Match Reports

Southern Gaels 1-13 Cullion 1-7

posted 10 Dec 2013, 03:31 by Kieran McCarthy

Junior 'B' Championship Final 13/10/2013
Southern Gaels 1-13  Cullion 1-7

Southern Gaels are back as an Intermediate team after a well deserved victory over Cullion in the Junior 'B' decider in Shandonagh on Sunday the 13th of October. The sides were level 0-5 each at half time but the Athlone side put in a tremendous effort in the second half to out score the Mullingar side by 1-8 to 1-2 and seal victory.
They had heroes all through the team with Kieran Duncan, Eoghan Cronin and Sean Carey in fine defensive form. Alan Kennedy and Jason Ryan held sway at centrefield with Ryan accounting for four points from play. In the forward division captain Tony O'Keeffe led by example and got great support from M.J.Kelly, John Stapleton and Ronan Farrell. MJ Kelly was first to every ball, scored a couple of nice points, won scoreable frees and set up the goal. Adrian Garvey got the all important goal midway through the second half while Sean Kilgarriff's work rate was superb throughout.
Well done to all the panel and mentors as they annexed the club's first adult title in eleven years.
See match report in the sports pages.

Southern Gaels team: Dermot Whelan, Declan Finn, Kieran Duncan, Pat Flynn, Sean Carey, Eoghan Cronin, Jamie Anders, Jason Ryan, Alan Kennedy, John Stapleton, Adrian Garvey, Tony O'Keeffe, Sean Kilgariff, MJ Kelly, Ronan Farrell

Southern Gaels 1-17 Brownstown 3-10

posted 18 Sep 2013, 00:53 by Kieran McCarthy

Junior B Hurling Semi-final 14/9/2013

 Southern Gaels  1-17  Brownstown  3-10


In this match Brownstown looked to be in an unassailable position when they led by 9 points at half time. Southern Gaels had showed little appetite for the game in the first half. However, the Athlone side scored 1-10 without reply in the third quarter to turn the game on its head. They went on to seal victory when captain Tony O'Keeffe pointed a 70m free in injury time to claim a deserved victory.

The sides swapped two points each before Brownstown took a hold of the game in the second quarter. They scored 2-4 in the space of ten minutes with Gaels only reply two points from Adrian Garvey and M.J. Kelly. Robert Dugdale and Sean Smyth took hold at centre field and set up Michael Travers and Gavin Mulary for the goals. The Athlone side were under pressure all over the field and conceded a further two points before half-time as Michael Travers proved dangerous. A long range free from goalkeeper James Moore brought Brownstown to 2-8 while Tony O'Keeffe pointed a free to see Gaels at 0-5 at half-time.

However, all changed after the interval. The Athlone side completely dominated the third quarter. They scored five points in the first five minutes one from play from M.J. Kelly and four placed balls from Tony O'Keeffe. Conor Foley, a first half sub, hit 1-2 and MJ Kelly and Tony O'Keeffe added an additional two points. The sides swapped points before  Keith Higgins netted for Brownstown to leave the minimum between the sides as only minutes remained. Cormac Foley leveled proceedings with a Brownstown point, but as a draw looked certain Tony O'Keeffe held his nerve to point a long range free and send Southern Gaels into their first county final in eleven years.

Gaels were well served by their defence in the second half when the halfback line closed out Brownstown for long periods. Kieran Duncan was superb throughout with great assistance from Eoghan Cronin and Sean Carey. Kieran McCarthy and Declan Finn also did trojan work. Adrian Garvey had an excellent second half at centre field with Conor Foley and M.J. Kelly dangerous in the forward line. But it was the cool nerve of Tony O'Keeffe  who accounted for nine points that proved the difference in the end.

Brownstown were well served by Robert Dugdale, centreback Martin Kelly and forwards Michael Travers and Gavin Mulary.

The Athlone side can now look forward to a county final after a long year of training that is begining to show dividends.

Southern Gaels: Dermot Whelan, Declan Finn, Kieran Mc Carthy, Sean Carey, Kieran Duncan, Eoghan Cronin, Patrick Flynn, Jason Ryan, Alan Kennedy, Adrian Garvey (0-1), Tony O'Keeffe, Captain, (0-9, 5f, 1'65), Ronan Farrell, Colin Larkin, M.J. Kelly (0-3) and Sean Kilgariff (0-1) Subs: Conor Foley (1-2) for Larkin and Jamie Anders for Kilgariff. Frank Kely, David Johnson, Shane Galvin, John Stapleton, Jonathan Keogh, Ciaran Cleary, Peter Muldoon and Ciaran Connolly.

