Gaeil Fhanada club notes

July 30, 2019

Lotto Results 28/07/2019

Numbers: 1, 4, 12, 14, 24.

No jackpot winner. 

€100 Winner: Anthony Foy.

Next week’s Jackpot: €8050!!!

🏻‍Play Online*:

🏻‍♂️Play in Person: Tickets available from committee members, in local shops and bars. John will be outside Kerrykeel shop on Saturday from 10am-12.30pm.


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Minors make the long trip to Dunkineely in their championship opener


Naomh Ultan v Gaeil Fhánada 

Wednesday, July 31st @ 7:30



The Minors begin their Championship campaign this Wednesday as they make the trip to Dunkineely to face Naomh Ultan. 

After a disappointing league campaign the boys will be looking to get their season back on track.

The lads have been training hard in the last couple of weeks and are preparing for a tough test.

The boys will have two home games after this one, they are due to face Naomh Muire and Dungloe so it's a tough group. The lads will be hoping to come gain a good result on Wednesday to boost their chances of reaching the quarter finals. 

Throw in in Dunkineely is 7.30. Good luck to everyone involved.


Championship time for U14 boys


Gaeil Fhánada v Burt 

Tuesday, July 30th @ 7pm 

Páirc Uí Shiadhail, Portsalon 


The u14’s will begin their championship campaign tomorrow evening with a home fixture against Burt in Division 2. The lads acquitted themselves well during the league and were unlucky to lose narrowly in Carndonagh in their previous game. The game is part of a double header in Portsalon tomorrow evening with the u16 girls also in action at 5:45. It would be great to see a good crowd to support both teams. Best of luck to Paddy and the lads!


U16 Girls


Gaeil Fhánada v Gleann tSúilí

Tuesday, 30th July @5:45 pm

Páirc Uí Shiadhail, Portsalon


The u16 Girls take on Glenswilly tomorrow evening in Round 6 of the u16 league. 


Gaeil Fhánada enjoyed several good victories in their opening games but unfortunately suffered a two point defeat away to Dungloe last Tuesday evening, in very warm conditions. The girls will be hoping to bounce back from last week's match and will look forward to playing Glenswilly tomorrow. 


Why not call into Páirc Uí Shiadhail tomorrow evening if you're around to support the u16 Girls. Best of luck to the team and management!


League Semi-Final for the Senior Ladies


Division 2 League Semi-final

Gaeil Fhánada v Na Cealla Beaga

Sunday, August 4th @11am


The senior ladies play away to Killybegs in the semi-final of the Division 2 League this Sunday, August 4th. Throw in at 11am in Killybegs. 


The teams met twice last season in the league. Killybegs took the points when they travelled to Páirc Uí Shiadhail in early July while the Gaels recorded a one point victory over Na Cealla Beaga in Eamonn Byrne Memorial Park on the 13th of October last year, in their last game of the season. It was a brilliant battle from start to finish and both teams will be looking forward to facing each other again this weekend. 


Gaeil Fhánada enjoyed a good run in the league earlier in the season but know that a tough challenge lies ahead of them on Sunday morning. Best of luck to the team and management! Ádh mór oraibh! 


**The senior ladies will train on Wednesday evening in Portsalon at 8pm.


Final quarter blitz ensures victory for Downings


Gaeil Fhánada 0:14

Downings 0:16 


The two league points head back over the bridge this evening as a strong finish to proceedings from the Ros Goill men got them over the line by two points. 


The home sides were quickest out of the blocks, finding themselves three points ahead after five minutes. All three scores came from play, courtesy of Eoghan Carr, Conor Mc Gonigle and Mark Friel. Downings would have felt disappointed they didn’t strike first, but spurned a good goal opportunity during the opening exchanges. Lorcan Connor, who was in prolific form for the Ros Goill outfit fired over two fine scores from play before converting a free to even up the scores. Mark Friel edged the Gaels ahead again, hitting a fine score as was hit late. Connor again responded from a placed ball for Downings to level proceedings for a second time. Fanad ended the opening period in a strong fashion, all of the football being played in the Downings half. Mark Mc Ateer pushed the Gaels ahead with a free in the twentieth minute. Downings retreated and had 14 men behind the ball for the majority of the remainder of the half. The Fanad forwards were frustrated by this and the shot selection was questionable in a few instances. A Seamí Nanny free, coupled with points from Eoghan Carr and Mark Friel from play pushed the hosts four points up before Eric Roberts responded for Downings with the final play of the half. Gaeil Fhánada 0:08 Downings 0:05


