Under Age Match Reports

Coolmeen/Kildysart v Clondegad Minor A Semi-Final

posted 17 Feb 2016, 12:14 by Eimear McMahon

02/09/2015:  The sides could hardly be separated over the course of the 60 minutes in this tight and tense affair as friends, neighbours, cousins and classmates from Coolmeen/Kildysart and Clondegad battled it out for a place in the Minor A Football Final. It it took an injury time goal from Cian Murphy to edge the amalgamation in front with a 1 point victory - they now face Cooraclare in the final. The game's opening score came via a Cillian Brennan goal for Clondegad in the 6th minute and this was the largest deficit between the sides for the remainder of the match. Coolmeen/Kildysart responded with a point from Luke McGrath and this was countered by a free from Ryan Power at the start of the 2nd quarter.  Coolmeen/Kildysart drew level when Alan Normoyle's free lobbed over the goalie's head and into the back of the net.  Cian Murphy put Coolmeen/Kildysart in the lead but the gap was closed once again with Ryan Power's second free.  Seamus Casey gave the amalgamation the half time advantage when he pointed the last score of the half:

Half Time Score: Coolmeen/Kildysart 1-3, Clondegad 1-2.

Scores were hard to come by in the second half though both teams played for all it was worth in a very physical match.  Clondegad's Cian Gavin brought the sides level 8 minutes into the restart and neither team scored for the next 15 minutes until Conor Lynch put Clonedgad ahead by 1 in the 53rd minute. Lynch was called upon again and put the boys from Ballynacally in front with just 1 minute left on the clock. Things were looking pretty dim as multiple attempts from Coolmeen/Kildysart just couldn't produce the goods.  The lifeline eventually came when a high ball into the square broke favourably for Cian Murphy, who shot it to the back of the net. Clondegad had one more chance to level the match deep into injury time when they were awarded a free inside their own 45' but the ball trailed off to the right and wide.  

Final score: Coolmeen/Kildysart 2-3, Clondegad 1-5.  

It's a cliche to say that no team deserved to lose this match but Clondegad played some excellent football worthy of champions and Coolmeen/Kildysart never gave up the belief that they could win.

Team: Aaron Slobody, Darragh Cleary, Cian Murphy, Mark Meaney, Luke McGrath, Conor Donnellan, Seamus Casey, Stephen Sheehan, Ryan Casey, Mikey Donnellan. Alan Normoyle, David Cusack, Ben Cleary, Adam Carrig, Kieran O'Brien, Barry Crehan, Rory McMahon-captain, Darragh Watson, Aidan O'Loughlin, Sean Wallace, Kevin McMahon. Absent from photo: Diarmuid O'Donnell, Alan Cunningham, Brian Meaney.

Coolmeen/Kildysart V St. Josephs Miltown Malbay Minor A Quarter Final

posted 17 Feb 2016, 12:08 by Eimear McMahon

26/08/2015:  Coolmeen/Kildysart Minors face Estuary neighbours Clondegad in a Division 1 semi-final showdown after hanging on and beating Miltown 1-13 to 1-10 in the quarterfinal this evening.

The match was played in changeable windy conditions which didn’t favour either side. St. Josephs Miltown Malbay were quick on the board with a point and a goal in the opening minutes but didn’t score again until right before the half.  Seamus Casey started the amalgamation attack and this was followed by 2 points from Ben Cleary and the levelling point coming from the boot of Sean Wallace.  Corner back Conor Donnellan was responsible for 2 points sandwiched between points from Seamus Casey and Barry Crehan, bringing the score to Coolmeen/Kildysart 8 points, St. Josephs Miltown Malbay 1-1 with 5 minutes remaining in the half.  The sides swapped points and then Luke McGrath’s goal gave Coolmeen/Kildysart an 8 point lead at the break: 

Half time score Coolmeen/Kildysart 1-10, St. Josephs Miltown Malbay 1-2.

St. Joseph's Miltown Malbay were attacking more in the second half and added three points in the first ten minutes.  Coolmeen/Kildysart countered these with points from Barry Crehan and Cian Murphy and commanded a 7 point lead heading into the final quarter.  It turns out Cian’s point would be the last for the amalgamation in normal time, while St. Josephs Miltown Malbay were steadily adding to their tally.  By the end of normal time, St. Josephs Miltown Malbay reduced the deficit to 2 and were on the prowl for a game winning goal.  Coolmeen/Kildysart defended well and were rewarded with an injury time insurance point from Ben Cleary. 

Final score Coolmeen/Kildysart 1-13, St. Jpsephs Miltown Malbay 1-10. 

Team: Adam Carrig, Conor Donnellan (0-2), Rory McMahon-captain, Ryan Casey, Kieran O'Brien, Darragh Cleary, Mark Meaney, Cian Murphy (0-1), Ben Cleary (0-5), Seamus Casey (0-2), Alan Normoyle, Sean Wallace (0-1), Luke McGrath (1-0), Stephen Sheehan, Barry Crehan (0-2).  Subs: Aaron Slobody, David Cusack.

Coolmeen/Kildysart Minor A V Naomh Eoin/O'Curry's (Group Game)

posted 17 Feb 2016, 11:58 by Eimear McMahon   [ updated 17 Feb 2016, 11:59 ]

The team finished their regular season on a high with a big win over Naomh Eoin/O'Curry's on Tuesday last 2-12 to 1-3.  Seamus Casey meant business when he racked up 1-1 with just a minute and a half played.  The Cleary brothers Ben x3 and Darragh x1 followed on with 4 unanswered points to give Coolmeen/Kildysart a 1-5 to no score lead with 10 minutes gone.  Adam Carrig stopped a certain goal to keep the momentum going and Barry Crehan capitalised a few minutes later with a ball to the back of the net.  Naomh Eoin/O'Curry's put two scores on the board before Luke McGrath scored the last point before the interval. 

