St. Mary's GAA Club notes

St Marys faced Tubbercurry in the fifth round of the league at Kent Park on Saturday evening.   A very entertaining game ensued between 2 well matched sides, and the outcome remained in the balance until the referee blew the final whistle.   The game was all the tighter as neither side could achieve dominance and possession was even throughout.   Paul Kilcoyne continued his good form with an early goal, and this was just enough for Marys to stay in front as half time approached.   Our men had to contend with a game ending injury to the unlucky Stephen Coen, and this forced St Marys to switch into a more defensive style of play for the second half.   Tubbercurry threw everything at us, and things looked shaky when a last minute free ball crashed into the back of the net. Spirited defending kept out the South Sligo side, and a relieved Kent Park crowd celebrated a 2 point victory at full time.   The scoreline was 1-16 to 1-14, and well done to Marys who remain unbeaten in the league with maximum points from 5 matches.   The squad play their next league game on Saturday evening at 7pm away against St Molaise

The U14 boys made it another evening to remember when they defeated Castleconnor on Thursday.   It was a comfortable win and a good start meant that the game was beyond our visitors early.   Well done to the lads on dominating and good to see all 24 squad members had their say in the match in contributing to an excellent performance.   None of the other lads’ teams saw action last week, and most are scheduled for play this week with the U7’s through to the U10’s in what promises to be a busy Tuesday evening in Oxfield against Drumcliffe/Rosses Point.   The U12’s are home to Coolera on Tuesday and then on Friday there is a semi-final to look forward to when St Marys take on Calry/St Josephs at 7pm in their league semi final.

The U10 girls are playing Coolera on Wednesday at 6.30 in Ransboro, and have been invited to play in a Connacht LGFA blitz on Saturday which is being held in the Connacht Centre of Excellence. The U12 girls are becoming the side to watch, with another gutsy victory, this time against St Farnons in the quarter final of the A league.   Conditions were difficult and it took some time for the girls to get a feel for the wind and an unfamiliar pitch.   This led to their being behind at the end of the 3rd quarter, but an extra gear was found and they finished strongly and won by 12 to 7.   Their reward is a semi-final against Eoghan Rua on this Thursday, and we wish them well.


After some indifferent displays, the U16 girls returned to winning ways in emphatic style in their final league group game away to Shamrock Gaels last Tuesday evening.   In near perfect conditions, the game exploded from the throw-in as both sides needed the win to have any chance of progressing further in what has been the tightest league most people can remember.   It was an end to end game played at a frenetic pace and the Marys girls led by 4 points at half time.  We gradually got on top in the 2nd half to finally pull away in the final quarter and win on a scoreline of 10-7 to 3-13. This was a brilliant all round team performance, and bodes well for their Championship prospects later in the summer.   We now await the result of Tourlestrane and Drumcliffe on Monday night, hoping home advantage will give Tourlestrane the win to secure us a play off.   The Senior Ladies play their final group match in the league on Sunday when they visit Geevagh.

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