Westmeath Minor Football Final, Div. 2: Moate All-Whites 3-11 Mullingar Shamrocks 1-7
Reporters like to identify the key moment in a match. On this occasion the key moment happened some days prior to the throw-in when Jack Gillen suffered a bout of tonsillitis.
Instead of lining out in Ballinagore and contributing his normal 8-10 points to the Mullingar Shamrocks total, Jack was confined to a hospital bed and we wish him a speedy recovery from his illness. The loss of the scorer-in-chief and ace free taker was too much on this occasion. However, as Brian Cody likes to say when it suits him 'We were short nobody out there, we had fifteen players on the pitch' and the Shamrocks players on duty battled hard but Moate All-Whites played the better football on the day and were deserving winners.
Shamrocks dominated the early stages but this was not reflected on the scoreboard and a number of good scoring chances from both free kicks and play were wasted. As often happens, Moate All-Whites punished this tardiness and good break away points from Tobby Conteh, Garvan Cunningham and Eoghan Curran established a Moate lead that was never subsequently lost. Trevor Keena finally registered Mullingar Shamrocks opening score, and only score of the half, when he pointed in the fifteenth minute. Owen Higgins made a great save from Oliver McNamara but Harry Niall, Toby and Conor Bracken (0-2) added points to the Moate total to leave the score 0-7 to 0-1 in the All-Whites favour at the break. The single point for Shamrocks was a very disappointing return from a half during which ten wides were recorded despite playing against the wind.
Mullingar Shamrocks responded to the challenge on resumption and a pointed free from Trevor Keena and one from play by John O'Reilly reduced the deficit and when Trevor raced through the defence and crashed in Shamrocks opening goal the recovery was underway. Another Conor Bracken point extended the Moate lead and a Phillip King goal shortly afterwards neutralised the good work after the restart. Shamrocks had a let-off at this stage when a Moate shot crashed off the post; Ollie McNamara and Emmet Walsh pointed to take advantage of the escape (1-8 to 1-5). Garvan Cunningham pointed a long-range free that looked outside the posts but the man that mattered raised the white flag to extend Moate's lead to 0-4; an Ollie McNamara point neutralised this score. There was still time to snatch victory and when Trevor Keena raced through an equalising goal seemed inevitable.
Howeve,r Owen Higgins reacted brilliantly and executed a superb diving save to keep his net intact. Trevor pointed the resultant 45 to reduce the lead to 0-2. However that was as good as it got for Shamrocks. Another Garvan Cunningham point followed Keena's effort. A free in the Shamrocks half-back line was taken quickly but was passed to a Moate player who launched an attack that eventually broke down with the ball collected by Seán Óg Hynes. Unfortunately, Seán Óg was dispossessed and Philip King shot to the net. The agony and the ecstasy of goalkeeping illustrated in a four minute vignette. An occupational hazard associated with the position. Eoghan Curran added a third goal and the man who played more ball than anybody else on the field, Toby Conteh added a point before the final whistle.
The final score of 3-11 to 1-7 was a bit rough on a Mullingar Shamrocks side that found scoring difficult on the day but full marks to all involved for the effort and commitment to the cause. This group of footballers have improved beyond all recognition over the past six months and it is important that this is recognised. The work of Joe Kenny, John Doran and Pearse Corroon was not rewarded with a county title but there will be other days and there is little doubt that many of those who lined out in the Mullingar Shamrocks colours will represent the club at adult level in the near future.
Mullingar Shamrocks: Sean Óg Hynes; Cian Fox, Matthew Siode, Daniel Chukwuemeka; Niall Ouchbakou, Emmet Walsh (0-1), Tomass Turks; Mark Flynn, Rory O'Sullivan Sexton; Zach Aherne, Barry Nwokeiwu (Andrew Shaw), John O' Reilly (0-1); William Adzangoa (Ciarán Looby), Trevor Keena (1-3), Oliver McNamara (0-2).
The Late Lily Daly
The members of the Mullingar Shamrocks GAA Club offer sincere sympathy to the Daly family on the death of Lily. In particular we offer sympathy to her sons Aidan, Seán, Kevin and Joe, daughters Geraldine (Darby), Mary (Gallagher), Bernie (Murray), Trisha (Smartt), Paula (Curran), Sandy and Michelle (Pidgeon) to her brothers Christy and Thomas Corroon and to her sisters Peggy and Helen. Sympathy is also extended to Lily's extended family of sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grand-children, great grand-children, nephews, nieces, relatives, friends and neighbours.
The contribution of the Daly family to the Mullingar Shamrocks Club has been immense. Aidan, Seán, Kevin and Joe have all worn the club colours with distinction; Kevin was a key player in the breakthrough years of 1986 and 1987 and was there again in 1994; Seán was a panellist in 1987 and Joe lined out at under-age level. Aidan has been a key man in the club since he returned to Mullingar and has served the club in many ways as a player, administrator and in doing any jobs that need doing and was most recently to be seen as Joey the Lips in our show The Sound of the Musicals. Geraldine has represented the club in Scór and has at least one county title to her credit.
Lily's grandchildren have continued the trend. Seanie's magic was instrumental in securing the 2012 county title victory against Garrycastle and Killian was also a member of that side and has been a key player since and of course was there in 2018 when the senior title was again secured. Killian and Shannon danced their way into the final of Strictly Shamrocks last year and Kim has also represented the club in Scór.
Lily and her late husband Jack enjoyed many a great night in The Clubhouse back in the day. Lily, Jack and members of the family loved the social life associated with The Clubhouse and Lily entertained us many times with her version of The Rose of Castlerea and in more recent years enjoyed the weekly bingo nights.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam
Wall Mural Project
We’ve recently done the performing, singing and dancing through our very successful The Sound of the Musicals so our Healthy Club Officer Joan Ormsby has introduced some more arts to our repertoire at Mullingar Shamrocks in collaboration with local spray artist David McNamee with a project that links our Health and Wellbeing -Biodiversity messages. Thanks to some grant aid from Westmeath County Council (Arts in the Community) David has started a wall mural beside the Astro-Turf and weather permitting will hopefully get the project completed over the coming week.
Under-16 County Final: Mullingar Shamrocks v St Joseph's on Sunday, 2 November 2019 in Ballinagore at 12.00 pmTweet