Match Reports

Kildysart Topple Coolmeen in Garry Cup Derby

posted by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated ]

21/04/18:  There was more than just local bragging rights at stake this afternoon when Kildysart travelled to Coolmeen to play round 5 in the Garry Cup.  Both sides were looking for a win to improve their relegation prospects, with Coolmeen at the bottom of the table on zero points and Kildysart joined with four other teams on 4 points or less. Though Kildysart came away empty-handed from their first two outings v table toppers Ennistymon and Eire Óg, they took a share of the spoils in the next two rounds v Doora Barefield and Kilmihil.  This evening Kildysart continued in their improved form to be resounding winners Kildysart 1-10, Coolmeen 0-7, putting Kildysart 4 points above the black and amber in the drop zone.

The first half was a low scoring affair with only 6 scores on the board by the break.  Clare midfielder and Coolmeen’s top player, Cathal O’Connor put Coolmeen in front with a brace of frees in the opening 5 minutes, but four unanswered points from Kildysart turned the tide of the match.  Rory McMahon, who controlled the match from centre back, started off the scoring in the 15th minute.  Seamus Casey popped over the leveller in the 24th minute and Kildysart never looked back.  Keith O’Connor, who along with Kieran O’Brien eclipsed the Coolmeen midfield pairing of O’Connor and Michael Brooks added a point before the elusive Diarmuid O’Donnell finished off the scoring to leave Kildysart ahead 4 points to two at the first whistle.

Kildysart raised the only green flag of the match 9 minutes into the second half when Keith Murphy fed to Luke McGrath who blasted it to the net.  Coolmeen had no answer for Michael “Taz” Eustace who was causing trouble all over the pitch with his man of the match performance.  O’Connor was keeping Coolmeen in the match with 4 points between the sides at the turn of the last quarter, Kildysart 1-5, Coolmeen 0-4, until impact sub Kieran Eyres notched the match up another level with 2 points in his first 3 minutes on the field. Coolmeen added 3 more points but points from Keith Murphy, Diarmuid O’Donnell and Ryan Casey saw the Blues out.  Kildysart had eight scorers on the day, with 3 points coming from the bench.  Final score: Kildysart 1-10, Coolmeen 0-7.

Kildysart aren’t out of the woods yet and need to get results from their next two matches v Cratloe (away on 29th April) and Kilrush (away 27th May) as the bottom two teams will be relegated.  It’s still all to play for, as with 5 rounds played, Kildysart are level on 4 points with their next two opponents Cratloe and Kilrush.  Kilmihil are on 3 points but they have a round in hand and Coolmeen on zero points.

Kildysart: Ger Kelly, Kieran Leahy, Brian Eyres, Stevie Sheehan, John Ginnane, Rory McMahon (0-1), Michael Eustace, Keith O’Connor (0-1), Kieran O’Brien, Seamus Casey (0-1), Neil O’Connor, Luke McGrath (1-0), Diarmuid O’Donnell (0-3, 2f), Keith Murphy (0-1), John Murtagh.  Subs: Ryan Casey (0-1) for J. Murtagh (HT), Kieran Eyres (0-2, 1f) for L. McGrath (44 min), Mikey Donnellan for D. O’Donnellan (53 min), Oisin Coyle for S. Casey (57 min)

Coolmeen: Adam Carrig, Kevin McMahon, Kevin Val McMahon, Gary Meaney, Alan Normoyle, Brian Markham, Martin McMahon, Michael Brooks, Cathal O’Connor, Mark Meaney, Sean Wallace, Thomas Coffey, Kevin Corry, Cian Murphy, Shane McMahon.

Intermediates Get Share of the Spoils in Kilmihil

posted 17 Apr 2018, 03:41 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 17 Apr 2018, 03:50 ]

17/04/2018: Report from the Clare People.  Kildysart have 2 points on the table (draw to DB & draw to Kilmihil) and are sitting second last.  This Saturday 21st April, Kildysart travel to Coolmeen, where they face bottom-of-the-table Coolmeen, who are on zero points.  A win here for Kildysart would improve their prospects of avoiding relegation.  Both teams face Kilrush (on 2 points) and Cratloe (on 4 points) in their last two matches.