The opening exchanges of the second half were a cagey affair, both teams cancelling each other out for much of it. Matthew Gallagher was in good form for the Gaels, organising the defence and keeping the shape while Bernard Mc Gettigan and Eoghan Carr were both impressive as well. Downings were first out of the blocks, Connor with another pointed free in the second minute. A Seamí Nanny score and a super Eoghan Carr effort stretched the lead to four points, but Eric Roberts swung his second point over for Downings to reduce the arrears. Gary Mc Clafferty entered the fray for Downings and had a steadying impact on their play. Bernard Mc Gettigan and Shane Boyce exchanged quick fire scores to leave it eleven points to eight in the Gaels’ favour ten minutes into the second period. Lorcan Connor scored the next two points - one free and one from play before Bernard Mc Gettigan fired over a lovely score with his left foot. Brian Mc Veigh and Darren Mc Elwaine were both introduced midway through the second period. Connor converted again from play before Bernard Mc Gettigan stretched the lead to two again. Mark Mc Ateer was unlucky not to be awarded a free on the 21 after being taken to the ground and it proved a turning point as Downings struck, Connor again in the next play. Eoghan Carr with another score kept Fanad two ahead with five minutes left. A couple of poor decisions in the final third cost Fanad and Downings really upped things in the final moments. A few defensive errors allowed Downings to score three points in two minutes, edging them ahead in the 58th minute for the first time, Connor twice and Aaron Mc Clafferty the scorers. James Mc Bride added another in injury time before a Oisín Shiels tapped over from close range for the Gaels. Gary Mc Clafferty was to have the final say with the last point of the game to give Downings a two point victory. 


Matthew Gallagher, Bernard Mc Gettigan, Conor Mc Gonigle, Eoghan Carr and Mark Friel were the pick of the bunch for Fanad, while Lorcan Connor was exceptional for Downings. There was very little between the teams for most of the game, but greater hunger and desire and better decision making from Downings in the final ten minutes were what got them over the line and the two valuable league points. 


Eoin Mc Gonigle, Fergus Friel, Paddy Heraghty, Joe Blaney, Matthew Gallagher, Jimmy Coyle, Conor Mc Gonigle (0:01), Bernard Mc Gettigan (0:02), Oisín Shiels (0:01), Eoghan Carr (0:04), Mark Friel (0:02), 

Niall Carr, Mark Mc Ateer (0:02), Seamí Friel (0:02), Michael Sweeney. Brian Mc Veigh for Niall Carr, Darren Mc Elwaine for Matthew Gallagher. 


Downings: Brendan Mc Gee, Hugo Davis, Ben Mc Nutt, Shane Mc Teague, Oisín Boyce, Ronan Gallagher, Kevin Doherty, James Mc Bride, Shane Boyce, Finian Mc Clafferty, Keelan Mc Groddy, Pádraig Mc Ginty, Eric Roberts (0:02), Lorcan Connor (0:10), Alan Pasoma. Subs used: Gary Mc Clafferty (0:01), Aaron Mc Clafferty (0:01)


Referee: Martin Mc Kinley (Naomh Colmcille)


Tomás Maguire Memorial Tournament 


Tommy and Danny took their u8’s to the Tomás Maguire Memorial Tournament in Ardara on Saturday. They played games against Killybegs, Buncrana, St Michael’s and Ardara. The boys and girls competed well and have progressed a lot throughout the course of the season. Thanks to CLG Ard an Rátha for hosting us and for putting on a great event.


The u8’s take a break now until the Parish League commences in mid August.


Massive thanks to the coaches who have made a huge effort and put in a lot of time with this group so far this season.


Thanks to PKGK Goalkeeping Academy 


Huge thanks to Paddy for calling into Páirc Uí Shiadhail last Tuesday evening and putting on a great session! Very much appreciated!!!


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