ACFL Division 1:
St Loman’s Mullingar 1.13 Tang 2.09
Last Friday Night, St Loman’s took on the surprise package of division 1 so far in Tang. The Blues were looking to bounce back after a disappointing defeat last time out against Garrycastle but they had their work cut out against a strong Tang side. The Visitors got the first score of the night before the returning Ken Casey levelled for the Saints with a well-taken score. Tang then took advantage of some slack marking from the Blues and found the Loman’s net to put three between the teams. The Hosts responded well however, with two points from Paul Whelehan. The first came from a surging run and a powerful shot, the second was an excellent point on the half-turn after a swift interchange with David Whelan.
Tang extended their advantage mid-way through the First Half with two placed balls, and a fantastic score from play to leave them four points to the good. Conradh Reilly got on the scoresheet for Loman’s after some impressive passing in the build-up before the Visitors cancelled it out with a pointed free. The Blues then found the net shortly before half-time after a powerful, surging run from Paddy Dowdall who put Frank Kavanagh in on goal and Frank made no mistake to put a single point between the teams. However this didn’t faze the visitors who scored two excellent points from play to leave three in it going into the break.
After the interval The Blues began to find their feet, Ken Casey got the first score with a terrific finish after a fantastic pass from Paul Whelehan. However, another Tang free would keep the deficit at three points. The Saints introduced TJ Cox who had an instant impact after a direct run he pointed from a tight angle to reduce the gap. A Ken Casey free put a point between the sides, before Paul Whelehan brought the Saints level moments later. The Hosts were no sooner level before conceding a penalty which was duly converted past Stephen Gallagher in goal to restore the lead for Tang.
With ten minutes left to play. the Hosts started to put Tang on the back foot. A double from wing-back David Whelan meant the Blues were behind by the minimum. Another clinical Casey free drew the Saints level. The men in maroon thought they had snatched victory with a late point from a placed ball. Loman’s had other ideas however, substitutes Conan O’Hara, Chris Gilbert and TJ Cox combined well to win a free which was duly converted by Casey. Loman’s then won another free in the final minute but in a difficult position. Nevertheless that Man Casey calmly slotted over to put the Blues ahead for the first time in the match. Referee Barry Nea then blew the Final Whistle to confirm a last-gasp win for the Saints.
An impressive performance for the Blues with many positives to take from the result. Darragh O’Keefe and Paddy Dowdall held the fort superbly at the back. Conradh Reilly and David Winsdor were their reliable selves in the half-forward line. The Match-winners however were inside in the full forward with Paul Whelehan and particularly the returning Ken Casey who turned in a terrific performance. This win for Loman’s puts them right back in the frame to finish in a league final spot in Division 1.
Team; Stephen Gallagher, Sean Lancaster, Darragh O’Keefe, Conor O’Donoghue, Stephen Gallagher, Paddy Dowdall, David Whelan (0.02), Kevin Regan, Kelvin Reilly, Conradh Reilly (0.01), Sam McCartan, David Windsor, Ken Casey (0.06), Frank Kavanagh (1.00), Paul Whelehan ( 0.03). Subs Used; Sean Kelly, Tristan Graham, TJ Cox (0.01), Chris Gilbert, Conan O’Hara.
ACFL Division 5:
St. Loman’s collected 2 very valuable points against Castledaly on Tuesday night which keeps them well in the hunt for promotion.
James McKenna had his usual reliable performance as goalkeeper. In front of James, our entire full-back and half-back lines were rock solid, with Captain Adam Carroll leading by example when Castledaly were at their strongest. Tristan Graham, Michael Gleeson and centre-half back Oisín Hogan never put a foot wrong. Also both Jack Tyrrell and Kyle Smith (just back from injury) each scored excellent points from play.
Frank Kavanagh and Conan O’Hara certainly caught the eye in midfield, both were excellent throughout the entire game, O’Hara contributed an impressive 2-2 (following on from the 2-1 he scored against Tubberclair in the previous round). Kavanagh also got his name on the scoresheet with a lovely score from play.
Loman’s welcomed Darragh O’Keefe back from injury, and Darragh (along with Sean Daly and Andy McKenna) were instrumental in assisting full forward Garrett Hickey notching up 2-6 (2-5 from play). Cian Cleary doesn’t seem to know how to play a bad game, he was excellent again on Tuesday evening and contributed 2 great scores.
Dano Fitzsimons is normally associated with being a very solid goalkeeper however he proved he is equally adept at outfield. All of the substitutes played well when introduced and it was Gerry ‘Ja’ Farrell who hit the back of the net with the very last kick of the game before referee Declan Hogan blew the final whistle. Finally we would like to wish a speedy recovery to Castledaly’s Mark Kearney after he suffered a nasty injury during the match.
Team; James McKenna, Tristan Graham, Adam Carroll (c), Jack Tyrrell (0-1), Michael Gleeson, Oisín Hogan, Kyle Smith (0-1), Frank Kavanagh (0-1), Conan O’Hara (2-2), Dano Fitzsimons (0-1), Cian Cleary (0-2), Sean Daly, Andy McKenna, Garrett Hickey (2-6) & Darragh O’Keefe. Subs; Rory Sheahan, Gary Bridges, Senan Russell & Gerry Farrell (1-0).
Draw Date: Thursday May 2nd
This Week’s Jackpot: €8200
No Jackpot Winner!
Numbers drawn: 1, 2, 13, 19,
€50 Consolation Prize winners each are as follows:
1. Alfie Lambden
2. Michelle Irwin
3. Ultan Bannon
4. Mary Flynn
Next draw: Thursday 9th May
Next Week’s Jackpot: €8300.
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St Loman’s would like to offer its condolences to the Brogan and Purcell families following the passing of Patricia (Patsy) Brogan Great Oaks, Mullingar, Co Westmeath.
Ar dheis dé go raibh a hanam.