down, we would like to send our congratulations to the Milford GAA club on their recent win in the Intermediate Championship. They defeated St.Nauls with five points to spare and were deserving winners having disposed off Cloughaneely and Aodh Ruadh on the way to the final. It would have been a novel final had we got there ourselves but unfortunately it wasn't to be.

Milford's recent successes have been really impressive and they are a testament to what happens when you work hard on and off the pitch. Hopefully we can lock horns again in the very near future.



World Mental Health Day:


The 4 L's message:

Listen, out for our family, friends, neighbours, community and be available to them in a time of need.

Look, out for each other, the young, and the elderly those who are vulnerable, those living alone, those who are being bullied and those who might be sad.

Laughter, laugh at ourselves, laugh with others, life can be serious but your smile could warm up someone's day.

Link up, stop talking about it and go and do it. Make that link, connection, phone call, text, e mail, card, or better still a visit from you.



U13 County Development Squad:

Well done to our very own Meábh Duffy who was part of the U13 County Development Squad who played in the Ulster Development Blitz on Saturday.



Fanad cruise to facile win over Downings:

Gaeil Fhánada 3-25
Na Dunaibh 1-5

Fanad had it easier than expected when they cantered to a 25 point win over local rivals Downings in a one sided affair played on the brilliant new surface in Portsalon. Both teams were missing some notable absentees but it was the Downings outfit that felt the absence most over the hour. The game was played in a fair and honest fashion and credit to the Downings side who battled gamely over the hour.

Fanad started at a huge pace and had a few scores on the board through Niall Carr, Jonny Friel and Michael Sweeney before Oisin Boyce swung over for Downings. This was to be their only score of the half as Fanad took complete control with Brian McVeigh notching a number of fine points. McVeigh also helped himself to a goal as he cut through the middle to rifle past Brendan McGee in the Downings goal. Odhran Shiels also helped himself to a goal and a point while Oisin McFadden, Mark Friel, Eoghan Carr and Jonny Friel also got scores to leave it 2-15 to 0-1 at half time. Fanad also missed a number of goal chances in this period with Oisin McFadden and Niall Carr guilty of some poor decision making when the pass was on.

The second half trend continued much the same as the first half with Fanad dictating the game. Credit to Downings and in particular Barry Fenny & Shane McClafferty who caused damage inside. Ben McNutt also notched a beauty of a goal when he lobbed Brendan Friel in the Fanad goal from 25m out. Fanad however kept the scoreboard ticking with Odhran Shiels, three from McVeigh, Mark Friel, Oisin McFadden, Paddy Heraghty and Oisin Shiels all getting on the scoresheet. Alan McAteer and Oisin Shiels both hit the post while Odhran Shiels got his second goal of the game to cap a fine performance. Seamus Coyle was introduced and made 6 interceptions in what was his first competitive game for the seniors and hopefully the first of many. Seamus didn't play GAA underage but strangely enough started playing while he was in London last year. He has been a standout performer for our reserves this season and has one of the best attitudes at the club, rarely missing training while always being out in front when the tough running is underway. Aidan also unleashed a number of the bench than have been knocking on the seniors door all season and they equipped themselves well.

All in all it was a fairly underwhelming game but a good win nonetheless. St.Nauls win over Naomh Muire means promotion is most likely out of reach but the Gaels will finish out the season in what's been a disappointing but certainly progressive year for the club. We've made our long awaited move back to our home in Portsalon while we have a fortune of players to welcome back next season to add to the undoubted talent in our squad at the moment. Gaeil Fhánada have two games left, both away, to Naomh Bríd and Red Hughs.
For Downings, they now look to 2018 in the bottom tier. Rewind back to both teams meeting earlier in the season and things looked all so different as a slick Downings side took the win in an impressive performance.

Brendan Friel. 
Kevin McGonigle. James Gallagher. Conor McGonigle. 
Odhran Shiels (2-2). Patrick Heraghty (0-1), Eoghan Carr (0-3)
Shaun McElwaine. Michael Sweeney (0-1)
Jonny Friel (0-2), Mark Friel (0-2), Oisin McFadden (0-2)
Niall Carr (0-1), Seami Coshia (0-1), Brian McVeigh (1-9).

Oisin Shiels (0-1) for Shaun McElwaine 
Shaun McElwaine (Thomas) for James Gallagher
Bernard Martin for Conor McGonigle 
Seamus Coyle for Kevin McGonigle 
Alan McAteer for Seami Coshia
Ronan McAteer for Mark Friel


U13 Girls Division 1 Final:

Hard luck to our U13 girls who lost out to an impressive Aodh Rua side in the Division 1 Final on Sunday.

Not the result our girls wanted however they, and manager Tracey, should be extremely proud of their efforts all year and we look forward to seeing them back in action next season.


U13 boys:

Division 2 Championship Quarter Final:

Saturday 21st @ 12 noon in Portsalon

Opposition TBC - Southern Donegal side.

Our U13 lads are back in action this weekend after a five week break when they take on a team from the South which has yet to be decided (depends on other results). We will post on social media once our opponents are confirmed. Why not call down and give these lads the support they deserve on our new pitch.


Best wishes:

Everyone at the club would like to send their best wishes to club player Paul Coyle who marries club member and former treasurer Catherine Heraghty on Saturday. Both have been active and involved with Gaeil Fhánada since a young age and we wish them a lifetime of health and happiness.


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