Kildysart Ladies Stage Second Come Back in a Row

posted 14 Apr 2018, 06:14 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 17 Apr 2018, 03:37 ]

14/04/2018:  Kildysart Ladies played Fergus Rovers’ second team on Friday evening in front of a large home crowd in a hugely enthralling match and won in the end by the narrowest of margins, Kildysart 2-15 to Fergus Rovers 5-5.  Having found themselves in arrears 4-1 to 0-2 with only 9 minutes on the clock, the Blues settled into the match and mounted a steadfast comeback, to take 2 wins from 2 matches in the Division 4 league.

Fergus Rovers got the dream start when Yvonne Collins and Laura Hanrahan both fisted the ball passed the Kildysart keeper inside the first 3 minutes.  Kildysart countered with points from Roisin Donnellan and captain Sinead Fox, but the Rovers were relentless and goals from Ava O’Malley and Eimear Stevens and a point from O’Malley gave the visitors a 4-1 to 0-2 head start with 21 minutes in the first half remaining.  Kildysart made some positional switches which steadied the ship and kick started their revival.  They went on the attack with scores from Fox (3), Catherine Pender (2), R. Donnellan, Caiti Donnellan, Ashley O’Brien and Amy Murphy to outscore their neighbours 9 points to 2.  Kildysart had a number of near misses, hitting the woodwork in total 7 times over the 60 minutes.  Good defensive work by the backs limited the Rovers to only two more points from O’Malley and Hanrahan.  Score at the first whistle, Kildysart 0-11, Fergus Rovers 4-3.

Super sub Kyla Foley made an impact as soon as she hit the field at the start of the second half winning ball up and down the field.  Kildysart started strong and quickly narrowed the gap to two before Roisin Donnellan hit the net to bring the home side in front for the first time at the 36th minute.  The match seesawed from here on and the Rovers were in front by two after a goal from Bernadette Kelly, Kildysart 1-14, Fergus Rovers 5-4 with 11 minutes remaining on the clock.  Catherine Pender narrowed the gap to one before Roisin Donnellan’s second goal put Kildysart up by two in the 58th minute.  A nail biting finish ensued with the Rovers on the “prowl” for the winning goal but the woodwork came into play again, this time denying Hanrahan’s effort.  A late point from Emma Keating left the minimum between the sides.  Final Score: Kildysart 2-15, Fergus Rovers 5-5.  Congratulations to both team on a very sporting and exciting match.

Team: Audrey Kelly, Cheryl Ginnane, Sinead Kelly, Sarah Casey, Chloe Sheehan, Aisling Murphy, Emma Byrne, Ashley O’Brien (0-1), Amy Murphy (0-1), Caroline Casey, Sinead Fox-captain (0-4), Niamh O’Grady, Catherine Pender (0-3), Roisin Donnellan (2-4), Caiti Donnellan (0-2).  Subs: Kyla Foley for N. O’Grady, Shona Garry for C. Donnellan, Katie Neenan for C. Ginnane, Emma Finucane for C. Casey, Amy Connolly for Aisling Murphy. Panel: Ann O’Sullivan, Teresa Grace, Alannah Killoughery, Hazel O’Donoghue, Rachel Conway-injured, Laoise Kelly-injured, Gillian Finucane, Ruth Finucane.

Fergus Rovers:  Ciara Sheehan, Ciara Cullen, Meabh McCarthy, Lauren Hill, Lisa Hill, Aoife Clohessy, Bernadette Kelly (1-0), Yvonne Collins (1-0), Emma Hill, Ellen Griffin, Laura Hanrahan (1-2), Emma Keating (0-1), Ava O Malley (1-2), Grainne McCarthy-captain, Eimear Stephens (1-0).

Fergus Rovers captain Grainne McCarthy with Kildysart captain Sinead Fox, with referee Michael Talty

Sinead Fox Kildysart Jr B Ladies

Bosco Ladies are Munster Champions

posted 11 Apr 2018, 09:34 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 12 Apr 2018, 01:02 ]

11/04/2018:  The girls from St John Bosco Community College were delighted for the opportunity for a second bite at the cherry when they found themselves in their second consecutive Munster Senior E Final against Gaelcholaiste Chiarraí, Tralee. They were determined not to leave the silverware behind after suffering a heartbreaking 1 point defeat to the Kerry outfit last year.  The match took place today at Mannix Community College, Charleville and this time the Kildysart school left nothing behind and were comprehensive winners 2-21 to 1.6.

