Naomh Muire notes – Seniors unlucky in Senior championship
The Naomh Muire Senior team target of ensuring Senior Championship football for 2016 was achieved with another impressive performance in the Banks on Sunday afternoon with a victory over Killybegs.
Results against Termon and Killybegs mean that when the draw for the 2016 Senior Championship is made in January, the name of Naomh Muire will be in the pot for the third year running. This has not previously been achieved in the Club’s 35 year history.
Killybegs, a proud traditionally strong GAA club, who only two years ago contested the County final, came to get a result that would avoid their involvement in a relegation play-off. With Donegal panelists Hugh Mc Fadden and Eoin Ban Gallagher and with genuine Championship pedigree, this was never going to be easy and it wasn’t.
Killybegs started lively and hit the first score and looked to set the pace of the game early on. The Teams swapped early scores and Naomh Muire started to impose their faster game on the visitors edging in front before Killybegs hit their vital goal to but them ahead in a lead they kept until half time.
You got the sense that a one point deficit at half time was one Naomh Muire would attack and this they did hitting several great scores to get their noses in front. All over the pitch Naomh Muire started winning individual battles and the defence started to get on top of a dangerous Killybegs frontline while the Naomh Muire forwards were winning inside ball and converting to stretch their lead.
Even when Killybegs scored their second goal, Naomh Muire moved up a gear and imposed themselves in the final ten minutes despite the battling performance of the visitors. Naomh Muire ended up wining by 3 points and moving them level on points in the table with An Tearmann who suffered a ten point defeat at the hands of Cill Chartha.
This meant that the scoring difference as well as the points was equal but An Tearmann advance by virtue of the fact that they had more ‘for’ scores (they scored 3 more points than Naomh Muire over the three games).
However , the prize of Senior football again in 2016 has been achieved and every player today together with the management deserve great credit and praise because by putting back-to-back Senior Championship performances together last week and this allows their deserved place at the Senior football table.
It was great to see a good crowd in the Banks today and the home support have been a big lift to the side in recent weeks.
Well done Naomh Muire Seniors and good luck in the remaining league matches in 2015.
Congratulations to Paul Mc Bride, his backroom team and the Reserve squad in qualifying for the Senior Reserve Championship Quarter final…..another Club first.
This result ensures that Naomh Muire topped their qualifying group which consisted of Kilcar, Killybegs and Termon which is a great achievement.
Today’s qualification is little surprise to those who have watched this side develop this year and their 5 point victory hardly reflected a game they dominated throughout. We all look forward to following the lads in the Senior Reserve campaign and our hats are off to each and every one of the set-up.
Well done to all the wonderful Under 10’s who took centre stage at half time in the senior match. It was excellent to see the next generation of players being part of such a great day in the Banks. The crowd really enjoyed this part of the day and the children are a credit to the club, coaches and parents. Maith sibh uilig.
This week see some backlog games being played in division 2 and hence our seniors and reserves have a free weekend and a much needed rest!
Lotto na Seachtaine seo: 4,6,7,8. Bhí €1580 sa phota óir ach níor éirigh le nduine é a bhaint. Bhí trí uimhir acu seo leanas: Dennis Duffy,An Charraig Fhionn.Marie Martin,Béal na Cruite. Alannah O’Donnell,Lochan Dubh. Barbara Sweeney,Cál Cheim.
Winners of the 100+ Club draw for August: €500, Peggy Boyle, Mullach Dubh. €200 James Meehan, The Cope. €100 each; Paul Gallagher,Rann na Feirste. Maurice McBride,Doire na Mainsear. John the Hall, Anagaire. €50 each: Ronan Conlon,Mullach Dubh. Liam Duffy,Anagaire.Jonh Phaidí Óig, Mullach Dubh. Patrick McGinley, Cál Cheim. Charlie The Yank,Mullach Dubh. Dan Rodgers,Mín Doire na Slua. Yvonne Lunny, An Bhráid. Owenie McGarvey,Rann na Feirste.
The Junior ladies teams next game is to be played mid week v Dungloe. Keep an eye out on the Ladies facebook page for confirmation of fixture.
Our Minor ladies make the trip to Donegal Town on Sunday 6th Sept in the county semi final of the championship where the play Four Masters. Good luck to all our girls who go back to school this week in their respective schools. Study hard and don’t forget to join in the school teams and keep the football going.
A minute’s silence was observed at Sunday’s championship match in the Banks as a mark of respect for Eamon Mac Grianna as Rann na Feirste and Eugene Doherty as Mín Beannaid who died recently. Eamon was a former Lord Mayor who helped raise much needed funds for the club and Eugene a former St. Crones player. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamnacha.Tags: