St Lomans Mullingar 2.10 Garrycastle 0.12
St Lomans booked their place in the Championship Final with a win against Garrycastle in Cusack Park on Sunday last. The game was played in conditions where a gael force wind had a serious impact on the game and the blues voted to play against it in the first half.
Ken Casey opened the scoring with a beautiful curled effort off his left foot after been set up by the impressive Fola Ayorinde. Garrycastle made use of the wind advantage by scoring four points without reply via Dessie Dolan(2) and Conor Cosgrove(2). Their full forward Alex Gardner missed a glorious goal chance as he shot wide when goalkeeper Stephen Gallagher stood strong in between the posts.
David Whelan added the blues third point before Garrycastle added two further scores from Dessie Dolan and James Sheerin. St Lomans probably should have had a goal of their own but Ronan O Toole was denied by a great defensive block. Crucially, the blues reduced the margin to just two points before the break with John Heslin and Ken Casey on target.
St Lomans made a dream start to the second half when goal machine TJ Cox turned his man in the box to rattle in the blues first goal. Both team exchanged points with John Heslin(2) on target before Alex Gardner and Conor Cosgrove pointed to level the game. The turning point of the game arrived on the 41st minute when a Stephen Gallagher kick out found John Heslin, a sublime pass from Heslin made its way to Chris Gilbert and the blues substitute made no mistake and buried to the net for St Lomans second goal. It was from here the tide have fully turned and it looked like only one winner from there on.
John Heslin added to his tally before a great run from man of the match David Whelan saw him kick his second point. Garrycastle kept in touch with a point from Conor Cosgrove in between these scores. Ken Casey sealed a fine performance adding his third point while John Heslin converted a 45m free soon after. In the closing stages the blues defence lead by Paddy Dowdall and Gary Glennon ensured the southsiders wouldn’t get a much-needed goal to set up a nervy finish. Dessie Dolan added two frees but it was St Lomans who held on for a four-point win.
The result sets up an all Mullingar final with our neighbours Mullingar Shamrocks who were impressive winners against Tyrrellspass. It should be an intriguing Final that will generate huge interest around the town with all roads leading to Cusack Park on October 21st.
Team; Stephen Gallagher, Sean Lancaster, Paddy Dowdall, Gerry Grehan, Gary Glennon, Kelvin Reilly, David Whelan(0.02), Sean Flanagan, Fola Ayorinde, Conradh Reilly, Ronan O Toole, David Windsor, TJ Cox(1.00), John Heslin(0.05, 3f, 1x 45), Ken Casey(0.03). Subs Used; Sean Kelly, Kevin Regan, Sam Mc Cartan, Chris Gilbert(1.00), Paul Sharry.
St Lomans Mullingar 1.09 Coralstown Kinnegad 2.09
St Lomans travelled to Kinnegad on Friday night last to contest the U17 Championship semi-final. It was played under lights and perfect conditions which ensured for an entertaining sixty minutes.
St Lomans raced into an early lead with two points including one from Cian Cleary. Kinnegad settled into the game and some fine moves saw them kick 1.02 without reply and give them a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Both teams exchanged points in the second quarter with Conor Regan, Danny Mc Cartan and Enda Gaffney on target for the blues, Gaffney’s score was the pick of these a wonderful free from distance. Danny Mc Cartan set up Danny Aughey who looked certain to bury home but a wonderful save from the Kinnegad goalkeeper denied him.
St Lomans were dealt a killer blow in the first minute of the restart when the home side buried in their second goal. It left the blues with a near impossible task but to their credit they fought until the final whistle. Cian Cleary, David Aughey(2) and Danny Mc Cartan points kept St Lomans in touch as the teams traded scores. As the game headed for stoppage time the blues were given a lifeline when they were awarded a penalty, Fionn O Hara coolly converted the kick but Kinnegad held on for a three-point win.
Team; Hugh Mulhearn, Konradh Kuperschimdt, Rory Sheahan, Daire Smith, Andrew Daly, Josh Murphy, Enda Gaffney, Fionn O Hara, Cian Cleary, Ricardo Lingi, Jamie Leavy, Danny Mc Cartan, David Aughey, Conor Regan. Subs Used; Bonvi Ndevi, Evan Johnson.
St Loman’s Mullingar 1.10 Coralstown Kinnegad 0.08
Last Sunday week morning in Lakepoint Park, St Loman’s met Coralstown Kinnegad in the Under 16 Championship semi-final. On a day where the weather conditions were always going to be a factor, the Saints took advantage of the strong breeze in the opening half. Fionn O’Hara opened the scoring with a free which was followed by a well taken score from midfielder David Aughey. The hosts continued to build on their lead with two pointed frees from Fionn O’Hara either side of a well taken free from Danny McCartan.
The Blues struck a killer blow before half time after Danny McCartan intercepted a Kinnegad kick out and found Nathan McCullagh with an excellent early pass, who made no mistake to find the net for the hosts. Kinnegad got their opening score five minutes before the interval with a free, which was quickly cancelled out by a Fionn O’Hara free at the other end. St Lomans lead 1.06 to 0.01 at half time.
Coralstown Kinnegad started the second half the stronger with three consecutive points from placed balls. The gap could have been cut even further but for two fantastic saves from goalkeeper Rory Matthews in the space of a minute. The impressive Danny McCartan then pointed to leave the gap at 6 points heading into the closing stages.
Kinnegad responded with two quick-fire frees to get back within touching distance before Fionn O’Hara added yet another free to give the Blues breathing space. A fantastic display from Rory Matthews was capped off when he made a crucial save, limiting Kinnegad to a point when a goal was on the cards. The Blues got the final two scores of the game, first David Aughey increased the lead with a well taken point. Fittingly though the final score came from Man of the Match Fionn O’Hara, his long-distance point finished off the scoring. Other notably impressive displays for the hosts included Daire Smyth, Shane Daly and Ethan Brown.
As the final whistle blew St. Loman’s were victorious by 1.10 to 0.08 and have now booked their place in the Championship final against Killucan. Congratulations are in order to all players and coaches, we wish them the best of luck in the final.
Team; Rory Matthews, Kealan Sleator, Daire Smyth, Evan Johnson, Jack Geoghegan, Alex Corroon, Ethan Brown, David Aughey (0.02), Eoghan Hogan, Hugh Mulhern, Riccardo Lingi, Shane Daly, Nathan McCullagh(1.00), Fionn O’Hara(0.06,5f), Danny McCartan(0.02, 1f). Subs used; Finn Sheahan.
There was no winner from the lotto draw on October 4th. The numbers drawn were 5,8,9,13. Winners of €50 each were P Irwin, Eamon Clinton, Helen Clinton and Mary Flynn. Next week’s jackpot will be €5,500!
The club has now set up a facility for members to enter the club lotto by standing order. To celebrate this new facility, we have a FREE Draw for anyone who signs up before the end of October with the prize a €200 Buckley’s Super Valu Voucher! Contact any committee members for further information!
Everyone at the club would like to wish our friend and club stalwart Mick “Dukie” Tyrell a speedy recovery! We hope to see you back at the games soon Dukie!
St Lomans Mullingar wishes to offer its condolences to the Mc Entee family following the passing of Karen Mc Entee, Grange Cresent, Mullingar and to the Murtagh family following the passing of Doreen Murtagh, Raharney. Ar dheis íamh de go raibh siad.