Match Reports

Kildysart Secure Garry Cup Status for 2019

posted 11 Jun 2018, 05:27 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 11 Jun 2018, 06:54 ]

09/06/2018: Both sides had it all to play for when Kildysart travelled to Kilrush for the final round of the Garry Cup on Saturday last. Both teams were fighting to secure their Garry Cup status for 2019, with the losers joining Coolmeen in relegation to Division 3 league. Kildysart set out their stall with two early goals to put Kilrush on the back foot and thanks to dogged defending and Kieran Eyres, who scored 1-9 over the 60 minutes, Kildysart never looked in danger of surrendering their advantage. Final score: Kildysart 3-11, Kilrush 0-13.

Kildysart’s first goal came in the third minute when Neil O’Connor passed to John Murtagh who drew the goalie towards him. Murtagh, in turn, kicked to the unmarked Keith Murphy who lobbed the ball to the back of the net. Five minutes later Kildysart struck again when Mikey Donnellan, who caused trouble for Padraig Brown all evening, offloaded to the advancing Kieran Eyres to slot a bullet passed the keeper. Kildysart goalie Robert Eyres stopped a point-blank attempt at the other end to keep Kildysart’s momentum going. Kildysart continued to dominate possession and Kilrush had to wait til the 19th minute before Matthew Moloney got their opening score. The inspired a purple patch for Kilrush when scores from the speedy Gearoid O’Brien and Cathal Carrig narrowed the gap to 4, Kildysart 2-1, Kilrush 0-3 by the 22nd minute. The remaining minutes saw each side add more scores to their tally, with the pick of them being a lovely point from Kildysart’s Oisin Coyle after taking on four of the Kilrush defence. This left four between them at halftime: Kildysart 2-5, Kilrush 0-7.

The second half saw Kildysart continue to dominate with Kilrush never looked threatening enough to close the four-point gap. In the 40th minute, Kilrush were presented with a golden opportunity when they found themselves in front of an open Kildysart goal. However, the Shamrocks failed to capitalised on this and popped the ball over the bar instead. Kildysart just kicked on from there and the outcome was never in doubt. Kilrush were given another chance to make their mark when Gearoid O’Brien attempted an injury-time penalty but goalie Robert Eyres was well positioned to block the attempt. Final score: Kildysart 3-11, Kilrush 0-13. Kildysart ended their 2018 Garry Cup campaign on 6 points (joint 4th with Cratloe) but can use their improved form as a basis to prepare for Championship.

Kildysart: Robert Eyres, Paul O’Brien, Brian Eyres, Shane McNelis, Michael Eustace, Rory McMahon, John Ginnane, Keith O’Connor, Kieran O’Brien, Kieran Eyres, (1-9, 4f), Keith Murphy (2-0), Neil O’Connor, Oisin Coyle (0-1), John Murtagh (0-1), Mikey Donnellan. Subs: Ryan Casey for J. Murtagh (48 min), Damien Hill for O. Coyle (57 min).

Kilrush: Thomas Moloney, Padraig Browne, Ross Cullinan, Shane Carey, Chris Dixon, Con O’Brien, Con Prenderville, Stephen Ryan (0-1), Gearoid O’Brien (0-4), Billy Clancy, Ruaidhri O’Connor, Cathal Carrig (0-2), Ross Phelan (0-2), Matthew Moloney (0-2), Liam Madigan. Subs: #20 & #22 scored a point each.

Kildysart Juniors in the Division 6 Final

posted 19 May 2018, 11:36 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 19 May 2018, 12:49 ]

19/05/2018:  The Kildysart Junior’s victory today over Coolmeen (0-20 to 1-11) is enough to secure their place in the Division 6 Final and also guarantees them Division 5 football next year. With five wins on the scoreboard, Kildysart are top of the table and are straight through to the final.  With St. Breckan’s on 7 points, Moy on 6 and Coolmeen on 4, game 6 on the June bank holiday weekend will determine which two teams get to the semi-final.  Kildysart host St. Breckan’s, Moy host last place Kilmihil and Coolmeen host Wolfetones so it’s all still to play for, with the other finalist also getting promoted to Division 5.

Kildysart started brightly and had five points on the board from Diarmuid O’Donnell (x2), Brian Moloney and Seamus Casey (x2) before Enda Haugh opened Coolmeen’s account with back to back frees in the 6th and 11th minutes.  Over the next 15 minutes Kildysart doubled their score with another run of 5 points from Keith Murphy, Stevie Sheehan, Christy Clancy, Casey, & O’Donnell, while Coolmeen added another brace from Paul Hehir and Jamie Brooks to have Kildysart in front 10 points to 4.  Coolmeen’s Sean McMahon cut the lead in half with a goal in the 27th minute but points from Casey and O’Donnell left Kildysart in front by 5 at the break, Kildysart 0-12, Coolmeen 1-4.

Kildysart raced into a 10 point lead by the 13th minute (0-18 to 1-5) with Dermot O’Sullivan getting the opening point of the half.  This was followed by a lovely score from wing back Diarmuid Ginnane after a long run forward.  Coolmeen rallied for a bit with scores from Haugh (x5) and  Sean P McMahon but Kildysart’s lead was never in danger.  Eoin Cleary’s point and Flan Ginnane’s fisted effort earned their names on the scorecard and Kildysart ran out comfortable winners:  Kildysart 0-20, Coolmeen 1-11.

Kildysart: Aidan O’Loughlin, Cormac Ginnane, Brendan Frawley, Stevie Sheehan (0-1), Diarmuid Ginnane (0-1), Kevin Kelly-captain, Christy Clancy (0-1), Keith Murphy (0-2), Brian Moloney (0-1), Dermot O’Sullivan (0-1), Seamus Casey (0-6), Diarmuid O’Donnell (0-5), Eoin Cleary (0-1), Terry Murphy, Noel O’Grady. Subs: Flan Ginnane (0-1) for K. Kelly-inj (25 min), Noel Murphy for T. Murphy (46 min), Kieran Connolly for Dermot O’Sullivan (49 min)

Coolmeen: Adam Carrig, Mikey McGuane, Barry Vaughan, Michael Kirrane, Alan Corry, Declan Casey, Keith Farrell, Sean McMahon (1-0), Aaron Kelly, Sean P McMahon (0-2), Jamie Brooks (0-1), Eoghan Corry, Enda Haugh (0-7), Paul Hehir (0-1) , Kevin (Jack) McMahon
Sub: Michael McMahon

Ladies U16C Champions

posted 17 May 2018, 00:45 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 18 May 2018, 03:38 ]

14/05/2018:  Kildysart Ladies U16 Claim “C” Cup

The Kildysart Ladies had a resounding victory over Doonbeg in the U16 championship to claim the Division C Cup, Kildysart 6-5 to Doonbeg 2-8.  There was nervousness in the Kildysart camp heading into the final as they suffered their only loss of the campaign to the undefeated Doonbeg but they were determined to come out on top this time.   The match was played in in bright sunshine in Cooraclare on Monday last with Michael Talty taking charge of the affair.

Kyla Foley started off the scoring offensive for Kildysart with a point in the 4th minute and this was quickly followed by a goal from Emily Leahy which the ‘keeper was powerless to stop.  Sinead Kelly, who likes to attack from her centre halfback position, added a point in the 16th minute.  The full-back line of Aoife McMahon, Niamh Moloney and Aoife Cleary were on high alert and were closing down any Doonbeg advances.  Together with the wing backs Sarah Casey and Caitlin Casey they limited the Magpies to just 2 points coming from Amy Linnane and Ailish Dunne in the first half.  Amy Murphy, who along with Foley makes up the dynamic mid-field pairing, added a point before Leahy added the final score of the half.  Halftime score: Kildysart 1-4, Doonbeg 0-2.

