Coolera Strandhill GAA Club Notes.
April 7th 2018
Our footballers defeated Drumcliffe/Rosses Pt. in the second round of the Senior League in Ransboro on Saturday. Although the visitors were first to score, a goal and a point from Niall Murphy settled the home side and they began to dominate the tie. A brace from Gary Cadden and a well taken long range effort from Peter Laffey saw us take a healthy lead, but some missed chances and the concession of late frees meant the home side led by just four points at half time 1-05 to 0-04. Drumcliffe/Rosses Pt. began the second half with increased intensity and were rewarded with an early goal. A Gary Cadden point was to be our only score for twenty minutes of the second half. Before Niall Murphy scored his third point of the game form a free, the visitors had added five further points to lead by three. The home side then lost Niall Murphy to a second yellow card and the tie seemed lost as it headed into injury time. There was time for one last attack though, and after a goalmouth scramble Barry O’ Mahony gained possession and drilled the ball to the net to clinch a one point victory 2-07 to 1-09. Next is a trip to Curry this Saturday (14th) at 6.30.
Team; Oisin Conway, Enda Mitchell, Conor McDonagh, Cillian McCahey, Gary Cawley, Seán Murphy, James Hampson (Shane McCallion), Kevin Banks, Peter Laffey (0-01), Colin Parkes, Barry Doyle, Mark McCallion, Kevin Harte (Barry O’ Mahony (1-00)) (Diarmuid Loftus), Gary Cadden (0-03), Niall Murphy (1-03), Eoin Macken, Calym Malone, Fionn Morrissey.
Under 12 Girls
Coolera-Strandhill 17 St. Mary’s 13. Our under 12 girls got their league off to a winning start with a hard fought victory over neighbours St. Mary’s in Ballydoogan. The home side were first to settle and led 5-3 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter saw our girls take a grip on the game, out-scoring their hosts by seven points to one, thanks to the sharp shooting of Alana Wilson, Sophie Quinn and Ellen Walsh, to lead 10-6 at half time. The home side won the third quarter leaving just two scores in it going in to the last. It was a tight final quarter which our girls just about shaded, to emerge winners by four points. In a very entertaining game there were impressive performances from Anna McDaniel, Susannah Gilligan, Blaine Heekin, Alana Wilson, Orna Murphy, Orlaith Beirne, Ellen Walsh and Sophie Quinn. A special word of thanks to Peadar Niland (St. Mary’s) and Michael Harte who stepped in to perform the refereeing duties at the last minute to ensure that the game could go ahead. Team: Anna McDaniel, Blaine Heekin, Laoise McKenna, Susannah Gilligan, Lisa Kilfeather, Mollie Ronan, Eva White, Alana Wilson, Hannah Bohan, Ellen Walsh, Sophie Quinn, Tilly Ellwood, Aoife Gallagher, Orlaith Beirne, Áine Harte, Aoife Hennessy, Maya Donaghy, Molly Rooney, Megan Bohan, Grace Bailey, Orna Murphy. Next up is a home tie against Molaise Gaels next Friday (13th) at 7.00.
Our senior hurlers featured on Sun. last against Calry in the Martin Brennan Cup final which was carried over from 2017. Missing a number of senior players Coolera fielded with a number of young lads who were experiencing their first cup final. We got off to a good start with an early goal and a few points before conceding some quickfire goals to Calry which put us on the back foot for the rest of the first half. We were also a player down for the second half following a sending off. However, the lads worked very hard in the second half to contain Calry but were not able to reel in the scoreline sufficiently to turn the game around. Calry won the match on a final scoreline of 3-12 to 1-10. The next tie is a repeat of the Martin Brennan Cup when they travel to Hazelwood on Sunday for the next round of the Dermot Molloy League. Throw in is 12.00
Under 12 Fixtures
Our under 12 hurlers host Western Gaels this evening (Tues), while tomorrow the two under 12 football teams play Drumcliffe/Rosses Point.
Best wishes to Attracta Halloran who lines out with the Sligo Minor Ladies in the Connacht B Final tomorrow (Wed) against Roscommon. Attracta starred in the previous outing, against Leitrim, scoring two second half points and setting up many other scores.