ACFL Division 1:
St Loman’s Mullingar 1.06 Garrycastle 1.17
St Loman’s suffered their first defeat of this year’s league at the hands of Garrycastle last Saturday evening. The Blues travelled South on the back of a dramatic victory against Athlone but were not able to reproduce on this occasion.
Despite the result, the Visitors started brightly. Although the Hosts scored the first point, the Saints responded with an early goal. The returning Conradh Reilly played a beautifully weighted pass to Paul Whelehan who finished coolly into the bottom right corner of the net. After this though it was one way traffic with Garrycastle reeling off six points without reply, full forward Alex Gardiner was instrumental in this passage of play. Luke Dempsey’s Men steadied the ship slightly, with three unanswered points. The first came from David Windsor, after Chris Gilbert kept the ball alive he recycled to Windsor who pointed after a nice side-step. Conan O’Hara then got on the scoresheet with a beautiful score off the outside of his right boot, before Paul Whelehan converted from a placed ball to leave three between the teams. The hosts responded well with four points before the interval to leave the Blues trailing by 1.03 to 11 points at Half-Time.
The Saints again started the Second Half brightly but unfortunately didn’t get the scores to show for it. The Blues were also denied a goal when the Garrycastle Goalkeeper made an excellent point-blank save from Conan O’Hara. The Hosts responded with a pointed free, before a sucker-punch goal moments later which well and truly abolished any chance of a Loman’s comeback. Both teams would trade scores before Stephen Gallagher floated over a point for the Visitors. Throughout the Second Half the blues had a lot of possession but could not make it count and were guilty of dropping the ball short into the keeper’s hands on several occasions. Garrycastle added two more points to stretch their lead with Man of the Match Alex Gardiner getting his sixth point of the evening. Loman’s finished with two well taken scores, the first was a long range point from Sam McCartan and the second was a beautiful point from substitute Frank Kavanagh after a great pass by David Windsor. Garrycastle would get the final say with a pointed free leaving the final score at 1.17 to 1.06.
A disappointing evening for the Blues but in truth they were short a number of experienced players. Not to mention they played against a fair wind in the first half which had died by the time the Second Half came around. On the Night though, Garrycastle were the stronger side and Loman’s will need to regroup before their next league match against Tang.
Team; Jason Daly, Tristan Graham, Stephen Gallagher (0.01), Conor O’Donoghue, Sean Lancaster, Kelvin Reilly, David Whelan, Sean Flanagan, Kevin Regan, Conradh Reilly, Sam McCartan (0.01), David Windsor (0.01), Conan O’Hara (0.01), Paul Whelehan (1.01), Chris Gilbert. Subs used; Sean Kelly, Frank Kavanagh (0.01), TJ Cox, Paddy Lynam.
Under 14 Boys Féile:
St Loman’s 2.06 Shandonagh 1.05
Well done to the under 14 boys who won their Féile semi-final on Wednesday evening against Shandonagh. The game took 2 extra times to find a winner. A hugely exciting encounter which neither team deserved to lose! Loman’s now march on to the Féile final. Thanks Shandonagh for a great game.
THE TEAMS ARE IN!!!
We are so excited to announce the list of teams taking part in our club’s annual ‘All-Ireland Street League’. This year’s competition is our biggest undertaking ever and consists of over 170 boys and girls from our various underage academies. Fun and laughter, sweat and cheers are guaranteed as brothers and sisters, friends, neighbours and classmates go head-to-head and side-by-side to be crowned the 2019 Street League champions.
The matches begin on Wednesday, May 1st at 6pm and your support is most welcome to create the best, most positive atmosphere possible for our young stars. These are the days they’ll remember for a lifetime and ultimately, that’s all that matters. Good luck to everybody involved!
Draw Date: 25th April.
This Week’s Jackpot: €8100.
No Jackpot winner.
Numbers drawn: 6, 14, 22, 25
50 Euro prize winners:
Next draw: Thursday May 2nd
Next Week’s Jackpot: €8200.