Bosco’s grit and determination was evident from the outset and the team worked together to go on the offensive.  The first half saw 8 different scorers including a long run by halfback Sinead Kelly which resulted in a point for the Green and Whites.  Amy Murphy, Kyla Foley and player of the match, Sarah McCann controlled the midfield and scored 1-7 between them before the interval.  Amy Murphy scored a fortuitous goal when a free fell short and lobbed over the Tralee goalie’s head.  The full forward line of Bianca Tully, Roisin Donnellan and Eimear Stevens were on target with 6 points in the first half.  Goalie Emma Byrne was called upon to make 2 saves and was ably assisted by the dogged full-back line of Jasmine McGrath, Chloe Sheehan and Susan Casey.  Wing forwards Molly McCarthy and Sinead McCann fought tirelessly and ensured the ball stayed in the Kerry half, with Sinead McCann popping over the last score of the half, Bosco 1-11, Gaelcholaiste 0-4.

Second half substitute Katie Donnellan’s first touch resulted in a point for Bosco and she slotted one past the ‘keeper 5 minutes later, when Amy Murphy found her unmarked by the square.  Heading into the last quarter, Bosco were ahead 2-17 to 0-5 but were wary of complacency as last year a similar sized lead evaporated in front of their eyes.  This time there was no letting up.  Wing backs Willow Swire and Ailish Kenny were relentless in their pursuit of ball and good defensive work by Ailish Kenny resulted in another Amy Murphy point.  Tralee did not give up and were rewarded with a goal at the 28th minute.  But the depth of the Bosco bench meant that they had fresh legs to see out the match.  Final Score:  St John Bosco Community College, Kildysart, County Clare: 2-21, Gaelcholaiste Chiarraí, Tralee, Kerry: 1-6.  St. John Bosco has achieved the double so far this year with their ladies and men’s teams winning Munster finals and they are hopeful the Ladies Junior Team can bring home the third trophy of the year.

Team: Emma Byrne, Susan Casey, Chloe Sheehan, Jasmine McGrath, Ailish Kenny, Sinead Kelly (0-1), Willow Swire, Amy Murphy (1-2), Kyla Foley (0-4), Sinead McCann (0-2), Sarah McCann-captain (0-1), Molly McCarthy, Eimear Stevens (0-5), Roisin Donnellan (0-3), Bianca Tully (0-1). Subs: Katie Donnellan (1-2) for B. Tully (39 min), Chloe O’Shea for M.McCarthy (40 min), Sarah Casey for S. Casey (50 min), Sorcha Donnellan for E. Stevens (55 min), Aoife McMahon for A. Murphy (55 min), Emily Leahy for K. Foley (56 min).  Rachel Conway (injured), Management team: Roisin Meaney, John Byrne.

Kildysart Adult Ladies Win Opener v Cuil Gaels

posted 10 Apr 2018, 05:52 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 10 Apr 2018, 07:49 ]

