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July 20, 2021

Lotto Results 18/07/2021


Numbers: 12, 16, 17, 20, 22.

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€100 Winner: Margaret Rose McGonigle.


Next Week’s Jackpot: €4900!!! 


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July ‘Grab a Grand’ Winner


Congratulations to Nicola Friel who collects the €1000 for our July Grab a Grand!




‘Run 4 Pieta’ with Gaeil Fhánada


The club are hosting a shared fundraiser this coming weekend with the proceeding divided between Pieta House and Gaeil Fhánada. 


The objective is not only to raise much needed funds but also to raise awareness of the work being done by Pieta House and the vital role they play in providing assistance to so many families around the county and indeed the country. 


The event will take place between 6pm on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday, with people taking a thirty minute slot to run or walk. 


There are still slots available, so if you’d like to get involved please see our Facebook page or contact 0868765248 to book your slot. You can also support by donating to the event and you can do this on our Facebook page. Don’t hesitate to contact any committee member if your require any further information. 






Dé Céadaoin, 21ú Iúil

🔵U15 Boys - Division 2

Gaeil Fhánada v Milford @ 7:00

Páirc Uí Shiadhail



Dé hAoine, 23ú Iúil

🔵U13 Boys - Division 3 

Gaeil Fhánada v Naomh Mhuire Conmhaigh @ 6:45

Páirc Uí Shiadhail


🔵U17 Boys - Division 2

Gaeil Fhánada v Naomh Micheál 

Páirc Uí Shiadhail



Dé Domhnaigh, 25ú Iúil

🔵Ladies League Division 2

Gaeil Fhánada v Na Dúnaibh @ 10:30

Páirc Uí Shiadhail


🔵All County League Division 3 - Senior 

Malin v Gaeil Fhánada @ 2:00

Connolly Park, Malin


🔵All County League Division 3 - Reserve

Malin v Gaeil Fhánada @ 3:30

Connolly Park, Malin



Dé Luain, 26ú Iúil

🔵U15 Boys - Division 2

Gaeil Fhánada v Glenswilly @ 7:00

Páirc Uí Shiadhail



Dé Máirt, 27ú Iúil

🔵U16 Girls - Division 1

Gaeil Fhánada v Carndonagh @ 7:00

Páirc Uí Shiadhail




Gaels dismiss Burt challenge in Portsalon


Gaeil Fhánada 2:11.  Beart 0:06


It was a case of job done on Saturday evening in Portsalon as Murray’s troops overcame the challenge of Burt to get back to winning ways in Division 3. 


The game, which was played in blistering heat, had the Gaels in the lead for the majority of proceedings, but the pivotal period was five minutes before the break when the hosts scored two goals to open up a comfortable margin which they held until the end. 


Burt opened the scoring in the second minute through midfielder, Shaun Mc Hugh who fired over a free after a defensive error from the home side. Eoghan Carr rectified matters moments later finished off when he finished a fine score after a strong surge forward and a neat exchange with Jimmy Coyle. Bernard Mc Gettigan edged the Gaels ahead after nine minutes while the marauding Ryan Mc Gonigle, who had a very good hour popped up to fist the ball over the bar a minute later. Burt got one back just before the water break to leave a point between the sides. The Fanad men were enjoying plenty possession but the conditions coupled with a fairly defensive Burt approach when they were without the ball meant there were very few gaps to break through. Jimmy Coyle did break the deadlock in the 22nd minute after linking up with Darren Mc Elwaine. Both those players were also involved in the next score a couple of minutes later, but it was an initial incision by Ryan Mc Gonigle inside the Burt cover and a quick exchange of hand passes which created an opportunity for Oisín Shiels to palm the ball into the net. Suddenly the Gaels were five ahead approaching the break. Shaun Friel did very well under a high ball under considerable pressure to maintain the Gaeil Fhánada momentum while Bernard Mc Gettigan converted a free at the far side. The second three pointer arrived in the 29th minute. A speculative long ball from Darren Mc Elwaine towards the square was contested for by Mark Mc Ateer. Mc Ateer after getting a flick goalwards to the initial ball struck the ball on the half turn as it fell. It was an unorthodox but brilliant effort, and it struck the back of the net to leave nine between the sides. Burt, to their credit hit the next two points and had a half chance at goal which was dealt with by Shaun Friel to leave it a seven point game at the interval. 


The first two points of the second period were shared, Darren Mc Elwaine finding the target for the Gaels. A foul on Eoghan Carr was punished by Mark Mc Ateer, while Mark Friel slotted over his customary point a minute later. The pace of the game dropped after the break but Gaeil Fhánada continued to probe in the search of scores. Bernard fired over another free while left the home side ten up by the second water break. The final two Fanad scores were from Seamie Nanny and Mark Mc Ateer while Burt tapped over another point at the death. 


The two goals before halftime were the pivotal scores and left the Gaels in a position of control in the second half. Darren Mc Elwaine was industrious throughout while Ryan Mc Gonigle was very influential, particularly in the opening period. Shaun Friel dealt with a few moments of danger quite well but it was a solid team display on the day. 


