Gaeil Fhanada club notes

August 06, 2019

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Late Mc Ateer point secures deserved draw in Malin

Gaeil Fhánada 3:16      Málainn 3:16


A resurgent second half performance from Aidan Mc Ateer’s charges where they scored 2:10 saw them gain a point from the long journey to Malin. 


The game was played in roasting conditions in Connolly Park yesterday afternoon, with both sides fielding strong teams. Gaeil Fhánada made three changes from last week, Paul Coyle, Shaun Kerr and Brian Mc Veigh replacing Mark Friel, Michael Sweeney and Niall Carr. 


Malin had the perfect start, finishing the ball to the net within a minute, full forward Paul Mc Laughling finishing to the empty goal. Both sides hit a wide, while Malin also dropped an effort short before Mark Mc Ateer pointed from play to get the Gaels up and running four minutes in. It was a real end to end encounter, with former county underage player Christopher Mc Laughlin pointing a free, while Mark Mc Ateer had goal on his mind at the other end but the ball deflected out for a 45. Seamí Nanny then pointed with Conor Mc Geoghegan responding for the hosts. Ten minutes in a long ball into the corner was gathered by the diminutive Mc Ateer who beat his man along the end line and finished to the net delightfully from an acute angle. The busy Shaun Kerr was then very unlucky to see an effort rebound of the post while the Gaels also saw another effort sail wide. Christopher Mc Laughlin was having a big impact on proceedings, his ball winning ability in the air and his intensity in the tackle were causing the Gaels bother, and these were he catalysts for a period of Malin dominance where they outplayed and outscored the Gaels. Fanad were complicit in this, with most of the Malin scores coming directly from a Gaels individual error. Both Paul and Christopher Mc Laughlin scored points from play before Dan Mc Daid palmed home a three pointer after the Gaels defence was opened up. Jimmy Coyle showed some leadership with a dynamic run through the centre, but again the woodwork was to prove the enemy and the Malin defence swept up the loose ball. Three further points, from Mc Geoghegan, Stephen and Christopher Mc Laughlin left the hosts eight points to the good approaching the break. To be fair to the Gaels, they rallied and fired over four beautiful points, each showing neat interplay and quick hands in the build up. Eoghan Carr fired the first, while Brian Mc Veigh added two beauties either side of a Paul Mc Laughlin free. Shaun Kerr fired over his first as the first half entered injury time before the final score of the half was fired over by Stephen Mc Laughlin to leave Malin seven points to the good at the break. Málainn 2:10 Gaeil Fhánada 1:06.


Stephen Mc Laughlin opened the scoring after the break within the first minute, but the demeanour of both teams changed after that. Some strong running through the centre started to open up opportunities for the visitors. Oisín Shiels, Eoghan Carr, Bernard Mc Gettigan, Seamí Nanny and Jimmy Coyle were all centrally involved while Mark Mc Ateer started stretching the Malin defence inside. The first opportunity fell to Shaun Kerr who was running through a channel of space to the right when the ball was fed to him. Shaun burst into the space and finished a rocket into the top corner of the net. Wing back Oisín Mc Gonigle pointed for Malin in response but the confidence was clearly building in the Fanad ranks. Another burst through the centre was foiled as Brian Mc Veigh attempted the final pass but Paul Coyle pointed in the next attack to keep the scoreboard ticking. Seamí Nanny was next on the scoreboard with a fine effort from play before the next goal opportunity opened up. Similar to Kerr’s chance, Oisín Shiels got on the end of this effort and slid the ball under the keeper to make it a one point game. Michael Sweeney entered the action and added his considerable strong running ability. Bernard Mc Gettigan got in behind, but his shot was matched with a fine save by the Malin netminder. Shaun Kerr tidied up and fired over the bar to tie the game. The Gaels were rampant in this period and with a bit of luck an attempted Jimmy Coyle pass could’ve yielded another goal, but it was blocked. Kerr again slotted over to put Gaeil Fhánada ahead for the first time in the thirteenth minute. Michael Sweeney had another effort saved before a Christopher Mc Laughlin point levelled proceedings again in the seventeenth minute. Fergus Friel and Mark Mc Ateer were both fouled in the Malin scoring zone and Mc Ateer converted both frees in quick succession to give the Gaels a two point lead for the first time. Alas, the lead didn’t last long as Malin struck for goal, Paul Mc Laughlin getting the touch over the line after a frantic defensive scramble failed. Seamí Nanny responded with a free with only six minutes remaining to level the scores at 3:13 apiece. It was tit for tat for the remainder, Christopher Mc Laughlin from a free before Mc Ateer from play responded. Mc Laughlin was awarded another point in the twenty eighth minute. Whether or not the ball went over the bar, we’ll never know for sure, but the initial body language of both sets of players suggested the Fanad umpire had legitimate claim to wave the ball wide. Unfortunately a counter argument from the Malin umpire from the wrong side was accepted and the point given. Seamí Nanny again responded from play before the final two scores were exchanged between Stephen Mc Laughlin and Mark Mc Ateer to leave the game all square at the conclusion! 


