West U21 A Final
Shannon Gaels 1-10
Deel Rangers 1-04.
Our U21s made it back to back West titles in Foynes last Saturday afternoon. The Gaels got off to a wonderful start when Tommy Griffin scored a great goal after some clever build up play by the forwards. Kevin Moore then followed up with two well struck frees giving us a 5 point lead. However, it was then that Deel Rangers got into gear, slotting over three points on the trot to leave the score 1-2 to 0-3 at half time. It could have been a lot closer but for the staunch defending by the Stacks and Christy McSweeney in the full back line.
After the break, our opponents kicked over another point and followed it up with a well taken goal which had Shannon Gaels trailing for the first time. Coming just after half time, this score could have had a major bearing on the outcome of the game, but it was the spark that spurred our boys into action. First up, Connor O’Shaughnessy bisected the posts with a fine right footed effort. Then James Wallace, Jamie Long and Kevin Moore did likewise to put us ahead once more. In the 45th minute, Darragh Noonan grabbed a loose ball 40 yards out and with the outside of his left boot, kicked over a great point. Lightning struck twice as 3 minutes later, he followed up with another point from the exact same position. Noonan struck over another free in the 52nd minute which left us firmly in control. As the game entered its dying stages, substitute Martin McSweeney put the icing on the cake by finishing a fine move with a great point. A huge cheer went up from the crowd when referee Jason Mullins blew for full time, the Gaels dream of back to back West titles achieved. West Board official, Johnny Walsh, presented the cup to the Shannon Gaels captain Tommy Griffin. In his victory speech, he thanked the players, officials and spectators. He also paid tribute to John Walsh, Pat Noonan, Mike Sweeney, James Donovan and Ger Lyons for their training and dedication during the campaign. The Gaels now go forward to the County semi final where they will face the winners of the East division, Pallasgreen.
Team: D. Killeen, G. Stack, C. McSweeney, B. Stack, J. Stack, K. Sweeney, F. Geoghegan, T. Griffin (1-0), J. Long (0-1), John Wallace, P. Culhane, D. Noonan(0-3), James Wallace(0-1) K. Moore(0-3), C. Shaughnessy (0-1), P. Moore, M. McSweeney (0-1),J. Liston, D. Noonan, D. Curtin, E. Costello, S. Barrett, C. O’Donovan.
Munster Junior Football Final
After a wait of 30 years, we won the County Junior Football title in Ballygran on Nov 1th 2014, when we defeated Kilteely-Dromkeen in the final. Our performance that day would compare with any in the history of our club and the great Glin Gaels of the past who wore the black and white with great distinction would have been very proud of these talented young men.
Since that memorable victory in early November, our local heroes have defeated Inane Rovers of Tipperary and Kill of Waterford to qualify for the Munster Junior final. On Sunday next Dec. 7th we face the Kerry champions from Brosna at3.15pm in Mallow, Co. Cork. Great moments in sport allow great players an opportunity to achieve greatness. Next Sunday we hope that our young heroes will further enhance their claim to greatness and bring a Munster title back to the banks of the Corbry. We really appreciate the fantastic support we’ve enjoyed to date, both at home and from abroad, and we would encourage everyone try and be there in Mallow on Sunday for the biggest day of them all.
Glin GAA Club Christmas Raffle
Our annual Christmas Raffle will take place on Sunday, December 21st with a range of cash prizes and hampers to be won. Tickets are now on sale from all club players and members and are priced at €5 for one, with a book of 3 for €10. We would greatly appreciate all contributions made to this Christmas draw.
Munster Junior C’ship Final: Glin vs Brosna (Kerry), Sunday, December 7th at 3.15pm in Mallow, Co. Cork