Newcastlewest GAA Weekly Notes   28/09/2011

Newcastle West G.A.A.
Senior Football County Championship Semi Final
Outstanding second- half display carries the day at Feenagh
Newcastle West ...............................2-11
On Saturday last the young guns of Newcastle West along with a few exper-ienced heads overcame Dromcollogher/Broadford for the second time this year. The match was played in Feenagh where the field was in perfect condition. Newcastle West played against the wind in the first half and Dromcollogher-Braodford opened the scoring with a Pat Donnelly free. Dromcollogher-Broadford started the half at a frantic pace, resulting in scores from Michael Reidy, Michael Brosnan and Ray Lynch, leaving the score at 0-4 to 0-0. Newcastle West then started running at Dromcollogher-Broadford which gave Newcastle West a few frees, one from Michael Quilligan, from which Tom McLoughlin replied. A second free from Quilligan was counteracted by Michael Reidy, Stephen Kelly then scored the next free and Reidy again replied leaving the score at 0-7 to 0-3.
Entering the final few minutes of the first half, the Newcastle West management team would probably have been quite happy to be only 4 points behind after playing against a strong wind. On the stroke of half time, though Ray Lynch delivered a killer blow finishing a great move to leave the Magpies 7 points behind on a scoreline of 1-7 to 0-3.
This team, though, has been in this position before in the championship and has shown huge resilience and a never say die attitude which is testament to the entire panel of players. Leaders stood in every line of the field and took the game to Dromcollogher-Broadford. In the second minute of the second half James Kelly got the revival restarted with a punched goal from Ian Corbett’s long delivery. Newcastle West followed with a huge long range kick from Shay Lyons which split the posts and Thomas Quilligan scored a free to leave 2 points between the teams at this juncture. Dromcollogher-Broadford replied with a free from Michael Reidy. Mike Quilligan came up with the next score from a free, again leaving 2 points between the teams. Then the move of the match which split the Dromcollogher-Broadford defence was finished superbly by Stephen Kelly to let Newcastle West take the lead for the first time. From here Newcastle West drove on with purpose with scores from Ian Corbett and Mike Quilligan, replied to by Michael Reidy and Donnelly frees which had the scoreline back to a one point game. Stephen Kelly finished the scoring for Newcastle West with a fisted point and Dromcollogher-Broadford had the supporters on the edge of their seats when they tried in vain to get a goal to win the game. John Joe Sheehy made a great save at the death to finish off the Dromcollogher/Braodford assault on the Newcastle West goal. There were scenes of jubilations at the end of the game between players, management and supporters after a highly spirited performance that many did not see coming at half time.
This was a huge performance and win by the entire panel of players because this was truly a panel effort with everyone from 1 to 30 contributing, from players on the field, the subs coming in and the driving on of the team by those who were unlucky not to come on.
Many supporters after the game said that this was the game of the championship with both teams contrib-uting to the wonderful occasion. Both teams failed to yield under the huge pressure put on them by the opposition and, luckily for us, we won out in the end.
We are now facing county champions Monaleen in the County Final who beat Fr. Casey’s in the semi final. Monaleen will be favourites for the final as they have the cup and have come good in the latter stages of this champion-ship, just as they did in 2010.
It's back to the training field for the next three weeks for our boys for a first County Final appear-ance since 2004.
The Feenagh Kilmeedy club have to be compli-mented on the running of the game, and the facilities that they provided which were top class. Everything went off without a hitch. It added to a highly entertaining game.
Team: John Joe Sheehy, Michael O’Keeffe, Darragh Woods, Michael Dowling, Shay Lyons (0-1), Shaun Browne, Paul Hannon (0-1), Mike McMahon, Ian Corbett (0-1). Stephen Kelly (1-3), Michael Quilligan, Thomas Quilligan (0-2), Jamie Lee, James Kelly (1-0) and Seán McAuliffe. Subs: Donnacha Woods, Stephen Nix, Shane Kelly, Colm Downes, Noel Murphy, Brian O’Doherty, Declan Brouder, Timmy Nix, Chris Neville, Ger Cremin, Mark O’Sullivan, Ronan Kelleher and Brian O’Sullivan.

Junior B Football
West Championship Final
Newcastle West...........1-8
Coolyroe was the venue on Saturday last and Seán Hartnett refereed. Conditions were perfect with the crowd waiting in anticipation to see who would emerge victorious. There was never more than a score between the teams. The match winning moment came midway through the second half when Seamie Gleeson was pulled down for a penalty that Mark Doherty converted to give us the lead for the first time, a lead that we were not to relinquish, with Ger Cremin and Karl Linehan kicking the insurance points for great victory that saw us take home the cup for the first time since 2004. Naturally the excitement was tremendous and all credit to the panel of players who gave everything on the day and to James Hennessy and his selectors, Michael O’Keeffe, Noel Murphy and Seán McAuliffe, who left no stone unturned in their efforts to get the best team on the field. Now it’s onwards and upwards to the county quarter final. Veteran Willie Kavanagh was the popular winner of the Man of the Match award.
Team: James Stack, Seoirise Joyce, Willie Kavanagh, Conor Fanning, Tony Aherne, James Hennessy, Karl Linehan (0-1), Tony Doyle, Mark O’Sullivan, Mark Doherty (1-3), Ger Cremin (0-3), Ronan Kelleher, Daithí Nash, Conor Fitzgerald, Seán Gleeson (0-1). Subs: Brian O’Sullivan, Tommy Upton, Michael O’Leary, Brian Fitzgerald, Keith Power and Karl Hayes.

