NA FIANNA G.A.A.
G.A.A CLUB NOTES
DATE: 29th May 2023
U13 FOOTBALL LEAGUE RD 4
Na Fianna U13 Footballers completed the group stage of the League as they had started it with a win as they came out on top against Kilcormac / Killoughey in Rd 4 last Monday week in Kilcormac on a scoreline of 1-14 to 3-06 but unfortunately they just miss out on a place in the League Final. Na Fianna playing against the breeze in the first half had their noses in front 4 points to 2 by the mid point of the half then added another point before K/K hit back with 2 points one after the other in the 23rd minute before going in front with their goal in the 26th minute. Callum Grehan’s point for Na Fianna in the last minute was the final score of the half which left just the minimum in it at the break as K/K led by 1-04 to 0-06. Na Fianna drew level within seconds of the re-start as Kaiden Monaghan slotted over the equaliser but K/K struck for their second goal in the 4th minute to re-take the lead. This fired Na Fianna into action as they kicked over 2 points before getting their goal in the 11th minute when Mark Dunne went on a great solo run through the middle weaving his way around a number of players before slotting the ball to the net. Na Fianna then tagged on 4 points to go 6 points up before K/K got a point back. Both sides then added a point apiece in the final 10 minutes before K/K scrambled the ball to the net in stoppage time for their 3rd goal and what proved to be the final score of the game.
NA FIANNA: Noah Condron, James Dempsey, Ben Wallace, Tom Dunne, Callum Grehan (0-02), Darragh Staunton, Thomas Lynch, Harry Fleming (0-01), Mark Dunne (1-02), Adam Kehoe (0-02), Fionan Connolly (0-02), Cathal Cuskelly (0-02), Rian Duke, Kaiden Monaghan (0-03), Tomas McFadden.
SUBS: Fionn McGrath, Darragh McAndrew, Harry O’Meara, Kevin Dunne, Kyle Strong, Noah McDonnell, Oisin Dolan.
U15 FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFF
Having finished level on points in second and third place in the group of the U15 Football League a play off was necessary between Na Fianna and St Vincents to determine who would join the group’s first place side Tullamore in the Final as score difference could not be used due to a walkover being given in one of the games. With Na Fianna having got 1 win and a draw in the 2 previous meetings between the sides this year St Vincents were sure to be out for revenge in this 3rd encounter and so it proved to be as St Vincents claimed the win and place in the Final on a scoreline of 5-09 to 0-12. The sides opened the scoring with a point apiece before St Vincents struck for their first goal in the 5th minute and they added a further 1-05 to Na Fianna’s 1 point over the remainder of the half to build up a comfortable lead at the break 2-06 to 0-02. Na Fianna were determined to make the second half a more competitive affair and that they did firstly by scoring the first 4 points without reply inside the first 5 minutes of the second half. St Vincents struck for their third goal in the 7th minute. A point apiece followed before St Vincents were raising the green flag for the 4th time in the 14th minute. Na Fianna clawed back 2 points both scored by Cian Multaney Kelly but were again undone as St Vincents got through to score their 5th and final goal in the 22nd minute. Na Fianna did finish the stronger from here completing their tally with their final 3 points to St Vincents 2 in the remaining 8 minutes but as the saying goes goals win matches and so it proved to be in this game.
NA FIANNA: Michael McAndrew, Cormac Staunton, Adam Wallace (0-01), Killian Dunne, Senan Farrell, Michael Cooney, Kajus Ramanauskas, Cian Multaney Kelly (0-02), Stevie Byrne (0-02), Liam Jones (0-01), Stephen Confrey (0-06), Cormac O’Grady, Donal Connolly, Paddy Shiels, Doonacha Cooney.
SUBS: Adam Harte, Cathal Shiels.
BEST OF LUCK
Na Fianna GAA Football Club Wish the Very Best of Luck to the Offaly U20 Hurlers Players & Management in the All Ireland FINAL this Sunday against Cork in Semple Stadium, Thurles.
END OF YEAR REVIEW MEETING
There was a good turnout at the End of Year Review Meeting of Na Fianna Minor GAA Football Club which took place last Friday 27th Jan in the Old School, Geashill. The following officers were elected subject to ratification by the adult clubs: Chairman: Brian Kehoe; Secretary: Morgan Lee; Treasurer: TBC; PRO: Ray Garry; Coaches Co-Ordinator: Brian Kehoe, Child Welfare Officer: Brian Kehoe. The following Committee were also selected: David Connolly, Niall Carthy, Jimmy Dolan, Stephen Byrne, John Hackett, Ciaran Darcy, Brendan Connolly, Sean McFadden, Sean Gorman, Adam Kinahan, Joe Gallagher, Tom Keogh, Dean Monaghan & Matthew O’Byrne.
The meeting also approved the management teams for the following Na Fianna Football teams for the forthcoming 12 months as follows:
U15: Tom Keogh, Brendan Connolly, Jack Keogh, Michael Farrell & John Ryan.
Minor (U17): Stephen Byrne, Morgan Lee, Johnny Sheeran, Shane Carroll, Joe Gallagher with the following Coaches: Dylan Hyland, Kevin Kinahan and Clint Horan.
Remaining Age Groups will be finalised in due course.