There was no room for complacency as Kildysart saw Doonbeg overturn a similar lead earlier in the year.  The Blues got the dream start with a three-goal blitz by Grace Sheerer, Emma Garry and Roisin Donnellan coming in the first three minutes of the restart.  This however inspired a Doonbeg purple patch where they mounted an unanswered 2-3 in a ten-minute spell to bring the score to Kildysart 4-4, Doonbeg 2-5 with 15 minutes remaining.  Lauren Conway and Ailish Dunne would both strike the net for Doonbeg as well as adding three points between them. The north Clare raid would have been greater only for the quick hands of Kildysart goalkeeper Emma Byrne.  Kildysart’s next goal came after Caiti Donnellan won the ball in midfield and passed to Leah O’Donnell who offloaded to Sheerer to find the net.  Doonbeg’s fate was sealed when Sheerer completed her hat trick 2 minutes later thanks to great pressure on the kick outs from Alaina Casey and Rachel O’Sullivan to keep the ball in Doonbeg’s half.  As Foley started off the scoring for Kildysart, so did she end it, with a long-range point in the 51st minute.  Doonbeg never lowered the heads and fought back with the last three scores of the match coming from Abbi Shanahan, Conway and Linnane.  Final score: Kildysart 6-5, Doonbeg 2-8.

Kildysart: Emma Byrne, Aoife McMahon, Niamh Moloney, Aoife Cleary, Sarah Casey, Sinead Kelly (0-1), Caitlin Casey, Amy Murphy-captain (0-1), Kyla Foley (0-2), Caiti Donnellan, Emily Leahy (1-1), Emma Garry (1-0), Grace Sheerer (3-0), Roisin Donnellan (1-0), Leah O’Donnell. Subs: Eabha Garry for A. Cleary (25 min), Alaina Casey for L. O’Donnell (45 min), Rachel O’Sullivan for Emma Garry (50 min).

Doonbeg:  Maeve Hayes, Aisling O’Brien-captain, Sinead Walshe, Rachel Kelly, Laura Keane, Teegan Wade, Rachel Flanagan, Keara Wealleans, Ailish Dunne (1-2), Amy Linnane (0-3), Abbi Shanahan (0-1), Alannah Wade, Lauren Conway (1-2), Chloe Browne, Jenna O’Donoghue. Subs: Ailish Hanrahan, Amelia Killeen, Joanne Daly, Alyssa Wealleans, Lucy Shanahan, Sophie Kelly

Front row: Tricia Donnellan, Rachel Conway, Caitlin Casey, Caiti Donnellan, Amy Murphy-captain, Kyla Foley, Roisin Donnellan, Grace Sheerer, Sinead Kelly.
Back row: Helen Murphy, Aoife Cleary, Leah O'Donnell, Aoife McMahon, Emily Leahy, Rachel O'Sullivan, Alaina Casey, Emma Garry, Eabha Garry, Niamh Moloney, Sarah Casey, Emma Byrne, John Byrne.

Ladies Jr B Fifth Win on the Trot

posted 16 May 2018, 08:12 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 16 May 2018, 08:13 ]

15/05/2018:  The Kildysart Ladies Junior B team claimed their fifth victory on the trot with a 3-6 to 0-7 win over Doora Barefield(2). This is all the more remarkable as it was played the day after U16 ladies team had a hard fought battle to win the “C” Cup championship, Kildysart 6-5, Doonbeg 2-8. With two matches to spare, the ladies have secured their semi-final berth with three wins in the championship (the other 2 wins are from the on-hold league campaign). The team face Cuil Gaels away in their penultimate match on or before 24th June and then host the East Clare Gaels the following weekend. The semi-final is scheduled for 12th August.

Doora Barefield were first on the scoreboard, but captain Sinead Fox levelled the match with a keenly taken free into the wind in the 4th minute. Doora Barefield went two up again before Roisin Donnellan fisted a Catherine Pender cross to the net to give Kildysart a slim margin 1-1 to 0-3 in the 18th minute. However, as Kildysart struggled to get a handle on the impact of the wind, Doora Barefield went on the offensive. The services of goalie Audrey Kelly were called upon numerous times and she didn’t disappoint but the townies pointed three unanswered scores to give them a 2 point advantage at the break: Kildysart 1-1, Doora Barefield 0-6.

Kildysart made positional switches at the break and introduced debutante Emily Leahy and veteran Gillian Finucane to the fore. Though Kildysart were limited to only 2 scores in the first half, the second half was a different matter. Points from Pender and Ashley O’Brien brought the sides level before 3 minutes were on the clock. Donnellan’s second goal came three minutes later putting the Blues in front and they never looked back. O’Brien and Amy Murphy added two more points, while relentless tackling and defending by the backs limited Doora Barefield to a single point which came in the 21st minute to narrow the gap to 4: Kildysart 2-5, DB 0-7. Murphy added another point before Kildysart added a third goal when a long-range effort by Kyla Foley swooped over the goalies head and into the net. Final score: Kildysart 3-6, Doora Barefield(2) 0-7.
Team: Audrey Kelly, Cheryl Ginnane, Chloe Sheehan, Shona Garry, Sarah Casey, Sinead Kelly, Laoise Kelly, Ashley O’Brien (0-2), Emma Byrne, Roisin Donnellan (2-0), Sinead Fox (0-1, 1f), Amy Murphy (0-2), Catherine Pender (0-1), Teresa Grace, Kyla Foley (1-0). Subs: Emily Leahy for T. Grace (HT), Gillian Finucane for L. Kelly (HT)

Big Win for Kildysart in O’Gorman Cup

posted 13 May 2018, 13:20 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 17 May 2018, 00:23 ]

13/05/2018: An invigorated Kildysart secured their first win in round 3 of the O’Gorman Cup with a home win over Kilkee 2-18 to 0-6. The win was an important boost to the team ahead of their Garry Cup showdown with Kilrush in a fortnight’s time.

Ger Kelly got Kildysart on the scoreboard with a brace of points in the opening 3 minutes. Further scores from Kieran Eyres, Kieran O’Brien, Mikey Donnellan and Kelly gave Kildysart a 6 points to no score advantage before the sea-siders opened their account in the 21st minute. Kildysart goalie Paul O’Brien denied Kilkee a certain goal with a great save at close range, however the visitors got the last three points of the period after points from Kelly and Eyres brought the home side’s total to 8. Halftime score: Kildysart 0-8, Kilkee 0-5.

The second half was a high scoring affair with Kildysart adding 2-10, of which 1-4 came from the bench, while keeping Kilkee to a single point. The first score of the second half was a converted penalty taken by Kieran Eyres after Keith Murphy was fouled in the small square. Kildysart dominated the possession and the scoring and had 9 scorers on the day. Final score Kildysart: 2-18, Kilkee 0-6.

Kildysart: Paul O’Brien, Brendan Frawley, Brian Eyres, Kieran Leahy, John Ginnane, Shane McNelis, Conor Donnellan, Keith O’Connor (0-1), Kieran O’Brien (0-5, 1f), Ryan Casey, John Murtagh, Kieran Eyres (1-3, 1p,1f), Ger Kelly (0-4, 1f), Keith Murphy, Mikey Donnellan (0-1). Subs: Michael Eustace (0-1) for K. Leahy (36 min), Luke McGrath (0-1) for K. Murphy (40 min), Diarmuid O’Donnell (1-1, 1f) for Ger Kelly (42 min), Seamus Casey (0-1) for J. Murtagh (46 min).

Bosco Ladies Football Claim 2nd Munster Medal

posted 11 May 2018, 08:07 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 11 May 2018, 08:18 ]

03/05/2018: St John Bosco Ladies Football teams have claimed double Munster medals when the Junior team beat Meanscoill San Nicolas, An Rinn, Waterford on 3rd May 3-13 to 3-7.  This follows on from the Senior team who beat Gaelcholaiste Chiarraí, Tralee on 11th April by a scoreline of  2-21 to 1-6.  This is the third set of Munster medals for the Kildysart school as the boys’ team also beat Meanscoill San Nicolas earlier in the year.

It was a tight affair with the lead changing hands many times in the first three periods.  The sides were deadlocked three times, with Bosco only pulling level for the last time with a free just after 60 minutes registered on the clock.  However, nine minutes of injury time was played and Bosco blasted two goals to the net for the 6 point win. 