It was a free flowing game of football, played in a great spirit and a very enjoyable spectacle for the crowd. The lads responded well after the break with Mark Mc Ateer in great form inside and Shaun Kerr also stepping up to the mark in a big way. 


Malin looked to Christopher Mc Laughlin for inspiration, while both Paul and Stephen Mc Laughlin inside were dangerous throughout. Neither side could have too many complaints with a draw game.


Eoin Mc Gonigle, Fergus Friel, Paddy Heraghty, Joe Blaney, Matthew Gallagher, Jimmy Coyle, Paul Coyle (0:01), Seamí ‘Nanny’ Friel (0:04), Oisín Shiels (1:00), Shaun Kerr (1:03), Brian Mc Veigh (0:02), Conor Mc Gonigle, Mark Mc Ateer (1:05), Bernard Mc Gettigan, Eoghan Carr (0:01) 

Michael Sweeney for Paul Coyle,

Niall Carr for Paddy Heraghty. 


Málainn; Darragh Mc Laughlin, Matthew Mullarkey, Kieran Mc Colgan, Sean O Neill, Damian Harkin, Oisín Mc Gonigle (0:01), Christopher Mc Laughlin (0:06), Joe Doherty, Danny Mc Carron, Dan Mc Daid (1:00), Seamus Doherty, Conor Mc Geoghegan (0:02), Paul Mc Laughlin (2:03), Stephen Mc Laughlin (0:04).


Reserves move Top of the League

Gaeil Fhánada 2:16 Málainn 1:17


Well done to Bernard Mc Gettigan and his reserve panel on their narrow victory in Malin on Sunday last. That result moves the reserves top of the division into 20 points. 


Séamus Mc Ateer, Bernard Martin, Fergal Friel, Eoghan Mc Grenaghan, Declan Coyle, Oisín Mc Fadden (0:01), Aidan Mc Ateer (0:04), Cathal Martin, Brandon Mc Clafferty, Patsy Friel, Seamie Coshia, James Kerr, Seán Friel, Shaun Mc Govern, Ciarán Coyle. Conor Mc Conigley for Aidan Mc Ateer, Micheál Friel for Declan Coyle. 


Senior Ladies

Na Cealla Beaga 2:12  Gaeil Fhánada 2:08


The ladies made the long trip to Killybegs this morning to play in the Division 2 League semi-final. Gaeil Fhánada travelled with a depleted panel and were faced with an uphill battle from the word go. Fanad worked hard but they hit a few unlucky wides whereas Killybegs kept their scoreboard ticking over. Na Cealla Beaga were up for the match and weren't to be denied, punishing Fanad's mistakes when given half a chance. Although Gaeil Fhánada didn't lie down, Killybegs were more focused on the task at hand and were deserving winners in the end.


John, Hughie and the panel will now turn  their attention to Championship and are due to take on Buncrana and Carndonagh in the coming weeks. 


Siobhan Coyle, Méabh Duffy, Michelle Doherty, Maggie Friel, Niamh Mc Devitt, Tori Gallagher, Michelle Mc Devitt (0-2), Hannah Shiels (0-1), Miriam Murphy (1-2), Lauren Carr (0-3), Aoife Gibbons, Eibhlín Shiels, Clare Friel (1-0). Muireann Ní Mhathúna


Minor Match Report - Gaeil Fhánada v Naomh Ultan

The minors got their Championship campaign of to a winning start after a hard fought victory over Naomh Ultan down in Dunkineely.

