TY Soccer Blitz

The TY class 4B organised an excellent soccer blitz for 1st years and a very worthwhile afternoon of sport was enjoyed. 1st years worked well as a team and were presented with prizes for their achievements. Well done to these Transition Year organisers.

1st year soccer blitz runners-up

1st Yr Soccer blitz Winners

Senior Boys Connacht Quarter Final

Dunmore CS 7-12 Pobail Scoil Achill 1-4

Dunmore Senior boys came through their Quarter final relatively comfortable in a one sided game. From the outset Dunmore let their opponents know they were only in Castlebar for a win and that’s what ensued. From goal keeper Sean Walkin right up to Corner forward Dylan Brady Dunmore produced a top quality performance. They gave the Achill side no time to settle and from 15 minutes in Dunmore were 2 -7 to no score in the lead. From there Dunmore pushed on and led at halftime 3-7 to 0-1. All lines of defence, midfield and attack were in top form plus the subs introduced all displayed great work rate and commitment which will be needed in abundance later on in the competition. Sub Keeper PJ Donnellan produced a fine save from a penalty which capped off a great all round performance. The team are looking forward to their Semi-final in the new year.

7km Forest Walk/Run

Our 4B class travelled to Ballygar recently with Ms Grehan to take on the challenge of a 7km run organised by the Transition Students in St.Mary’s Secondary School, Ballygar. It was a really enjoyable scenic run. Aryn Kenny was the first finisher from Dunmore Community School and ran a great time of 31 minutes.

Senior Boys Basketball qualify for Finals

Our Senior team had a fantastic win over St. Raphael’s Loughrea to reach the West Region final. This was a really tough game and a “must-win” for both teams. The game was very tight throughout but Dunmore pulled away in the last quarter. The Seniors will travel with Ms Grehan to Ballinfoyle Community Centre on Wednesday to take on a very experienced side from Ennistymon.

Juvenile boys’ football match vs Balla

On Thursday the juvenile boys lined out against Balla in Glenamaddy in a decider that dictated what team placed second in the group and ultimately whose season was going forward to the preliminary rounds. All indicators showed that these teams were similar in previous results and promised a tight match. Playing conditions were also to hamper the teams as rain persisted in the days leading up to and including the game.

The first half lived up to these expectations as the teams remained within reach of each other. Dunmore seemed to retain the majority of the possession and showed some skilful play but the scores were heavily worked for whereas while Balla who had less possession, their scores seemed to come handier and quicker. When it looked like we were nicely in front Balla came back and finished the first half at a point ahead with the score reading 2-7 to 2-6.

Second half was a completely different story. Dunmore having had a chance to reflect started to read the match better and judge their passes with more accuracy while taking their scores with confidence and efficiency that was lacking in the first half. This urgency from Dunmore forced Balla to play a defensive game with only two forwards remaining in our half and they remained scoreless for a good portion of the second half scoring only 3 points when they did get the chance. Dunmore on the other half hand had found the back of the Balla net and scored a staggering 6 goals in the second half alone.

The final score read 8-12 to 2-11 to a deserving Dunmore team. An excellent display of skill and teamwork made this a beautiful game to watch for the Dunmore side and ensures the Juvenile boys a continued campaign. Training will continue next Tuesday rather than Monday due to the in-service day. Will run from 4-5 and will be in astropitch so all players are asked to bring trainers.

Senior girls’ football vs Ballygar

In horrific conditions, Dunmore played Ballygar in their Senior girls’ football campaign. Bitterly cold with strong gusts and stinging heavy rain and sleet meant that this was going to be no easy task.

Playing into an unwavering breeze in the first half challenged our girls with many of our shots falling short into the goalie’s hands as well as forcing our girls to work harder at carrying the ball with passes being unreliable and unpredictable. At halftime, we saw ourselves down by 5 points with the score reading 1-10 to 1-5 to Ballygar.

The determination and positivity of the Dunmore ladies were not to be quashed however and the second half saw a revitalised Dunmore team with some beautiful passages of play. Having the advantage of the wind at our backs definitely helped spur the team on. Early in the second half Dunmore took their scores with confidence and drew the game level. However, clenching those winning scores was just out of grasp and the game remained nail-bitingly tense as the teams remained level yet both made strong attacks. Special commendation must be made to the girls on their defence all over the pitch as many advances were foiled and the ball recovered. In fact, so good was the defending and reading of the game that Dunmore held Ballygar scoreless in the second half.

Unfortunately, we just missed out on the win as some pressurised shooting lead to near misses as well as there being a questionable disqualification of a second-half Dunmore goal. The game ended drawn with 1-10 a piece to both teams. Fair play to all the ladies that travelled and togged in this weather, especially our subs as it was fiercely cold with no shelter. Your efforts are appreciated! Keep up the good work

Juvenile Boys’ Football vs Davitt College

On a wet Thursday the boys travelled to Castlebar for their second match of the year. Spurred on by their unfortunate loss in their tight first match and with healthier numbers the team were determined to come out of this meet on top and they did not disappoint.

Taking a few minutes at the start to settle into the game our lads took ownership of the game. Considering the slippery playing conditions Dunmore left nothing to chance ensuring passes, support play and scoring was on point while taking the advantage of winning the majority of both our own kickouts as well as the opponents. This resulted in a healthy lead by half time at 1:12 to 0:04.

Credit to Davitt College for battling on and they did return to the field in the second half with more bite. However it was clear Dunmore was the stronger team on the day and continued to add the scoring tally leaving us in a comfortable position to allow all players a run in the game. A great display by Dunmore lead to the final score being 3:21 to 2:10 to Dunmore. Next game will determine our position in the group and will be against Balla after midterm. Training will be after school the Monday we come back from midterm from 4-5.30.

Senior girls’ football v’s Strokestown

In ideal playing conditions last Wednesday in Dunmore, Strokestown set themselves out as the team to beat. A thrilling game ensued with some strong play and beautiful scoring from both sides. The opponents’ numbers 8 and 11 looked particularly menacing ploughing through our defence for some early scores. This forced us to concede a forward as a sweeper and make some tactical changes in our backline. This seemed to work somewhat and overall in the first half the possession seemed to be mainly in the hands of the Dunmore women.
However, Strokestown were confident in taking their chances between the bars while we seemed to have to work doubly hard for our scores. Nonetheless, the game was tight with three points separating the teams in the opponents’ favour until two unfortunate goals just before half-time gave them the edge.
Serious commendation had to be given to Dunmore on the sheer determination as each player battled until the end with some excellent passages of play and a comeback looked likely as we clawed back to within four points. Unfortunately, Strokestown were not to be caught with persistent changing and swapping of players around the field making it difficult to mark and players weary.
The scoreline allowed Strokestown a comfortable win over our ladies but could be seen as an unfair description as to the match itself. As the saying goes, “nothing worthwhile comes easy” and the strong opposition definitely stretched us and allowed us to identify our strengths and weaknesses on the field. Hopefully, we can use this loss as a learning curve to becoming a formidable team in the rest of the competition.
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