Malin and Letterkenny Gaels drew at the weekend in the only other Division 3 game played. Gaeil Fhánada now move level on points with Buncrana at the top of the table, with the Inishowen side having two games in hand. Fanad and Malin are the only teams who have played their full compliment of games at this point and the sides will meet in what will be a huge game for both teams next weekend. In the meantime, the lads will be pleased to get back to winning ways but will be keenly aware of the challenge they will face in Malin. 


Shaun Friel, Shaun Kerr, Ryan Mc Gonigle (0:01), Odhrán Shiels, Bernard Mc Gettigan (0:03), James Gallagher, Jonny Friel, Oisín Shiels (1:00), Paddy Carr, Jimmy Coyle (0:01), Mark Mc Ateer (1:02), Darren Mc Elwaine (0:01), Mark Friel (0:01), Alan Mc Ateer, Eoghan Carr (0:01)


Liam Mc Grenaghan for Eoghan Carr,

Seamie Friel (0:01) for Mark Friel,

Michael Sweeney for Paddy Carr,

Paddy Heraghty for Jonny Friel,

Brandon Mc Clafferty for Jimmy Coyle,

James Kerr for Darren Mc Elwaine.



Ardara finish strong to win u16 tie


Our u16 girls side were back on home soil on Tuesday evening, where they were involved in a fantastic tussle against their counterparts from Ardara. 


Unfortunately the result didn’t go our way, but the attitude the girls showed to claw their way back to within a point with five minutes remaining was commendable. It was the visitors, however, who finished the stronger with a late scoring spree to secure the result in what was a thoroughly enjoyable game of football. 


It was a game that ebbed and flowed with each team having periods of dominance on the scoreboard in both halves, but ultimately it was the Ardara girls knack of scoring goals which was the decisive factor over the hour. The visitors were five points ahead at the first water break, having scored three goals and two points. Jessica Coll opened the scoring for the Gaels, hitting a point with Emma Mc Grenaghan and Méabh Mc Ateer also splitting the posts. The Gaeil Fhánada goal came from Iseult Ní Mhathúna. The home side probably dominated the second quarter, but a goal right at the start and again just before the break for Ardara cancelled out the five well worked Gaels points in the intervening period. Emma Mc Grenaghan, Roisín Carr, Jessica Coll, Emma Hunter and Iseult Ní Mhathúna all finding their range. Despite a good first half showing the girls found themselves seven down at the break. 


The visitors extended their lead, hitting two early points after the break before the Gaels began to drag themselves back into the contest. Méabh Mc Ateer hit a point, before a goal from Méabh brought the Gaels back to within four points. Emma Mc Grenaghan again found her range before the water break to close the gap to three. They kept it going from there with Méabh Mc Ateer and Emma Hunter reducing the gap to one, but that was as good as it got as Ardara found their feet again in the closing moments. They finished a penalty expertly before tapping over a couple of points. Méabh Mc Ateer pointed again for the Gaels but Ardara found the net again with the final play of the game to secure their victory. 


A lot of positives were taken from the game in what was a fantastic effort from the girls, particularly in the second half where their work rate and defensive intensity was superb. In the forward line, there were plenty of examples of great teamwork with Aoife Sweeney and Rachael Friel very influential in creating opportunities for the full forward line. Another tough test lies in wait next Tuesday when the girls travel to face Naomh Pádraig Muff in their next encounter. 


Aoife Shiels, Anna Friel, Olivia Friel, Kaylagh Sweeney, Ella Mc Bride, Caitlin Heraghty, Jessica Coll (0:02), Aideen Friel, Iseult Ní Mhathúna (1:01), Aoife Sweeney, Rachael Friel, Méabh Mc Ateer (1:04), Emma Hunter (0:02), Roisín Carr (0:01), Emma Mc Grenaghan (0:03). Bláthnaid Mc Ateer, Orlaith Mc Grenaghan.




U12 Girls


The under 12 girls travelled across the bridge to face off against a strong Downings side on Friday evening past. 


The game was played in warm sunshine with the home side starting brightly. The girls came back into the game after that and put in a good performance. 


Team: Natalie Egan, Kara Friel, Orlaith Mc Grenaghan, Erin Carlin, Erin Logue, Eva Martin, Katie Mc Laughlin, Kara Mc Ateer, Grace Begley, Méabh Sweeney, Caoimhe Kerr, Marie Friel, Amy Mc Ateer, Aoibheann Callaghan, Aisling Duffy. Sinéad Duffy, Sofie Mc Laughlin, Lilly Gallagher. 




U10 Girls


Well our u10 Girls team who played their first home fixture of the year against Termon on Thursday past at Páirc Uí Shiadhail. 


Conditions were very warm in Portsalon but that didn't deter either side, with both Gaeil Fhánada and Termon putting on great displays of football from start to finish.


Well done to everyone involved. Maith sibh a chailíní!



Gaeil Fhánada ‘Cúl Camp’ 2021


The Cúl Camp takes place next week, and there are still a couple of places remaining. 


To register, or for further details check out


The Gaeil Fhánada Cúl Camp will take place from Monday, July 26th - Friday, July 30th this year. This camp is for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 13. 


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