In these days of high unemployment and resulting immigration, where many GAA clubs are struggling to field teams, the amalgamation of Crecora/Manister with Fedamore under the team name Kilpeacon has proved to be an amazing success in it’s very first year. Their City final win over Cappamore at the weekend (see match report below), together with their double of City & County Football titles, brings their silverware to 3 cups for the season, which is an unprecedented result in the first season of an amalgamation. Great credit is due to the clubs, coaches and players of Crecora/Manister & Fedamore who worked tirelessly together to make this amalgamation such a success at Minor level. This should help to inspire other clubs who are struggling to field teams to consider what’s possible when smaller clubs come together with a common aim
On Sunday last, Kilpeacon Minors brought a historic season to a close by adding the City Hurling title to the football double completed earlier in the season. The first encounter against Cappamore had ended all square and Kilpeacon entered this encounter missing a few regulars but produced the performance of the year, leading from start to finish in an epic game. Early midfield dominance by Nicky Morrissey and Damian Kearney provided the ammunition that was gratefully accepted by free scoring Craig McNamara(0.4) and a wonderful Liam Quirke goal. Cappamore responded well and scored 1.4 in succession, however further scores by Craig McNamara(1.1) gave us a halftime advantage of 2.5 to 1.4.
Despite the setback of conceding an early goal at the start of the second half we settled well to the task and for the next quarter scores were exchanged with Cormac Flanagan and C. McNamara keeping us in front. During this phase of play our defense was outstanding. The full back line led by the dominant Sean Fitzgerald supported by Eoin Enright and Darragh Griffin did not yield an inch and half backs of Evan Moloney, Colm Carey and the inspirational Tim Moloney completely got on top of their opposite number. The move of Liam Carey to midfield helped us re-establish control in this area and as we entered the last quarter Cormac Flanagan produced a few moments of magic, first setting up C.McNamara for a sweet point and then driving through the Cappamore defense to score a matching winning goal. Cappamore continued to rally and stalwart Killian Rea was called upon to make two superb reflex saves. We added two further points when the hard working David Butler setup Gary O’Connell for a well taken point and Liam Carey rounded off the score with a point. The late introduction of Tom Keogh, Conor Griffin and Dean Fanning saw us achieve victory on the score line of 3.10 to 2.8.
Captain Nicky Morrissey accepted the trophy and thanked Mungret for the use of the great facilities, the referee, club coaches, supporters and a sporting Cappamore side. Panel : Killian Rea, Darragh Griffin, Sean Fitzgerald, Eoin Enright, Evan Moloney, Colm Carey, Tim Moloney, Damien Kearney & Nicky Morrissey, Craig McNamara,Cormac Flanagan,David Butler, Liam Quirke,Liam Carey,Gary O’Connell, Tom Keogh,Conor Griffin,Dean Fanning, Conor Burke, Michael O’Neill, Evan Keogh.
From a coaching perspective, we would like to thank every player for their commitment during the year and to achieve in both codes is a special feat. Some players are now finished at this grade but can look back with pride on their performances and achievements this year.
Our U21 footballers, Lough Na Garra Gaels ( Croom , Creocora / Manister ) put on a good display at home versus Kildimo / Pallaskenry last Saturday but didn’t quite do enough losing by 3 points in the end.
The saying that goals wins games held true in this case with Kildimo/Pallaskenry scoring one in each half which proved the difference on the day.
Scor Na nÓg
Scor Na nÓg is alive and well in Limerick City. That was the clear message from a packed hall on Friday night and all who attended left very impressed with the talent and performances that was on show. Crecora Manister had 3 winners from our 5 entries for 2013.
The Rince Foirne, Solo singing and Musicians all won .
Our competitors on the night were:
Rince Foirne: Caoimhe Sheehan, Amy O Connor, Ashling Coughlan, Emer Mahon, Olive Wixted, Aoibhinn Leahy, Orla Byrnes, Emer Kennedy,
Solo singing: Sarah Gilmartin.
Music: Shane O Connor, Amy O Connor, Fiona Hogan, Aine Humphries and Olive Wixted,
Set dancing: Ruth Maher, Ella Maher, Megan Dillon, Isabel McNamara, Alison Murphy, Jane Moore, Muireann LeahyAnd Kate O’Keeffe.
Recitation: Thomas Keating.
Crecora Manister GAA Club are holding a Table Quiz and Raffle on Friday 22nd November at 9.30pm in Yellowtown Pub.
It is always an enjoyable night and a great way to meet neighbours and club members.
Money received from this event will provide valuable funding to our GAA Club.