Our U16 and U19 girls put their heart and soul against a Pres Tuam side yesterday under the management of Ms.Canny and Ms.O’Reilly. The U16 girls managed to catch a 12pt margin to lead into the last quatre. Amazing displays by Jodie Scariff who turned the game around as well as Niamh Nestor, Emily Hannon and Laura Turner showed the great spirit this team has but unlucky for us lost by 1 pt in the closing seconds. Our strong U19 girls brought a composed and steady display of defence, skill and scoring ability coming out with a 22 18 win. Tremendous play from Aoife Sheehy, Holly Reddington, Amy Burns, Lorna Murphy and SarahKate Nestor must be commended with Niamh and Emily (u16s) pulled up trumps when called on. Best of luck girls against St. Nathys!
A tightly contested tit for tat clash with St. Jarlaths in Dunmore ushered in the juvenile boys’ first football match. The boys’ first outing saw some promising action that left anyone guessing who would clench the win. Indeed for the majority of the match only 1 or 2 points separated the teams with Jarlaths just holding the lead. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be with the final score being 3-9 to 1-10 to St. Jarlaths as a last minute goal by the opponents belied the battle that was fought by stretching the lead and indeed the outcome to 5 points. However this match hints at a bright season for our boys.
Luckily storm Callum wasn’t enough to deter a determined Junior girls’ football team in the second match of their campaign. A challenging first half against a persistent wind and a strong forward line from the opponents had our girls under pressure from the start forcing us to sacrifice a forward for a sweeper. 6-3 to 5-3 to our opponents at half time saw us a goal down and but offered us a chance to regroup and refocus.
The second half offered us a fantastic display of football with excellent performances from Dunmore C.S. all over the field. True grit and determination saw an epic battle in the back line and clever runs and passes in a depleted forward line allowed for some tremendous scoring up front. Our midfield duo never let us down as they linked both ends with some excellent support play in backs and forwards. But no one player could be singled out as it was pure effort and team work that earned us a well deserved comprehensive win over Ballygar. A special commendation must be given to our talented bench of impact subs who brought fresh legs and drive to the pitch with plenty more talent ready and willing to do their part thus making the job of choosing only 15 players more and more difficult.
The final whistle blew with the score reading 9-11 to 7-8 in our favour. A beautiful end to the school week and a promising lead into their next challenge versus Boyle in two weeks. Well done ladies!
St Killians 0-6 Dunmore Cs 2-16
Dunmore Senior Boys started off their 2018 campaign in emphatic style with a comprehensive win. This year’s Captain Colin Comer led by example commanding his defence and was ably assisted by Conor Mitchell and Jamie Bowens either side of him. The midfield duo of Brendan Carr and Dylan Coleman won their battle and delivered excellent ball into the forward line. All forwards played very well but Shane McGrath, Darragh Heneghan and Sean Murray showed particularly well. Although there are stronger challenges to come it was a very positive start to the season.
The senior girls’ football panel got off to a superb start in their first match of the year. Playing Ballyhaunis in Ballyhaunis this morning the girls showed great teamwork, stamina, skill and determination resulting in an early lead which they developed as the game went on. A great display of football and sportsmanship from both sides saw the game finish 1-21 to 1-5 in Dunmore C.S.’s favour. Excellent work girls, congratulations!! Training will continue Thursday from 4-5.30 with our next match seeing us square up to Strokestown.