Fanad started brightly, getting the early scores and led by four points to one after 10 minutes. 

Fanad were then reduced to 14 men after John Friel was shown a red card.

The rest of the half was tight with few scores,  but Fanad had the lead at the break. Gaeil Fhánada 0:06 Naomh Ultan 0:04. 


Naomh Ultan started the second half brightly and the scores were level within a short space of time. Both teams exchanged points, with Liam McGrenaghan hitting some fine scores and Ronan Sweeney and Shaun Kerr also getting on the score sheet. 

With the game level at eight points apiece, the defining score of the match came when Darragh Sweeney found the back of the net. Darragh put in a big shift at wing forward and was in the right place at the right time to get the goal. 

A few minutes later Eoin McGonigle came up the pitch and scored a great free off the ground from 40 yards. 

Naomh Ultan never gave up and pushed Fanad right to the end. 


After 38 minutes of play in the second half and with only two points in it, the referee awarded a penalty to Naomh Ultan. To our relief the spot kick was hit wide and the two point victory was secured. It was a big effort from the lads, who fully deserved the victory. 


Eoin McGonigle (0-1), Mark Gallagher, Johnny Gallagher, Michael Sweeney, Pauric Clinton, Eoghan McGrenaghan, Aaron McConigley, Shaun Kerr (0-1), Ryan McGinley, Darragh Sweeney (1-0), Liam McGrenaghan (0-8), Joshua McAteer, Liam Sweeney, John Friel, Ronan Sweeney (0-1)


Victory for the u16 Girls on Tuesday evening

Gaeil Fhánada 7-5     Glenswilly 4-4


Gaeil Fhánada took on Glenswilly on Tuesday evening at Páirc Uí Shiadhail in Round 6 of the u16 league. Fanad came into the game needing a win after a two point defeat away to Dungloe last week. The girls started brightly and kept the tempo up for the remainder of the game, never letting Glenswilly get too close.


Emma Friel's long kick outs really opened up the game and allowed the Gaeil Fhánada girls to run into space. The full back line of Marie Kerr, Victoria Gallagher and Alannah Friel stood strong and worked excellently together, defending as a unit and beginning attacks together too. Caitlin Heraghty was the glue to the Gaeil Fhánada defence and Natalie Mc Fadden and Méabh Duffy stopped a lot of ball going into the Glenswilly full forward line and were also vital when Fanad attacked, driving at Glenswilly at every chance they got. 


Aoife Gibbons and Muireann Ní Mhathúna put in a big shift in midfield on a warm evening and didn’t stop running. The girls welcomed Emma Hunter into the half forward line and she hit some good scores. Captain Kate Sweeney led by example in the forward line, while Meabh Mc Ateer made some excellent runs and was involved in some great play making on her wing. Leah Mc Laughlin was her usual fantastic self, finishing with a number of goals including two penalties and with her counterparts Grainne Sweeney and Jessica Coll, they caused great difficulty to the Glenswilly full back line with their quick thinking and sharpness close to goal.


The girls will enjoy a 3 week break and return for the final league game on August 20th, with a semi-final up for grabs! Maith sibh!



As with the U6 and U8 boys and girls, the U10s take a break for a few weeks now after 5 months of training and games.

Everyone worked hard on developing their skills and hopefully enjoyed themselves in the process.

The girls have 5 league games left after the break, while the parish league will be starting towards the end of August as well.

Thanks to the parents for all the travelling and for the help during the home games. Also thanks to all the coaches who helped throughout the season.



U13 Development Squad

Well done to Méabh Mc Ateer and Aoife Carr who have been selected for the Donegal panel for the Ulster LGFA Blitz on September 7th. 


Féile Fhánada 

There were four members of our senior ladies team who took part in the 2019 Fanad Festival Queen competition. Huge congratulations to Lauren Carr who was crowned winner on Friday night and well done to the festival committee who had something planned for all ages over the weekend. Maith sibh uilig!

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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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