Impact sub Sorcha Donnellan’s goals at either end of the match were pivotal scores for Bosco.  Kildysart were kept scoreless for the first 20 minutes and Donnellan’s first goal settled the team and put them in front 1-0 to 0-2.  A point from Kyla Foley extended the lead but a brace of points from San Nicolas saw the sides’ draw level.  San Nicolas took the lead when they raided for a goal in the 28th minute.  Points from Caiti Donnellan and Sinead McCann just before the first whistle narrowed the gap to only 1 point.  St John Bosco 1-3, San Nicolas 1-4.

It was a physical match with battles up and down the pitch.  The first five minutes of the restart brought parity again at 1-5 apiece.  Over the next 5 minutes Bosco maintained a slight lead 1-7 to 1-6 with midfielder Chloe O’Shea earning her Player of the Match accolade with some tenacious ball winning and setting up scores.  But the Waterford side raided for 2 back to back goals to put them ahead by 5 at the turn of the 4th quarter, 1-7 to 3-6.  Bosco never dropped the heads and the backs defended fiercely to keep San Nicolas to a single score for the remainder of the match while the forwards went on the offensive. There is great depth in the Bosco team as 2-2 was scored from the bench.  A coordinated effort by the Bosco team gave them 6 unanswered points by the 31st minute to draw level once again, Bosco 1-13 to San Nicolas 3-7.  Amy Murphy’s long ball in dropped short and bounced over the goalies head in the 34th minute to give Bosco the lift it needed, however the match wasn’t over yet.  Four more minutes would elapse with San Nicolas pulling out all the stops to get the equaliser, but Sorcha Donnellan would rattle the net again to give Bosco the extra cushion to see out any late rally from Waterford.  Final Score: St John Bosco 3-13, San Nicolas 3-7.

Team: Emma Byrne, Aoife McMahon, Louise Coffey, Jasmine McGrath, Sarah Casey, Sinead Kelly, Emily Leahy, Chloe O’Shea, Amy Murphy-captain (1-0), Sinead McCann (0-6, 2f), Kyla Foley (0-1), Molly McCarthy, Caiti Donnellan (0-1), Roisin Donnellan (0-3, 1f), Rachel Conway.  Subs: Sorcha Donnellan (2-1) for R. Conway (18 minutes), Grace Sheerer (0-1) for M. McCarthy (39 min), Niamh Moloney for L. Coffey (43 min), Caitlin Casey for S. Casey (55 min). Panel:  Leah O’Donnell, Eabha Garry, Laoise Keane, Holly Swire, Ciara Tighe, Alannah Murphy, Ciara Clohessy.

Front row: Caiti Donnellan,  Jasmine McGrath, Amy Murphy, Sinead McCann, Sinead Kelly, Kyla Foley, Grace Sheerer, Sarah Casey, Laoise Keane, Aisling O'Rourke, Eabha Garry

Back Row: Roisin Meaney, Holly Swire, Ciara Tighe, Roisin Donnellan, Molly McCarthy, Aoife McMahon, Leah O'Donnell, Rachel Conway, Emma Byrne, Emily Leahy, Caitlin Casey, Alannah Murphy, Ciara Clohessy, Louise Coffey, Niamh Moloney, Chloe O'Shea, Sorcha Donnellan, John Byrne.

Junior B Top Division 6 Table

posted 4 May 2018, 06:13 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 8 May 2018, 01:26 ]

03/05/2018: The Junior B continued their unbeaten run so far in 2018 with a comprehensive win over Shannon Gaels 2-16 to 0-5.  Mounting a halftime score of 1-8 to 2 points thanks to a well-taken penalty by Eoin Cleary, the Blues ploughed on in the second half for their 4th win on the trot.  This puts them alone on the top of the leaderboard with 8 points, 2 points ahead of St. Breckan.  The team are home for their last 2 matches: first up is Coolmeen on the 19th May and then there’s a showdown with the north Clare men of St. Breckan’s on the June bank holiday weekend.

