St. Mary's GAA Club notes

Our Senior men travelled to Keash on Sunday afternoon to take on Eastern Harps.   Having lost to Harps in the 2017 Championship semi-final, Marys entered the game as underdogs, with momentum definitely being with Harps.   Neither team had its full compliment available, but this did not detract from a compelling tie as every player played to such a high standard.   A very tight first half finished level at 1-08 apiece and then Marys suffered a telling blow when the in-form Dermot O’Connor had to leave the pitch due to injury.   Harps had the better of the second half and pulled 3 points clear with some brilliant counter breaks.   However Marys retained their composure and angled back into contention, and were a point behind when they received a late penalty, but were unable to convert and ended losing the game on the narrowest of margins.   Well done to all on a fantastic match and we look forward to further good play in the weeks to come.   We also commend Eastern Harps on their impressive clubhouse facility which is nearing completion.   The Junior squad have one league match left and then face into Championship.

 

Well done once again to both our U12 boys teams this week, we had two excellent performances away to Eastern Harps and although losing narrowly in both games we have put ourselves in a great position to reach both semi-finals. Our final group game is at home on July 10th v Ballymote/Bunninadden.   The U14 boys were at Feile and a report will be included in next week’s notes.   The U16 boys had a good win over St Molaise Gaels in the last round of the league. Tom Gavin gave a captain’s performance helped in no small measure by Fionn O’Hehir, Cormac Niland, Jimmy Monaghan and Shane Muldowney who were also outstanding.   By virtue of that win we now top the table and can look forward to the final when once again the opposition will be St Molaise Gaels.

Our U14 Girls travelled to Cavan on Friday for Feile and what a weekend it was for the girls and their travelling support.   The first game was against Kingscourt, but we seemed to need the game to get used to playing in the competition, and ended losing by a goal and a point.   However our girls got into the winning groove for the next game against our Host club, Shercock, and confidently went on to play their final group match against Scotland.   In intense heat the girls had a fantastically strong performance, and dominated the match running out victorious with a score of 1-6 to 0-1.   The excitement built over the 2 days and now the girls were in a semi final on Sunday morning against Dunsany.   This match was played in Stanmullen in Meath, and things were looking bright when we bagged 2 quick goals playing with the wind in the first half.   After the break, we faced a strengthening wind and Dunsany closed the gap, and while we had chances we could not capitalise and were on the wrong side of the result by 2 points.   Whilst disappointed, the girls played skilful and determined football over the course of the weekend and take lovely memories home of a great weekend which they will always remember.    We would like to thank our host team Shercock for their fantastic hospitality.



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