U21 Football Premier County Championship: Round One
Newcastle West v Fr. Casey’s, Mountcollins, under lights on Friday at 8pm are the arrangements (but check to confirm). Fr. Casey’s, going for three county titles in a row, have had the upper hand on us at the meaningful end of the season in 2009 and 2010 and they will be hard to beat this year. Also, they are out of the senior championship. We are likely to be without senior county player James Kelly and he will be a huge loss if he’s out.

Junior B Hurling County Championship Final
We await news on our opponents, date and venue and training continues. Missing a few key players we didn’t do ourselves justice in the West Final but hopefully we can remedy that in the quarter final and maybe get another chance at Knockaderry, our West Final opponents.

Football County B Championship
Semi Final
Newcastle West...........4-6
Mungret G.A.A. pitch was the venue on Sunday last. Joe Carney refereed and the conditions were excellent, though a strong wind blew towards the roadside goals. We had the wind in the first half and kept the champions of the East scoreless, while scoring 3-4 ourselves. We would have scored twice as much but for those flawed aspects of our attacking play that might cost us against better opposition (and has cost us against the ‘better’ opposition we met in the West Championship). However, the scores we did get were well taken and there was an excellent work rate, support play and individual performance etc.
The second half was a good test of our mettle and we did well, conceding a mere 0-6 to the team that has a reputation for its fighting spirit while creating a number of scoring chances ourselves and putting a further 1-2 on the board. Overall a sound display with all players working hard, some outstanding individual displays that must have impressed the note-taking county minor selectors on the hill and a place in the final v Killulta Gaels. Well done to all! Team: Andy Brouder, A.J. O’Connor, Eoin Murphy, John Healy, Seán Darcy (1-0), Brian O’Sullivan, Eoin Hurley, Gavin Reidy, Ryan Clancy (0-2), James Quaid (0-1), James O’Sullivan, Andrew Ruddle (0-1), Gary Shanahan (2-0), James Corbett (1-1), Jordan Power (0-1). Subs: Cian Sheehan, Shane Stack, Martin Madden. The final looks set to go ahead on Sunday next at 7pm with the venue not known to us as we go to press.

Football County B Championship Final
Newcastle West v Killulta Gaels

U16 Football Division 1 County Championship Final
Newcastle West v Fr. Casey’s or Oola
There is no date on the above game as yet. In the prelim rounds we lost to Fr. Casey’s, defeated Oola and were impressed by both, especially Fr. Casey’s who in round 1 scored us ‘off the inch’ with quality peil. We’ll be hoping that injuries to Eoin Mormoyle, Conor Relihan, Martin Madden and Jack McCarthy will have cleared up by the big day.

Newcastle West...........1-7
On what was an outstanding weekend of success in football for Newcastle West our under 14s kept the flag flying for the hurlers. Ths remarkable team who won the Limerick Feile in football earlier this year showed that they also excel with the camán when beating a strong Mungret team in Ballyagran on Saturday. Our opponents were undefeated in the championship up to this and it took a huge physical effort for the young Magpies to claim victory and qualify for the County Final. The early exchanges were dominated by the Newcastle West lads who settled quickly and were obviously highly motivated for this clash. An early ball to the forwards paid off as Liam McCartan and Brian Hurley were looking sharp and ambitious and combined well for the early scores. These included a fine goal by Brian that inspired the team to drive on and our backs not to give an inch. Mungret were finding it impossible to break through for scores and got their first points just before half-time: 1-5 to 0-1 at half time.
The Newcastle West boys were taking nothing for granted as there was a significant breeze which would favour Mungret in the second half. The west boys continued to dominate the early exchanges after the break and got the first score to lead by 8 points playing against the wind. A team needs to make the most of any scoring chances and now we probably tried to close out the game too early going went for goals when points were the better option. The Mungret goalie was outstanding in the second half and denied all efforts to beat him. Midway through the half Mungret were given a 20 metre free and went for a goal but Conor O’Sullivan stood strong to save and clear. The expected Mungret fight back came with 10 minutes to go as they went for broke and were rewarded with a fine goal. Newcastle West continued to battle for everything but as the legs began to tire the city boys got through for another goal. The last few minutes were very tense with some outstanding defending. The final whistle was met with delight, relief and pride by the Newcastle West team and supporters. Conor O’Sullivan's second half save was a key moment in this game. The full back line of Seamus Hurley, Sean Ivess and Tom O’Brien never took a step back and one crucial flick by Sean saved a certain goal. Our wing backs Shane Lee and Colin Foley are not the biggest but still got the better of their much taller opponents. Centre back William Hurley was again outstanding and cleared his lines time after time in the crucial final minutes. Cormac Long was at his very best and Mungret could not deal with his charging runs through the defence Diarmuid Kelly grew in confidence as the game went on. Ryan Sheehan and Gerard Griffin ran themselves into the ground. Sean Murphy was captain and led by example. One piece of skill would have the Sunday Game pundits raving if it was seen in Croke Park. As mentioned Brian and Liam were on form and got all our scores Brian 1-5 and Liam 0-2. Darragh O’Shea came in and made a huge contribution both in defence and attack. Caleb O’Shea and Conor Walton came on in the 2nd half and brought extra drive to the closing stages. Adam Harrington, Adam Corbett and Garvin Crowley did not get a run this time but their day will come too.