10/04/2018: Great win for Kildysart Ladies in their Division 4 League Opener

Intermediates Score Big Win in 2017 Opener

posted 20 Jun 2017, 06:15 by Patricia Donnellan


U16 Ladies Win Shield in Local Derby

posted 16 May 2017, 14:08 by Patricia Donnellan

13/05/2017: A large crowd gathered in Ballynacally to see neighbours Kildysart and Fergus Rovers battle for the Cummins Car Centre U16C Shield on Friday last.  It was a tense affair with the sides level 5 times over the course of the match and showcased some very strong performances from both teams.  However it was Kildysart who claimed the Shield on a score line of 3-6 to 3-4.
Katie Donnellan opened the scoring for Kildysart with a point in the opening minute.  However Fergus Rovers’ Sorcha Donnellan (no relation) scored her first of two goals to bring the Rovers ahead at the 5 minute mark.  The full back line of Aoife McMahon, Clara O’Grady and Sarah Casey worked tirelessly throughout the match to keep the Rovers at bay with goalie Laura Reidy making three great saves during the match.  Points from Sinead Kelly and Grace Sheerer drew the side’s level with 10 minutes played. An unanswered goal and point from Roisin Donnellan put the Blues ahead but Molly McCarthy’s point just before half time left only a goal between them at half time. Kildysart 1-4, Fergus Rovers 1-1.
The Rovers started strongly with Grace O’Sullivan’s goal bringing the sides level 2 minutes after the restart.  The sides swapped points with Roisin Donnellan and Aine Garry popping over the bar to draw level again Kildysart 1-5 and Rovers 2-2.  The mid field pairings of Sinead Kelly and Emma Byrne for Kildysart and Aine Garry and Ava Cotter for Fergus Rovers were well matched and dominated the middle of the pitch.  Kildysart forwards Amy Murphy, Kyla Foley and Rachel Conway were causing trouble for the opposition throughout the match.  A goal from Katie Donnellan put Kildysart ahead by 3 and for the next 5 minutes there was no score until Sorcha Donnellan lifted the Rovers with 1-1 to put them in the lead by 1 with 5 minutes remaining, Kildysart 2-5, Rovers 3-3.  Kildysart’s lively wings backs Caitlin Casey and Emily Leahy were breaking forward all game and were rewarded with a point when centre back Chloe Sheehan slotted one over after a long run up the pitch to bring the sides level again.  Impact sub Megan Sheehan set up the last score for Kildysart when Sinead Kelly’s long range effort ended up in the back of the net in the dying minutes to put the Blues ahead by 3.  The Rovers never gave up and Molly McCarthy’s point put them on the prowl for the winning goal but time ran out.  Full time score Kildysart 3-6, Fergus Rovers 3-4. Referee: Barry Kelly
Kildysart: Laura Reidy, Aoife McMahon, Clara O’Grady, Sarah Casey, Caitlin Casey, Chloe Sheehan-captain (0-1), Emily Leahy, Sinead Kelly (1-1), Emma Byrne, Kyla Foley, Amy Murphy, Katie Donnellan (1-1), Rachel Conway, Roisin Donnellan (1-2), Grace Sheerer (0-1). Subs: Megan Sheehan, Hannah Mikhael, Zoe Nagle, Rachel O’Sullivan, Aoife Cleary, Leah O’Donnellan, Lucia Cibran.  Management: Helen Murphy, John Byrne, Tricia Donnellan
Fergus Rovers: Shauna Hayes, Emma Hill, Molly McCarthy (0-1), Clodagh Herilhy, Emma Keating, Lisa Hill, Grainne Ryan, Ava Cotter, Aine Garry (0-1), Holly Garry, Ciara O’Brien-captain, Ellen Griffin, Sarah Sheehan, Sorcha Donnellan (2-2), Grace O’Sullivan (1-0). Subs: Louise Coffey, Sherrie Marrinan, Chloe O’Shea, Davin Livingston. Management: Sean O’Sullivan, Mairead Hayes, Mary Keating

Great Comeback Gives Kildysart Victory in Corofin

posted 15 Apr 2017, 14:35 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 15 Apr 2017, 15:57 ]

15/04/2017:  Kildysart’s strong 4th quarter performance gave the Blues their second win out of three in this year’s Garry Cup campaign beating Corofin 1-13 to 1-11.  Having suffered a heavy loss to St. Brecken’s last week, Kildysart started strongly and had 2 points on the board from the boot of Kieran Eyres by the 6th minute.  It took Corofin 10 minutes to get their first score but they tacked on 5 in a row, led by Clare footballer Jamie Malone, to go ahead 5 points to 2 by the 21st minute.  Kildysart drew level at 5 points apiece by the 24th minute with two scores from Barry Crehan and one from Damian Hill.  However, the north Clare side pulled ahead once more with an unanswered 1-1.  Another Barry Crehan point cancelled out Corofin’s last effort to leave 4 points between the sides at the break: Corofin 1-7, Kildysart 0-6.

Kildysart subs, David McMahon and Kieran O’Brien, who came on at either side of the half time whistle were influential in turning the tide in Kildysart’s favour, but it was goalie Robert Eyres who sealed the deal for Kildysart. Corofin started off the scoring with a point but Luke McGrath countered to keep the gap at 4 points.  Two points from Corofin were followed by a point from Barry Crehan to leave the Blues down by 5 points at the turn of the 4th quarter, Corofin 1-10, Kildysart 0-8. But the game started to turn in Kildysart’s favour when goalie Robert Eyres took the first of his 4 frees just inside the 45’ line.  David McMahon followed with a point and then goalie Eyres was called upon to convert a 45’ to bring the game within 2.  Kieran O’Brien’s long range effort dropped favourably to Damian Hill who fisted to the net to give Kildysart the lead with 24 minutes on the clock, 1-11 to 1-10.  A scoreless 7 minutes ensued when Corofin were awarded a score-able free which they duly converted to bring the sides level at 31 minutes gone.  The referee then announced 2 minutes of additional time and it was all to play for.  At the 33rd minute, Eyres came forward to take the potential game winning free on or about the 45 metre line.  With Cluxton-like aplomb, he slotted the ball between the posts to give Kildysart the lead, and the game carried on.  At the 34th minute, Eyres was again called upon and this time the free was 55 metres out and without fail, he banged over the insurance point.  Final score: Kildysart 1-13, Corofin 1-11.  Kildysart have 2 wins and 1 loss and face Eire Óg next Saturday at home in round 4.

