Junior Football Championship
Ballinagore 2-08 CFCW 4-10
We had another disappointing defeat in the junior championship last Thursday evening in Lakepoint Park, this time to CFCW. Our opponents were more clinical in front of goals and took most of their opportunities whereas we were unfortunate not to have taken at least some of the many chances we created. Goals win games as they say and Finea got off to the perfect start with an early three pointer that settled them. While we did recover with a David Keegan goal soon after, our opponents held the upper hand to lead 2-04 to 1-04 at the break. A third Finea goal during the early stages of the second half left us under pressure and these were followed up with a number of points during a period of play where collectively we seemed flat. However we bounced back to take the game strongly to CFCW and a goal by Michael Ennis had us back in contention again. Sadly for us, a fourth CFCW goal followed where a long ball went in over the heads of our defenders who had all pushed up as we chased the game and this score was the final nail in the coffin for us. Finea ran out deserving winners in the end. With three defeats in as many games, we need to win our remaining group games to ensure qualification and, with some players to return to action, we’re confident that our lads can rise to the challenge. We wish Kieran Deegan a speedy recovery to the nasty knee injury he picked up at last Thursday nights game. On a more positive note, the return to competitive action of Michael Ennis and Ciaran Carey was a huge bonus and both men made immediate contributions when introduced. Team: Ryan O'Hehir, Finian Heeney, Enda Claffey, Robbie Keegan, Kieran Deegan, Marty Linnane, James Sheerin, Peter Deegan, Brandon Carey, Paddy Ennis, Conan Feery, Robert Gannon, Enda Kenny, David Keegan, Darren Rigney. Subs Rory Tynan, Michael Ennis, Ciaran Carey, Shane Heraty, Ian Seery, Brian Sheerin.
Minor Football Championship
Lilliput Gaels 1-20 Athlone 3-08
Our minor footballers hosted Athlone in Ballinagore on Wednesday evening in the first round of the championship. This was an exciting game from start to finish with both teams giving their all to collect the points on offer. We started well and opened the scoring with an early point, but Athlone responded well with an equaliser and then rattled us with a well worked goal. Athlone had danger men in key areas, including county minors Eamon Martin and Shane Reid, and were causing us plenty of problems early on. However once we got our match ups right, we managed to curb their threat well and gained a solid foothold in the game. Our forwards were creating chances with Jack Gallagher in particular showing well. Well taken points from Gallagher, Eoin Glennon, Morgan Gavigan and Conor Murphy had us on top but a second Athlone goal shortly before half time pegged us back and we went in at the break with a slender 0-12 to 2-05 lead. Barry Bolger pointed early in the second half and then there was a period of play without troubling the umpires. We created a number of chances that drifted wide and were unfortunate not to score a couple of goals as the Athlone keeper pulled off some fine saves. A well finished Jack Gallagher goal following good approach play by Darragh Seery opened up a six point for us lead heading into the final ten minutes of action and we were looking comfortable. But there was more drama in store and an Athlone turnover in their half resulted in a quick attack which yielded them a penalty for a late challenge. They duly scored to leave just three between the sides. Our lads refused to panic though and we saw some great defending, particularly from Conall Fagan and Fergal O'Brien, to hold out a resurgent Athlone side. Up front, we finished strong with three more unanswered points, two beauties from Warric Kirby and Luke Seery, to leave us on top by six points in the end. Well done lads on a great start to our campaign. Team: Jamie Keenan, Tiernan McMahon, Conall Fagan, Cian Gavigan, David Jackson, Darragh Seery, Fergal O'Brien, Morgan Gavigan, Paddy Doran, Mark Kiernan, Conor Murphy, Warric Kirby, Barry Bolger, Eoin Glennon, Jack Gallagher. Subs used: Peter Reynolds, Luke Seery, Lorcan Kiernan.
U16 Football Championship
Lilliput Gaels 1-05 Kinnegad 2-23
Our U16's came up against a very strong Kinnegad side last Monday evening in our second round game. We were short a few players on the evening, however our opponents were in superb form throughout and were fully deserving of their win. Our lads played well in the first half with only six points separating the sides at the break, 1-09 to 1-03. We ran out of steam in the second half as the home side pressed endlessly and recorded some great scores in the process. Despite this defeat, a win in our final game against St. Lomans will see the lads progress to the knockout stages. Team: Sean Jackson, Sean Kincaid, Ryan Boyne, Cathal Kelly, David Maloney, Tiernan McMahon, Shane Doran, Warric Kirby, Peter Reynolds, Cathal Elliffe, Cody Finnane, Odhran Gavigan, Jack Gannon, Luke Seery, Peter Dalton, Niall Claffey, Max Ripley and Oisin Kiernan.
U14 Championship vs Mullingar Shamrocks on Thursday 8th August at 19:00 in Ballinagore
JFC vs Ballynacargy, next weekend, fixture TBC
Last weeks winning numbers were 4, 12, 17 and 30. Gabriel Thompson, c/o Gerry Claffey was a match three winner. Next week jackpot remains at €15,700.
We send our congratulations and best wishes to Ian and Joan Tobin on the birth of their twins, Oisin and Fiadh. Busy and fun times ahead!