Minor v St Joseph’s
St Joseph’s ended our minor championship Division 3 interests with a 3-12 to 2-9 victory before a big crowd in Kilbeggan last Wednesday evening.
Our former underage partners finished the stronger to progress to the semi-finals after we had battled back from being eight points down at half-time to level midway through the second half. The absence of Aidan Stone, Josh Malone, Michael Murphy and Eoin Dixon was sorely felt, while a recent hectic schedule of games across the junior ‘B’, minor and U16 grades left some of our players out on their feet in the closing stages.
Shane Fulham netted for us in the first half, but the concession of two goals late in the half left us trailing by 1-1 to 2-6 at the interval. Cathal Maher took over the free-taking duties after the restart and his accuracy, combined with the strong running of James Hanlon and a much-improved all-round display, enabled us to get back into contention.
Maher nailed three frees, while points from Hanlon and Cathal Finn along with a goal from the latter saw us regain parity at 2-6 apiece. But St Joseph’s immediately hit back with a goal from sub Alan Conlon and we couldn’t get any closer than two points thereafter, despite Maher tagging on two more frees and Finn scoring from play.
We now enter the Shield competition, while St Joseph’s are wished the best in their championship semi-final.
Panel: Yuri Tierney, Mark Wrafter, Padraig Carton, Danny Scully, Conor Carroll, Senan Claffey, James Hanlon, Cathal Maher, Micheal Coffey, Cathal Finn, Jack Mullins, Joey O’Neill, Jamie Fuller, Kieran Coffey, Brian McMahon, Adam Ward and Shane Fulham.
There was a terrific reaction to the feature RTÉ’s Nationwide programme did on us and our efforts to integrate children from the various new communities in Kilbeggan into our club.
Filmed in late June, the six-minute feature was aired last Wednesday evening on RTÉ1 as part of the national broadcaster’s build-up to the All-Ireland football final. There were contributions from underage coaches Fergal Fox and Rebecca Hannevig as well as Scoil and Chlochair principal Niall Rabbit and some of the children involved.
It certainly painted our club in a very positive light!
We are currently organising a celebration of our first senior football championship win in 1919.
We are looking to contact family members of the 17 players who were involved. If you are related or know anybody that might be, please contact Marie Lynagh on 087 671 6595.
The winning panel was: Jack Guilfoyle, Frank McGuinness, Michael Lynagh, Matt Delahunty, Ned Langan, Joe Guilfoyle, Albert Ryan, Tom Bohan, John Coghlan, Bernard O’Neill, Dick Langan, Joe Dwyer, John McGuinness, Joseph Rourke, James McGuinness, Fr Pat Joe Ryan and Barney Finn.
We wish our very own Mairead McCormack the best of luck next Sunday when she captains Westmeath in the All-Ireland intermediate camogie final against Galway at Croke Park. Mairead is a model sportswoman and it would be marvellous to see her climb the steps of the Hogan Stand to collect the Jack McGrath Cup.
Mairead’s older sister Joanne, who also lined out for our ladies footballers up until recently, is also part of the Lake County panel.
Last week's lucky numbers were 4, 8. 10 and 15. The Match 3 winners were Pat Clarke, Longford and Seamus Bohan, Kilbeggan. This week's draw takes place in Paddy Ryan’s, Horseleap with the jackpot standing at €15,000. Tickets, costing €2, can be purchased locally. Thank you for your continued support.Tweet