Team: Robert Eyres (0-4, 4f), Cormac Ginnane, Brian Eyres, Kieran Leahy, Michael “Taz” Eustace, Rory McMahon, Brendan Frawley, Neil O’Connor, Shane McNelis, Mikey Donnellan, Kieran Eyres (0-2), Oisin Coyle, Barry Crehan (0-4, 1f), Damien Hill (1-1), Luke McGrath (0-1). Subs: David McMahon (0-1) for B. Frawley 25 min, Kieran O’Brien for O. Coyle 33 min

Debutante Luke McGrath Leads Kildysart in Win over Wolfetones

posted 14 Mar 2017, 08:43 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 14 Mar 2017, 08:52 ]

11/03/2017:  Kildysart Intermediates got off to a good start in their Garry Cup opener at home v Wolfetones winning 2-13 to 0-4.  Wolfetones arrived with a much depleted side due to soccer commitments and only managed 2 points in each half and had to wait until the 47th to get their only point from play.  Kildysart were impressed with their young talent with debutante Luke McGrath scoring 1-5 (1f) and centre back Rory McMahon contributing 1-1, after impressing with the Clare U21 team in Munster on Wednesday last.  The home side led at halftime 1-8 to 0-2 and pushed on ahead in the second half.  Next match is 8th April away to St. Breckans.

Team: Robert Eyres, Conor Donnellan, Brian Eyres, Cormac Ginnane, Michael Eustace, Rory McMahon (1-1), Ryan Casey, Neil O'Connor, Kieran Eyres (0-2), John Ginnane, John Murtagh (0-2), Oisin Coyle, Luke McGrath (1-5, 1f), Shane McNelis, Barry Crehan (0-3). Subs: Brendan Frawley for R. Casey (42 min), Mikey Donnellan for L. McGrath (50 min).

Kildysart/Coolmeen Claim West Clare U15 Title

posted 16 Nov 2016, 07:21 by Patricia Donnellan

03/11/2016:  Coolmeen / Kildysart defeated Kilmurry Ibrickane in the West Clare U15 A Final on a score of 4 – 05 to 0 – 10.  This was a cracking game of football played in ideal conditions. Coolmeen / Kildysart started in a blaze of glory when Emmet McMahon scored a goal in the first minute of the game. KIB responded with 4 points in a row to take the lead. Coolmeen / Kildysart regained the lead when Barry McMahon goaled after a great passing move. Soon after Conor Hassett scored a 3rd goal. In the remaining minutes of the half Emmett McMahon pointed 2 frees for Coolmeen / Kildysart.  Half Time: Coolmeen / Kildysart: 3 – 02 KIB: 0 – 04

James Kelly scored the first point of the second half for Coolmeen / Kildysart. KIB scored 3 points to reduce the margin. Emmet McMahon scored 2 points to extend the lead for Coolmeen / Kildysart. KIB pressed forward & scored 3 further points. In the closing stages KIB peppered the Coolmeen / Kildysart goalmouth but the defence held out. In injury time Dylan O’Halloran scored a brilliant goal for Coolmeen / Kildysart to guarantee victory
Full Time: Coolmeen / Kildysart 4 – 05 KIB: 0 – 10
Team: Conor Cusack, Darren Crehan, Fergal Ginnane, David Murphy, Dylan O Halloran, Patrick O’Donnell, Conor Moloney, JJ Carrig, James Kelly, Conor Hassett, Barry McMahon, Emmet McMahon, Dylan Power 
Subs: Ronan Murphy, Danny O’Dea, Adam Wallace, Conor Kenny, Jake Cronan, Mark Moloney, Joe Kelly, Kieran Lorrigan
Mentors: Kevin Kelly, Michael Kirrane, Noel O’Grady, Adam Carrig.  Credit match report to Coolmeen GAA

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