GAA Club Notes – 05/09/16

Senior Hurling Championship
Delvin 2-14 Castlepollard 2-17

We took on Castlepollard in Cusack Park on Friday evening in the 6th round of games of this years championship. Castlepollard got the better of the opening exchanges and were it not for 2 great stops from goalie John O’Shaughnessy we could have been well behind from the opening minutes. We settled well after that and after 13 minutes we were ahead 0-5 to 0-4 with fine scores from Ronie Kelly, John Cogan and Paddy Farrington. We conceded two goals midway through the first half but responded immediately with a Ronie Kelly goal. Pollard finished the half stronger and went in at half time up by 2-9 to 1-8. In the second period we seemed to be always chasing the game and were just about staying in touch mainly from the hurl of Darragh Clinton. As full time approached we had a small lifeline after Patrick Clune finished to the Pollard net but it was a case of too little too late as they held on to win by 3 points.

Team:- John O’Shaughnessy, Colin Fitzsimons, Tony Horan, Tosh Clune, Paddy Poynton, Patrick Clune (1-0), Dan Clune, John Cogan (0-3),Stefan Ennis, Ronan Kelly (1-2), Darragh Clinton (0-8), Alan Clune, Paddy Farrington (0-1), Frank McGrath, Fintan Cox
Subs:- Alan Cox for Colin Fitz, Niall Williams for Fintan Cox, Stephen Reilly for Frank McGrath, Eoin Carolan, Barry Williams, Sean Carroll

Junior Hurling Championship
Delvin 2-12 Oliver Plunketts 1-13

Our Junior hurlers continued their unbeaten championship run and secured their semi final place by virtue of a dramatic late winner against a feisty Oliver Plunkett’s side in Robinstown. With injuries and holidays it was tight for us to put a team together but we have to thank a few lads who dusted off the cobwebs from their helmets and came to fight the cause. We started poorly and conceded an early goal but Tomas McEnerney kept us in touch with a couple of frees. We got a great boost midway through the second half with a quick 1-1 from Sean Carroll and it was close right to the half time whistle. They went down to 14 men on the stroke of half time but went in with a 1 point advantage 1-8 to 1-7. Plunkett’s started the 2nd half better and scored the opening 3 points but we stuck to our task and got some great scores from a variety of scorers. It looked to be Plunkett’s day when they put over a free with a minute remain to go a point ahead but we grabbed victory with the last play of the game when a long range free from Dan Clune was doubled to the net by Paddy Kelly. Well done to the lads who stuck at it and a semi final now beckons against Crookedwood.

Team & Scorers:-

John O’Shaughnessy, Colin Fitzsimons, Cormac Horan (0-1), Barry Williams, Paddy Poynton, Dan Clune (0-1), Stephen Reilly (0-1), Stefan Ennis (0-1), John Cogan (0-3), Eoin Carolan, Fintan Cox (0-1), Paddy Kelly (1-1), Daniel Flynn, Tomas McEnerney (0-2), Sean Carroll (1-1) Sub – Conor Ward for Daniel Flynn, Daniel Flynn for Tomas McEnerney

Well done to the u16 hurlers of St Ernans who reached the county semi final by virtue of a 5-14 to 1-13 win over Lough Lene Gaels in Collinstown on Friday evening last. On a side note this is the second time this year our u16’s have been fixed at the same time as our seniors in a championship game and hopefully it’s something that will be looked at in the future.

Well done to our U10 hurlers who took part in the County Blitz in Cusack Park on Monday evening.

Ladies football/Camogie
Congrats to the Delvin/ St Pauls team on their recent Junior final success over Garrycastle.
Hard luck to our Camogie girls who went down by one point to Castlepollard in the Junior semi-final