ACFL Division 1:
St Loman’s 1.12 Mullingar Shamrocks 1.08
St Loman’s continued their unbeaten start to the 2019 League with a hard fought victory over neighbours and local rivals Mullingar Shamrocks on Saturday evening in Springfield. As was to be expected, this was an intense encounter with both teams putting everything on the line to try and get the victory.
The Host’s opened the scoring with a Dean Moore free before Paul Whelehan equalised for the Blues with a free of his own. Moore added two more well-taken points to give Shamrocks an early two-point cushion. The Saints dominated the next ten minutes scoring 1.04 without reply. Paul Whelehan’s accurate free was the start of a good spell for the Visitors. Kelvin Reilly, a star-performer on the day got his name on the score-sheet with a superb point after a nice interchange with David Whelan. St Loman’s were rewarded with a goal for their strong spell. It came about when a long-range pass from David Windsor found TJ Cox, whose incisive pass found Stephen Gallagher and he showed great composure to finish a fine team move. Sean Lancaster increased the lead with a well taken-point before Sam McCartan put five points between the teams with an excellent point from an acute angle. Tye Adamson hit back for Shamrocks with two fantastic scores to leave the score at 1.05 to 0.05 at Half-time.
The Hosts were out of the blocks quickly in the Second Half and found the net within a minute of the re-start with Jordan Warde finishing from close-range. Warde put Shamrocks ahead shortly afterwards before Paul Whelehan drew the Saints level. Tye Adamson and Paddy Fagan both pointed to give Shamrocks a two point lead. However Fagan’s was to be their final score of the match. David Whelan was then denied a goal by a good save from Shamrocks goalkeeper Philly Shaw. Paul Whelehan then brought the Blues level with two wonderful points, showing great footwork and accuracy with both scores. In a tight match, it was going to take a moment of class to separate the teams and this was provided by TJ Cox who put over a wonderful long-range score from a tight angle to put the Saints ahead. Cox was at it again moments later with a free from almost the exact same position as the previous score. David Windsor got his name on the score-sheet with a long-range point before TJ Cox rounded off the scoring to give the Visitors a four point victory.
St Loman’s got revenge somewhat, in a repeat of last year’s Championship final. There were impressive performances throughout with Darragh O’Keefe holding the fort superbly at the back, also Stephen Gallagher is getting better every time he puts on a Blue jersey. Sam McCartan put in a mature performance in the middle of the park against an experienced Shamrocks Midfield. Up front Paul Whelehan and TJ Cox were the difference, both scored points at crucial times to help the Blues secure a hard-fought two points.
Team; Jason Daly, Tristan Graham, Darragh O’Keefe, Conor O’Donoghue, Sean Lancaster (0.01), Paddy Dowdall, Stephen Gallagher (1.00), Kevin Regan, Sam McCartan (0.01), Chris Gilbert, Kelvin Reilly (0.01), David Windsor (0.01), David Whelan, Paul Whelehan (0.05), TJ Cox (0.03). Subs Used; Stephen Ryan, Paddy Lynam.
Senior Ladies League Division 1:
St Loman’s 3-09 Tyrrellspass 1-15.
Our Senior Ladies opened their league campaign in Lakepoint Park this morning with a hard fought draw against Tyrrellspass. With a few regulars missing, some of our younger girls made their senior debut, and showed that they are going to be serious contenders for starting places this summer.
The first half was a very evenly-balanced affair, with Ellen Kilmurray and Evie Daly doing huge work around the middle of the field, and Leona Archibold and the evergreen Laura Newman kicking the scores. Score at the break - St Loman’s 1-5 Tyrrellspass 0-8.
The visitors completely dominated the third quarter to open up a 6 point lead. But the Loman’s girls dug deep. Muireann Scally and Sandra McGrath locked down the centre of the defence, and the movement of Megan Ennis, Leona, and Vicky Carr began to open the space up front. Eventually the pressure told. A Vicky Carr shot from the left looped over the keeper to reduce the deficit to 3 points. Tyrrellspass looked to have squeezed home when conceding a free in front of the posts at the death. But the quick-thinking Leona smashed the free to the back of the net to give St Loman’s a well-deserved share of the points.
ACFL Division 3:
St Loman’s got their Division 3 campaign up and running with a good win over Garrycastle in Lakepoint Park on Friday night. The old adage that goals win matches was proven once again as three first half goals and two in the second half gave the home team a well-deserved win.
A goal from a penalty in the first minute by the ever-reliable Gareth Hickey virtually from the throw in gave Loman’s the early lead and indeed this was a lead they never relinquished. Indeed, Hickey was outstanding on the night accurate from play and frees and instrumental in a brilliant attacking performance that the visitors could not match.
A brilliantly taken left footed finish from Stephen Sheridan and a powerhouse run and finish from Fola Ayordine had Loman’s 3.05 to 0.07 ahead at the break. Garrycastle were committed to attack during this period and only resolute defending from Adam Carroll, Senan Russell and Sean Kelly prevented a closer score line at the break. Two fine saves from James Mc Kenna were a feature of the opening half.
St Loman’s improved further in the second half to kill off the contest and further well taken goals at the end of team moves from James Cox and Fola Ayorinde capped a fine team performance. Others to impress included Oisin Hogan, Jack Tyrrel,l Frank Kavanagh and Conan O Hara. This team is a good mix of experienced and younger players and they can go on to have a strong campaign at this grade this year.
Team; James McKenna, Sean Kelly, Adam Carroll, Senan Russell Jack Tyrrell, Oisin Hogan, Paddy Lynam, Fola Ayordine, Conrad Reilly, James Cox, Frank Kavanagh, Stephen Sheridan, Sean Daly Garrett Hickey, Conan O Hara.
This is the final week for membership money. You MUST be a member to use club facilities. Annual membership is due and must be paid by the 31st of March. Contact registrars Paul Devine +353 (86) 045 5153 or Pat McCartan +353 86 773 2171.
Irelands Got Talent:
Congratulations to our own Declan Colgan on reaching the semi-finals of Ireland’s Got Talent! Tune into Virgin Media One next Saturday to see Declan live at the Helix for the semi-final. Best of luck in the next round Declan.
Club Lotto Result:
Draw Date: 21st March
Numbers Drawn: 1, 6, 18, 28
No Jackpot Winner
Winners of €50 each:
Chloe and Emma Devine Scally
Next Draw: Thursday 28th March
Next Week’s Jackpot: €7700
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