Half time score Coolmeen/Kildysart 2-6, Naomh Eoin/O'Curry's 2 points.

Luke McGrath started off the second half with a point. Naomh Eoin/O'Curry's were piling on the pressure but were stymied by the Coolmeen/Kildysart backs. The boys from the West Clare peninsula eventually broke through and were rewarded for their efforts with a goal just before the turn of the last quarter. It was all still to play for with the score 2-7 to 1-2. Coolmeen/Kildysartthen kicked it up a gear to match the pressure and scored 5 unanswered points to put the game out of reach.  Naomh Eoin/O'Curry's finished with a pointed free just before full time. 

Final score Coolmeen/Kildysart 2-12, N. Eoin/O'Curry's 1-3.

Team: Adam Carrig, Conor Donnellan, Rory McMahon-captain, Ryan Casey, Kieran O'Brien (0-1), Darragh Cleary (0-1), Mark Meaney, Cian Murphy, Ben Cleary (0-4), Seamus Casey (1-4), Alan Normoyle, Sean Wallace, Luke McGrath (0-2), Stephen Sheehan, Barry Crehan (1-0). Subs: David Cusack, Aaron Slobody, Kevin McMahon, Mikey Donnellan, Darragh Watson.

Coolmeen/Kildysart Capture U12 Title

posted 17 Feb 2016, 11:53 by Eimear McMahon

26/09/2014: Coolmeen/Kildysart were deserved winners of the U12 West Clare B championship this evening overcoming estuary neighbours Kilimer on scoreline of 3-9 to 4-2. 

Kilimer were first on the scoreboard with a goal in the 5th minute, against the run of play. Prior to that Coolmeen/Kildysart had all the possession but were unable to get points on the board with many chances going wide. However, Coolmeen/Kildysart found their groove and steadily made their way level with points from Conor Moloney, Conor Hassett (free), and Fergal Ginnane. Conor Hassett took advantage of the frees awarded by slotting over the next three placed balls. Conor Hassett then raised the green flag for Coolmeen/Kildysart and capped it off with a point from play to give the amalgamation a 1-7 to 1-0 lead at the break. 

Fergal Ginnane got the ideal restart, bagging a goal 2 minutes in to open up a 10 point lead. However Kilimer were determined and fought back hard. They scored a point and then had a good goal chance denied them by Kieran Lorrigan. They kept up the pressure and were rewarded with a goal to narrow the gap to 6.  Kilimer had the momentum but the Coolmeen/Kildysart backs, led by Ronan Murphy kept the ball well cleared. Fergal Ginnane's 2nd goal again brought the lead up to 9. Kilimer weren't through yet and goaled to reduce the lead to 6 once more. Fergal Ginnane scored the last 2 points for Coolmeen/Kildysart to give them the lead 3-9 to 3-1 with 4 minutes remaining. But the tenacious Kilimer went on the attack once more scoring an unanswered 1-1 to narrow the gap to 4. However, Coolmeen/Kildysart held on and won 3-9 to 4-2. Well done to the team and management Stephen Hassett and Mike Murphy.

Team: Conor Kenny, Ronan Murphy, Adam Wallace, Dean Sheehan, David Murphy, Conor Hassett (1-5, 4f), Conor Moloney (0-1), JJ McQuaid, Jack Cotter, Fergal Ginnane (2-3), Joe Kelly. Sub: Kieran Lorrigan. 



Coolmeen/Kildysart West Clare U15 B Champions

posted 17 Feb 2016, 11:48 by Eimear McMahon

15/11/2015:  Coolmeen/Kildysart won the battle of the amalgamations with a comprehensive win in the West Clare B competition over Doonbeg/Kilkee by a score line of 1-9 to 3 points.  The weather was bad, even for November, with wind and rain and water logged pitch conditions.  Doonbeg/Kilkee had the advantage early on with 2 soft frees but they failed to convert them.  Coolmeen/Kildysart then went on the attack causing Doonbeg/Kilkee to make a goal save and having 1 goal attempt go narrowly wide.  However, it was Doonbeg/Kilkee who opened up the scoring in the 7th minute and Coolmeen/Kildysart responded with point each from Seamus Casey and Emmet McMahon.  Doonbeg/Kilkee brought the side’s level with a point just after the 10th minute but a goal and a point in quick succession from Stevie Sheehan turned the tide of the match to Coolmeen/Kildysart’s favour.  Doonbeg/Kilkee got what turned out to be their last point of the match just before the stroke of half time.  Score at the break 1-3 to 3 points.

The second half was a one sided affair with Coolmeen/Kildysart racking up 6 more points and keeping Doonbeg/Kilkee scoreless.  Fair play to both teams for playing the match in horrible conditions and for keeping the sporting spirit through-out. Final score Coolmeen/Kildysart 1-9, Doonbeg/Kilkee 0-3.

Team: Conor Cusack, JJ Carrig, Dylan O’Halloran, Darren Crehan, Conor Moloney, James Kelly, Stevie Sheehan (1-2), Seamus Casey (0-3), Conor Hassett, Dylan Power (0-1), Diarmuid O’Donnell, Barry McMahon, Emmet McMahon (0-3).  Subs:  Patrick O’Connell, David Murphy, Paul O'Sullivan, Cian Murphy, Fergal Ginnane, Ronan Murphy, Conor Kenny, Fernando de Pinera  

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