After a long spell of inactivity the U14 footballers finally get to play the County League Final against old rivals Monaleen next Sunday, time and venue to be confirmed. Check website. We narrowly beat Monaleen in the Feile Final and can expect another close contest.

Na Piarsaigh................6-6
Newcastle West...........3-3
Despite a great second half comeback, a very strong Na Piarsaigh were fully deserving winners in a very enjoyable challenge game at the Ennis Road venue on Saturday morning. Captained by Conor Finucane, we were way off the pace in the first half, with Na Piarsaigh on top all over the pitch. We found ourselves 5 goals down at half time, which could have been worse, as Oisín Brennan and Brian Foley were the best defenders on view. The team were completely transformed in the second half. Daniel Normoyle and Evan McMahon took over at midfield. Seán Walton excelled when moved to centre forward, scoring 1-3 in the second half. Brothers Ross and Todd Donovan got on top of their markers as we chipped away at Na Piarsaigh's lead. Adam Flynn and Darragh Collins also played very well in the second half. As well as Seán's 1-3, we got two excellent goals courtesy of Nathan Coughlan, following excellent approach play from Dylan Singh and Gavin Lane. Cian Scavles also had an excellent second half at wing back, probably his best position. Na Piarsaigh eventually got through for their sixth goal just on full time which finally killed off the game. What a pity we did not play to form in the first half. Nevertheless, this was a really good workout for our young team and they will improve. Many thanks to the Na Piarsaigh club for their invite and to Dr Dave Boylan who proved to be an efficient and fair minded referee.
Team: Daniel Normyle, Conor Finucane, Oisín Brennan, Todd Donovan, Ross Donovan, Seán Walton, Brian Foley, Adam Flynn, Darragh Collins, Evan McMahon, Gavin Lane, Cian Searles, Dylan Sinch, Nathan Coughlan.

Following an extraordinary weekend for our club, we are hitting the road to Croke Park this Saturday October 1st. Our under 10s and under 12s are going and we will be leaving the field at 8.15 am. We are playing a challenge game against Roscrea on the way up (both 10s and 12s). The plan is to have tea and a sandwich at the Roscrea clubhouse, before setting off for Dublin after the challenge game, so we are all looking forward to a great day out following a long and successful season. Please contact Mike or John if you need any more details.

The U10s took part in the Old Mill Sports Club Invitation Tournament. On Friday they had a big win over Feohanagh/Castlemahon in the semi-final and on Sunday evening they lost to a strong and successful St Kieran's team in an exciting and enjoyable final. The club thanks Willie Hurley and his committee for their kind invitation.

There is a challenge game v Drom-Broadford in Drom on Saturday morning and also on the agenda is a trip to Cork to play the famous Sarsfields. Training is on Saturday (10am-11.30am) and Wednesday (7-8).

For the 2nd year in succession a team that pipped us in the preliminary rounds and went on to capture the County title. Last year it was Hospital/Herbertstown who got the better of us (barely) and this year Effin Co Junior Champions in 2010. Deal is on their way to ultimate success! We are not that far off and maybe with all major finding another gear or 2 in them this time next year we could be celebrating an ascent to the top grade.

Ahane v Na Piarsaigh
The much decorated, most famous club in Limerick v the New Kids on the Block! Na Piarsaigh are in line for a deep sweep of Limerick premier hurling titles from junior to U14! We can stop them at U14, as we did 6 years ago when Shane Dowling and Kevin Downes were on the team that we defeated. Maybe lighting will strike twice!

This is available at Adrenalin and there is a 10% reduction on all items if you have a club card.

Last Monday’s draw took place at Johnny Fitzgerald's Bar. The numbers drawn were 6, 15, 16 and 27. The jackpot of €18,400 was not won. The 5x€40 lucky dip winners were: Lily Copse c/o K McCoy, Maudie Hunt c/o Denis Noonan, Bernie Lynch c/o K. McCoy, Mary Cremin c/o Declan O’Connor, Donie Horgan c/o K McCoy. This week's jackpot is €18,600. The draw takes place at Barry’s on Monday October 3rd at 10.30pm. The club thanks all who are supporting, promoting and hosting the lottery.

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