Under 10 challenge match versus Padraig Pearses

posted 24 May 2012, 03:41 by Unknown user

Under 10 challenge match versus Padraig Pearses
Ballinasloe, 23/5/2012
Our under 10 team played their first match of the season away to Padraig Pearses of Roscommon on the 23/5/2012. We had ten players that travelled on the day: Eoin McCarthy, Cian McCarthy, Patryk Gitlar, Peter Mulvihill, Niall Scully, Shaun Fox, Darragh Elliot, Evan Farrell and Cian O'Suilleabhain. We started very well with Jack Mc Cullagh sweeping up a lot of ball around the middle. The tackling and quick pulling of Darragh Elliot and Cian O'Suilleabhain kept the ball moving forward. In the first half Niall Scully and Eoin McCarthy scored 2 points, and Cian Mccarthy scrambled a close range goal. Pearses' subs made a difference but they found our goalie Peter Mulvihill in excellent shot stopping form and his long clearances relieved the pressure on our defence. In the second half Peter came out of goals to score a great goal. Cian Mccarthy and Shaun Fox scored a point while Jack McCullagh scored 2 from long range. At the other end, although injured Eoin McCarthy hit great puckouts and Patryk Gitlar used his speed to snuff out danger. Cian O'Suilleabain did a great job as captain for the day. 2-9 was great scoring for under 10s in an impressive performance.
final score 2-9 to 4-3 (a draw)

SHL Div 3 Southern Gaels 1-8 Fr Daltons 0-11

posted 21 May 2012, 05:00 by Unknown user

20/5/2012 Southern Gaels 1-8 Fr Daltons 0-11
The club would like to thank Garrycastle for the use of their pitch at short notice last Sunday. It had been 2 years since a Kehoe cup game that any hurling match had been played at the venue. This could be seen in the fact that the 65 line was hard to find!
On a very sunny morning both teams contributed to an excellent game of hurling. Fr. Daltons had begun their intermediate championship really well but for long periods of this league game Southern Gaels matched them.
Despite the high quality of play scores were hard to come by in the first half. Some excellent defending meant it was 17 minutes before the first score.  
A couple of Tony O'Keeffe frees edged Southern Gaels into the lead. Fr. Daltons hit back with 2 points of their own. Donie Duane doubled on a ball dropping on the edge of the Daltons 6 yard box to score a great goal just before half time. Fr. Daltons responding with a point just before the short whistle.
In the second half the Ballymore men seemed to have the edge. A series of points edged them in front while Southern Gaels were spurning the chances that came their way. A smartly taken Frank Kelly point got Southern Gaels challenge going again.  A number of Jamie Anders frees closed the gap and Conor Foley tied things up when spectacularly half volleying a dropping ball in the box. It could have easily ended up in the back of the net but flashed just over the bar.

U12 league Southern Gaels 0-3 Ring town 8-8

posted 16 Apr 2012, 05:03 by Unknown user

Our u12s travelled to Ringtown last Wednesday in their first game of the U12 league with a very inexperienced team. It was the first game for the club for 5 of our players. Ringtown showed much more experience and skill and lead 4-4 to 0-1 at the break. Southern Gaels started well after the break with the move of Conor O Driscoll to midfield but eventually Ringtown got back on top to finish the stronger team. Padraig McDermott had an outstanding game in the backs.  Conor O Driscoll and Stephen Lonergan performed well at mid field and Eoin McCabe also performed well in the backs. Southern Gaels Team: Brian Dolan, Joe Reidy, Padraig McDermott, Ian McCauley, Eoin McCabe, Tommy Seale, Stephen Lonergan, Joe Murtagh, Jack Seale, Keane Seale, Conor O Driscoll and David Murtagh

Hurling league Division 3 Southern Gaels 1-11 Wolf Tones 2-9

posted 16 Apr 2012, 05:01 by Unknown user   [ updated 16 Apr 2012, 05:02 ]

