14th Sept, U12 Football Final, Rathkeale
28th Sept, U10 Hurling Blitz, Away
4th Oct, U8 Hurling Blitz
26th Oct, U10 Hurling Blitz, Away
Our minor footballers provided Kilpeacon GAA with its first piece of silverware following a resounding win over Claughan in the City Minor Football final on Saturday last. Playing with the elements, Kilpeacon dominated for long periods in the first half. Early scores by Cormac Flanagan, Conor Burke, Micheál O’Neill, David Macken and Damien Kearney put us 5 pts to 2 up. The key score of the half came when Craig McNamara goaled and further points were added by C.Flanagan and C.McNamara leaving the half time score 1.7 to 0.2.
Concerns over a Claughan comeback were allayed when C.Flanagan scored 1.2 early in the second half which put us in complete control. Further goals were added by C.McNamara and David Butler. Claughan battled bravely throughout and it required resolute defending from keeper Eoin Enright who was capably supported by Liam Carey & the Moloney brothers, Evan and Tim, in the full back line to keep them at bay. The half back line of Colm Carey, Nicky Morrissey and David Cregan covered an immense amount of ground and limited Claughan’s attacking options. Midfield dominated throughout with a controlled and disciplined performance by David Macken and a resurgent Conor Burke.
Scoring 4.9 from play illustrated the effectiveness of the forward line, where in the half line the strength and ball winning ability of M.O’Nell and Damien Kearney combined with the guile of Gary O’Connell. In the full line, Liam Quirkle worked tigerishly and created several scoring opportunites, the placement of C.Flanagan at full forward caused chaos in the defensive line and sharpshooting Craig McNamara availed of his chances.
The introduction of David Butler, Conor and Darragh Griffin, Thomas and Evan Keogh saw us over the finish line. In his acceptance speech, Capt. Tim Moloney thanked the referee, coaches (Mossy,Matt,Ger,Noel,John & Leon), Rathbane GAA for their pitch and the sporting Claughan side.
Panel: Eoin Enright,Evan Moloney,Tim Moloney,Liam Carey, Colm Carey,Nicky Morrissey,David Cregan, Conor Burke, David Mackem, Gary. O’Connell, Micheál O’ Neill,Damien Kearney,Liam Quirke,Cormac Flanagan,Craig McNamara, David Butler,Conor Griffin,Darragh Griffin,Thomas Keogh,Evan Keogh. (Seán Fitzgerald away on interprovential duty)
U16 Football Championship Kilpeacon V Hospital/Herbertstown . Venue Crecora, Date 02nd September 2013 at 7:00pm. Full time Big win for Kilpeacon
Kilpeacon waited to the last game in football to give their best performance even with a few players short we still had a 21 man squad and all of them played their hearts out.
Right from the start Kilpeacon showed their intent by scoring points early on and keeping Hospital Herbertstown in their own half and then with goals from Damian Kearney and Jay McCilligan a healthy lead was established of 02:09 to 00:02 at halftime.
The second half followed the same pattern and Jay earned his man of the match performance with 2 more goals and a brace of points. Robert also got a great goal.
There were strong performances all over the field from the Kilpeacon players.
If only we had this turn out at all our matches who knows what might have happened but at least it now looks good for the future.
Kilpeacon Team: Paraic O’Neill , Mark Shanahan ,Tomas Connolly, Eoin Kennedy, Cian Leahy, Edwin Wixted, John Creedon, Barry Fitzgibbon, Damian Kearney (capt), Garry O’Connell , Jay McCilligan, Robert Grere, Donacha Connolly , Jake Loughran, Robert Sweeney, Conor Kirby, Richard and Michael Bateman, Tomas Roche, Cillian Prenderville and Aron Hayes
The U16’s will continue with training over the next few months and thanks to those who turned up for training and matches so far. When we have the numbers and put the effort in the rewards will be great.
U12 Hurling & Football
The finals day of U12 League took place on Saturday 6th Sep where we were up against Adare and Patrickswell. Match reports from this will be included next week.
Training continues on Sunday evening at 18:00pm for the U12 footballers and with our football finals day on Sat 14th , we need a full turnout at training please as numbers have been low the last couple of weeks.
Hurling training will also continue on Monday evening at 19:00pm and with most of the U12 panel also being part of the U13 Panel these training sessions are important to attend.
Finally , if anyone is interested in Coaching or helping out in coaching especially with our underage teams ie U6 , U8 and U10’s in both hurling and/or football please let Ger Riordan or Noel Kennedy know . We are short of football coaches all through the age groups especially at U6 , U8 and U10’s and could even do with another coach at u12’s so if you are interested or know of anyone who is interested , we will organise coaching courses etc to help you.
U6 & U8 Hurling
On Friday evening 6th September Crecora Manister hosted an U8 Hurling blitz.
Teams participated from St Patricks, Ballybrown and Crecora-Manister.
Approx 60 players took part, each player laying in 3 games, spread across 4 separate pitches.
The smaller team sizes gave players more opportunity to play the ball and put their skills into practice.
Crecora Manister were well represented with over 20 players taking part from the U6 and U8 age groups.
Our players represented us well by engaging in the games, following the play and displaying their skills which are improving all the time.
The weather stayed dry so there was time for all players to get some refreshments after their games and their busy first full week back to school.