Team: Aidan O’Loughlin, Cormac Ginnane, Paul O’Brien, Stevie Sheehan, Aaron Slobody, Brendan Frawley, Diarmuid Ginnane, Keith Murphy (0-1), Kevin Kelly, Diarmuid O’Donnell (1-4, 1f), Seamus Casey (0-4, 2f), Brian Moloney (0-2), Eoin Cleary (1-2, 1f), Terry Murphy (0-2), Christy Clancy (0-1)

Intermediates Spirited Effort Falls Short

posted 1 May 2018, 08:36 by Patricia Donnellan

29/04/2018:  Kildysart need at least a draw in their last Garry Cup match v Kilrush to avoid relegation.  The match is scheduled for the end of May.  See report in the Clare People below on Sunday's match v Cratloe.

Junior Ladies Make it 2 from 2 in Championship

posted 28 Apr 2018, 08:35 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 28 Apr 2018, 11:00 ]

27/04/2018: Kildysart Ladies Junior B continue their winning ways with a home romp over neighbours Fergus Rovers, who made their second journey to Kildysart in as many weeks.  The first time out was a league match where Kildysart mounted a dramatic comeback to eke out a one-point win after finding themselves 11 points in arrears.  This time around, it was a completely different affair with Kildysart winning by a 17 point margin, Kildysart 7-10, Fergus Rovers 3-5.

The first half was very competitive with both sides sizing each other up.  Captain Sinead Fox started off the scoring in the first half but a point from Laura Hanrahan had the visitors level by the 7th minute.  The Kildysart rear-guard were on high alert and determined to keep the ball out. Eleven minutes would pass without a score before Kyla Foley’s point started off a purple patch for Kildysart.  Catherine Pender, on route to a hat trick, got the first goal of the match when she finished off a lovely pass from Gillian Finucane.  Pender popped over the next point before Rebecca Cahill raised the first green flag for the Rovers.  With 25 minutes gone, Kildysart were in front by two, 1-3 to 1-1 and it was still all to play for.  Foley gave the Blues some breathing space when she fired the ball past the keeper just before the break of halftime.  Kildysart 2-3, Rovers 1-2.

At the restart, both sides were reduced to 13 players each due to two Fergus Rovers players having other commitments.  Kildysart took control of the match from the restart when Pender bagged her second goal. Points from Foley and Ashley O’Brien (2) extended the lead until Fergus Rovers fought back with a goal in the 10th minute from Eimear Stephens.  Kildysart backs were clearing all around them which allowed the Blues to continue their rampage adding a further 3-2 while keeping the Rovers scoreless.  The Rovers responded in the 23rd minute when Emma Hill added a goal to bring the score to Kildysart 6-9, Rovers 3-3.  Impact sub Teresa Grace, making her debut for Kildysart, added the last two scores for the home team.  Her first touch was a quick shot to the back of the net, followed up with a keenly taken point.  Final score: Kildysart 7-10, Fergus Rovers 3-5.  Referee Michael Talty.

Kildysart: Audrey Kelly, Cheryl Ginnane, Chloe Sheehan, Katie Neenan, Aisling Murphy, Sinead Kelly, Emma Byrne, Ashley O’Brien (1-3), Kyla Foley (1-3), Roisin Donnellan, Sinead Fox-captain (1-1), Katie Donnellan (0-1), Gillian Finucane, Emma Finucane, Catherine Pender (3-1).  Subs: Laoise Kelly for K. Neenan (35 min), Hazel O’Donoghue for C. Ginnane (45 min), Niamh O’Grady for E. Finuncane (47 min), Teresa Grace (1-1) for S. Kelly (52 min), Alannah Killourghery for K. Foley (55 min). Panel: Amy Connolly, Ann O’Sullivan, Shona Garry, Ruth Finucane, Caroline Casey, Amy Murphy, Sarah Casey, Rachel Conway

Fergus Rovers:  Ciara Sheehan, Ciara Cullen, Cathy Casey, Meabh McCarthy, Emma Keating, Laura Hanrahan (0-4, 2f), Ellen Griffin, Bernadette Kelly, Yvonne Collins, Rebecca Cahill (1-0), Ava O Malley (0-1), Grainne McCarthy, Emma Hill (1-0), Eimear Stephens (1-0) and Grace O Sullivan.

