After a disappointing loss against Strokestown before the break where we just didn’t click together, the same cannot be said for today’s game in Bekan against Louisburgh where the girls delighted onlookers with a belter of a game. Still suffering from a depleted panel with the scourge of injuries similar to the Strokestown game, the girls playing really pulled it out of the bag despite some playing out of usual positions. It was a worrying start where from the throw-in Louisburgh looked menacing and they weren’t long finding the back of the net and subsequently scoring a point. However, we soon found our rhythm and starting hitting back. Huge improvements with support play, scoring, passing and in particular confidence with some of our younger players really coming to the fore today. Half time saw us leading 4-7 to 2-6. Our runs through their defence looked unstoppable with excellent movement and smart passing resulted in some fantastic scoring. Ellen Murray seemed to be unmarkable as despite us only playing a 2 full-forward line she was making herself constantly available and finding space scoring 5 points herself while setting up many more. Megan Smyth really flourished today on the wing and she was in phenomenal form scoring 3-2 and unlucky to not get a 4th goal where it cruelly hit the crossbar. Excellent ball-carrying again from midfielders Holly and Mairead who also both added to the scoreline while Niamh Nestor, Alannah Kelly and Meadhbh Hanley aided them beautifully and Meadhbh was unlucky to not gain herself a goal herself as it edged wide. While our offense were on fire, our defense cannot be forgotten. Louisburgh put in some serious assaults on goal yet our backlines consisting of Kiera Diskin, Amy Canny, Emma Burns, Niamh Kirrane, Eabha Diskin, Ava Glynn and Emma Heneghan who came on early for an injured Ava did some amazing work keeping pressure on, forcing them to play while preventing them with options through tight marking assisted by our sweeper Charlotte Burke who again shone in her role. In total the pressure they placed on Louisburgh resulted in them putting 12 shots wide of target as well as putting in well timed blocks and repeatedly stealing possession back. Our goalie Amy Burns also had an excellent game with some excellent saves and forcing another one or two over the bar. Well done also to subs Eimear Glynn, Ruby Daly and Kara Kenny who complimented the girls excellently when they hit the field. Final score was Dunmore CS 5-11, Santa Maria, Louisburgh 4-10. Fantastic work girls, looking forward to a similar display in our next outing and we wish all our girls carrying injuries a rapid recovery.
Well done and thanks to all who participated and contributed to our annual fun Run/Walk yesterday. Your support was greatly appreciated. Thanks also to the students from Ballygar who came to participate. A huge thanks to our LCA class who organised and ran the event as part of their task, they did a fantastic job. Special thanks also to all the students who helped Ms Grehan in the running of this event. Also special thanks to our photographer for the day, Nadine Walsh. The slideshow below shows some photos of the day.
Dunmore CS 4-16 Ballygar CC 0-2
Dunmore carried on there winning ways against Ballygar with a comprehensive win to top their group.
The only change to the starting team was Darragh Heneghan in for the injured Shane McGrath. Dunmore were ruthless from the start with all parts of the team on top. Our midfielders got control of the game early on and the linking forward play was very efficient. All squad players played well but it was a day for the forwards and they showed no mercy in front of goal for the opposition. The team knows they will have a lot tougher days into the later stages of the competition but for now they head into the midterm and look forward to the later stages of the competition in the New year.
Team: Sean Walkin, Tomas Ronayne, Declan Forde, JJ Glynn, Sam Glynn, Conor Mitchell, Shane Davis, Dylan Coleman, Tomas Kilgariff (0-1), Darragh Heneghan (0-1), Brendan Carr (2-8), Patrick Cosgrove, Jake Slattery (2-3), Sean Murray (0-1), Dylan Brady (0-2). Subs Jack Burke, Michael Hett, PJ Donnellon, Patrick Keadin, Darragh Keely, Aaron Kenny.
We welcomed Des Sheehan Galway GAA to our school this week to give a GAA coaching course to our Transition Year students. As part of their PE programme, the students learned about the qualities of a good coach & the importance of being organized & a good leader. The students will use these skills to work with our younger students in school & they will organize a football tournament in the summer term.
Thursday saw us travel to Bekan Centre of Excellence to take on Balla in our second round of the Juvenile boys league. Playing on the astroturf was something we had to be conscious of and presented different advantages and disadvantages to playing on the regular pitch and one was the bouncing ball. We foresaw these and planned appropriately. We reflected on our performance against Glenamaddy and were determined to go out with a stronger first half and dominate. Which we did well. First half playing with the wind saw us control the game with some beautiful passages of play and a scoreline of 7-9 to their 1-4 with scoring from Colm Costello (4-8), Robert Heneghan(2-1) and a goal from Padraig Martyn. Balla’s goal came from a controversial penalty, yet the threat was there with some strong runs through our defence, and a disallowed goal from a square ball. At half time, we warned each other of the possibility of a strong comeback from Balla and that if we can score that, it is not out of reach for them. We planned to go out as determined and aim to score the same again to really finish the game. We also discussed negativity on the field and how we felt they were turning on each other due to silly mistakes and an increasing scoreline, something we were avoiding. However, while discussed and prepared for, we could not believe the comeback Balla threw at us. With nothing to lose they came out fighting and quickly got themselves back on the scoreboard while we struggled to comprehend the onslaught. It really was a game of two halves as Balla took control of the second half and unbelievable began to close the gap. We struggled massively against a strong wind and unforgiving wind while Balla were quicker scooping the breaking ball. Kickouts were not getting to our players, or being broken down for the opposition and in the panic that ensued, reinforcements from the forward line while assisting with defence brought their markers with them and swamped the middle of the field which further hampered our kickout and possession attempts. Suddenly we could see the Balla team encouraging each other to great effect, whereas we lost that when we needed it most. To our surprise, we saw our lead dwindle before we even got a chance in front of the posts. Scores soon came again from Colm (0-1) and Robert (1-1). In fairness, Dunmore registered no wides in the entire game. This was not enough, however, and Balla suddenly were within a point of us, and then unbelievably both teams were level. We managed to keep the head though and we took our chances in front of goal, a well-worked goal from Jack Jordan in the last few minutes and a reinforced defence with excellent displays from Eoin Nicklin and Christopher Donnellan in particular and some brilliant saves from goalkeeper Marcus Halliday meant we once again went ahead and maintained the lead, winning the game by 3 points in the end. A tough lesson, but an inspiring one and fair play to Balla for really bringing the game to us and testing us in the second half when a lesser team would have resigned themselves to defeat at that stage. A game of two halves that really turned into an exciting game in the last quarter. One that highlighted some issues that we may need to address to ensure we don’t find ourselves in a similar position again. Final score Dunmore 9-11, Balla 7-14
Our Transition Year students welcomed Conor Flood from Volleyball Ireland to our school this week. Our students, as part of their PE programme took part in a Volleyball Coaching Course so that they can develop their leadership skills. They will now coach our younger students to prepare them for competition after Christmas.