Wolf Tones from Longford left with the spoils from Pairc Ciaran Athlone when they took on the home team in this Westmeath Adult league division 3 fixture. The teams had been closely matched all through with Southern Gaels leading for most of the game. Wolf Tones greater goal threat proved decisive in the closing minutes.
Patrick Flynn opened the scoring for Southern Gaels early in the match. This was the only score of the game for nearly ten minutes. When Wolf Tones did draw level Southern Gaels responded with 2 Tony O'Keeffe points. This was followed by a scrambled Ronan Farrell goal to put Southern Gaels in a strong position. Wolf Tones needed a goal to kickstart their challenge and it duly arrived when a long free into the box was expertly batted to the net. This seemed to spur the Longford men on and a series of expertly taken points followed. Southern gaels responded with a Donal duane point after he had been unlucky with a few efforts that had narrowly gone past the posts and a good Frank Kelly effort.
The half time score was level at 1-5 to 1-5.
Southern Gaels began the second half very well. Another long range effort from Donal Duane and 3 from Tony O'Keeffe had Southern Gaels once again in the ascendancy. A couple of Wolf tone points brought them back into it but it didn't look as if it was going to be enough as the Athlone team seemed to have the edge around the middle of the field. However a number of chances went astray and Wolf tones pounced for a goal. This put them 2 up with a few minutes left. Southern gaels responded immmediately with a fabulous Hugh Feeney point. Wolftones came back with another score and Tony OKeeffe knocked over a reply for Southern Gaels. Unfortunately the referee deemed that the sixty minutes were up and there was no time for the equaliser.
Overall it was a really good team performance from Southern Gaels. Wolf Tones perhaps benefitting from their recent run of games in the Tain league seemed to have the extra bite and match sharpness when needed. But on the overall run of play the match could have gone either way in an entertaining and enjoyable game. A pleasing aspect from our point of view was the introduction of new players Jason Ryan, Jonathon Keogh, Christopher Keogh, Hugh Feeney, Killian Coyle, All who got into the game more as the game progressed.

Team: Dermot Whelan, Killian Coyle, Mickey Larkin, Jason Ryan, Brendan Cleary, Trevor Farrell, Ciaran Duncan, Patrick Flynn, Alan Kennedy, Tony O'Keeffe, Donal Duane, Ronan Farrell, David Johnson, Frank Kelly, Hugh Feeney,   Subs Jonathan Keogh, Colman Gantley, Paul Kehoe, Christopher Keogh

Hurling league Div 3 Southern Gaels 1-6 Cullion 1-12

posted 5 Mar 2012, 03:27 by Unknown user

Pairc Ciaran

Our Junior Team got their league campaign off to a start on Saturday afternoon with a home loss to Cullion. The Gaels went in at half time two points down and were unlucky not to be up by a couple after missing a couple of guilt edged goal chances. The Gaels started off the second half with a well worked goal which was well finished by Ronan Farrell. This gave the Gaels some confidence and proceeded play some of the better hurling for the next 10 minutes until Cullion got a goal of their own. After that Cullions superior fitness told and they rattled of several unanswered points to finish the game six points up.  The southern Gaels back line performed well throughout with some exceptional performances from Trevor Farrell, Mickey Larkin and Killian Coyle.

Southern Gaels 1-2 Cookedwood 2-5

posted 10 Oct 2011, 06:55 by Kieran McCarthy   [ updated 13 Dec 2011, 05:05 ]

Junior B semi final, 9/10/2011, Venue: Shandonagh
It seems strange but despite the fact we were beaten in this match by more than double scores, we were right in this game up until the dying minutes. A goal deep into injury time, doubled Crookedwoods lead and finished the game as a contest just before the long whistle.
It had all looked a lot different 10 minutes into the second half. We had shaken off a low scoring first half and after Tony O'Keeffe had levelled from a free, Ronan Farrell had given us the lead for the second time in the match with a scrambled goal. We had further chances at this juncture with Ronan Farrell's kicked effort well saved, Tom McHugh mis-controlling when through and James Kilroy's long range effort falling just short. However Crookedwood brought on a substitute to take the frees and he started the fightback with a long range point.
He next provided the score that swung the match. An attack up the right wing by Crookedwood resulted in a centre that caused confusion in our six yard box and ended with a poked effort to the back of the net.
We needed the ball down the other end of the field now but Crookedwood had a grip at centre field and tagged on a couple of crucial points.
Our cause was further weakened when Trevor Farrell was sent to the line for reacting to some aggressive play by the Crookedwood half forward.
With time nearly up Crookedwood dropped a number of men back to protect their goal and when we committed men forward they broke to grab the final goal.
The first half had been a low scoring affair due to the inclement conditions. There was a strong wind blowing straight across the pitch and the pitch itself was very soft due to a lot of rainfall. There was a steady drizzle throughout. We had gone a point up through Ronan Farrell despite Crookedwood having most of the territory. A combination of poor shooting, pressure from the backs and the strong wind resulted in a lot of wides for Crookedwood. We were restricted to a couple of long range efforts from frees which dropped wide.
Eventually Crooked wood scored twice. We then had a great chance before half time to regain the lead. We were awarded a penalty and Tony O'Keeffe was unfortunate to see his well struck effort rebound off the crossbar. The score was 2 points to 1 at half time.
Best on the day for us were Alan Kennedy, who despite struggling with his puckouts at times showed alertness and bravery to divert a number of dangerous situations, Pat Flynn, Adrian Dolphin who both battled hard and Ronan Farrell who got most of our scores.
Team: Alan Kennedy, Ciaran Duncan, Kieran McCarthy, Michael Larkin, Sean Carey, Donal Duane, James Larkin, Gavin Daly, Pat Flynn, Tony O'Keeffe, Adrian Dolphin, Tom McHugh, Ronan Farrell, James Kilroy, Tommy Murphy. Subs Trevor Farrell for James Larkin, Conor Foley for Tom McHugh, Declan Finn for Michael Larkin. Michael O'Connell, Frank Kelly, Paul Keogh

Southern Gaels 0-13 Cullion 1-7

posted 19 Sep 2011, 07:22 by Kieran McCarthy   [ updated 19 Sep 2011, 08:27 ]

Southern Gaels re-claim the John Maher Trophy

After losing out to the same opposition, Cullion, in last year's decider, Southern Gaels were determined to reclaim the John Maher trophy this year.
This is Southern Gaels own trophy and tournament, and an important part of each year's hurling calender. The Gaels started well, and quite quickly opened up a lead that was never relinquished over the course of the match.
There was some lovely hurling played, with Tommy Murphy and Gavin Daly putting in a very productive afternoon in the forwards.
The backs were hurling well and contained the Cullion forward division pretty well.
Scorers on the day for the Gaels included Tommy Murphy who scored a beauty from the sideline to seal the victory, Tony O'Keeffe, Conor Foley and Gavin Daly.
Afterwards, at a small reception in the clubhouse, captain Tony O'Keeffe graciously accepted the trophy giving due credit to Cullion for the fixture and paying great credit   to the 3 men and the lady who've put in a huge effort into training the adult team this year: Brendan Kehoe, Artie Pyke, Johnny Foley and Vera Corcoran.

Southern Gaels 2-16 Delvin 3-5

posted 24 Aug 2011, 01:22 by Kieran McCarthy   [ updated 24 Aug 2011, 03:15 ]

Junior B Championship 3rd round. Venue: Athlone.
After losing our second round game to Cullion this was a winners take all clash for a place in the semi-finals. We had probably our strongest team of the year out for the game and the first half went as well as we could have hoped.
We got completely on top in the middle third of the pitch and a sucession of points and near misses followed immediately from the throw in. We went 4 points up before Delvin had a shot at the target. Hard running and good workrate was been shown by all our players.
In Delvin's first real attack their wing forward cut in from the right and cracked a shot to the top corner of the net with Alan Kennedy getting a stick to it but failing to keep it out.
This meant after our excellent start we were only a point up.
We responded well to the setback, getting a point back straight away and following this up with a goal of our own from Tommy Murphy. It looked at first as if he had fumbled a catch in front of the goals but he assured us afterwards he was flicking the ball to the net. Something which he practises regularly apparently.
At this stage Delvin lost their corner back to injury and before the new man had settled to his task Ronan Farrell took advantage to burst through and score goal number two.
Further points followed and with Alan Kennedy making a good stop the half time score was 2-9 to 1-0.
We vowed at half time to press home our advantage. However Delvin came out a much more determined side in the second half. They scored 2 goals and five points and had the gap back to 4 points at one stage. They were undermined by having their wing forward sent off for verbally abusing the ref and by the end we had stretched the lead back to eight points.
Team: A.Kennedy, M.Larkin, K. McCarthy, C. Duncan, B. Cleary, D. Duane, S. Carey 0-1 , P. Flynn, G. Daly 0-1, T. O'Keeffe 0-9, A. Dolphin 0-2, T. McHugh 0-2, C. Foley 0-1, T. Murphy 1-0, R. Farrell 1-0.
Subs: F. Kelly for C. Foley, D. Finn for T. Murphy, J. Larkin, M. O'Connell, J. Kilroy, P. Kehoe.

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