Kildysart Ladies U16’s Important Win over Clooney/Quin

posted 27 Apr 2018, 05:55 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 27 Apr 2018, 07:38 ]

26/04/2017:  Kildysart Ladies U16 had their first home match of the season yesterday and it proved to be a cracker. It was end-to-end stuff but Kildysart played out of their skins to eventually win the battle against the previously unbeaten Clooney Quin, 3-10 to 3-3.  Two late goals gave Kildysart a cushion in the end but up to then it was a very tight affair. 

Kildysart’s first 3 matches were on the road starting with a comprehensive win under lights in Gurteen v  Doora Barefield B 4-3 to 0-4.  They faced potential table toppers Doonbeg in their next match and came away empty-handed as Doonbeg raided for 3 goals in the second half, Kildysart 0-7 to Doonbeg 3-1.  Next up was Cuil Gaels in Coolmeen and Kildysart came away on top 3-7 to 0-4.  All roads then led to Kildysart where a potential spot in the U16C Cup final was at stake in the 3 way race between Kildysart, Clooney Quin and Doonbeg for the top 2 spots.  A loss for either team would shut out their chance at the cup.  Clooney have all their matches played and Kildysart and Doonbeg both have matches outstanding v Newmarket on Fergus.

Kildysart started brightly and raced into a 4 point lead with Roisin Donnellan (3) and Amy Murphy being on the end of great teamwork that resulted in the scores.  Clooney settled a bit and clawed back 2 points and were relentless in attack but a point from Kyla Foley put 3 between them again.  Goalie Emma Byrne was kept busy throughout the match and made at least 10 saves over the course of 60 minutes for Kildysart.  Clooney never gave up and eventually got passed the defence to goal bringing the sides level at the 27th minute.  Grace Sheerer scored the final point of the half to give Kildysart a 1 point lead at the break, Kildysart 0-6, Clooney 1-2.

A point from play in the opening minutes of the second half saw Clooney draw level again.  Roisin Donnellan slotted the ball between the posts from a difficult angle to put the Blues in front once more and though the match seesawed for the remainder of the half, Kildysart never relinquished their lead.  Kildysart’s first goal came from a run by centre-back Sinead Kelly who offloaded the ball and made no mistake with the return pass.  Kildysart 1-7, Clooney 1-3.  Clooney responded in-kind almost immediately with their 2nd goal to put just the minimum between them again with 10 minutes played.  The teamwork on display was excellent and the full back line of Eabha Garry, who had her best game at this age group, Niamh Moloney and Aoife Cleary were a strong last line of defence.  The speed and attacking prowess of the half-back line of Kelly, Aoife McMahon and Caitlin Casey ensured the ball stayed mostly in the Clooney half.  Points from Emily Leahy, Foley and Murphy stretched the lead to four but there was no stopping the relentless Clooney whose goal in the 22nd minute left just 1 between them, Kildysart 1-10, Clooney 3-3. Clooney had no match for the midfield pairing of Murphy and Foley who won most of the 50/50 balls.  Caiti Donnellan was hoovering up from the half forward line and corner forwards Emma Garry & Grace Sheerer were very involved in the build-up of the scores.  The turning point of the match came in the 27th minute when the breaking Foley passed to the unmarked Leah O’Donnell who took on the goalkeeper to find the back of the net. Kildysart never got complacent and Foley’s goal in the 32nd minute increased the gap to 7 and finished out the game.  Kildysart 3-10, Clooney/Quin 3-3. Referee Barry Kelly.

Kildysart: Emma Byrne, Eabha Garry, Niamh Moloney, Aoife Cleary, Caitlin Casey, Sinead Kelly (1-0), Aoife McMahon, Amy Murphy-captain (0-2), Kyla Foley (1-2), Caiti Donnellan, Roisin Donnellan (0-4), Leah O’Donnell (1-0), Grace Sheerer (0-1), Emily Leahy (0-1), Emma Garry.


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