ACL Div.1: Mullingar Shamrocks 1-6 The Downs 0-13.
Despite wasting a number of well created goal chances Mullingar Shamrocks entered the dressing rooms at the interval 1-3 to 0-5 ahead. Micheál Curley struck the goal post with one chance before Dean Moore eventually goaled. Daragh Daly, Dónal O'Donoghue and Ross Corroon were the first half point scorers.
Three unanswered points on resumption established a lead for The Downs which they never subsequently lost. A Daragh Daly point reduced the deficit but the value of this score was almost immediately lost when Conor Murray added one more to his collection of pointed frees (1-4 to 0-9). Jordan Warde pointed to complete a move involving several players and a Dean Moore shot for goal bounced over off the crossbar to level matters after fifteen minutes.
Unfortunately this proved to be Shamrocks last score of the morning and two more Conor Murray pointed frees and two spectacular efforts from Luke Loughlin secured the league points despite the best efforts of Kieran Gavin, Daragh Daly, Micheál Curley, Brendan O'Reilly and Dónal O'Donoghue.
Mullingar Shamrocks: Philly Shaw; Marc Eivers (Billy Flynn), Kieran Gavin (Mark Butler), Eddie Moore; Killian Daly, Micheál Curley, Brendan O'Reilly; Dónal O'Donoghue (0-1), Daragh Daly (0-2); Ross Corroon (0-1) [Ciarán Curley], David Gavin, Alan Cashman; Darren Keena (Kenneth O'Reilly), Dean Moore (1-1), Jordan Warde (0-1) [Pearse Corroon].
Under-12 LGF: Mullingar Shamrocks 3-2 Milltownpass 2-3.
Our U12 girls played their first match of the season against Milltownpass in Springfield on Tuesday evening. In the first half Shamrocks played against a stiff breeze and Milltownpass opened strongly scoring a goal and a point in the opening ten minutes. The girls settled into the match after that and showed great skill especially kick passing the ball from one end of the field to the other. Mollie Maguire coming in from the right wing scored a great goal mid way through the first half and Eabha Moran followed up with a well taken point to leave the match level at half time.
In the second half Shamrocks , with the wind at their backs, hit a purple patch right from the kick off. Two goals by Grace Daly and another by Mollie Maguire in quick succession left the opposition with work to do. Linda Raeside added to our lead with a long range point. To give them their due, Milltownpass fought back with two well taken points. They then scored a goal with five minutes to go which left the game on a knife edge.
The final five minutes were as entertaining as any match played in Springfield this year and the large crowd of parents and supporters from both sides had plenty to cheer. Milltownpass almost snatched a win with the last kick of the match but Abigail Molloy, outstanding in goals for Shamrocks, produced a reflex save that any senior keeper would have been proud of.
Well done to both teams who played a great game.
Mullingar Shamrocks: Abigail Molloy, Sarah Ford, Seoidín Thornton, Áine Creagh, Ella Moore, Róisin Nohilly, Ella Briody, Linda Raeside, Nicole Isis, Grace Daly, Grace Hanley, Aoife Cornally, Zara Corroon, Eaba Moran, Mollie Maguire.
ACL Div. 6: Mullingar Shamrocks 3-9 Ballycomoyle 0-9.
Mullingar Shamrocks travelled to north Westmeath on Tuesday night and in what was a perfect evening for football defeated the home side in this ACL Div. 6 fixture. The game began as a 15-aside event but Ballcomoyle suffered injuries at both sides of half time reducing them to 13-a side for most of second half. Shamrocks in keeping with the spirit of the fixture took off two players to match their numbers.
Shamrocks fielded a nice mix of youth and experience played well throughout and could have won by more if some points were taken instead of going for goals. We led from start to finish but there was only 3 points in it for most the of game with Ballycomoyle battling hard. Their shooting was off on the night and their wide count must have been in the high teens.
Their numbers were reduced still further near the end when they suffered a bit of black card virus and lost two players who offered uninvited advice to the referee. Shamrocks finished the game strongly scoring 2 goals in the last 5 minutes - both by Dillon Matthews. We togged out 19 players on the night, all played some part in the match and Conor McKenna made a comeback to active service after a long-term break from the game.
Mullingar Shamrocks: Daragh Ryan; Conor McEntee, Brian Reidy, Eamonn Breslin; Stephen Hassett, James Grogan, James Shaw; Gary Corroon, Dillon Matthews; Pearse Corroon, Marc Eivers, Gary Walsh; Óisin Dolan, Shane Collery, Matthew Maslin. Subs: Brian McGuire (recent transfer from Tipperary and very involved in our U6 coaching), Ritchie Daly, Robbie Boyle, Conor McKenna.
Another Magic Saturday morning in Springfield ...
A very busy Saturday morning in Springfield ... one of the busiest ever. First and foremost we had the usual crowd of young boy and girl footballers with their many coaches. David Oliver Joyce was down supporting his young son Mickey Joe, an enthusiastic under-8 footballer and brought along his WBO European Title Belt where it was introduced to the Flanagan Cup just back from the repair yard and complete with two handles. Many of our senior players were present to help the young boys and girls in their meet and greet sessions with the cup.
Then Ritchie Daly and Gerry Briody had good news for the club and presented Seán Hynes with the substantial fruits of the Intel Volunteer Matching Grant scheme. Entries poured in for the club's Biodiversity Competition organised by Healthy Club Officer Joan Ormsby and the day finished with an informal party for the recently retired Tom Earley.
Monday 15th April: Under 16 League, round 6 away to Millmore Gaels in Milltown at 6.30pm.
Wednesday 17th April: Under 12 Go Games League, round 2 away to St. Loman's (2 games) at 6.30pm.
Saturday 20th April: Féile Peil na nÓg (Group Stages) Group 2 hosted by Killucan.
Participating Teams: (A) Killucan, (B) Mullingar Shamrocks, (C) Athlone, (D) St. Loman's.
All games 15 minutes per half - 1st Game at 11am, 2nd Game at 1145am, 3rd Game at 12.30pm.
Sequence of Games: (1) A v B and C v D; (2) A v C and B v D; (3) A v D and B v C:Tweet